Winter is hard on your heating bill, it’s hard on your car, it’s hard on the pets, the house paint and a thousand other things as well; including your feet if you’re not wearing the right winter boots. Cold air, freezing rain, sleet, snow and slush can all conspire to make walking an incredibly uncomfortable experience that can cast a negative pall over your entire day. The best way to prevent winter from wreaking havoc on your feet is to wear winter boots that will keep the nasty stuff out and keep your feet warm and dry. Happily, boot construction today is a finely tuned art form and we have a plethora of high-quality winter boots to choose from.
The Best Winter Boot
The common theme for all shoes that are geared towards the winter period is ruggedness. It is an attribute that any good winter boot must possess to be practical and attractive to the buyer. The Columbia Men’s Fairbanks Omni-Heat Hiking Shoe does not disappoint in this regard, and it is an excellent companion for the cold winter period. The shoe is made with 100% leather and textile and is built to last, so you are confident that this is not a product that won’t be falling apart on you anytime soon. Furthermore, movement is incredibly easy with the Columbia Fairbanks Shoe with the inclusion of a rubber sole that is well constructed.
It is an excellent footwear for hiking and it also keeps you incredibly warm and comfortable. To efficiently provide the comfort that makes this such a great product to buy, the shoe comes with a techlite lightweight midsole which also impressively cushions your feet. That’s not all; the shoe is equipped with Omni-grip, which makes it ideal for any surface you might have to deal with, including snow-packed trails. This is the best choice for any hiking enthusiast, and with the impressive quality contained in this shoe, you will not regret making the purchase.
Made with 100% leather
Rubber sole that’s excellent to treading all kinds of surfaces
Comfortable and lightweight midsole
Omni-grip feature for more convenient traction
- ModelFAIRBANKSTM OMNI-HEATTM-M
- Weight2.4 pounds
The Sorel Explorer Joan looks like a pair of boots that won’t look out of place on a runway as the excellent design is pleasing on the eye. The grey color makes it a fit for most of your clothes, and the streamlined look of the shoe makes it an absolute fashion statement. However, its usefulness does not end there as its construction also makes it a no-brainer for any potential buyer. The shoe is constructed with full-grain leather that is made to last and is tough enough to handle heavy use from an adventurous wearer. Moreover, the shoe provides you with water protection as the material is waterproof, and you can now comfortably walk around in the rain and snow without any worries about your shoes getting damaged or of the water getting to your feet.
You will enjoy using these shoes as they are immensely comfortable, thanks mainly to the 100g of insulation that keeps your feet warm. In addition to this, it also contains an EVA footbed that acts as a cushion for your feet with every step you take. This is not the only appearance of EVA as it is also used in the construction of the outsole along with some high-quality rubber that offers some extra traction to the wearer. With its numerous features, this is definitely the best option for powerful women who love adventure and want a pair of boots that mirror their personality.
EVA footbed for extra cushioning
Constructed with premium leather
Waterproof and useful in the rain and snow
Excellent design that is easy on the eye
- Weight2.56 pounds
Winter is already uncomfortable enough with the cold weather and impossible conditions that make going out difficult. It is for this reason that whatever you decide to throw on to combat the cold needs to be comfortable, and if it’s comfort you want, The North Face Men’s Chilkat III Pull-On Winter Boot is an excellent option. This fabulous shoe is a beauty to behold, and its unique construction makes it a delight to wear. The North Face Winter Boot is an all-purpose shoe that provides warmth that fans have come to expect from the Chilkat series and is a solid accessory to help you handle the cold weather with ease.
The outer layer is equipped with a suede and nubuck shell that is waterproof and protects your feet from the cold and wetness. In addition, the compression-molded EVA midsole cushions your feet and provides the comfort that your feet crave. On the outsole, the North Face Chilkat III shines thanks to the rubber construction that improves traction when you step out. Besides, with 200g insulation, you’ll feel as warm as toast when you pull on these shoes. Have we mentioned how comfortable these boots are to pull on? The addition of elastic side panels enables the wearer to quite easily pull on/off these beauties.
200g insulation for greater warmth
Nubuck and suede outer layer protects the feet from wetness
Compression-molded EVA midsole cushions the feet
Rubber soles for better traction
- BrandThe North Face
- Weight8 ounces
If there is any disadvantage to winter boots, it’s that most of them are only useful during the winter months and are basically useless in warmer months. This is not the case with the Mishansha Winter Anti-Slip Leather Warm Snow Boots, which features a classic design that makes it suitable for use all-year-round. Its classic ankle bootie design is timeless and is ideal for both men and women, giving it an advantage over many other boots that don’t have the same versatility.
The leather upper is sturdy and water-resistant, ensuring that water does not seep into the shoes. Also, the boots are cruelty-free as they are made with artificial leather, which makes it an excellent option for vegans and those in opposition to the use of animals in manufacturing. On top of this, the insides of the shoes are lined with fur to keep you warm throughout the day. What’s more, the outsole is made with rubber, which helps with traction and acts as an impressive means of support.
