Winter is in full swing across North America. Snowstorms, short days, and cold nights are now the norm—just last week, temperatures plummeted below zero across the West. Having a solid pair of winter boots to get to the mountain, walk the dog, or shovel your driveway are of the upmost importance. We can all agree that sliding wet feet into ski boots is a recipe for a disaster. Below are a collection of winter boots: some with a more urban appeal, others better suited for living in the sticks, and a few more with a blend of both.
The Conquest from Sorel has 400 grams Thinsulate insulation and a mid-calf height that provides a warm toasty feel when slipped on after ski boots. The soles are grippy, which helps during times of high pressure while walking the dog on icy roads, and they are practically indestructible. I've had a pair for seven years—extending the waterproof life of the leather with a bit of Snoseal. They're super easy to slip on, but be sure to synch the top tight in deep snow to stop snow from leaking in from the top.
If you need a boot that balances the act of waterproofness with a non-bulky style, then the Winterhaven is for you. The boot has an oiled leather exterior giving it some urban steeze, but is also equipped with insulation for when you take off those frigid ski boots. The seams are sealed to lock out moisture, and, given the less bulky design, they can easily fit in your bag when you take the bus to the mountain.
My wife has been using her Tivoli's for several years, and she loves them. Rated to zero degrees, the high-calf boot keeps her dry as well as toasty given the boots 100 grams of synthetic insulation. The faux-fur cuff adds a bit of style, but since they're too bulky for the office, she always keeps a pair of work shoes in her car. Check out more of our favorite women’s boots here.
The Bog's Workman boot isn't for everyone, but if you live high in the mountains there simply isn't a better winter boot out there. As a resident of upper Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, where we see over 500 inches of snow a year, this is practically the town boot and is akin to a Vermonter driving a Subaru. The waterproof seamless construction is warm, wicks sweat away from your feet, and has a sturdy tread for anything and everything you encounter. It has zero style, and I often get weird looks if I wear them around town, but they get the job done.
Perfect for around town, or to toss on while nabbing a few pieces of firewood, the Garibaldi Slip-on mixes street style and functionality. It has 400 grams of Primaloft insulation combined with a waterproof leather outer. The overall size is perfect for travel (via plane or car), and the slip-on nature is ideal for visiting friends and kicking off your snowy shoes at the door.
The updated soft-wool-lined Harkley is now waterproof, meaning you can walk the dog, shovel the front walk, chop wood, or go grab a pint with friends in style and warmth. Or, slide the suckas on after a wonderful day skiing over the holidays, and you’ll be smiling even bigger knowing work emails can wait till the New Year and your feet are warmer than hot apple pie. The sole, what Ugg calls Treadlite, can hold up on packed snow and ice while the six-inch stand height keeps the snow out pretty good when postholing to the hot tub. And because of the wool lining, size a half size down since it’ll eventually pack out.