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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 (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 winter boots for women, the best men’s rain boots, the best Chelsea boots, 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 Lace-Free Winter Boots

The Original MuckBoots Arctic Sport Mid Outdoor Boot
From $99 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Lace-Free Winter Boots with a Drawstring

Kamik Men’s Greenbay Cold-Weather Boot
$63 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Winter Boots with a Drawstring and Laces

Sorel Men’s Conquest Boot
From $128 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Lace-Up Snow Boots for Trekking

Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Omni Cold-Weather Boot
From $99 at Amazon

“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!”

The Best All-Weather Boots that Don’t Look Like Winter Boots

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot
$70 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Fleece-Lined, Waterproof Winter Boots

Sorel Men’s Caribou II Boot
From $112 at Amazon

“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 Lace-Up Waterproof Winter Boots with Arch Support

Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot
$75 at Amazon

“I purchased the Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boots for my husband who wears a size 12. He works 16-hour days in all elements, walking over 10,000 steps per day. He was looking for a boot that would hold up in the rain, snow, and ice. This is the first boot that by the end of the day was not hurting his feet nor leaving his feet soaking wet. The boots provide ample arch support and provide comfort throughout the day. The Merrell boot is an ankle boot and provides stability also. Sometimes you pay the price for comfort, and these boots were worth every penny.”

The Best Shearling-Lined Winter Boots/Slippers

Ugg Men’s Neumel Chukka Boot
From $130 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Lace-Up Snow Boots Under $100

Kamik Men’s Nationplus Boot
From $48 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Winter Boots for Under $50

Arctiv8 Men’s Insulated Waterproof Construction Rubber Sole Winter Snow Boots
From $40 at Amazon

“These are some great boots. I have a second pair now and am still waiting for the first to wear out. I have very wide feet, so I got them a half-size larger. They fit very well with heavy socks. I haul raw milk for a living, so I go into farms and get to play in cow poo a lot. So far, I have no leaks. Will be getting a third pair when I catch them on sale and have some extra money. Well worth the $40. Have used them in -20 temps. They did okay. Wear good socks. At 0 degrees and above, they do really well.”

Globalwin Men’s Waterproof Winter Boots
From $32 at Amazon

“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.”

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11 Best Men’s Winter Boots on Amazon, According to Reviewers