It’s beginning to look a lot like boot season! If you’ve got the white stuff on the brain and want to plan ahead for that first snowfall, or you’re planning an epic resort getaway, you need to be prepared with a pair of boots that helps you navigate snowy territory with ease. All too often, though, snow boots are more of the clunky, utilitarian variety, with not a hint of style in sight. That’s what makes this lineup especially notable. They’re all designed to keep your feet toasty and dry while you brave the snow — and they’re not without a dose of good style, too.
L.L. Bean 10” Shearling-Lined Tumbled Leather Boot
Talk about a classic. A mainstay since they 1912, the L.L. Bean 10” Shearling-Lined Tumbled Leather Boot is the very definition of endurance. It’s made with ultra-smooth, buttery leather that feels just as good as it looks. For the traditionalist who eschews trends in favor of no-fuss, always-reliable styles that actually live up to all of the hype, there is nothing better than this. From the shearling lining to the triple-needle stitching to the waterproof rubber sole, every detail is finished with meticulous perfection to ensure that every step is as comfortable as possible.
Sorel Caribou Boot
When have Sorel ever steered you wrong? Rarely does a boot company get it right with every single model, but that’s about all one can say about the Caribou Boot. It’s a style that completely checks every box, offering the advantage of seam-sealed construction coupled with a tough-as-nails upper marrying suede with ballistic nylon. It puts up with a lot and emerges looking its best every time.
Arc’teryx Aerios AR Mid GTX Boot
If you love a little extra detail in your winter boots, you’ll appreciate the intricacy involved in crafting the Arc’teryx Aerios AR Mid GTX Boot. It’s a dynamic choice for the season that’s just as good for a remote hike to indulge your inner adventurer as playtime in the backyard with the littles. The material is highly breathable, so your feet can breathe, yet still snug and supportive enough to help you stay dry whether the snow is actively falling or you’re playing in last week’s slush.
UGG Butte Waterproof Boot
When it comes to truly fashionable boots that never sacrifice functionality, there are few that get it as right as UGG. The beloved brand once again hits it out of the park with the Butte Waterproof Boot, a durable style featuring a Vibram® outsole built to handle all kinds of challenges. The inside is, of course, the stuff of dreams, featuring plush faux fur coupled with UGGpure textile, a wool addition that’s designed to replicate the cozy feel of shearling.
Sorel Ankeny II Waterproof Boot
Like a hiker boot with edge, the Sorel Ankeny II Waterproof Boot is definitely a go-to choice for the active guy who demands something that will easily put up with his busy, outdoorsy lifestyle. The waterproof styling alone is a must, but this offers heavy-duty insulation for added warmth along with a good, grippy outsole that will keep you steady on your feet as you navigate different surfaces. It’s also designed with versatility in mind, so it’s just as fitting a companion for boots as it is a pair of snow pants.
Sorel Buxton Pull-On Boots
If you’d rather not deal with all of the bells and whistles, thank you very much, you’ve got yourself the ultimate outdoor companion in a pair of Sorel Buxton Pull-On Boots. They live up to their name fully, offering you the advantage of easy pull-on styling. There’s a pull-tab at the back so you can easily pull them off when you get back inside from the cold. Featuring plenty of insulation and a rugged sole, it’s perfect for a walk downtown or a hike in the snow.
Columbia Bugaboot Celsius Plus Snow Boot
A little extra length is sometimes necessary, which may make the Columbia Bugaboot Celsius Plus Snow Boot your top choice for the season. With a longer shaft, it provides some additional coverage for added warmth and comfort. It features a rubber sole and is made with a blend of waterproof leather, fabric, and webbing for all-around security, comfort, and durability. The outsole is heavily textured for solid grip on the ground, especially if you’re venturing onto an especially wet surface.
The North Face Chilkat V Lace Waterproof Boot
If you can’t bear the thought of lugging on a heavy-duty boot that feels so weighty you can barely take a step, you may have finally met your perfect partner in The North Face Chilkat V Lace Waterproof Boot. There’s nothing like this waterproof shoe that features a seam-sealed design, 200 grams of cozy insulation, and webbing loops at the heels for easy wear. Nothing’s been left to chance here, from the rust-proof hardware to the heel clips compatible with snowshoes.
Merrell Waterproof Nova Sneaker Boot
Offering the comfort of your favorite pair of sneakers coupled with the practicality of a boot, the Merrell Waterproof Nova Sneaker Boot undeniably lives up to its name — and more than surpasses expectations. Complete with details like a waterproof membrane that seals out water, soft fleece lining (recycled!), and lightweight yet highly cozy insulation, it’s the heavy-duty, grippy boot you didn’t know you needed for winter.
Merrell Moab Speed Thermo Mid Waterproof Boot
If you’re an avid hiker and in search of a truly good boot for your cold-weather excursions, don’t look further than the Merrell Moab Speed Thermo Mid Waterproof Boot. This offers absolutely everything you need to stay comfortable and safe during your treks, including a waterproof membrane, fleece lining, 200 grams of insulation, a removable foam insole, a protective rock plate, FloatPro Foam midsoles, and Vibram Icetrek outsoles for superior grip.