Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best sports shoes for men, black sneakers, inexpensive Chelsea boots, and even Diane Keaton’s combat boots, we’ve gone deep here on the best men’s winter and snow boots you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best lace-free men’s winter boots
4.7 stars, 321 reviews
“I bought these boots a few years ago and couldn’t be happier with the purchase. I recommend these boots to friends and family, they are so comfortable. They even look nice with a creased pair of khakis (and long johns, of course). I think the thing I like most about them is their maintenance-free upkeep — no laces flopping around in the slush; they don’t fall apart at all. When it’s -30 degrees Fahrenheit, and you have to sit outside for a football game, or you’re shoveling the snow, or sledding, these are the ones to get.”
Best lace-free men’s winter boots with a drawstring
4.3 stars, 1,076 reviews
“I was concerned about buying boots like this online. But, living remotely, my last 300-mile journey to Bismarck netted nothing. I was impressed by the lightness for such a large boot! The cinching strap at the ankle performs well. The additional cinch at the top is nice, permitting one to wear pants inside [the boot], or outside. I especially am impressed by the arch support. (Most boots I’ve tried on had none.) When wearing such a boot, especially if one stands for long lengths, having support in the arch is a big plus!
I put these on, and wore them in the house for about an hour. Just to get a sense of them, before deciding to keep them. After 30 minutes, I was convinced they were the best choice for me. Warm, I stepped out in the snow, and felt secure in walking in these boots. Ice, no problem. Back inside, I noted that I needed to loosen the top cinch, as these boots are warm. Just what I needed here in North Dakota.”
Best men’s winter boots with a drawstring and laces
4.4 stars, 636 reviews
“I had the brown color for approximately eight years until the stitching rotted out the side, so I went with black this time. I bought one size larger to ensure a comfortable fit with wool socks on. You can lace these tight. I hike with these through snow hunting: no slip, no blisters. Plus, they look good, tactical style being black, and the built-in gator cord keeps the snow out of going down inside.”
Best lace-up men’s snow boots for trekking
4.4 stars, 682 reviews
“I put these boots to the extreme test of two days of hiking on Iceland’s second-largest glacier. I must say, these boots provided me with not only dry, warm feet but also great comfort as I trekked up the glacier! Therefore, I highly recommend these boots to any traveler heading out on any extreme-cold-weather vacation!”
Best all-weather, waterproof men’s boots
4.5 stars, 4,725 reviews
“It’s hard for me to say enough great things about these boots. I initially bought them while I was in college in upstate New York, where winters are long and snowy and springs are wet and muddy. I thought they were a decent-looking pair of comfortable boots that I wouldn’t mind wearing to class on poor-weather days. What I never expected was how well and how long they would perform in a wide range of fairly demanding scenarios.
Not only have I worn them walking uphill to class, but I have put in countless miles hiking in the Adirondacks in New York, Green Mountains in Vermont, White Mountains in New Hampshire, desert hills in Baja California, and snowy treks in Utah. Plus, I have worn them four-wheeling, mountain biking, and fishing (ankle-deep submerged for extended periods of time), all without ever having a problem or wishing I had a different pair!”
Best fleece-lined, waterproof winter boots
4.4 stars, 683 reviews
“I’ve been using these boots through a series of tough storms in the Boston area this year (deep snow drifts; ice; wet, heavy snow; rain, you name it!). Throughout all this, these boots have kept my feet bone-dry and toasty-warm. Traction is great, and the fit is fine. These are probably not the best choice for hiking or snowshoes, as they’re a bit bulky (any boot of this type would be), but I’m able to drive a standard while wearing them with no trouble.”
Best shearling-lined winter boots slash slippers
4.7 stars, 445 reviews
“Love these for vacation comfort on ski trips up north! These run a little wider than the other closed Uggs, so my big, wide feet fit perfecly. You might also spray these with a special water or stain repellent if you are going in any type of snow. They are too nice for me to wear in really foul, dirty snow, but man, for travel and cold vacations, you cannot beat these. I felt a little weird as a guy buying Uggs, but my wife just said, ‘Trust me,’ and now she can’t get me out of them.”
Best lace-up men’s snow boots under $100
4.4 stars, 837 reviews
“I was hesitant to purchase these due to their low price. Man, was I pleasantly surprised!! They are lightweight, comfortable, and warm. If you add in the price, the Kamik Nationplus Snow Boot is hard to beat! I wear a size 13.5 or 14 EE boot, and these run just a little smaller than some of the other boots I’ve owned. That said, they comfortably fit my foot with a thin base-layer sock and a second wool sock.
I’ve tested the boots in -22 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours while working on my farm in southern Minnesota and found them to be almost as warm as my -100 degrees Fahrenheit ice-fishing boots, and much more comfortable.”
Best men’s snow boots under $75
4.1 stars, 1,155 reviews
“These shoes are such a steal! They’re rugged, stylish, and super tough against snow, ice, dirt, etc. Particularly good against water. I wouldn’t walk into a river with them on, but as far as snow and rain and slush, they’re literally perfect. Went shooting the other day for a new video I’m producing, and these were great out in 10 degrees Fahrenheit. They kept me warm with two socks on for about four hours. As far as fit, I’m a size 13 and always have trouble finding the right shoes or boots. However, with these, I thought I had gotten a size too big, but once I threw on my second pair of socks for the cold weather, they fit perfectly with just the right amount of room on all sides. I highly recommend these, as they could be priced three times what they are, and I’d still buy ‘em.”
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