The Best Heels To Wear In The Snow, Because There's No Way We're Letting A Blizzard Ruin Our Outfits

Winter may provide the perfect excuse to bundle up in cozy cashmere layers and choose a lazy indoor Saturday reading, but the season is indisputably hard on your heels. If you've ever worn suede in the rain, silk in slush and snow, or patent leather through puddles, you likely view winter as the season of heel embargo. However, there are heels sturdy and resilient enough to withstand even the most irksome weather condition. Prepare to get your Carrie Bradshaw on this winter with these 20 heels made to withstand winter weather. After all, no one wants to accidentally go skating on a patch of icy pavement in five inch stilettos.

Hunter Original Ankle Strap High Heel Boots

From the company that constructed Kate Middleton and Kate Moss’s favorite wellies comes the Ankle Strap High Heel Boot, a rugged, chic style with enhanced tread for ice and rubber platform to fend against slush.

Hunter Original Ankle Strap High Heel Boots, $199, Hunter Boots

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Rosetta Weatherproof Pump

Kate Middleton adores Aquatalia footwear for her plethora of public appearances, so you can bet each pair is durable, high quality, and adorable to boot. The company also offers these Weatherproof Pumps for those souls who can’t give up their heels come winter.

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Rosetta Weatherproof Pump, $199, Nordstrom

Softspots Carter Water Resistant Riding Boot

If you’re searching for a pair of simple black boots to complete your winter wardrobe, look no further than Softspots’ Carter Water Resistant Riding Boot. The boot provides a streamlined shape and keeps toes from the dreaded damp sock syndrome.

Softspots Carter Water Resistant Riding Boot, $100, Nordstrom

Crocs Carlisa Animal Graphic Mini Wedge

Say what you will about crocs, but they do have an edge over other shoes in terms of comfort and durability. Crocs’ Carlisa Animal Graphic Mini Wedges are waterproof and provide extra grip for those ultra-slippery snow days.

Crocs Carlisa Animal Graphic Mini Wedge, $40, Crocs

Blondo Imane Suede Bootie

Though the style of Blondo’s Imane Suede Bootie may come across as streamlined and chic, the waterproof leather is a workhorse material that will stand up to weather.

Blondo Imane Suede Bootie, $195, Nordstrom

Sperry Top-Sider Harlow Suede Wedge Bootie

When avoiding puddles and snowbanks, sometimes all you need is a bit of extra height. Sperry Top-Sider’s beautifully rugged Harlow Suede Wedge Booties provide a rubber outsole for navigating difficult weather conditions.

Sperry Top-Sider Harlow Suede Wedge Bootie, $90, Sperry

Crocs Women’s Cap Toe Wedge

For sartorial classicists who wish to inject their style with a utilitarian angle, Crocs Womens’ Cap Toe Wedge provides a timeless style with water-repellent benefits.

Crocs Women’s Cap Toe Wedge, $40, Crocs

Melissa Classic Heel

For those who seek a ladylike look with the added power of rain repellence, Melissa’s Classic Heels are proof that fashion and function can coexist.

Melissa Classic Heel, $72, Shop Melissa

Aerosole Envy Pumps

With cozy suede lining and a diamond-patterned sole to keep you on your feet instead of slipping, Aerosole’s Envy Pumps are a winter basic you’ll return to year after year.

Aerosole Envy Pumps, $69, Aerosoles

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon X

Make no mistake: These Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon X pumps are not for the faint of heart. However, a dose of waterproof whimsy may help you through the long winter months.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon X, $128, Shop Melissa

Cole Haan Bradshaw Pump

Thanks to Grand.OS technology, Cole Haan’s Bradshaw heels are movement-friendly and durable without the bulk of extraneous materials. However, refrain from dunking them in puddles if you wish to keep them looking as wonderful as they feel.

Cole Haan Bradshaw Pump, $180, Cole Haan

Geox D Celestial 7

Rubber outsoles and a sturdy two inch heel will keep you from stumbling in this beautiful burgundy Geox D Celestial 7 pumps.

Geox D Celestial 7, $90, 6pm

Geox D Carey 3

A waterproof outer layer keeps Geox D Carey 3-encased toes dry, while the bright persimmon shade will light up a dim winter day.

Geox D Carey 3, $94, 6pm

H&M Wedge-Heeled Shoes

At first glance, H&M’s Wedge-Heeled Shoes look like any other simple black wedges, but platform heels with a durable rubber soles make them perfect for strolling in light slush.

H&M Wedge-Heeled Shoes, $35, H&M

Born London Pumps

Those in the market for a regal pair of pumps to withstand the elements will find their perfect fit in Born’s London Pumps, whose thick rubber outsoles won’t succumb to winter wear and tear after one use.

Born London Pumps, $140, Born Shoes

Born Danine Pumps

If suede isn’t your cup of tea, Born’s Danine patent leather pumps with cushioned insoles, steel sole enforcement, and rubber soles will keep feet dry and firmly planted on the ground in the snow.

Born Danine Pumps, $109, Born Shoes

Rockport Seven to 7 Key Lock Pump

If you’ve completely given up on finding four inch heels sturdy enough to navigate the icy winter streets, footwear brand Rockport has a sartorial miracle in store. The company’s Seven to 7 Key Lock Pumps measure in at three and a half inches tall with a soft suede finish and polished lock detail at the toe. However, the shoe’s true value lies in its anti-slip rubber sole and its ADIPRENE® by Adidas padding to ensure maximum comfort and coziness.

Rockport Seven to 7 Key Lock Pump, $60, Rock Port

Frye Regina Pumps

What shoe looks like a heel and offers the formality of a heel without the cumbersome instability of a heel? Frye’s Regina Pumps offer the best of both worlds with a two and half inch heel for extra height and a textured rubber sole for grip.

Frye Regina Pumps, $188, Zappos

Sofft Madelia Platforms

Any heel that keeps your feet up and away from puddles and provides traction for icy patches is a fantastic fit for winter weather. Sofft’s Madelia Platforms offer a sweet Mary Jane style in suede and leather with a chunky rubber sole for added stability.

Sofft Madelia Platforms, $74, Söfft Shoe

Clarks Basil Auburn Pumps

Instead of sacrificing your heels for wellies when the winter weather rolls in, strap on Clarks’ Basil Auburn Pumps. With a supple leather finish, three inch heel, and weather-resistent rubber sole, your Clarks-clad feet will be chic and winter-ready.

Clarks Basil Auburn Pumps, $45, Clarks Usa