Fur insides to keep the user warm
Artificial leather that is water-resistant
Useful for use all-year-round
Rubber soles for more convenient traction
- Weight1.76 pounds
Fleece, leather, and rubber are not easy materials to assimilate into a product, but that’s precisely what the Sperry Women’s Saltwater Rain Boot does, and it does it with true panache. This lovely boot features a design that is pleasing on the eye and is sure to draw stares wherever you go. More impressive still is how it does this while still providing a quality product that can stand shoulder to shoulder with other popular brands. The boots are waterproof and are an ideal companion for your forays into the cold/wet conditions without having to worry about your feet getting wet.
Additionally, the material used is top-notch, which means that it can withstand the damage that water would typically deal with other shoes and still serve admirably. Also, it comes with a side zip enclosure, which eases the process of pulling on the shoe. The fleeced insides ensure that your feet retain warmth and also keeps the wearer comfortable all day long. Furthermore, the rubber outsole also provides some extra traction that makes the traversal of wet and dry surfaces a cakewalk.
Fleece-lined insides for added warmth
Rubber duck toe that’s waterproof and useful during rainy season
Side zip enclosure for easy access
Rubber outsole for convenient traversal
- Weight2.25 pounds
The second Timberland entry on our list is the White Ledge Waterproof Boot that has some hiking boot DNA in it but also displays the flexibility you want in everyday winter boots. The padded, gusseted tongue is ultra-comfortable and prevents incursions by slush, snow and water. The genuine rubber sole with patented BSFP motion efficiency provides steady performance regardless of the surface and the seam-sealed construction means your feet will stay dry all day. These are great looking winter boots with an equally great pedigree that are also affordable and can be used while digging out the car or heading off to the holiday party. You can combine these shoes with a good winter jacket.
- Weight2 pounds
Timberland often walks the wire between work boots and winter boots and why not? Guys that work outdoors need winterized boots that are also appropriate for the job site. The Timberland Men’s 6” Premium Waterproof boot is just such a boot. Tough, comfortable, warm and waterproof it helps you get the job done, wherever that job needs to be done. It has a full rubber sole and padded heel that absorb shock, 400 grams of high-quality insulation throughout and it’s fully waterproofed so if you accidentally step in that puddle of slush you don’t have to worry. Great all around winter boots for work or leisure. Be sure to also check out our list of the best ski boots for more great items like this.
- Weight1 pound
The UGG Mens Hannen TI Winter Boot rides nice and high so you can blast your way through snow, slog your way through slush and puddles of ice cold December rain and still be ready for whatever comes next. The Treadlite outsole provides optimal traction on all surfaces and the wool lining of the Hannen TI Winter Boot means your feet may be the warmest part of your body when you’re out and about in winter weather. The seam sealed construction is an integral part of the waterproofing of the boot which is first rate. Durable, attractive, comfortable, waterproof and warm too the UGG Men’s Hannen TI winter boots are stylish, effective all around cold weather footwear that aren’t cheap, but should last you for many years if you care for them properly. Be sure to also check out our list of the best snow boots for more great items like this.
- ModelHannen Tl
- Weight4 pounds
The Caribou II from Sorel will never be mistaken for a work boot and that’s just fine because it’s not a work boot. It’s a winter boot. It’s intended to keep your feet warm and dry during the winter months and it clears that bar with room to spare. These warm winter boots are rated to -40 Fahrenheit and we believe it. There may be some specialized expedition boots out there that will keep you warm at even lower temperatures, but for most people in most of the world’s places not named “Everest” or “Antarctica” the Caribou II will be all that’s needed to keep the cold weather at bay. With a soft, comfortable pile cuff, scads of insulation and determined waterproofing you’ll transcend the worst winter can throw at you with the Caribou II. Our handy guide to the best Gore-Tex Boots features more great products like this.
- Weight5.9 ounces
The Danner Mountain Light Cascade Womens winter boots are as attractive as they are effective. They takes their design cues from classic mountaineering boots (and you could wear them on the mountain if you’re so inclined) but they’re built with everyday use in mind. The water-resistant linings and upper protect you from winter precipitation and incidental contact with puddles and the like. If you want fully waterproof snow boot’s however, you’ll have to treat them with an aftermarket waterproofing agent (easy enough). These are winter boots that are self-consciously stylish, harking back to the classic Alpine boots of the past for everything from the profile to the red laces. At the same time though they’re a lot more than just a pretty face. They’re exceptionally warm and comfortable, extremely well built, hug the surface even when that surface is slick and won’t wear you out after you’ve had them on for a few hours. Just great winter boots. Love this product? Check out our review of the best Muck Boots for our top picks.
- ModelMountain Light Cascade-W
- Weight3 pounds
The Men’s Bugaboot Plus III winter boot is a handsome no-nonsense piece of winter footwear that will allow you to move through the worst that Mother Nature has to offer and stay warm and dry the whole time. These are high, snug, flexible winter boots that sport 200g of high performance insulation and are seam sealed throughout to keep the slushy water outside where it belongs. The gusseted tongue will also assist in keeping things dry and keeping the heat in and you’ll get a sure stance from the Omni-Grip rubber outsole. Available in a multitude of colors and for a remarkably affordable price these are winter boots you’ll be reaching for whether you’re heading out to shovel the sidewalk or to meet friends at the movie theater. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best waterproof boots.
