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The best winter-boot shops in NYC

Because those snow-covered, icy sidewalks sure are slippery, let NYC’s boot shops be your saviors this winter

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Frye
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Along with visions of snow-covered buildings and evenings spent getting cozy inside bars with fireplaces, NYC in winter conjures up another scene—winter-boot shopping. Now’s the time to worry less about where to get a pedicure and start thinking about where to score a pair of waterproof, fleece-lined kicks—on a budget, no less. From high-end department stores and local designer studios to wallet-friendly chains, keep this list of NYC boot shops handy—you know, in case of an inevitable polar vortex.

Shopping, Department stores

Bloomingdale's

Upper East Side

Choose from a vast array of winter-ready boots here, as styles range from understated Sam Edelman fringe booties ($128) to bold Jeffrey Campbell thigh-highs ($205). Guys can go dapper with Ted Baker wingtips ($280) or functional in lug-sole Sperry Top-Siders ($110). Keep your eyes peeled for deals, like slouchy suede Enzo Angiolini boots, snipped from $130 to $65. 

Coclico
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Coclico

Nolita

Handcrafted at a family-run factory in Mallorca Spain, shoes by this minimalist brand are marked by fine leathers, wood heels and neutral colors. Visit the label’s Nolita boutique to shop side-zip ankle boots ($435), low-cut suede booties ($379) and clogs ($425) that effortlessly blend function with fashion.  

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DNA Footwear
Time Out, Photograph: Ilenia Martini
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DNA Footwear

Boerum Hill

The Boerum Hill outpost of this Brooklyn chainlet is chock-full of footwear—approximately 150 brands—for men and women. Combat slippery sidewalks with a pair of Hunter tall rain boots ($148) or Caribou waterproof lace-ups ($140).

Dr. Martens
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Shopping, Shoes

Dr. Martens

Union Square

This revered British import has both a Soho and a Lower East Side location. Head to either for classic leather lace-ups for men and women ($120–$250) and a collection of industrial waterproof styles ($130–$185). If you’re in the market for something flashy, consider ladies’ metallic patent boots ($130).

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DSW
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Shopping, Shoes

DSW

Midtown West

Budget-conscious shoe lovers will benefit from this footwear chain, where you can score designer kicks for less. The merchandise changes weekly, but we recently spotted BareTraps Andee booties ($70), Dirty Laundry blizzard snow boots ($50) and Steve Madden Crtlnd kicks ($60) for battling the colder months.

Shopping, Boutiques

Filson

Noho

This outdoorsy brand boasts sturdy outerwear and chill-proof sweaters, so it’s no surprise that this Great Jones Street shop also carries heavy-duty boots, too. Guys should splurge on a pair of waterproof uplander boots ($475), which will last through many winters to come.

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Frye
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Frye

Soho

Boots for nearly every occasion fill this Manhattan flagship, where the women’s selection includes buckle-adorned engineers ($258) and Western-inspired pairs with laser-cut detailing ($268). Short harness boots ($278) and soft leather Chelsea styles ($288) make the men’s section equally praiseworthy.   

No. 6 Store
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Shopping, Boutiques

No. 6 Store

Little Italy

Clog lovers take note: This Little Italy boutique will easily make your footwear dreams come true. High-heel shearling-lined boots ($370–$440) are available in ankle, midcalf and knee-high styles, and a few are punctuated with removable kiltie fringe.

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Macy's Herald Square

Midtown West

Since this department store houses the largest shoe department in the world (63,000 square feet, to be exact) the chances of leaving empty-handed are slim. Ladies, brave the crowds for cold-weather-ready faux-fur boots from Style&Co. ($79) and tall riding styles from Vince Camuto ($79). Men can shop eternally popular styles, like Levi’s Harrison boots ($99), too.

Rag & Bone
Photograph: Tova Carlin
Shopping, Womenswear

Rag & Bone

West Village

This brand is a favorite among New Yorkers for clothing, but the Nolita outpost is noteworthy for its well-curated room of practical—but stylish—loot of cold-weather boots. Think tall styles from brands such as Norton ($425) and Hunter ($195).

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Saks Fifth Avenue
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Shopping, Department stores

Saks Fifth Avenue

Midtown East

The famed luxury retailer may be known for ultra-expensive designer styles (Givenchy shark-lock leather knee-high boots are an eye-popping $1,450) but don’t let that keep you off the sprawling shoe floor. Shearling-lined Hunter wellies ($235) and Cole Haan ankle booties ($278) are also in-store, along with men’s kicks like Diesel chukkas ($175) and Sorel duck boots ($125).

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Shoe Market

Williamsburg

Pebbled-leather Rachel Comey booties ($395) and slip-resistant Cougar snow boots ($175) are among styles shelved at this popular Williamsburg shoe haunt. Affordable men’s shoes (Palladium canvas high-tops are tagged at $70) and tons of sale merchandise (snake-embossed Emma boots are cut from $295 to $136) make it a bargain hunter’s delight. 

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Timberland

Midtown West

Stomp the snowy, city pavement wearing rugged, waterproof kicks scored at either of the Timberland outposts in the city (Herald Square and Soho). Leather lovers will favor the premium Timberland Boot Company line, which includes ladies’ six-inch premium waterproof boots ($180) as well as boots with padded collars for guys ($155).

Shopping, Womenswear

Wolverine Company Store

Nolita

Not rain nor sleet nor snow is a match for Wolverine’s boot range. Durable men and women’s pairs include moc-toe work boots ($140–$440), lace-up hikers (starting at $210) as well as stylish boots for men and women ($140–$550): All perfect for braving the NYC slush or an outdoorsey excursion.

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© 2012 Erik Valind
Photograph: Courtesy Erik Valind
Shopping, Shoes

Ugg Australia

Chelsea

Best known for its popular—and sartorially controversial—sheepskin boots, this cozy footwear brand is hard to beat. From water-resistant leather kicks decked with sturdy straps ($225) to bomber-jacket panel boots ($275), the brand has certainly upgraded its style options as of late. 

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