Snow might be pretty to look at but, without the proper protection, snow can be very dangerous to your body. Especially when it comes to your feet. It’s all very well booking that wonderful holiday skiing in the French Alps but if you don’t invest in some suitable footwear, you might just find yourself leaving a few toes behind.
So what should you look for when buying a snow boot? Well, first of all, it’s important to know just what level of protection you will need. All snow boots will come with a temperature rating such as -10 degrees, -20 degrees, etc. which will tell you to what temperature the boots will keep your feet warm.
It’s also important to know whether you need your boots to be snowproof or waterproof. A snowproof boot, which although treated to be waterproof and made with a waterproof sole, is not entirely waterproof. These boots are most suitable for dry, compact snow. If you plan to use your boots in slushier snow, then it’s advisable to choose a fully waterproofed snow boot.
Still not sure what snow boot is for you? Well, we’ve put together a list of 10 of our favorite snow boots to help you choose the perfect boot for you.
Bogs Classic Ultra Mid
The Bogs Classis Ultra Mid winter boot ($130) hosts an internal midsole made from rubber making it an incredibly comfy snow boot to wear on long treks. Rated to -35 degrees, these boots will keep your feet toasty in harsh conditions and are completely waterproof so are suitable for both cold and slushy conditions. They even have an anti-microbial insole to prevent your boots getting too whiffy and inbuilt handles to make it super simple to pull these boots on.
Baffin Arctic Men
The Baffin Arctic Men snow boot ($115) has an impressive seven layer removable inner boot system with added Thermoplush, which creates an insulating layer that kind of feels like a boot within a boot. This makes for a superbly warm winter boot that will keep you warm in temperatures up to -40 degrees. The sure-grip will keep you from sliding on icey terrain and the rubber base is completely waterproof. Bear in mind that the upper section of this boot isn’t completely waterproof so these boots aren’t suitable for very deep snow but are wonderful for city wear and skiing.
The Kamik NationPlus boot ($100) combines style with winter technology to combine the best of both worlds. Why can’t you look stylish while protecting your feet? These snow boots will keep you warm even at -40 degrees and the moisture-wicking lining will keep your feet dry from slushy snow – all while looking like you’ve just left the pages of a fashion magazine. Extreme comfort also makes them perfect for snowy hikes or just a stroll through a winter market.
Bogs Classic High Winter Boot
The Bogs Classic High Winter Boot ($125) are 100% waterproof making them a brilliant snow boot for working in slushy or deeper conditions. The knee-high height of these boots will protect your feet from water getting into your boots – we all know there’s nothing worse than walking around with soggy socks. But the waterproof protection doesn’t come at the price of comfort, these boots are also incredibly comfy to walk in making them a great boot for working in. They’ll even protect you in chilly conditions up to -20 degrees.
Sorel Caribou Snow boot
The Sorel Caribou snow boot ($213) is another boot that mixes style with winter protection. Not only with it, keep all your toes cosy up to temperatures of -40 degrees but you’ll also look superb. The great thing about this snow boot is that due to its design it can be used both for work and in your leisure time while safe in the knowledge that your feet will be safe from the elements. The removable felt inner boot will keep your feet warm while the Sherpa Pile cuff will keep the damp out.
Baffin Maple Snow Boot
The Baffin Maple snow boot ($150) is a lightweight boot especially for men who want to give their feet protection but without wearing a heavy, uncomfortable boot. Featuring a seam-sealed upper to make these boots extra waterproof, the Baffin Maple will keep your feet warm up to -40 degrees. Great for city wear, these snow boots also have a removable 8 layer inner boot system to make these boots super cosy matched with an aggressive outsole that will keep you from slipping on icy terrain.
Lowa Oslo GTX Mid
The Lowa Oslo GTX Mid ($230) luxury snow boot is perfect for men who like to hike in snowy terrains. These boots are armed with waterproof GORE-TEX lining that will not only keep your feet dry but the material is also breathable to keep your feet comfortable. As these boots are aimed at hikers they are made from Monowrap frame that is lightweight but durable to prevent your feet from getting weighed down. These might not be suitable for very deep snow but for city wear or snowy hikes these boots are brilliant.
Columbia Bugaboot Plus III
The Columbia Bugaboot Plus III snow boot ($200) is an ankle-high boot that mixes fabric and leather to create a very masculine finished boot. This cold weather boot traps out the chilly air and water due to its waterproof seam-sealed construction which includes Omin-heat reflective lining with 200g insulation. The Omni-grip will also protect you from slipping making it great for working or walking through snow and ice but without making the boot overly heavy. In fact, these boots are surprisingly lightweight.
Salomon Toundra Mid WP
The Salomon Toundra Mid WP snow boot ($200) are out of this world. Well, at least, they use insulating technology from NASA. If it’s good enough to keep astronauts warm, then you just know that it’s going to keep your feet incredibly cosy. But that’s not all, these snow boots are also superbly waterproof so your feet will be kept lovely and dry too. One thing to note is that these boots are made on the small side so it might be worth purchasing a pair in a larger size to compensate – especially if you plan to wear thick winter socks too.
The North Face Men’s Chilkat II Winter Boots
The North Face Men’s Chilkat II Winter Boots ($172) are a superbly insulated pair of snow boots that will protect you against temperatures as low as -25 degrees. A mix of leather and synthetic material, these North Face snow boots have a thick rubber sole that keeps your feet away from the cold and the firm grip will prevent you from slipping. Not only that, the boots come BLC-compliant leather uppers to ensure a high level of waterproofness while the compression-molded EVA midsole makes these boots incredibly comfortable.