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Best Winter Boots for Men: Everything You Need to Know about Your New Snow Boots

Winter boots for man
Jerry Mueller
Written by Jerry Mueller

There is no quicker way to ruin a man’s day in sub-zero and wet conditions, than with cold, wet, and sore feet. Just imagine you being out there, exploring the wild, frozen fields, in a pair of flimsy boots. If this sends a chill down your spine as you’re reading this, you definitely need to know more about the best winter boots for men!

There are few items more important than a good pair of boots in the winter. They must be comfortable, warm, water resistant, the right fit, good grip, easy to clean; oh, and they must not be too hot – and make our feet sweat. We’re not asking for much, since there is only one more thing that is really important: they must be well-priced.

Winter boots for men

Today we’ll try to offer the best tips and tricks on boots for men. Thus, we’ll start with the most important features and then we’ll take a look at the 10 best boots and their reviews. So, let’s get started.

Our Top Picks

BrandAvailable sizesLightweightWaterproof MaterialPrice
Bogs Men’s Ultra Mid-Winter7, 8, 10, 13YesYes60% Rubber/ 40% TextileCheck price on Amazon
Vasque Men’s Snowburban Ultradry7-14YesWater resistant not fully waterproofLeather/ fabric mixCheck price on Amazon
Kamik Men’s Nationplus7-14YesYesLeather/fabrc mixCheck price on Amazon
Salomon Men’s Toundra Mid Winter8-11.5YesYesSyntheticCheck price on Amazon
Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III7-16YesYesLeather / textileCheck price on Amazon
Sorel Men’s 1964 Premium T7-12NoNoLeather / rubber mixCheck price on Amazon
Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Conrax CH CP 7-11.5YesYessyntheticCheck price on Amazon
Keen Men’s Anchorage Boot II7-14SomewhatYesLeather with rubber solesCheck price on Amazon
Baffin Men’s Apex7-15NoYesLeatherCheck price on Amazon
Korkers Footwear men’s snowjack10-14NoYesLeather / syntheticCheck price on Amazon

What to Consider When Buying Your Next Pair of Snow Boots?

When shopping for a pair of snow boots, the following factors are the most important things to consider.

Fit

Designing a boot to accommodate the wide range of feet sizes, and here we’re referring specifically to the width of your foot, will always be an impossible task. And just when you get the width right, you find an inch or so between your toes and the front of your boot. Or worse, your toes are jammed into the front of the boot. It is no surprise, therefore, that we see many complaints about incorrect sizing.

Boots for Cold Weather

If manufacturers are able to test the temperature rating of a pair of boots, then perhaps it would be a good idea for them to provide the inside width measurement. And whilst they are at it, it would do no harm to provide the internal length as well. This would indeed go a long way in eliminating a significant number of customer gripes.

Temperature Rating

Typically we find that snow boots are temperature rated, and these range from 10 below to as much as 40+ below. Almost as much as each foot differs from one to the next, so too is each person’s temperature comfort threshold. There is little wonder that we see a fair number of disgruntled customers, complaining that the boot was either too warm, and they found their feet sweating, or not warm enough.

The question is how do you know whether you really ‘feel’ the cold, or whether you don’t. The answer is simple: you don’t exactly, but you should have a fairly good idea of how prone you are to cold feet. One of the remedies is to wear thicker, thermal socks but bear in mind that this is also going to have an effect on the fit of your boot.

Water Resistant vs. Waterproof

We get that size can be clarified with a greater degree of accuracy, and temperature rating is, well a bit of guess really. But we often find manufacturers making liberal use of the term ‘waterproof’, where perhaps water resistant would be a more accurate description. Having said this, I suspect the caveat here is that manufacturers don’t exactly specify which part of the boot is waterproof. And perhaps they should, or perhaps we should apply a bit of common sense here.

Taking Care of Your Boots

For the most part, the sole and lower boot (area over the foot, but below the ankle) will generally be waterproof. The area above, and especially along seam lines will generally be water resistant, at best. One should expect that, if there is a tongue in the boot, a bit of water is likely to enter. The last point on the matter of waterproofing, is that the boot is likely to become less waterproof with age, particularly if they have been well-used, since some tension along seam lines may well stress the integrity of the seam.

