Winter weather is often brutal. However, even at winter’s worst, you’ve still got to get out and about — which is where a pair of men’s winter boots can really come in handy.
Simply put, winter boots are pretty much like your standard set of boots but just ready to take on the brutal conditions of the season. They’re typically lined with a warmer interior, cut a little higher to keep the snow out, and have superior traction on the footbed to ensure you don’t slip and slide on the ice.
Whether you need a good pair of boots to shovel snow or even more traction to get to the store or bar on a snowy day, having the freedom to move, well, freely around during the winter is great. To help, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite men’s winter boots to help get the job done.
1. L.L.Bean Shearling Winter Bean Boot
Year after year, L.L.Bean’s famous Bean Boots top lists of best winter boots for a good reason. Handcrafted in Maine since 1912, the brand’s duck boots are made from durable rubber and leather combination that provides fantastic traction and supreme comfort. The striking silhouette is instantly recognizable thanks to its supple brown leather. This particular pair is lined with a premium shearling for added warmth during those frozen months. No matter what winter throws your way, Bean Boots will help you conquer it in style.
2. Sperry Top-Sider Avenue Duck Winter Boot
If you want the same sturdy, comfortable, and durable construction of a Bean Boot but don’t want to pay L.L.Bean prices, Sperry’s Duck Boot is a fantastic alternative. While it loses the shearling lining, it still retains the superior rubberized sole that makes navigating winter weather a breeze. Furthermore, it remains an attractive boot that’s capable of transitioning from shoveling snow to the office and to the bar without missing a beat.
3. Red Wing Classic Moc Leather Winter Boots
We’ve sung the praises of Red Wing’s workwear classic boots on this site before, and that same hefty reliability and construction can be beneficial during winter’s worst. Handmade from oil-tanned leather, the boots are water-resistant, but the leather can be treated to improve those abilities. Overall, the combination of the luxe leather and the instantly recognizable white soles makes for a sharp-looking boot you’ll want to wear over and over again all winter long.
4. Saloman X Ultra CS Winter Boots
THE TRENDY PICK
Historically, French outfit Saloman has been a household name amongst hikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. But over the last few years, they’ve become a household name for fashion obsessives. While the trendy kids have latched onto their sneakers, there’s plenty of other good items to be found in their offerings, including this waterproof X Ultras CS Winter boot. The shoe’s sole is a rubber-reinforced bottom that implements a durable chassis and Saloman’s fancy Contagrip traction. In the boot’s interior, Thinsulate insulation provides plenty of protection against the chill, while a full-grain leather helps keep you comfortable. Plus, the extended top allows you to wade into the snow without concern about soaking your feet.
5. Blundstone BL519 Winter Boot
If you’re not familiar with Blundstones, the quick version is that the Australian work boot is a comfortable yet highly durable boot that’s capable of handling all kinds of weather. The textured sole has enough grip to provide you plenty of stability in all kinds of weather, including ice and snow. The pull tabs make the boots easy to take on and off, while the Chelsea-style look makes them fashionable to, well, boot.
6. Kamik Greenbay Winter Boot
BEST FOR KEEPING OUT MESS
Wading through feet of snow? You’ll want to be sure your feet don’t turn to ice, so having a tall boot like this Kamik Greenbay Winter Boot allows you to shuffle through piles of powder without concern. The drawstring top lets you cinch the nylon material around your legs to securely keep snow and other winter mess out of your feet. The thick rubber soles will provide good traction to keep you grounded. Oh, and they’re super comfortable to boot.
7. Muck Arctic Sport Rubber Winter Boot
BEST HIGH TOP BOOT
With its extended neoprene upper, the Muck Arctic Sport Rubber Winter Boot has even more room for you to work out in the snow. The boots boast an ability to keep warm up to -40 degrees thanks to a combination of a few different materials, including a 2mm thermal foam underlay in the footbed, a warm fleece lining, and an impressive 5 mm neoprene that helps to further waterproof the boot.
8. Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry Winter Boot
For those who love the comfort, support, and toughness of a hiking boot but need it to be a little more impactful and winter-ready, Vasque has you covered. The Snowburban II Winter Boot has a waterproof upper, plenty of traction on the bottom (thanks to a tech-heavy outsole), and a higher cut to help reduce snow getting into the top. However, the best features are easily the included Thinsulate, which helps to provide warmth without bulk, the included D-ring for attaching a gaiter when you really have to get into the snow. Even a terry loop wool lining to help keep the heat inside the boot.
9. Sorel Caribou Stack Winter Boot
What immediately stands out about this Caribou Stack Winter Boot from Sorel is how it sort of looks like a winterized Doc Marten. The black leather upper pops with the slightly contrasting rubber, Duck-boot style lower, while the shearling at the top has just the right amount of character. This boot feels like it would be right at home on the feet of a Twin Peaks character. Plus, there’s an added flexibility thanks to the fact the interior shearling can be removed. And, as always, there’s enough traction and waterproofing to handle any bit of winter weather.
10. Moncler Peak Pebble-Grain Leather Hiking Winter Boots
French outfit Moncler is known for their high-end spin on outdoor gear, which means this pair of hiking boots is basically like a Ferrari for your feet. The supple, pebble-grain leather will only get better with age and more wear, breaking in to feel even softer than it already does. The Vibram lug soles can handle anything, while the foam midsoles provide plenty of cushioning. But the high-end construction comes with a high-end price tag to match. However, those willing to spend will get a truly amazing pair of shoes that will make it look like you just stepped off the slopes in the French Alps.