Flat Boots
Flat boots are the way to go. Courtesy of Free People

Boots are always high on everyone's must-buy list for winter. Whether they're searching for basic black boots or the snow variety, heels are usually not on the seasonal agenda. At least when it comes to someone's sensible side. Many are influenced by the runways, however, favoring sky-high, borderline stiletto silhouettes. But we're here to plead the case for switching to flat boots this season.

First up, fashion houses really do want you to scale down. Way down. Maison Margiela's now infamous Tabi collection features a flat ankle boot that's just as striking as those trending Mary Janes. The Row has basically been making a name for itself by focusing on flats. JW Anderson's Padlock Ankle Boots come in several stunning colors making heels unnecessary. Jonathan Anderson's other brand boasts a funky ankle boot that takes slouchy to whole new levels. And Rick Owens managed to combine sneakers and thigh-high boots into one package.

As you might expect, designer creations aren't the only way to go. If you're leaning more toward the snow boot category, Zara has you and your feet covered in a faux fur number. UGG actually comes in taller incarnations and its ultra tall pair is a good investment. See By Chloe's shearling-lined set is sure to keep all your toes toasty.

Then there are the failsafes. Clarks' classic Wallabees now come in fun colors. The stark white shade of The Attico's combat boots will add much-need oomph to all of your outfits. Hell, we even found a flat take on cowboy boots. Don't worry, they still fit into the Western wear genre.

Now it may take some time for you to get off your high horse and embrace heel-less footwear. (See what we did there?) So we'll wait a minute or two for you to kick off your heels, grab some coffee and relax. Ready? Then keep reading to see the top flat boots that are practically daring you to add them to your virtual shopping cart. Prices vary, but we're betting you'll be able to find at least one pair you can justify purchasing.

The Row Canal Boot
The Row

The Row Canal Boot in Leather in Snow, $1,090 at The Row

Maison Margiela Tabi Flat Ankle Boots
Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela Tabi Flat Ankle Boots, $990 at Farfetch

UGG Classic Ultra Tall Boot
UGG

UGG Classic Ultra Tall Boot, $300 at Urban Outfitters

Rick Owens 20mm Classic Bumper Leather Boots
Rick Owens

Rick Owens 20mm Classic Bumper Leather Boots, $1,570 at LuisaViaRoma

Loewe Toy Leather Ankle Boots
Loewe

Loewe Toy Leather Ankle Boots, $1,950 at Matches Fashion

Giuseppe Zanotti Hadley
Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti Hadley in Multicolor, $375 at Giuseppe Zanotti

Zara Faux Fur Trim Platform Ankle Boots
Zara

Zara Faux Fur Trim Platform Ankle Boots, $49.90 at Zara

The Attico Selene Leather-Trimmed Shell Combat Boots
The Attico

The Attico Selene Leather-Trimmed Shell Combat Boots, $420 at The Outnet

TOTEME + Net Sustain The Riding Leather Knee Boots
TOTEME + Net Sustain

TOTEME + Net Sustain The Riding Leather Knee Boots in Chocolate, $1,200 at Net-a-Porter

Clarks Wallabee Boots
Clarks

Clarks Wallabee Boots in Berry Leather, $170 at Free People

Marsell Accom MW8082
Marsèll

Marsèll Accom MW8082, $1,645 at Marsèll

JW Anderson Padlock Ankle Boots
JW Anderson

JW Anderson Padlock Ankle Boots, $950 at JW Anderson

Lauren Manoogian Moto Leather Boot
Lauren Manoogian

Lauren Manoogian Moto Leather Boot, $650 at La Garçonne

See By Chloe Juliet Shearling-Lined Suede and Leather Ankle Boots
See By Chloe

See By Chloe Juliet Shearling-Lined Suede and Leather Ankle Boots in Tan, $425 at Net-a-Porter

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