There's no way to avoid the dreary days of winter. If you have to face the cold, the snow, or the slush that snow always seems to turn into, you need proper shoes.
Obviously, the classic LL Bean boots are the best choice for the worst weather. Sometimes practicality wins -- when it's gross out, being warm, dry, and not slipping is more important than wearing chic shoes. Bring your fancy indoor shoes with you on days you have to wear these.
On cold and dry days when you're casual and running errands, we think shearling-lined sneakers are the way to go -- the sneakers featured here are by Lanvin.
When it's cold and dry, but you want to be a little more dressed up, we highly recommend the lined Pistol boot by Acne.