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12 Pairs of Extremely Warm Snow Boots

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It’s always important to have good winter boots, but it’s even more important this year, when most of our socializing is being done outside. If you dare to take on the cold with an outdoor dining experience or a snowy walk, then you’ll want to be bundled from head to toe: a good winter coat, lots of layers, and the perfect pair of boots to keep your feet warm and dry. Here are 12 pairs that are stylish, cozy, and practical for snowy weather.

The Surprisingly Chic Winter Boots

These boots are a favorite among some of the editors at the Cut. They’re not classic Timbs (more on those in a minute), but they offer similar protection and they look great. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re on sale.

The Best Winter Boots for Hikers

These boots are functional and fashionable, whether you’re going on a weekend hiking trip to Bear Mountain or walking through a mountain of snow on the sidewalk after a storm.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Boots With a Dedicated Cult Following

L.L.Bean’s duck boots have sold out so many times in the past decade that in 2017 the company announced it would scale up production to meet the demand. The hundreds of reviewers on the L.L.Bean website agree that these are worth the hype. Writes one, “Everyone should own Bean boots.”
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Best Winter Boots for Snow Days


These can handle both cold and snow with aplomb. Reviewers say that while these boots are a little clunky to walk in, they’re worth it for the incredible heat retention and the ease of getting them on and off your feet. They are comfort-rated for temperatures down to -25° F, but the fleece lining is removable for warmer days when you just need a watertight boot.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Winter Boots That Feel Like Sneakers

We love a comfy sneaker for walking and running, but these waterproof HOKAs are that and more. They’ll keep your feet dry and comfortable while hiking up a mountain or running errands on a wet winter day.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

White Winter Boots, If You Dare

Live on the edge this winter with this white moon-boot style pair made in Italy.
Available in sizes S to L.

The Extra-Comfy Winter Boots

Think of these as winter Birkenstocks. They’re comfortable, popular, appealing in a clunky sort of way, and Über-practical. Plus, they last forever. This pair has a Thinsulate lining and a removable sheepskin liner that keeps even the coldest feet from freezing.

A Rugged Pair of UGGs

Unlike your high-school UGGs, these are made to withstand the most frigid temperatures: They’re rated to -32 degrees. Reviewers say they’re warm and comfortable enough to be worth every cent of the $250 price. Avoid super-deep slush puddles, however, or risk ruining the shearling on the outside.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Punk-Inspired Winter Boots

These faux-leather platform boots will keep you several inches above the freezing sidewalk.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

A Warmer Twist on Docs

These boots are fully lined with shearling to keep your toes warm, but they still have a classic grunge feel. They’re tough and weathered on the outside and Über-soft on the inside. Wear them as an alternative to the ubiquitous duck boot.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Best Boots for Slush

A lighter-weight version of the winter duck boot, the Sperry Saltwater is great for first- or last-snow weather. The rubber construction keeps water out, while the microfleece lining and textile upper add some warmth without making your feet sweaty. If you plan to wear these on colder days, reviewers recommend pairing them with thick wool socks.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Boots for Your Inner Napoleon Dynamite

If you’re looking for a reliable retro style, these classic insulated winter boots will make you feel nostalgic and leave your feet feeling snug throughout the colder months.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.

The Winter Boots for People Who Wear Only Black


This chunky rubber shell boot is environmentally friendly and perfect for trekking through the rain and snow.
Available in sizes 35 to 40.

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12 Pairs of Extremely Warm Snow Boots