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Best Overall: Kamik Snow Boot at Amazon
"These winter boots give you a lot of bang for your buck."
Best for Women: Columbia Heavenly Mid Calf Boot at Amazon
"Feels so light you might think you’re wearing slippers."
Best for Men: Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry Insulated Boot at Amazon
"This new model boasts more traction and warmth than ever."
Best for Everyday: L.L. Bean Shearling Lined Bean Boots at L.L. Bean
"Boasted as the brand's most comfortable bean boots yet."
Best Style: UGG Adirondack III Boot at Amazon
"Perfect for outdoors as they are on a night out in town."
Best for Rain: Hunter Original Tall Insulated Rain Boots at Hunter
"Will have your feet and legs fully covered against all the elements."
Best for Extreme Cold: Baffin Impact Insulated Boots at Amazon
"Used for dogsledding in Alaska and adventuring across the North Pole."
Best for Versatility: Keen Durand Polar Hiking Boot at Amazon
"Can go from city commutes to hiking trails without issue."
Best for Kids: Sorel Yoot Pac Nylon Cold Weather Boot at Amazon
"Warm and cozy enough to sled and build snowmen in."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Kamik Snow Boot
Kamik winter boots give you a lot of bang for your buck — easily outpacing crowd-favorite Sorels for comfort and warmth. Although there’s not an exactly identical model for men and women, two similar standouts both deliver incredible quality. The women’s Momentum snow boot is rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, with convenient bungee lacing, a grippy rubber sole, well-sealed seams, and a high, fur-topped shaft to keep snow out (we also love the highly breathable lining that wicks away moisture). The men’s Nationplus model is rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, with a leather upper and 200B Thinsulate insulation — just keep an eye out for deep puddles, as water can enter through gaps at the base of the boot’s tongue. Although they might not be what you’d choose for an extended expedition, Kamiks make a great option for those who are either vacationing to cold climates or need this kind of protection only occasionally.
The women's version is available here.
Best for Women: Columbia Heavenly Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot
The last thing you'd want is cold weather boots weighing you down, and these surprisingly stylish ones deliver, feeling so light you might think you’re wearing slippers — even right out of the box. However, they’re just as warm as Columbia’s more rugged, chunkier options (so warm, in fact, that they’re rated down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit), and easily go from the trail to a night out. The mid-calf height is great for areas with a lot of snow — or just navigating snowdrifts on your way to your car — and the Omni-Tech waterproof membrane does a great job of keeping moisture out. They do run small and a bit narrow, so if you’re on the cusp of a size, or likely to wear thick socks underneath, consider going half a size up. A comparable take on the original Heavenly model, the Heavenly Organza II version of this boot features a shiny panel behind the laces if you’re so inclined.
Best for Men: Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry Insulated Boot
Vasque’s Snowburban UltraDry boots have long been a favorite for men looking for great cold-weather protection, but the new model incorporates a proprietary Nordic Rover sole design with the company’s proprietary ColdHold Compound, resulting with soles that boast more traction and warmth than ever without being overly clumpy. The 400g Thinsulate waterproofing insulation does the job well without overheating feet, and the leather uppers are well-made enough that they won’t show damage, even after years of use. They’re also relatively lightweight, at one pound, 13 ounces per boot. One slight sticking point is the lacing system (the laces can be a bit slick), but once you get them tied, customers swear they never come undone — and in the cold, where good dexterity might involve taking off your gloves, that’s a major plus. Thanks to their comfort and versatility, these are just as great for the trails as they are for chasing the kids around the yard.
Best for Everyday: L.L. Bean Shearling Lined Bean Boots
As the brand that originated the duck boot, L.L. Bean takes its original bean boots and amps up the heat with this shearling-lined version. They boast these boots as their most comfortable bean boots yet, and with good reason: crafted in Maine since 1912, they're constructed of full-grain, tumbled leather for a soft, comfortable fit. The premium shearling not only adds extra coziness but also enough warmth to get through wintry days. Even more, the boot's rubber bottom is waterproof and is lined with 200g Thinsulate Insulation for full protection. For a durable, snug pair of winter boots for everyday use, the bean boots are your best bet. There's also a men's version available here.
