We’re well into boot season now, and all this crazy weather has got us thinking. It’s about time we invested in some serious winter boots. You know, proper functional winter boots.

Now, we love boots in all shapes and sizes – from over the knee boots for her to a smart Chelsea for him. High heels, low heels, even Tom Cruise heels. Buckles, zips and studs. We’re all over it. But when it comes to navigating your way along deadly icy pavements and skating across frozen car parks, you need to get the big guns out.

This is where the real deal winter boots come in. Think shearling wool, fleece, chunky tread and waterproofing. Think thick soles fit for walking and the warmest lining you’ve ever felt.

There’s nothing cosier than a pair of shearling or fleece lined boots, and this season is all about winter wool and texture.  From RiRi and Khloe Kardashian to trendsetting fash darlings Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson, everyone is wearing it.

Even the guys are getting in on the act with Orlando Bloom spotted sporting a touch of shearling and Mr Fashion himself, Kanye regularly papped in his Timberlands.

It’s definitely more subtle nod to the trend than the last time we saw it hit the streets. Think just a touch on linings and rolled cuffs. Fleece linings are a winner too with The North Face, Dr. Martens and Nike offering up some strong options.

Here are some stand-out favourites to get you started.

UGG Australia Mini Double Zip – an update on the classic mini we know and love. That dreamy lining is to die for.
UGG Mini Double Zip

Authentic Dr. Martens 8 Eye boot – street style meets cosy faux shearling for extreme comfort.
Dr Marten Serena

The North Face Back to Berkley – old school walking boot vibes meets new technology. Waterproof and insulated, this is one clever boot.

Beige and red North Face boots

Classic Timberland – it’s simple, it’s iconic, it’s one of the best winter boots you’ll ever buy. You won’t want to wear anything else.Timberland