We'd love to assume that after last year, the worst of the winter weather is behind us-but we hear that the Polar Vortex is making a comeback, leaving little doubt that chillier days are on the horizon. Whether heading to the office or knee-deep in piles of snow, there's a boot to suit every winter warrior out there. Don't worry, we've got you covered.
After extensive research, we've compiled a list of the best winter boots for whatever conditions are thrown your way. No matter what the elements have in store for us this season, our top ten will keep you dry, keep you warm and most importantly, keep you looking good.
Columbia Men's Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat Boot
Best for: Snowball Battlers
The perfect boot for sub-zero playtime. The Bugaboot (pictured above) has so many technologically advanced foot-warming features, it's hard to believe they all fit in such a slim package. The outers are made from OutDRY breathable waterproof material and seam-sealed construction, so you're feet stay both dry and sweat-free. Next comes 600g of insulation for a maximum buffer between you and the chilly outdoors. A reflective lining keeps your natural body heat in so your toes stay extra toasty, even if it's -32C out. Finally, the lightweight sole is made from Columbia's own Techlite material, which both absorbs shock and rebounds back back, so you'll have a bounce in your step - down to the last snowball.
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Kamik Men's Blackjack Boot
Best for: Mountain men
Is it a hiking boot or a snow boot? As it turns out, the Kamik Men's Blackjack boot is a little bit of both. The padded collar, waterproof gusset tongue, lace-up front and rustproof metal eyelets give these boots the look of classic hikers, but don't let their throwback good looks fool you. Down below is a flexible waterproof shell containing patented 3M Thinsulate insulation and a breathable nylon lining, with an antibacterial foot bed that is removable so you can keep them clean. Good to -40°F, these are sure to keep you comfy, whether you're traipsing up a mountain or taking the kids for a stroll through some freshly fallen snow.The little ones need to keep their toes warm too. Luckily, Kamik has developed toddler-sized version of their adult boots called the Backwood, with a couple of kid-friendly features. Instead of laces, for example, the Backwood boots have a super easy closure system - turn a plastic dial at the top of the boot and nylon-coated steel laces pull tight to make sure the snow gets nowhere near your little man's toes.
Sorel Men's Caribou II Boot
Best for: Urban Lumberjacks
You can't beat a classic. The original Sorel Caribou boot has been keeping feet warm and dry since 1962, and little has changed in the look or feel of these winter workhorses over the past 53 years. These boots were built to last, and come with Thermoplus™ felt liners that are easy ro remove and clean, so your pair stays fresh over the years. Couple that with trademark nubuck leather and waterproof seams, your feet will be both stylish and snug. Can you wear them around the office? Perhaps not. Will you look like a 1970s lumberjack charging through the snow? Oh, absolutely.
Hi-Tec Terra Lox Mid 200 I
Best For: The Fearless Nine-to-Five-r
If those boots don't check all of the boxes, the Hi-Tec Terra Lox Mid 200 I might fit the bill. Designed for snow banks outside with the office in mind, this micro fleece lined boot is made with i-shield technology, which repels water and dirt, Made with specially trademarked insulation, this boot traps heat ensuring warm feet for hours. No need to fear treading through snow or even walking on wet ground; these highly rated boots are stain resistant too. Couple that with a Vibram rubber outsole that ensures traction and durability, it's clear that these boots were made for men ready to face winter head-on.
Sorel Men's Paxson CH Casual Ankle Boot
Best for: City Slickers
If you're a man who needs hardcore winter protection but don't want to look like an arctic explorer when you stroll into the office, this is the boot for you. The Sorel Paxson Chukka Waterproof pull-on forgoes laces and the explosion of fake fur around the ankle, giving this weatherproof slip-on a sleeker silhouette that is office-ready. Of course, that doesn't mean it isn't a sub-zero performer; it's still got the waterproof, seam-sealed construction and intense insulation that has made Sorel the go-to winter footwear brand for decades.
Baffin Men's Endurance Snow Boot
Best for: Snow Storm Survivors
Sometimes it's important to look stylish, but when you're waist-deep in snow and freezing cold temperatures have begun to set in, comfort and survival may start to become the top priority. For those moments, the Baffin Men's Endurance Snow Boot is what you'll want to be wearing. These incredible troopers are polar-test, designed to keep you warm even in temperatures as bleak as -100C, thanks to an eight-layer foam insulation system. They also have an adjustable snow collar so that none of the white stuff will sneak in the top, a heavily treaded sole to reduce icy slippage, and a neat little pocket to keep whatever survival gear you may need to make it through the arctic tundra ahead.
Helly Hansen Men's Garibaldi D Ring Winter Boot
Best for: Après Ski Socializers
After a long day of skiing or snowboarding on the mountain, there's nothing like warming up for a little après ski with friends. And when it comes to the mountain bar hopping, you'll want to be warm - but you'll also want to look good. The Helly Hansen Men's Garibaldi D Ring Winter Boot fulfills both of these criteria, and then some. It's made of waterproof leather, lined with soft insulating felt, and has a patented Helly grip sole to keep you steady on icy patches. But above all that, these boots look darn good. They're made from full-grain nubuck leather, topped with a faux-fur cuff, and when worn under a pair of jeans, almost look like a pair of trendy boat shoes. Thank these boots for all the new friends you'll have by the end of the night.
Pajar Men's Tour Boot
Best for: Skater Boys
For those days when you want to be wearing sneakers, but it's too darn cold, the Pajar Men's Tour boot will come through in a pinch. This winter boot is cleared to keep you warm in conditions as low as -74C, yet pair it with jeans and it looks like more of a skate shoe then snow-ready boot. These boots slip easily on and off in seconds thanks to a handy side zipper. Combine that with tumbled leather uppers that are waterproof and easy on the eyes, and slim rubber soles, these boots keep the bulk factor low and the cool factor high.
Boggs Men's Ultra Mid Waterproof Winter And Rain Boot
Best for: Wet Weather Warriors
When it comes to wet conditions, nothing works better than rubber.; When it comes to rubber, the Boggs Ultra Mid can't be beat. Sure, the coldest days of winter can be painful, but there's a special kind of misery that is inflicted by the soggy season, and if you live in a coastal climate, that dreaded season can last all winter long. Fortunately Bogs were made for enduring day after day of dampness. Originally designed for dairy farmers, the Boggs Mid has built in handles that make them a cinch to pull on.. Even if you weren't planning on facing the elements, if the weather does take a sudden drop, these rubbers are no slouch. They're lined with insoles and are rated to keep you warm at -35C, so there's no need to sacrifice dryness for staying toasty warm.
Irish Setter Men's 882 Elk Tracker WP 600 Gram 12" Big Game Boot
Best for: Classy Hunters
The Irish Setter brand likes to boast that their wares are "built by hunters, for hunters," but all it takes is one look at their classic Elk Hunter boots to know that you don't have to be a hunter to look darn fine in them. These boots are indeed "purpose built": they've got a shock-absorbing cork insole, GORE-TEX® waterproofing, 12" full-grain leather uppers, and a choice of either 200, 600 or 1000 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation. They break in quickly but hold their shape, and though they may be the roughest, toughest boots on this list, they are also, arguably, the most attractive. ,
-- Written by Lia Grainger