Flex

The final point to consider is the amount of flex that you expect from your boot. It is fairly common for customers to be somewhat disappointed in the comfort of their new boots, and perhaps complain about the boot causing abrasions to the feet. This could simply be a boot which is the incorrect size, in which case no amount of ‘wearing in’ is going to improve the situation. Or it could simply require that the boot needs to be ‘worn on’, so to speak.

Men's winter boots

This is likely to be the case with leather boots, and less likely to be the case with synthetic material boots. In short, if you are particularly active, and do a lot of crouching and climbing, it would be best to consider a rubber / fabric combination, rather than leather.

Top 10 Products of 2017

Let’s now take a look at 10 of the best snow boots on the market that men can buy.

Bogs Men’s Ultra Mid Winter Snow BootBogs Men’s Ultra Mid Winter Snow Boot

Price: Approx $125

Shipping weight: 2.1 lbs

Specific features: Comfort rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, sealed all the way to the top, sturdy construction, fully synthetic

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

The Bogs Men’s Ultra Mid Winter Snow Boots are manufactured from a 70% rubber and 30% neoprene blend with rubber providing the sole and a 7 mm neoprene skin providing the boot upper construction.

The comfort is rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the inners have a moisture lining designed to fight odors. A good fitting boot will always present a challenge getting them on and off, for that matter, and this boot has an awesome feature in their side apertures, just big enough to get a good grip on the boot. It’s definitely a solid snow boot with plenty of desirable features.

PROS:

  • Durable rubber sole
  • Four-way stretch inner bootie
  • Stabilization plate
  • 100% waterproof

CONS:

  • Wears out quickly

Related: Another great boot from Bogs is the Bogs Men’s Bozeman Snow Boot. It’s more reasonable in price but still offers the same quality and features. It is a mid-size boot though, it won’t come up very high.

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Vasque Men’s Snowburban Ultradry Snow BootVasque Mens Snowburban Ultradry Insulated Snow Boot

Price: Approx $119

Shipping weight: 2 lbs

Specific features: Leather and fabric construction, wide opening for easy on and off, lightweight slim design, four way stretch inner bootie

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

Constructed from leather and fabric, with a rubber toe cap and heel kick, the boot has a sturdy rubber sole. As with any lace-up design, the idea is to make it easy to get the boot on and off. Whilst comfortable enough at zero degrees, given that leather breathes, Vasque Men’s Snowburban Ultradry Snow Boot is not ideal for super low temperatures.

However, it should suit most applications, and by most accounts it does this well. But, what were they thinking by not extending the steel eyelet (d-rings) all the way to the top? To avoid having to replace the laces, when the inevitable happens and the plastic lace tips detach, don’t pull them out of the top two laces holes.

This is a relatively rigid boot, great for folk looking for support, and the inner bootie will enhance the comfort of this boot.

PROS:

  • Ideal for those looking for extra support
  • Inner bootie provides extra comfort
  • Breathable
  • Rubber toe cap
  • Sturdy rubber sole

CONS:

  • May have to replace the laces
  • Not completely waterproof

Related: You need to keep your feet warm during the winter. With that being said, Darn Tough has their own Men’s Merino Wool Hiker Boot Socks that’ll keep your feet nice and toasty when you’re out in the snow.

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Kamik Men’s Nationplus BootKamik Men’s Nationplus Boot

Price: Approx $54

Shipping weight: 4 lbs

Specific features: Comfort rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, quick lace-up system, full rubber bottom section and sole, leather upper section, water resistant

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

Leather uppers and a bold rubber bottom and sole for this lace-up boot. The Kamik Men’s Nationplus Boot is not a particularly bulky boot, and as such don’t expect a great deal of ankle support. However, this is by no means that it’s not a dependable pair. Its 200B Thinsulate insulation and moisture-wicking lining make this boot a good option for various outdoor snow activities.

