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The Best Winter Boots for Men, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about the best winter boots, rain boots, and Chelsea boots for women, the best rain boots and hiking boots for men, and even how to weatherproof your shoes, here we’ve gone deep on the best men’s winter and snow boots you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best pull-on winter boots

The Original Muck Boots Arctic Sport Mid Outdoor Boot

“My wife and I live in a very remote village in Alaska that is only accessible by plane. We are always in the freezing ocean getting mussels, on muddy trails, or braving the elements to have dinner and play cards with friends. We are in our early 30s and we are HARD on our boots. These boots not only hold up, they keep you warm and dry NO MATTER WHAT it is doing outside! I have tried Tuff Boots, Bogs, etc., and we are hooked on Muck Boots for life! If I could give them 10 stars, I would!”

Bogs Men’s Classic Ultra High Insulated Waterproof Winter Boots

“I SWEAR by these boots! They are not a fashion statement by any means …pretty unattractive, in fact. But for winter and wet weather — they are a staple in my home. There are five pairs of these lined up in my basement, waiting for the cold and snow!”

Kamik Men’s Greenbay Cold-Weather Boot

“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 or outside of the boot. 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.”

Totes Men’s Waterproof Snow Boot

“I purchased these boots for snow shoveling/snow throwing during the winter season, which tends to be very cold where I live. First of, these boots are made very well, the leather is soft, the inside is well insulated and my feet didn’t feel cold at all in sub freezing temperatures. I purchased the wide style, fits great and it is so comfortable I didn’t even feel they are on when I worked outside. The outer sole design gives it a good grip on slippery surfaces. Totally happy with it and I fully recommend these boots.”

The best winter hiking boots

Sorel Men’s Conquest Boot

“I bought a pair of these around eight or nine years ago and finally decided to get a new pair after the shin draw string finally fell apart (with a little help from my dog). These are the most comfortable pair of hiking boots I’ve ever had! They are exceptionally warm and excellent for winter hiking and snow shoeing. I will admit that I had similar reservations as others after some of the stitching started to come apart around the toes after the first season. However after an additional seven years of winter hiking, the small gap between leather and rubber never widened and really had no significant impact on the integrity of the boots. Using the boots for anything active above about 20 or 25 degrees Fahrenheit makes you over heat quickly and I cannot remember one instance my feet were ever cold even on over night trips when the temp dropped as low as -20 degrees. I really did love my old boots and after my first snow shoeing trip this season with my new ones I am very glad I bought a new pair. The only real draw back to these boots is that they are rated for -40 degrees and using them for extended periods in conditions above freezing will cause your feet to overheat quickly, meaning you may need a slightly less warm pair of boots for the shoulder months.”

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

“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!”

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot

“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.”

Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot

“I purchased these boots two winters ago. I only wear them when there is heavy snow or extreme cold. The boots have always kept my feet dry and they are very comfortable. I am on my feet all day working ten-hour shifts and these boots have worked perfectly. So far the boots have made through two Chicago winters comfortably and I don’t seen them failing anytime soon. Don’t hesitate. Just purchase.”

The best faux-fur-lined winter boots

UGG Men’s Butte Snow Boot

“I bought a few pair of UGG boots for my daughters so I never considered them when I wanted a pair of nice winter boots. But I have to say that the reviews that I searched on these boots were dead on. They are very stylish and fashionable as well as warm. Initially they felt stiff but once you wear them for a day they form and mold to your feet. The Vibram soles are light and very springy. They are exceptionally warm — the cold rating for these boots is -20° Celsius — and waterproof, so you will not feel the cold. The boots have a wool lining throughout the toe to the top. I’m very impressed with the UGG Butte Boot. They are a boot I feel I can walk in for long periods of time and not have tired feet. They fit true to size in my opinion; I wear a 12. Again, I cannot express how nice these boots are in person. Thinking of purchasing another color.”

Sorel Men’s Caribou II Boot

“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.”

The best winter boots under $100

Kamik Men’s Nationplus Boot

“I absolutely love these boots. Right after I purchased them we had snow and a below-zero cold spell. I had to scoop snow in -10-degree weather with wind chills approaching -40, and my feet never even began to get cold!! It was the first time in memory that I was able to be out in that type of weather and not have cold feet!! LOVE THEM! I originally ordered the size of boots I have always purchased and when they came I had to return them and order the next size up. They are the most comfortable winter boots I have ever owned.”

Globalwin Men’s Waterproof Winter Boots

“Look no further for a budget snow boot. I did not have high expectations for these boots, but they delivered. First and most important for me, they are waterproof. I didn’t wade into a river, but I was slogging through deep snow for several hours, and my feet stayed dry. Others in my group had cold, wet feet. Second, they are reasonably warm. Again, I was wearing quality socks, but I had no discomfort. Third, they are pretty darn comfortable. The ankles are flexible, and I did not get any ‘calf bite’ or any blisters, and I never bothered to break them in. Finally, these boots don’t look dorky, which is just a bonus.”

Arctiv8 Men’s Insulated Waterproof Construction Rubber Sole Winter Snow Boots

“My feet don’t get cold in these. I put them to the test the first day I got them — nine inches of snow in minus-single-digit temperatures for ten hours straight at Ford Field here in Michigan, and they worked awesome, above and beyond for the price.”

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The Best Winter Boots for Men, According to Reviewers