Waterproof, weatherproof and durable winter boots

Winter boots don’t have to be the most fashionable. They need to keep our feet warm and dry and they should last longer than a season. There are a lot of boots that don’t cut it, and no one ever deserves wet socks. From slip-ons to shearling linings to waterproof suede, here are some winter boots that will keep your tootsies warm year after year.

The Blundstones are one of our favorite boots, hands down. And that’s because these are the most stylish winter boots you can find. Not only are they resistant to rain and snow, but they also look better when they’ve been a little bit under attack from the elements.

Honestly, hiking boots are technically the best boots for winter. Complete with a rubber sole, internal construction to keep moisture out and a casual athletic shoe design, not only will these make you look great, but they’ll protect you and your toes from the elements.

Bozeman Tall Insulated Waterproof Boots for Men

The best part about Bogs Boots is the ease of wearing. Nothing is more boring than tucking a woolen foot into a boot, then having to tie laces and readjust a tongue. The Bozeman and Classic Bogs slip-on boots have handles on each side for easy on.

Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden II Insulated Snow Boots

These Columbia boots have what’s called a Techlight midsole, which adds superior cushioning to a heavy, weather-resistant shoe. The durable rubber sole means you won’t slip or slip when there’s slush on the ground. These are made from waterproof leather and have 200g insulation to keep you warm and comfortable.

UGG Women’s Adirondack II Winter Boots

UGG’s Adirondack II boot might not be the most streamlined design, but it more than makes up for its function. With its waterproof outer shell and waterproof inner liner, it will keep your feet dry.

Sperry Top-Sider Avenue Duck Boot for Men

Made from 100% leather, these simple duck boots are fully waterproof and have a sturdy rubber sole. The fleece lining will keep your feet comfortable all day long and the lace-up will keep snow out of your ankle. Choose from two colors: Tan / Brown or Black / Amaretto.

A strong and durable mid-calf boot is something Sorel is good at. The Caribou boot features sealed seams to keep out snow, ice or the dreaded winter mix and its Sherpa cuff keeps your leg warm while making sure no rogue snowflakes get into the boot shank.

Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Men’s Winter Boot

Need something a little more rural and a little less urban? The Snowblime Washbasin features the brand’s UltraDry waterproofing system as well as Thinsulate synthetic insulation. This is a hiking shoe that you will really love to wear, even if hiking isn’t the best.

Shellista III Women’s Boots

Wrapping the entire lower half of your leg in a boot is a great way to ensure dry feet. The North Face Shellista III boots are 17 inches of waterproof suede and nubuck, along with a rubber studded sole for extra traction in all weather conditions.

Women’s Polar Mid-Calf Waterproof Boot

These (faux) fur lined boots have a high shank to keep snow out and a durable non-slip rubber sole for added traction. Speaking of the upper, there are different cuff options to suit your style, from sweater-like knit to sherpa. There’s even a side zipper that lets you put them on and take them off easily, without fumbling for potentially frozen laces while wearing gloves.

This list wouldn’t be complete without having LLBean Boot. It’s a classic for a reason, and I’ve had mine for almost five years now with virtually no signs of wear and tear. If you have leather, I recommend using mink oil once a winter to keep the waterproofing strong.

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