Although the temperature rating is minus 40F, this is a fairly comfortable pair of boots and that can be attributed to its solid construction. D-rings all the way to the top, does make for relatively easy getting on and off. The lacing system is also rust-proof so you don’t have to worry about your pair succumbing to rust.

PROS:

  • High temperature rating
  • Not bulky
  • Made of leather
  • Moisture-wicking lining
  • Rustproof speed-lacing system

CONS:

  • Lack ankle support

Related: Want a great pants that will go great with the Nationplus boot? Then you can’t go wrong with Arctix Men’s SnowSports Cargo Pants with its lightweight and superior insulation.

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Salomon Men’s Toundra Mid WP Snow BootSalomon Men’s Toundra Mid WP Snow Boot

Price: Approx $143

Shipping weight: 2 lbs

Specific features: Fully synthetic lightweight construction, typical Salomon quality, water resistant

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

At first glance, Salomon Men’s Toundra Mid WP Snow Boot is a great looking boot, and the price suggests that they should be awesome, and most accounts, they are just that, awesome. The Toundra is a 100% synthetic boot with a rubber sole.

There are a number of folks who have pointed out that they are not in fact waterproof, but are water resistant at best. For warmth and comfort they get impressive reviews, and their lightweight construction is an absolute bonus. There also appears to be a fair amount ‘branding’ in the price, as they are not cheap.

PROS:

  • Trendy design
  • 100% synthetic with a rubber sole
  • Water resistant
  • Warm
  • Durable
  • Comfortable

CONS:

  • Not waterproof
  • Expensive

Related: If you want a cheaper option, the Salomon Men’s Snowtrip TS WP Winter Shoe should the bill. It’s made of synthetic materials but it boasts good performance due to its unparalleled grip and durability.

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Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III BootColumbia Mens Bugaboot Plus III Omni Cold-Weather Boot

Price: Approx $43

Shipping weight: 2 lbs

Specific features: Leather and textile design, quick lace-up eyelets

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

Now, if good looking boots are your thing, well then nothing else may matter, as Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Boot are really cool looking boots. The textile leather combination does enough to keep your feet warm in reasonably cold temperatures, and the rubber bottom is about the limit of their water resistance.

Expecting to stay dry walking around ankle-high will leave you a little disappointed. The lightweight design and non-marking rubber soles, make these boots suited to most every-day activities. One look at this pair and you can really tell that it’s a high quality boot despite the very low price. This is definitely one of the best value snow boots that you can find in the market.

PROS:

  • Warm
  • Textile and leather combination
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for everyday activities

CONS:

  • Ankle-high boots

Related: When it’s winter, you need to dress the part. Columbia has a great pair of Men’s Snow Gun Pants. They’re 100% nylon with a zipper closure and they’re extremely warm. They even come with a security pocket for your valuables.

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Sorel Men’s 1964 Premium T BootSorel Mens 1964 Premium T Boot

Price: Approx $51

Shipping weight: 4.8 lbs

Specific features: Contemporary designer look, removable felt lining, not particularly water resistant nor suited to heavy duty applications

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

If special ops combat boot look-a-likes are not your thing, Sorel Men’s 1964 Premium T Boot will certainly be the best of the bunch. A sophisticated looking boot, with some pretty robust construction best describes the Sorel T boot. The seam-sealed waterproof leather upper ensures that your feet stay dry even when you’re doing the most intense snow activities.

If looking good and your tailored outfit is more important than having warm feet, again, this is the boot for you. It is manufactured from rubber and leather, with a relatively easy on and off characteristics, thanks to the easy lace eyelets all the way to the top of the boot. This pair is a good balance of good looks and performance.

PROS:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Lace-up closure loop
  • Bonded felt frost plug midsole
  • Waterproof

CONS:

  • Not ideal for hiking
  • Runs small in size

Related: For a slightly less expensive price with similar performance, the Sorel Men’s 1964 Pac Nylon Snow Boot is a great option. Rated at -25 ºF, it’s a great waterproof boots for most winter activities.

