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- When winter hits, be prepared with the best boots for inclement weather.
- Whether you’re interested in stylish or utilitarian boots, here are 15 great choices.
- All these boots are insulated and waterproof or water-resistant.
Winter is on the way and when the temperature drops, you better have something on your feet that will keep your toes from freezing. Whether you’re looking for a boot that’s super stylish or a utilitarian boot for shoveling snow, we’ve put together a guide to 15 of the best choices available.
At the very least, a winter boot should be waterproof and have insulation, whether from materials like PrimaLoft or Thinsulate, which are both lightweight and made of synthetic fibers, or wool, which some people prefer since it isn’t man-made.
Besides waterproofing and insulation, a third major consideration is how a boot will handle icy conditions. Look for a boot with good traction. Many of the selections below use outsoles from Vibram, a storied Italian company famed for its rubber lug soles.
The last consideration is use. We’ve included winter boots that work for the office or social events but can still handle foul weather, all the way to boots built for winter hiking through snow and across ice. And many that fall in between these two extremes. You’re probably not going to want to wear a handmade pair of Italian boots to shovel snow or sport high rubber boots at the office, but we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you need in this roundup.
Here are the best winter boots for men in 2021:
L.L.Bean’s 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots feature waterproof leather on the outside to handle snow and sleet while soft shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm.
L.L.Bean has been crafting winter boots for more than 100 years — it was the first product when the brand launched in 1912 — and today it still makes the Bean Boot in Maine. This 10-inch shearling-lined duck-style boot incorporates waterproof leather uppers that are triple-stitched, with a steel shank and a rubber chain-tread bottom to keep you stable. Inside, a natural shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm down to 25°F for light outdoor activity and -20°F for moderate activity.
Merrell Men’s Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot
Merrell’s Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boots are the perfect winter hikers, especially if your toes tend towards being cold. These boots are also lightweight, waterproof, and great in icy conditions.
If you’re looking for some winter hikers, Merrell has been making exceptional hiking boots for 40 years, and the Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot is one of its bestsellers. According to shoppers, these boots are light, extra warm, comfortable, durable, completely waterproof, and have great traction in icy conditions. They feature Vibram outsoles, a bellows tongue to prevent moisture and debris from getting in, are lined in fleece, have PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation over the toes, and a heat-reflecting insole that traps body heat around the foot.
Sorel 1964 Pac T Boot
Sorel’s 1964 Pac T boots have everything you’d want in a winter boot, plus eco-friendly materials like leather from a sustainable tannery and recycled felt.
Sorel’s 1964 Pac T Boot has everything you want in a winter boot, plus it’s made using eco-friendly materials. The Pac T features waterproof leather from a sustainable tannery and vulcanized rubber upper that’s seam-sealed to keep moisture out. It’s insulated with a removable washable recycled felt inner boot, is lined in micro-fleece, and has a Sherpa pile snow cuff for extra warmth. Finally, it has a molded EVA footbed and a thick rubber outsole to keep your feet happy and steady when you’re tromping around in the snow.
Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot
Beauty and brawn meet in the Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot that works as well in the office as it does outdoors.
Nisolo’s All-Weather Andres Boot combines elegance and toughness for a boot that works as well in the office as it does on a winter hike through the woods. These beauties are Nisolo’s version of a traditional trench boot and are handcrafted in Peru using sustainably produced water-resistant leather for the uppers in a factory that pays its workers a living wage. The gusseted tongue keeps out moisture and the shock-absorbing studded rubber outsoles will keep you surefooted when it’s slippery out.
Timberland Premium 6-inch Waterproof Boots
The Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic for a reason: They have unmistakable style and what it takes to keep you comfortable when the temperature drops.
The Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic not just for their unmistakable style but because they can actually stand up to the elements. They have sustainably produced waterproof leather uppers that are seam-sealed to prevent moisture from seeping in, 400 grams of PrimaLoft ECO insulation inside to keep out the chill, and thick rubber lugged outsoles to keep you from slipping on the icy pavement. There’s a good amount of padding on the collar around the ankle and a leather-lined footbed for comfort. Then there are the unique colorways available, but the basic black is also a real standout.
Danner Hood Winter Light Boot
Danner’s Hood Winter Light Boot has a full-grain leather upper, a waterproof Gore-Tex liner, Thinsulate insulation, and Vibram outsole, all in one stunning package.
