Our Top Insulated Boots For Subzero Temps
We’re here to say you don’t have to choose because, darn it, you can have both.
If you live in a climate that experiences winter weather, you know sandals and sneakers won’t cut it year-round. When the snow starts to fall and the temperatures plummet, having the proper footwear is essential for staying warm and dry.
But equipping yourself for snow, slush, and subzero temperatures doesn’t mean sacrificing style. We rounded up 10 of our favorite footwear picks to protect you from the elements all season long. Your feet will stay warm and dry in all kinds of inclement weather, and you’ll look good to boot (get it?).
Looking for style and protection from treacherous winter weather? Enter the Baffin Santa Fe. Its leather upper is waterproof, plus feminine features like crisscrossing laces with tasseled ends add a touch of flair. Whether you’re exploring shops along slushy sidewalks or trudging through snow, these chic boots will keep your tootsies toasty and dry.
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When the snow is on the lighter side, the fleece-lined SOREL Out ’N About will keep you warm without weighing you down. They’re designed with a vulcanized rubber sole for gripping slick surfaces like icy sidewalks and damp floors. Wear this pair with boot socks, leggings, or skinny jeans, and your feet will stay warm and light while running around town.
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There are times when you need weatherproof protection to your knees … and days when you need to keep your feet dry. For the latter, the Kamik Evelyn 4 is the perfect boot for the job. Pull on these shorties to head to work, run errands, or take the dog out. They’re cute, functional and a definite winter wardrobe staple.
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The sailing season may be over, but the original boat shoe maker designs a stellar winter boot, too. The Sperry Shearwater is tall enough for winter weather protection without being too bulky for everyday wear. And true to form, this footwear is insanely stylish, made with the traditional “duck boot” look in three trendy color combos.
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The Merrell name always means “classic,” and the Haven Mid Lace Waterproof Boot is both contemporary and versatile. Chicly designed with both leather and wool in three neutral colorways, they look chic but feel ultra-cozy. You’ll love how they seamlessly transition from your workweek wardrobe to your casual weekend clothes.
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These sturdy boots are designed to keep the chill off your toes — and to look good while doing it. Constructed with oil-tumbled leather and suede, this versatile pair offers waterproof protection, traction, and warmth in temps as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Add to that a memory foam insole, and the Pajar CANADA Trooper will keep your feet comfortable all day long.
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If bulky boots aren’t your thing, the Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat is lightweight, flexible, and durable for constant wear all winter long. Whether you’re grabbing the mail, running errands, or keeping your dress socks dry during your morning commute, you’ll be out the door in seconds flat with this low-maintenance pull-on style.
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The North Face Chilkat Nylon boot upholds the brand philosophy to “never stop exploring” — no matter the weather. With durable features designed for dryness, warmth, grip, and easy on-off wearability, this hardcore footwear is suitable for staying active all season. Equip your feet with these rugged boots, and you’ll be prepared for almost any cold-weather adventure.
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Perhaps the most waterproof option on this list, the Kamik Icebreaker, ensures protection even in harsh conditions. Wade through slushy puddles, melting snowbanks, and half-thawed mud trails while staying warm and dry in temps as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. For those who embrace the season, this footwear can stand up to extreme winter activities like cold-weather camping, ice fishing, and winter sports across the board.
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The UGG brand may be known for its suede beach shoes, but its line of winter boots stands up to inclement weather. In addition to being waterproof, The Felton’s specially-designed sole will keep you steady on slippery surfaces. Of course, these shoes are made with legendary UGG comfort, featuring a cushy foam insole and moisture-wicking fluff that’ll keep your feet toasty.
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