As a self-professed shoe addict, it’s not uncommon that footwear is one of the first things I notice on a Fashionista. During the winter, however, it’s so easy to get stuck into a rut when it comes to fashion choices. Fortunately, this Fashionista proves that cold weather footwear doesn’t mean UGGs and snow boots.

This Fashionista dares to stray from the typical winter uniform with her red velvet combat boots. Just as warm and comfortable as your go-to winter boots, this bold pair makes a serious statement. Amid winter’s bleak backdrops, this vibrant velvet texture offers up an effortless way to stand out.

To accent her statement shoes, she rocks a pair of floral pants. The rich hue of the boots pulls out the burgundy tones in her cropped pants for the perfectly composed look. To keep warm, she layers on a belted down coat in gray. To brave the sub-zero temperatures (thanks, wind-chill), she adds on a few cozy knits. This Fashionista’s scarf (hand-knit!) and adorable hat keep her warm on the walks to and from class.

How To: Looking to freshen up your winter wardrobe? Give your look an edgy twist with a bright pair of velvet combat boots. Wear them simple and easy with a pair of skinny jeans tucked in—bonus points for patterned pants like this Fashionista! Or, kick it up a notch by rocking these chic pairs with opaque tights and your favorite LBD. This versatile investment piece is sure to make a statement any way you wear them.