The American heritage brand Danner began making boots for Oregon loggers back in 1932 and, as you’d expect, its footwear is built for the outdoors and harsh weather. It is also stunningly handsome. The Hood Winter Light Boot is a style Danner recently brought back just in time for colder weather. It’s got a full-grain leather upper, a breathable waterproof Gore-Tex liner to keep out the rain and snow, 200 grams of Thinsulate to keep out the cold, and a Vibram Kletterlift outsole with tons of traction. And, it’s made in the U.S.
Muck Boots Men’s Arctic Outpost Pull-On
The Original Muck Boot Company is famous for its rain boots but its winter boots are also superb. The Arctic Outpost Pull-On has a full-grain leather and thick neoprene upper and is lined in fleece for those cold winter days.
You may know the Original Muck Boot Company for its rain boots, but the brand also makes wonderful winter boots. The Arctic Outpost Pull-on has a full-grain leather and thick waterproof neoprene upper that protects you from the snow, a soft fleece lining to protect you from the cold, and a Vibram Arctic Grip Outsole to protect you from falling down. And the pull-on style means they’re easy to get in and out of.
Kamik Men’s Hunter Cold-Weather Boot
The Kamik Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made in Canada, rated for -40°F, and is a great value at under $60.
Kamik is a family-owned Canadian company with a history going back to the turn of the 20th century. The Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made of waterproof synthetic rubber and includes a removable thermal liner. It hits about mid-calf so it’s high enough to keep deep snow out, and has a nylon collar to further prevent snow from getting in. It’s rated to -40°F, manufactured in Canada, and will cost you less than $60.
Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot
Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boots are your cold-weather friends that are insulated, waterproof, sturdy, and easy to get on and off.
The Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot is a Chelsea-style boot made for winter weather. It features full-grain waterproof leather uppers, 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, and even has an exclusive ScentBan process that kills odor-causing bacteria to keep your boots smelling fresh. The Vibram outsole will keep you surefooted no matter the terrain.
The North Face Chilkat IV
The North Face Chilkat IV boots are attractive enough for city wear but serious enough for a winter trek in the woods.
The North Face Chilkat IV is a serious winter boot that features waterproof leather and molded rubber uppers, ample insulation that’s also eco-friendly, and temperature-sensitive rubber lugs for increased traction in icy conditions. Then there’s the EVA midsole and molded footbed for a comfortable ride. And above and beyond all that, they’re attractive enough for tromping through city streets and are also snowshoe compatible for weekends in the country.
Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots
The Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots are stylish, yes, but more than that. They’re also waterproof, insulated, have a wool collar, and use environmentally friendly leather.
Keen is better known for shoes you wear in the summer, but its winter boots are also impressive. The Slater II Waterproof Boots are, as their name indicates, waterproof. They’re also insulated, supportive, use environmentally friendly leather for the uppers, have warm wool at the ankle, and look quite stylish when paired with your favorite jeans and a thick winter sweater.
Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot
The Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids.
Wolverine is known for its hard wearing work boots and its winter boots are no exception. The Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids — waterproof, breathable, nicely insulated and cushioned in all the right places. The uppers have full-grain waterproof leather, there are 200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation on the inside, and they have thick rubber outsoles for gripping the winter ground.
Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots
The Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots are works of art you can wear on your feet in the winter.
If you’re looking to splurge on winter boots, you couldn’t do any better than the Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots. Sure, they’re alluring because of their full-grain Italian calf leather uppers, fur collars, and hand-milled outsoles. But they’re also handmade in Italy by a small family-run business that’s been around since 1908 and will ship your boots internationally for free. These are works of art that double as winter boots.
Blundstone Thermal Boot
The Blundstone Thermal Boots are just like your favorite Blunnies, except that they’re built for winter with added insulation and shearling footbeds.
The Blundstone Thermal Boot is just like your favorite Blundstone Chelsea — premium waterproof leather uppers, patented comfort system for all-day wear, and durable TPU outsoles to keep you surefooted — plus these Blunnies are winterized. They have plush, removable shearling footbeds and Thinsulate insulation to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops.
Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot
The sleek design of the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot hides a ton of functional elements to keep your feet warm and comfortable.
Street style meets winter functionality in the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot. The boot holds a surprising amount of functional elements in its sleek design that are all there to help keep your feet warm and comfortable. The Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot includes 200 grams of insulation plus the company’s patented heat reflection system that helps retain heat while allowing moisture to dissipate. Then there’s the lightweight midsole with plenty of cushioning for all-day comfort.