Cold weather is no excuse for locking yourself indoors for months on end. In fact, you can experience some of the best outdoor fun and adventures during the winter. Spending time outdoors in winter is great for boosting our immune systems and fresh air is important no matter what time of the year it is.
While spending time outdoors is important, nothing can ruin your winter activities faster than cold, miserable feet. Especially if you live in a region with snowy winters, it’s important to keep your feet warm and dry.
As with most activities, enjoying them comes down to footwear. A good pair of winter boots can make all the difference when you escape the confines of four walls and get out in the sun. The best winter boots will not only keep your feet warm and dry, but they should also be comfortable.
Take a look at our selection of the best winter boots and the only thing you’ll be worrying about is when it’s time to call it a day.
The Best Winter Boot
Winter is cold no matter where you go and the right pair of warm boots can make all the difference. Seize the day in these Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boots. These boots are perfect for work or play so you can step out in total comfort at the construction site, hiking trail or walking around town. If you only buy one pair of winter boots this season, these may very well be the only ones you’ll need. For more nice looking shoes check out our guide to the best Chelsea boots.
Premium full-grain waterproof leather uppers
Seam-sealed waterproof construction
Rustproof speed lace hardware
Solid rubber outsole with multi-directional lugs
- Weight12 ounces
Great for hiking, work or every day wear
Removable dual-density EVA footbed
Comfortable, yet durable
May take a considerable amount to dry once wet
Not suitable for deep snow
For a classic pair of winter shoes you can’t go wrong with this pair of Timberland Men’s Classics. These boots will protect your feet on the construction site and will keep them dry when you’re hiking. You can also wear them with a pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt at a BBQ or other casual setting. They look great, are incredibly durable and have been designed with your comfort in mind.
Classic Timberland design
Durable, protective footwear
Timberland’s original waterproof boots
- Weight12 ounces
Comfortable for work or play
May feel stiff when new
Don’t let a bit of snow or rain have you running for cover. With this Kamik Men’s Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot you can step out and join the fun even on the chilliest of days. These boots are incredibly light thanks to the Rubber He Soles, yet they are still quite strong and durable. The 600-denier nylon uppers are waterproof and couple that with a removable 8mm thermal-guard liner, you can be sure your feet will stay warm and dry.
600 denier Nylon
Synthetic Rubber(He) sole
Lightweight waterproof upper
Removable 8mm thermal-guard liner
Drawstring at top line
- Weight4 pounds
Ultimate cold weather boot
Waterproof and thermal lined
May not be suitable for wider feet
Construction projects and other work doesn’t grind to a halt at the first signs of cooler weather and that means getting the job done. Protect your feet and keep them warm in any weather with these men’s winter boots from EVER BOOTS. These work boots feature Goodyear Welt Construction so you can be sure of their dependability, yet they are also quite comfortable thanks to the comfort cushion insole. These are the boots that will get you those long winter days when you need to get the job done. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best hunting boots.
Leather upper with rubber sole
Goodyear Welt Construction
Comfort Cushion Insole
Removable Option Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
Top Full Grain Nubuck Leather
- BrandEVER BOOTS
- Weight4 pounds
3 month manufacturer’s warranty
Speedy Hooks for Easy Wearing
Oil resistant qualities for enhanced durability
May not be suitable for wet conditions
Warm winter boots are the one accessory you can’t do without when the chilly weather sets in so you need this Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Omni Cold-Weather Boot to keep your feet warm and dry when you trek out in the woods or tackle the ice and snow of the concrete jungle. These boots feature waterproof seam-sealed construction to keep moisture out, yet they feature a Techlite midsole so you won’t need to drag your feet. They are cushioned for exceptional comfort and the Omni-heat reflective lining features plenty of insulation to keep your feet warm all day.
100% Leather and Textile
Ankle-high cold-weather boot with
Waterproof seam-sealed construction
Omni-Heat reflective lining with 200g insulation
Techlite lightweight midsole
Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber outsole
- ModelBUGABOOT PLUS III OMNI-M
- Weight4 pounds
Superior cushioning for extra comfort
Cushioned EVA footbed for supportive comfort
May not be suitable for wider feet
Men’s snow boots are essential in the colder regions, particularly in areas that see a lot of snow. SOREL Men’s Caribou Winter Snow Boots are deep enough to give you the freedom of trekking through heavy snowfall and keep your feet warm and dry. They are incredibly durable and rugged so you can charge through the snowfields confidently, without worrying about slipping. The rubber sole literally pushes water and slush away from the boots and the strong leather upper gives your feet and ankles all the comfort, support and protection you need for those chilly winter months.
