If you’re an adult, snow isn’t nearly as fun as it was when you were a kid. At best, snow means that there’s one more thing to be worried about as you head into work; at worst, it can severely cramp your style and have you stuck inside for days. Regardless, at some point or another, you’ll need to get out and about for something, so investing in a quality pair of snow boots is going to save you a lot of time and a lot of hassle.
With added insulation for greater protection against the cold, extra strong traction to ensure you don’t slip, and an extended cut for more coverage against large piles of snow, snow boots are going to be your best friend when it comes to navigating snow on foot. Good news is that we’ve taken some of the legwork out of the process for you. Below, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorites to make sure that snow will be snow problem.
1. Vasque Snowburban II Snow Boot
Vasque has been one of the most trusted names in outdoor gear for years now, so you can invest in pair of their boots knowing good and well you’re investing in quality. That’s absolutely the case with their Snowburban II snow boot; built to feel and fit like a standard hiking boot, they’ve been beefed up to handle any and all snow conditions with their proprietary UltraDry waterproof system (helps with moisture management in the interior of the boot) and their 3M Thinsulate insulation (to help provide warmth). Sturdy, without feeling like you’re stomping around in moon boots, they’re a reliable choice when it comes to winter weather.
2. The North Face Chilkat Snow Boot
A great snow boot for a great price, these Chilkat snow boots from The North Face are both trendy (that camo detailing in the middle of the boot makes for a fun and compelling design) and functional (they’re 100% waterproof, with a fleece lining). The ballistic nylon makes for a breathable shell that will keep your feet from getting too overheated (even with that fleece lining) while molded mid-soles provide a supported, yet comfortable, step.
3. Columbia Bugaboot III Snow Boot
Drawing from military-style boots, the Columbia Bugaboot III has been crafted with 200g of insulation and thermal-reflective interior liners to keep your feet completely warm and dry. The combination of those two factors provides warmth protection down to -25F to make sure you won’t get cold. What’s more, there’s plenty of grip and traction on the soles so that you won’t need to fret about slipping and sliding around while you’re in the snow and/or ice.
4. Sorel Caribou Snow Boots
Sorel’s Caribou snow boots have been a classic snow shoe for ages for a reason: they’re some of the warmest and coolest looking snow boots around. The interior liners are rated up to -40F for extreme warmth and are removable should they get too wet. The fleece shearling uppers are more than just a trendy bit of polish, they actively keep the snow from entering the interior of the boot itself. The exterior sole is made from a completely waterproof Nubuck leather that sits atop a tough lugged sole that provides sturdy traction no matter where you step.
5. Merrell Coldpack Zip Snow Boots
With their contrasting color and striking membrane outer, Merrell’s Coldpack Zip snow boots look like something out of a sci-fi movie. It’s fitting, then, that their warmth is out of this world: lined with fleece on the interior, they’re also coated with a treatment that helps to reduce odor (so no concerns if you’re stuck wearing them all day long). Plus, the soles are made from Vibram’s special “Arctic Grip” to ensure the most traction possible.
6. Kamik Greenbay Snow Boot
Temperature rated to -40F, this snow boot from Kamik is basically a winter version of their rain boot. Made from a lightweight and durable nylon outer shell, the drawstring at the top helps to trap heat inside the boot and keep cold air from getting in. The interior removable felt liner helps to provide that superior warmth rating that makes this such a compelling snow boot offering.
7. Samuel Hubbard Snow Lodge Snow Boot
With a side zipper for quick in-and-out access, this luxury snow boot option from Samuel Hubbard has a sleek and clean looking finish that you might be inclined to wear even when it doesn’t snow. Made with Gore-Tex for the best waterproofing around, it’s also lined inside with genuine shearling for added warmth. The memory-foam footbed also allows for tons of cushion that will gently cradle your foot. But our favorite little detail is the extremely subtle blue stripe that lines the stitching along the sole of the boot, adding just the right amount of flourish to an already stylish package.
8. Ugg Caulder Snow Boot
Sitting somewhere between a sneaker and a boot is Ugg’s Caulder snow boot. Made from a totally waterproof leather to provide top-notch snow and slush protection, it’s also lined with thinsulate insulation for added warmth. But it’s that sneaker-esque construction that fascinates and excites us so—it’s a striking boot that’s not what you’d expect from a brand like Ugg (of all places) and just goes to show you can never judge a book by its cover.
9. Muck Arctic Ice Snow Boots
Easy to slip on and off for quick jaunts outside (to shovel snow, perhaps?) these snow boots from Muck have a temperature range of -60F, making them one of the warmest pairs of boots on this list; that’s due in part to the incredibly warm combination of neoprene and fleece that keeps your feet both heated and dry. Plus, Vibram’s Arctic Grip outsoles ensure you can walk around with confidence.
10. L. L. Bean Snow Boots
Essentially a winterized version of the brand’s famed—and beloved—duck boots, these snow boots from L. L. Bean are some of the warmest boots offered by the company. A removable felt and fleece liner gives these boots a -45F temperature rating, which is more than enough to handle the majority of snowy conditions, while the totally waterproof rubber shell and molded mid-sole will keep any winter mess away from your feet. A quick glance at the bottom of the soles shows a rugged and tough sole that’ll provide great slip-resistance while you’re trudging around. Plus, the rich coffee color of these will make you look nice and cool, while making sure you’re plenty warm.