Best Style: UGG Adirondack III Boot
With most cold weather boots sporting chunky designs, it's hard to look good while staying warm in negative degree temps. UGG proves that wrong with its updated version of the best-selling Adirondack boots, a pair of leather and suede boots made for harsh weather. Made with DryTech waterproof, the boots feature 200g warm insulation, UGGpure wool lining, a molded Spider Rubber outsole for stable traction, and a cushioned insole for comfort. To ensure you'll stay warm, they're even rated to -26 degrees Fahrenheit. The cuff of these lace-up boots can also be worn up or down for style versatility. Both stylish and rugged, the Adirondack III boots are perfect for outdoors as they are on a night out in town.
Best for Rain: Hunter Original Tall Insulated Rain Boots
Sometimes you need a sturdy pair of boots specially made for wet, snowy days, and Hunter delivers just that. Since 1956, the brand has been distributing its iconic tall rain boots with most of the original construction — crafted out of 28 hand-cut parts, the natural rubber boots are assembled over three days on an aluminum last before being vulcanized. With the same waterproof finish and durability of the original boots, this updated version is lined with Sherpa lining for extra warmth. They can even be worn in temperatures as cold as -5 degrees Celsius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Styled with thermal socks, these insulated boots will have your feet and legs fully covered against all the elements.
A men's version is available for purchase here.
Best for Extreme Cold: Baffin Impact Insulated Boots
With both women’s and men’s versions, the Impact is what gave Baffin its name as a maker of boots for the most extreme conditions the planet can throw at intrepid explorers. Tested down to -148 degrees Fahrenheit, people have used these warm boots dogsledding in Alaska and adventuring across the North Pole. (The boot runs very small, so order at least a whole size up.) Each boot weighs about two pounds, but they’re designed to be comfortable, with Arctic Flex rubber, an underfoot air bubble, and a reflective waffle footbed that keeps feet ventilated and warm. Needless to say, the deep traction outsole gets full marks, too, holding its own in all but glare ice. Although liners might get worn out over time, they’re easily removable and replaceable, meaning these boots will last you for winters to come (people also love wearing the liners separately as “tent slippers” on chilly mornings).
Check out the men's version here.
Best for Versatility: Keen Durand Polar Hiking Boot
If you’re going to buy one pair this winter, get the pair that does it all, like the comfort-footwear favorite Keen’s Durand Poland Hiking Boot. Both the women’s and men’s versions feature great 400g bamboo-based insulation and a thermal heat shield footbed that prevents toes from getting chilly and warms feet from the ground up. We love the compound-grip rubber outsoles that result in incredible grip on everything but black ice, while company’s proprietary Keen Dry waterproof membrane does a great job of keeping slush and snow out. For those heading out on a wintry trek, the lacing system is strong and secure, though some might not love the medium height for keeping the tallest drifts out. These aren’t the most stylish boots on the market, but the Durands can go from city commutes to hiking trails without issue, making them an excellent all-rounder. (Keep in mind for women’s that the boots tend to run half a size small.)
The women's version is available here.
Best for Kids: Sorel Yoot Pac Nylon Cold Weather Boot
It doesn’t get more classic than Sorels for winter play — whether it’s for big kids or little ones — and the Yoot Pacs are great for kids ages 1 to 12 needing something warm and cozy to sled and build snowmen in. Parents are constantly surprised by just how light and not-clunky these cold weather boots are, despite their heavy-duty looks, even for the littlest of kids. The drawstring closure is easy for all but the smallest mittened hands to fasten, and the traction is great in slippery conditions. Best of all, they’re beyond waterproof, which means kids head home with dry, happy feet after a day of sledding, snowman-building, and snowball fights — no matter how deep the snow. Sizing hint: they tend to fit true to size, which makes ordering for busy parents a breeze. Or, go a size up for a pair that will last two seasons (just add some thick socks for the first winter).