100% Leather and Synthetic
Seam sealed waterproof construction
Bonded felt frost plug midsole
- Weight6.19 pounds
Rubber sole wicks water away from boot
Heavy lugged sole for extra stability
Strong leather upper provides protection and support
Rubber soles prone to cracking
GLOBALWIN Mens Classic Winter Water Resistant Chukka Boots are a great pair of winter walking boots for the man who likes to get around town in style. These boots will look good with almost any outfit you put on from dress pants to jeans. They feature a suede upper with a fur lining to keep your feet toasty warm and the decorative sewing threads give an added touch of class. Water resistant with a non-skid sole, you can navigate your way around town without fear of slipping around, even when the streets are covered with snow.
Suede upper with fur lining
Decorative sewing threads
Cushioned footbed for extra comfort
Good quality design
Suitable for all day wear
May need to be broken in
If you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors in winter, you don’t need a pair of boots with all the fancy features. These M1280 Waterproof Winter Boots from Kingshow have everything you need in a pair of weekend snow boots. The rubber soles are durable and slip resistant making them perfect for a walk on a snowy mountain. Lightweight and strong, they’re perfect for a little bit of winter fun outdoors and at a price that is sure to please.
Lined with filled sponge
Lightweight, strong and well made
Rubber soles very durable and slip resistant
- Weight5 pounds
Premium genuine leather is waterproof
Perfect use for outdoor activities in winter
May not be suitable for active wear
You can’t go wrong with a classic looking pair of winter snow boots and when it comes to a vintage look, you won’t see many boot like this pair of Danner Women’s Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boots. The first thing you’ll notice is the Sienna Cache leather. The remarkable thing about this material is that it actually looks better with age. Looks aren’t everything and with this pair of winter boots your feet will stay warm and dry thanks to the Dri-Lex lining which offers superior breathability and comfort.
For the girl on the go, these are the best boots for hiking and other outdoor winter activities. If you love hiking, make sure you also check our guide to the best hiking shoes.
100% Leather with rubber sole
Handcrafted to provide a wider platform
Dri-Lex lining for increased breathability and comfort.
Retro One Piece Leather Upper
Vibram Kletterlift outsole
- ModelMountain Light Cascade-W
- Weight3.21 pounds
Stitchdown construction offers increased stability underfoot
Sienna Cache leather looks better with age
Does not come with insole
Ugg have been making stylish winter boots for decades and over that time the colors and styles have kept up with the times to keep Ugg’s loyal customers happy. These UGG Men’s Hannen Tl Winter Boots not only look good, but they will keep your feet comfy and warm all winter long. They feature the Uggpure wool lining for comfort and warmth you need to try for yourself. The waterproof and seam-sealed construction makes these the ideal boots for all of your winter activities.
100% Leather with synthetic sole
Vildona and foam lined insole
Treadlite outsole by Ugg
Uggpure wool lining
Waterproof and seam-sealed construction
- ModelHannen Tl
- Weight12 ounces
Uggpure wool offers total warmth and comfort
Outsole with Treadlite for cushioning and traction
Premium waterproof leather
May need to be polished after each use
Even in the middle of winter, hiking will get your core temperature up and have you breaking a sweat. For this kind of rugged trekking you need a breathable pair of boots like Newton Ridge Plus Ii Suede from Columbia. These boots feature lightweight midsoles for comfort, yet the materials in these boots are durable and reliable. Waterproof, breathable and with great grip, there are no trails to fear when you step out in these winter boots.
Signature lightweight midsole for long-lasting comfort
Superior cushioning, and high energy return
High-traction grip outsole.
Waterproof suede and leather
Lace-up closure ensures an adjustable, secure fit.
Metal hardware and a seam-sealed construction
- Weight2.62 pounds
Stylish and protective materials
Omni-Grip multi-terrain traction system
A little shallow for deep snow conditions
You don’t have to compromise comfort or style with these Forester-M winter boots from Helly Hansen. They have been made from premium quality full grain leather that is water repellant and with a range of cool colors available you can dress them up or down depending on where you need to go. The removable EVA footbed is comfortable and easy to keep clean and the padded collar keeps your feet as snug as a bug in a rug. Lightweight and durable, these boots are a must for your winter wardrobe.
Premium quality full-grain, water-repellant leather
Leather heel counter
Padded collar for comfort
Removable eva footbed
Durable Helly grip and Helly wear rubber
- BrandHelly Hansen
- ModelThe Forester-M
- Weight4 pounds
This pair of Salomon Men’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots are as rugged as they look and perfect for getting around in snowy conditions. They have been designed to keep your foot stable and feature a protective heel cap. The Gore-Tex breathable technology means moisture is wicked away from your feet for those days when you’re spending long hours on your feet and the foam cushioning means you’ll be comfortable all day long. The special patterned heel will grip any terrain you choose to walk over making them awesome footwear for winter.
