The Best Men’s Winter Boots 2020: 14 Pairs For Every Type of Guy
Whether you're shoveling snow, setting out on a hike, or simply heading downtown, these boots will keep you warm, comfortable, and in control.
Come winter, the boot is a man’s best friend. Whether you’re walking the dog, hiking a wintry trail, or just trying to shovel the driveway, the best men’s winter boots are the pair that works best for your purposes. They should be warm, insulated, breathable, comfortable, and have great traction, sure. But do you want something that is, say, a bit more stylish? Something that’s ready to tackle mountain terrain? Something that splits the difference? There are a lot of choices out there. That’s a good thing.
That said, it can be difficult to find the best men’s boots for you. It can be difficult to, say, get more insulation and more traction without investing in a bulky, awkward boot that doesn’t look good. Alternatively, it’s also easy to spend money on a more stylish pair that doesn’t actually do the job well.
But fear not: it’s not impossible to find rugged men’s winter boots that also look great. Every one of our picks is waterproof and insulated with cozy lining and/or high-tech heat retaining layers. They come equipped with traction-enhancing soles designed to help you keep you upright, and there’s a range of styles perfect from everyone from the urban explorer trudging to work to the active guy who won’t let even the coldest of temperatures keep him out of the great outdoors. Here are our picks for the best men’s winter boots.
Best Men’s Winter Boots
Casual yet extremely comfortable, the Blundstone 510 are an excellent wear-all-day-every-day-option. It's made of 2.5-millimeter-thick weather-proof leather, and has a removable Cambrelle footbed that wicks moisture away. Some folks complain that they start to lose their shape after a lot of wear, but that has not been our experience. They're stylish, durable, and more than ready for that wintry mix.
Designed by hand and made from Italian buffalo leather, these timeless and ready-for-anything boots feature durable Goodyear welted construction. Eyelet detailed lace-ups and inside zipper closures make sure you're feet fit snugly and the roughly one-inch heel provides solid footing. Just know that, while up for winter, they're not made for wading through mountains of slow and slush,.
Sure, this may look like a men's boot you can wear to dinner. And it is. But despite its sophisticated swagger, the Madson is more than capable of standing up to whatever winter throws your way. The full-grain leather boot is seam-sealed to prevent water from penetrating, yet breathes wonderfully so your feet stay warm but never overheat. If you plan on scaling K2, this isn't the boot for you. But if what you're after is a great-looking, comfortable winter boot that draws eyes and defends your feet from the elements, it's a great choice.
Want something that's waterproof but straddles the line between boot and shoe? This chukka, also from Sorel, is a great choice. Available in either waterproof coated full-grain leather or suede, the boot features a chunky rubberized sole and seam-sealed waterproof construction to keep your feet nice and dry and warm. They hold up great in light rain or snow.
These winter boots can handle pretty much anything. They have a cushioned midsole and solid traction for uneven terrain. We love the waterproof breathable seam-sealed membrane bootie construction. Looks-wise, they won't win any awards. But who cares about aesthetics when you have a waterproof-breathable boot with a very warm thermal-reflective lining?
The Newton Ridge Plus II is an excellent — and affordable — all-around men's boot that's capable in the mountains or around town. It features a Techlite lightweight midsole for superior comfort and extra cushioning, plus the brand's Omni-Grip traction rubber sole for slip-free movement. It's made from waterproof full-grain leather and suede lightweight construction as well as a durable mesh tongue for breathability.
Cold feet are the quickest and easiest way to ruin a hike. That's why we appreciate Columbia's waterproof, seam-sealed winter boot with an Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining. It's made from leather and has a supportive midsole for added comfort. Plus, you get major traction. That said, the higher height of these boots means your ankle is somewhat restricted, so they're not great for navigating more treacherous terrain.
Love the Blundstone but want something a bit warmer? The thermal version adds insulation to that same versatility and casual style in the form of an inner layer of Thinsulate and a removable sheepskin footbed. Along with the waterproof leather outsole and seams, these features keep feet warm and dry in even the most brutal winter conditions. Just note that he ankle-high silhouette probably isn't great for accumulations of more than a few inches of snow.
This boot from the celebrated outdoor brand features a membrane that's both waterproof and breathable, two features that can keep your feet dry from both snow and sweat. A 200-gram ThermaFill insulation keeps your feet nice and toasty, while the EVA-soles keep you comfortable and safe from slipping. They're a bit bulky. But that's what you want from a big, durable boot.
There's a cozy layer of 400-gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation and Danner Dry waterproofing to protect feet from the worst Mother Nature can drum up. But this boot also features a blend of leather and wool on the outside, which means it has a look that's more heirloom than high-tech. Grippy Vibram Megagrip technology makes it easier to stay upright on slick trails and sidewalks, too. The short of it? This boot provides a lot of warmth that's great for snow shoveling or just kicking around winter destinations.
If you find yourself navigating thick layers of snow, this warm wader is an excellent choice. The 100 percent rubber construction makes it naturally waterproof; a Zylex liner wicks away moisture and adds an extra layer of protection. Without laces, you might need to wear extra-thick socks to keep these things snug on your feet.
This boot is lined with Merrell's Opti-Warm insulation, 200 grams of Thinsulate, and an ActiveHeat insole with silver reflective film between polyester layers that keeps in body heat. So, yeah, its damn warm. The Vibram Thermo 6 sole, which grips on wet ice like an octopus, offers traction that will inspire confidence while taking on rocky winter trails or just walking the dog on a cold day. There are even ridges that make it easy to strap on a pair of snowshoes.
An ideal perfect cold-weather companion for urban explorers, this boot is dressy but still durable. Tightly insulated and seam-sealed, it's tough enough to withstand a dunking in a slush puddle, yet each shoe weighs less than a pound. The hiking-inspired lacing system means the boot stays snug when you're moving a bit briskly; just know that the sole lacks textured soles so they're more suited to urban environments.
We love dunking on Tom Brady as much as anyone, but the fact remains that Brady-endorsed Ugg makes some great boots perfect for standing outside in December. They're made of waterproof leather, lined with wool, and finished with antiqued metal hardware. There's also a comfy insole, made from a blend of polyester-viscose blend and foam.
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