Having the right shoes this Winter will at the least keep you comfortable and at most keep you from experiencing injury from exposure, so it’s important to pay attention to the features that count. First off you’ll need to make sure your feet stay warm in extreme cold conditions.
It’s important to consider the weight of the shoe, lighter is better, every gram helps.
If you’re looking for the best mens winter boot you can buy then you need to consider whether the boot comes with an insulated lining and insole and if the manufacturer provides temperature ratings. A breathable shoe will keep moisture from getting trapped and keep your feet dry so look for uppers that are made from breathable materials, and quick drying linings. Of course, waterproofing is a must. This doesn’t just include the upper and the sole, but also means making sure the tongue and cuff are built to keep moisture out of the boot. For traction, make sure you have deep lugs, heel brakes, and a good quality rubber sole. Comfort features to take note of are overall padding, type of insoles, full lacing, pronation control, and ankle support. Lastly, remember that lighter is better, every gram helps.
Below we’ve identified 10 of the best mens winter boots that you should consider adding to your Winter arsenal. Some are made for everyday wear and thus a little more stylish, while others are made to take on the harshest elements. Whatever the situation you should see something to fit your needs.
L.L. Bean Waxed Canvas Maine Hunting Boot
The L.L. Bean Waxed Canvas Main Hunting Shoe ($139) is one of my favorites. It’s not an extreme weather boot but it’s great for all around daily use and those wet days. The latest version is based on the 1912 original, but with a flexible waxed-canvas upper. The boots feature a steel shank that provides stability and arch support so it can be worn all day, hand stitching, and L.L. Beans classic water proof rubber sole. When ordering keep in mind that these shoes are slightly oversized to account for thick socks.
RED WING CLASSIC MOC BOOT
The Red Wing Classic Moc Boot ($260) is going to be your everyday worker. It features and all leather upper with traction tread sole. The Sole is specifically made to keep your feet comfortable even if your on them all day. But as the name implies it also provides a high level of traction. If temperatures get cooler I would pair these with a nice pair of L.L. Bean wool socks. These shoes are not made for the extreme cold, so if you need to venture out in very low temperatures for any length of time I would consider other shoes that are specifically built for those conditions.
Baffin Men’s Endurance Snow Boot
The Baffin Men’s Endurance Snow Boot ($220) is made for high snow and extremely cold weather. They are for use in temperatures down to -148 degree fahrenheit. Baffin combines a molding technology, an 8-layer combination of materials, and a sole that is made from advanced thermo-set polymers to deliver one of the warmest shoes you’ll find. Additional features include taped-seam construction, adjustable snow collar, single pull strap ankle, and an aggressively treaded sole to take on any terrain. You also get a handy storage pocket at the ankle for small survival gear, or a sock warmer battery.
Sorel Men’s Caribou II Boot
The Sorel Men’s Caribou II Boot ($140) is their premium take on the standard Caribou Boot. The upper is made from soft camel leather and topped with a sherpa piled cuff. The leather upper and handcrafted rubber shell are seam-sealed for complete waterproofing. The inside of the boot is lined with 9mm felted wool, while a thick rubber midsole provides insulation from the ground. This boot is rated to -41 degrees below zero, so it’ll be able to handle those crazy snow days.
COLE HAAN ‘AIR SCOUT’ SNOW BOOT
The Cole Hann ‘Air Scout’ Snow Boot ($200) is a lighter snow boot with a 6″ upper. The shoe features a waterproof leather and fabric upper and the classic ribbed toe. For warmth the Air Scout has a shearling lining. No temperature rating exists so I wouldn’t consider these extreme weather shoes, but if your looking for a stylish boot that’s good for knocking around town on snowy days these should fit the bill nicely.
BAFFIN APEX MEN’S EXTREME COLD WINTER BOOTS
The Baffin Apex Men’s Extreme Cold Winter Boots ($240) are rated to handle Arctic type temperatures. If your going to be hanging out in sub zero weather for any length of time these are the boots you need to get.
The Baffin Apex have a temperature rating of -148 degrees and have been called the greatest extreme cold winter boot ever.
The Apex feature an 8-layer inner boot system. The system handles everything; insulation, cushioning, moisture control and comfort. The inner most layer is Thermaplush. It’s a chamois leather-like material that makes wearing the boots simply delightful. The Premium polar rubber sole utilizes Baffin’s Icepaw technology to give a remarkable grip on ice and snow. While the upper is made from Timberwolf leather and Diamond-Lite insulated nylon. These shoes are rated at -148 degrees and have been called the greatest extreme cold winter boots ever.
IRISH SETTER ELK TRACKER 1000 MEN’S WINTER BOOTS
The Irish Setter Electracker 860 Men’s Winter Boots ($230) are made for the hunter that tends to go a little further than everyone else. The boots have a temperature rating of -100 degrees and feature a 1000 gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, a comfort tongue technology to minimize pressure on the shin, a double EE width to fit your winter socks, and Irish Setter’s SentBan with a silver-ion technology to kill odor-causing bacteria. Great boot that will handle any terrain while hiking or hunting.
Sorel Men’s Alpha Pac Extreme Snow Boot
The Sorel Men’s Alpha Trac Buckle Boot ($130) is a 2 pound boot with a temperature rating of -60 degrees below zero. They feature a molded EVA midsole for reduced weight and a thermal protection, a removable 9mm Sorel ThermoPlus Xtreme InnerBoot, and a gaitro with barrel lock keeps the snow out and heat in. The multi-directional rubber lug outsole gives you great traction on any surface. The Alpha Trac’s have been described as a stiff shoe more like a ski boot, not great for everyday use or just walking around, but excellent for handling deep snow or snowmobiling.
COLUMBIA BUGABOOT PLUS II MEN’S WINTER BOOTS
The Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Men’s Winter Boot ($90) is an excellent priced boot temperature rated to -25 degrees. Each boot weighs just 24 ounces and features Columbia’s Omni-Heat thermal reflective insulation, full waterproof sealed seams, a full length Techlite shell and midsole and a full Omni-Grip outsole. The Omni-Heat insulation reflects your own body heat back into the boot which amplifies the effect of the insulation. If you’re looking for a cheaper shoe with a decent temperature rating the Bugaboot should work nicely.
HELLY HANSEN GARIBALDI D-RING MEN’S WINTER BOOTS
The Helly Hansen Garibaldi D-Ring Men’s Winter Boots ($150) are a great apres-ski or everyday around town boot. The European Inspired boot offers a lugged sole which provides excellent traction, high grade leather, a faux fur collar, and a high comfort EVA midsole. The felt lining will keep your feet warm in some of the coldest temperatures. But not too cold. These are great stylish around town boots, but if you’re looking to handle really cold temperatures I would check out the Irish Setter’s or Baffin Apex.