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Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Conrax CH CP Hiking BootAdidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Conrax Ch Cp Hiking Boot

Price: Approx $134

Shipping weight: 1.4 lbs

Specific features: Fully synthetic and water resistant, lightweight comfortable and warm

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

Like the love child of my soccer shoes and my snowboard boots’ as one happy customer put it. Ironically, Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Conrax CH CP Hiking Boot appears to be anything but waterproof, but surprisingly it appears to be particularly effective against water. The synthetic and continental rubber combination make for a lightweight boot with extraordinary grip, which, by all accounts is comfortable and warm.

For extraordinary grip, the outsole is also made of continental rubber so you just don’t slip easily. The quality of this pair is definitely on-point and that’s thanks to its high quality materials and solid construction. Keep in mind that the boot can be rather narrow so it may not be the best option for customers with wide feet.

PROS:

  • Made in the USA
  • Lug sole
  • Super high traction rubber
  • adiPrene insert for shock absorption

CONS:

  • You’ll need an extra sock for warmth
  • Narrow

Related: You may not need a winter boot, but rather a durable hiking boot. In that case, try out Adidas Men’s Terrex Swift R Mid Hiking Boot. It’s durable and warm but doesn’t come with the bulk that winter boots come with.

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KEEN Men’s Anchorage Boot II Hiking BootKEEN Men’s Anchorage Boot II Hiking Boot

Price: Approx $85

Shipping weight: 5 lbs

Specific features: Rubber soles with leather uppers, an effective urban boot, will take some ‘walking-in’ to get the best result

Best use: Outdoor snow activities

The KEEN Men’s Anchorage Boot II Hiking Boot is  another model for those not wanting to get into a pair of combat boots. The rubber soles meet the leather uppers with a bonded seal, which is effective against water. Comfort is also a non-issue here because of the superior breathable membrane this pair has. Insulation is also on-point and it’s rated to 200 g.

Apart from the gusseted sides, the rest of the boot is leather, and as such, will take a bit of ‘walking-in’ before they fit well, and stop rubbing the front of your leg around ankle height. Again, this is not your typical snow boot which should be a boon for many folks who don’t like the army-boot look.

PROS:

  • Made in USA
  • Leather
  • Waterproof
  • Thermal heat shield footbed
  • Breathable

CONS:

  • Not steel toe

Related: If you’re looking for casual winter footwear, you can try out Keen Men’s Brixen Low Insulated Shoe. Maybe you don’t need a boot but rather a shoe that’ll take you around town and keep your feet dry. Well, this is the one for you.

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Baffin Men’s Apex Insulated BootBaffin Men’s Apex Insulated Boot

Price: Approx $167

Shipping weight: 2.6 lbs

Specific features: Heavy duty boot, waterproof, very warm, quick lace-up system

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

The Baffin Men’s Apex Insulated Boot is a big boot. It is a warm boot. It is a waterproof boot. It has a fantastic quick lace-up system (not sure why all lace-up boots don’t use the same system), if you find yourself in harsh environments, this is the only boot for you.

That’s if the price tag doesn’t break the bank. That said, if your requirements of an all-purpose boot are somewhat more moderate, then this will be an extremely over engineered option, and one which is avoidable with a number of other options. Overall, this is a great, high quality boot that has all the necessary features for a great snow boots.

PROS:

  • Waterproof
  • Removeable liners for quick drying
  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Quick-lace system
  • Cold rating: -148 F

CONS:

  • Size runs small
  • Non-wool liner
  • May lack ankle support

Related: If you’re going to being out in the winter, you’ll need something to keep your face warm and cosy. The Ergodyne N-Ferno 6970 Thermal Balaclava provides you with thermal comfort and a heat exchanger. In addition, it’s also adjustable so you’ll have a customized fit.

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Korkers Footwear Men’s SnowJack Snow BootKorkers Footwear Mens SnowJack Snow Boot

Price: Approx. $35

Weight: 9.2 lbs

Specific features: Waterproof, interchangeable soles, leather and synthetic design, quick lace -up system

Best use: Outdoor winter activities

Claiming to be 100% waterproof, as we have learned, is a bold statement for any boot to make, but it seems that Korkers Footwear Men’s SnowJack Snow Boot might just be able to standby this claim. Made from leather and synthetic, and rubber soles, it also features the quick lace-up system which is definitely a good quality-of-life improvement.

