I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that there’s nothing more disappointing than trying on a pair of snuggly sheepskin or fleece lined boots, only to discover that the snuggly bit stops before it reaches your feet. I don’t get it! That’s where you need it the most! I really hate having cold feet, so I’m always on the hunt for winter boots that keep my toes warm. And you’ll be pleased to hear that not only did I spend today hunting, but also putting my hands inside these boots in store and researching the small print online so I could tell you with absolute confidence that THESE boots are furry ALL THE WAY TO THE TOE.
Leather snow boots, £125 (stories.com)
Let’s start with these crackers from & Other Stories. They caught my eye as soon as I walked into store and I was thrilled to feel that the snuggly fleece lining does indeed go all the way to the end of the shoe. I love the hiking laces and trainer-style sole, and although there’s a nod to a moon boot here, they’re not so chunky that they’d be unflattering to wear.
Chukka boots, £150 (dunelondon.com)
Next up Dune, a brand which really comes into its own when it comes to winter boots; they’ve scored highly in previous years when I’ve done my winter boots round-up, but this year I think they’ve done their best ever winter boots. These chukkas are cool as hell! The flatform isn’t so high that I wouldn’t wear them (plus that extra inch provides insulation from a cold pavement) and I love their old school mod vibes. Speaking of which…
‘Cynthia’ desert boots, £105 (drmartens.com)
Dr Martens is another brand that consistently delivers with stylish winter footwear and I absolutely adore these stoney white desert boots. You can see from the image that they are 100% lined on the full sole, and the fact that they’re white means they have a touch of the festive season about them. LOVE.
If you can’t quite kick your sneakers habit, don’t panic, you have options too! These quilted Converse also come in dusky pink, and Palladium has three shades of its Baggy Leathers with faux wool lining (I have the brown ones and they kept my feet warm in a very snowy Copenhagen a few years ago).
Sheepskin insoles, £10 (celticandco.com)
Of course, if you really want to save money, you could just buy a pair of sheepskin insoles. They’re brilliant for shoes that come up slightly big as you’re toes will be a bit squished otherwise – I wear mine inside my Grenson boots and Nike Air Force 1 trainers. These from Celtic & Co are a steal at £10 and are made in Britain.
So with frosty weather forecast for the coming weeks, bring on the cold weather Britain – I’m ready for you!
NB: while all of these particular boots will keep your toes warm, some of these brands have other styles available that look like they will be lined all the way to the toe but the lining stops at the ankle! If in doubt, go in store and try for yourself.