- ModelBUGABOOT PLUS III OMNI-M
- Weight2 pounds
The Globalwin Mens Classic Chukka Winter Boots are a bit of a departure from the rest of the winter boots on our list. They’re a simple, ankle high, combat style boot intended to skirt the line between function and fashion. As long as the snow isn’t a foot deep or the mercury below about 20 degrees Fahrenheit the Chukka Winter Boots from Globalwin should hold you in good stead. The real appeal of these basically good winter boots though is their combination of quality, performance and affordability. They’re as close as we come on this list to cheap winter boots and are available for about 1/3 what you’ll pay for most of the other winter boots on this list. That’s something to think about if you’re both style and budget conscious. You can combine this boot with good ski pants if it is really cold outside.
- BrandGlobal Win
Kamik makes no bones about the fact that their Mens Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot is performance first, style second. And perform it does. If we were stranded in the far north in extreme conditions and could choose only one boot from this list we’d have to go with the Kamik Greenbay 4. This is a boot that comes up to mid-calf so you’re good to go in blizzard conditions. It’s also rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit and is virtually hermetically sealed against the elements. Slush, freezing rain, deep snow, it’s all in a day’s work for these Greenbay 4 winter boots. The pair weighs in at less than 2 pounds so your winter boots won’t become winter anchors and the synthetic rubber outsole keeps you upright even on slippery surfaces. An outstanding extreme weather boot. You may also like to check our guide to the best Chukka boots, for more great footwear.
- Weight1 pound
The Kingshow Mens Water Resistant Winter Boots boast a hybrid design that combines the profile of the classic hiking boot with that of the more utilitarian waterproof all-purpose boot. The result is both effective and strangely appealing. These are winter boots designed to take on the snow and slush and half-frozen puddles that can take all the fun out of winter time. They do it by way of their slip resistant sole and fully waterproofed upper with gusseted tongue. Just to add an extra layer of frosting to the cake they’re extremely affordable as well. If you’re on a budget but want to keep your feet warm and dry this winter you owe it to yourself to give these Kingshow winter boots a good long look. Even as a pair of backup cold weather boots you can’t really lose at this price. Our guide to the best Chelsea boots offers more great boot options.
- Weight3 pounds
Ever Boots Tank winter boots bear little resemblance to the crude hulking war wagon whose name they bear and actually look more like a high end Volvo. The way they allow you to plow through the snow and assorted winter muck only reinforce that notion. With a soft felt finish, work boot design cues that have had the rough edges removed and a nice tall profile they’re warm boots that will keep you dry while everyone else is complaining that their feet are wet and cold. The genuine leather outsole provides stable footing on slippery surfaces and the Goodyear Welt Construction keeps everything together for the long haul. If, over that long haul the sole begins to wear you can have them resoled to your heart’s content.
- BrandEVER BOOTS
- Weight4 pounds
Winter Boots Buyers Guide and FAQs
There are so many different, outstanding winter boots on the market today that trying to find a pair that will serve your exact needs can be a bit daunting. What level of waterproofing do you need? How much insulation is enough for the climate where you live? Will you be wearing these boots on the job or just to and from the job? These are all questions that will need to be answered before you decide which pair of good winter boots to spend your hard earned money on. The following are some other questions we encountered while researching the 10 best winter boots for this guide.
Winter Boots FAQs
Q: What Are The Best Snow Boots For Ice?
A: Most of the boots featured above will do a commendable job keeping you upright on slick, icy surfaces. If we had to single out one we’d go with the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III winter boot. The level of stability provided by the company’s Omni-Grip rubber outsole is reliably outstanding.
Q: What Are The Best Winter Boots For Walking?
A: When it comes to walking in your winter boots flexibility is crucial. While stiff winter boots may be essential for activities such as ice climbing they won’t be very comfortable walking across town. As such, of the many excellent winter walking boots (and best work boots) reviewed above we’d have to pick the Caribou II from Sorel. The simple but firm lacing structure ensures you’ll have both flexibility and protection from the elements.
Q: Who Makes The Top Winter Boots?
A: There is plenty of debate about who makes the ‘best’ winter boots but the argument really comes down to how you intend to use them. If you need your winter boots to dig out cars and shovel walks it’s hard to beat the Mens Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot. If you just need to look good while staying dry and warm then something like the UGG Mens Hannen TI Winter Boot may be more appropriate.
If you live anywhere in the upper tier of North America you know that winter is no joke. Sure it can be beautiful at times and there are a lot of outdoor winter activities that are great fun for young and old. But you also know there are few things as tough as walking around in sub-freezing temperatures with wet, cold feet. As such the right boots for winter are a critical addition to your wardrobe whether you work in an office, on a construction site or you’re grabbing the camping stove and heading for the mountains.
We hope you found the above reviews of the best cold weather boots informative and that the information presented here helps you make a sound decision when it comes time to purchase your next pair of snow boots or men’s winter boots. Don’t forget to check back on a regular basis for more insightful product reviews from the experts at Gearhungry.com.