Leather and Synthetic
Designed to keep your foot stable
Foam cushioning for comfort
Features protective heel cap
EVA shaped footbed sockliner
Gore-Tex breathable technology
- ModelL40662000-US 10.0/UK 9.5
- Weight12 ounces
Two types of rubber strategically placed on sole for intense grip.
Special patterned heel grabs terrain more aggressively
Salomon 2 year limited warranty
A little heavy for lengthy wearing
Waterproof snow boots are a must in winter. Ice and snow melt and the slush they produce is nasty to walk on. Keep your feet warm and dry in these Skechers Men’s Relment Pelmo Chukka Waterproof Boots. Made from waterproof materials, they won’t let you down. These Chukka boots are great for hiking or city walking and give you a fantastically stable grip over ice and rocks on the trails. The air cooled memory foam offers comfort and support for busy feet and as they are well built and durable you’ll enjoy stepping out during the cooler months.
100% Leather with Synthetic sole
Air cooled memory foam
Made from durable materials
- ModelRelment Pelmo
- Weight12 ounces
Great for snow and hiking
Stable grip on rocks or ice
Well-built and comfortable
May need to replace insole over time
Winter Boot Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Winter Boots
Reviews – The customer experience is always a good indication of how well a product performs and that applies to winter boots as well. We checked the reviews of dozens of winter boots before selecting the best ones to feature in this selection. Positive reviews are important and it’s natural to look at products with favorable reviews, but we also took a look at negative reviews to see what may go wrong with the winter boots in our selection.
Brand – Reputation is important when it comes to quality footwear and that is possibly even more so when it comes to winter boots. Cold, wet and miserable feet can ruin a fun day in winter so it’s important to look for brand names that have that all important reputation for using quality materials to produce quality boots. We chose brand names that specialize in good quality footwear that will not disappoint. Stick to brands that you can trust and avoid the cheap imitations.
Price – A good pair of winter boots is not really going to be cheap, but that doesn’t mean it has to have an over-the-top price tag either. We’ve included winter boots in a variety of prices so there is something for every budget. It comes down to the price you are prepared to pay. There are some in the mid-price range that are excellent in quality. A huge price doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best winter boot for you so look at what features are important to you before choosing your boots.
Features To Look For In Winter Boots
Waterproofing – This is one of the most important features to look for in winter boots and if you’ve ever been stuck outdoors in sub-zero temperatures with wet feet, you can fully appreciate the benefits of waterproof footwear. Cold, wet feet are not only uncomfortable, they can be downright painful. Look for winter boots that have been made with waterproof materials and stay comfortable and dry when you’re out. This is especially important as winter often means lots of ice, snow and rain.
Warmth – You wear a padded or thermal jacket or coat in winter to keep your upper body nice and warm. Don’t neglect your feet. The best winter boots will have some sort of lining like wool or a heat reflective synthetic material that should keep your feet warm. This is an important feature for hikers and those who work outdoors in the colder months. Like wet feet, cold feet are also uncomfortable and they can ruin a good day quite quickly. Look for insoles and linings that will keep your feet warm no matter how long you stay outdoors in winter.
Fit –If there is ever a time you need stable footwear, it’s over the winter when ice and snow are a factor. Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly is never a good idea, but loose fitting shoes in winter is a recipe for disaster as they simple can’t support and stabilize your feet. Overly tight winter boots are also going to stop you from being able to take your natural stride, and this too, will cause considerable discomfort. Choose boots that fit snugly, without being too tight.
Grip – Icy, snowy and rainy conditions can be perilous on mountain trails and they aren’t much better in the city either. That’s where the soles of your winter boots can make or break you literally. Foot and ankle surgeons see a lot of broken and sprained ankles and legs over winter and the main culprit is usually a lack of grip on the soles of your shoes. Look for a good, rugged dread in non-skid rubber so you can keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Laces – Most winter boots feature traditional laces and while they can be considered as tedious to tie up, they also give you the ability to firmly secure the boots to your feet and ankles. Make sure the laces go all the way up to the top of the boots because apart from keeping the snow out of your boots, they also help to keep the boots stable on your feet.
Comfort – The only shoes that can be mildly tolerated if they’re not comfortable are shoes you don’t have to stand or walk in. However, this is not an option for many who insist on comfort, and rightfully so. Winter boots often have some weight to them so the absolute last thing you need is for them to be uncomfortable as well. Comfort isn’t just about keeping your feet cushioned and warm. It’s also about control moisture from sweaty feet. Look for insoles that are cushiony, but also wick away moisture. The best way to buy comfortable winter boots is to try them on first. Choose the best comfort levels for yourself and you’ll never cut your day short because of sore feet.