This being said, and ordinarily this would be enough to make this boot a worthy option, it has more; you get two outer soles: one for snow, and one for ice. Hiking in winter is always going to present changing conditions, and we think having the ability to change your soles to suit changes in terrain is an awesome feature of the Korkers Snowjack.

PROS:

  • Shock-absorbing EVA midsole
  • Full-length nylon protection plate
  • Waterproof leather
  • Handles tricky terrain

CONS:

  • Can feel lumpy under the foot
  • Need to be mindful of the debris build up underfoot

Related: The Korkers IceJack BOA Snow Boot is another great boot from the Korker collection. They’re made of leather and synthetic material with a rubber sole for traction. It’s a waterproof boot, so you’ll be able to go anywhere without having to worry about getting wet.

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Our Final Thought

It is worth repeating that pulling on a pair of boots which fit you well is always going to be a bit of a task. There are some boots amongst the ones we’ve had a look at, which are easier to pull on, and get off, than others. These are generally likely to be slightly less water resistant than those which are particularly difficult. Also, a good pair of socks is really all that is left to consider.

Along with some ordinary warm winter clothing, a good pair of gloves, and head covering, investing in a good pair of boots will be money very well spent. It will be the difference between spending all winter indoors and the rush of getting out and exploring. So, take a bit of time to get the right boot. They may pretty much all to do the same thing, but one or two unique design features could make all the difference.

Winter Boots for Men

Remember: With any new boots, spend a few hours walking around the house, the garden, and the neighborhood, to ensure that your boots are, in fact the correct fit, and that there are no pressure points.

By now you should be eagerly anticipating the arrival of your new boots, and have already planned your adventure. So, which pair did you choose?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerry Mueller
Jerry Mueller

Jerry ‘Boy Scout’ Mueller spends 99% of his time camping or teaching others how to live in the wild. He became an Eagle Scout which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting division when he was 17 and after that he still lives the scout life. Jerry always plans neatly every trip, takes leadership very seriously and if you listen to his tips and stories, you can learn tons of useful things.

  • Tyler Johnson

    I am an avid hiker and bought my first pair of Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Omni Cold-Weather Boot last year. These boots are super hardcore – the most hardcore boots i have had. Totally waterproof under normal circumstances – i have literally walked through creeks wearing the Cascades… They are super rugged – and very heavy. if you are looking for an agile/flexible boot, or one you can move very easily in, it’s a bit clunky.. but its heavy duty. Honestly – I’ll buy another pair next year if i had too, because they are great boots.

  • Walker John

    The Salomon Men’s Toundra Mid WP Snow Boot use a NASA originating insulation that is just amazing. This has been the worst Winter in Minnesota in 20 years. My feet have never been cold in these. IN fact there are many days where they are just too warm. Only down side is that they are ugly. Really ugly. I personally don’t care, but my wife will frequently point this out. Also the laces are a pain. When a boot thaws a puddle forms and the laces get wet and salt in them. This sucks. Of course tucking your laces into the boot when you take them off solves this, but you need to think about it. Would rather have slip-on or zipper. Still these just can’t be beat for warmth.

  • Jerry Mueller

    These are great-looking boots, I sometimes think they are TOO good-looking for my thing. Yet, these boots get the job done. Just don’t get your hopes high that you’ll feet will stay dry. Not really recommended for extremely low temp, if you know what I mean. However, for everyday use, they’ll suit just fine.
    For heavy duty and waterproof boots, your best bet is the Baffin Men’s Apex Insulated Boot. You won’t regret the steep price.

  • Jerry Mueller

    When you’re knee deep in snow, you can’t see those boots man! This made me laugh but when it comes to keeping our feet warm, these boots are excellent. The price alone is a budget-buster but these boots have quite a reputation for being lightweight and durable. I personally like how they look, though 🙂

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