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Ask the Strategist: Do You Know of Any Warm, Cheap Snow Boots?

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Question: I’m looking for snow boots that are like Sorels, but not Sorels because I want a pair that’s cuter and not as clunky. I’m looking for something fleece-lined and for winter, but I’d like to keep it under $75. I found these Tretorn’s on Amazon that I really like, but they’re a little more than I want to spend. Know of anything else?

Tretorn Women’s Lina Wnt Rain Boot
$69 at Amazon

First, I must say that those Tretorns are only $78, which is really an excellent deal for snow boots, and if you really do like them I think you should get them. They’re going to last more than one winter, and they’re worth it. But to give you a sense of what else is out there in your price range, I’ve collected many more options below.

Chooka Bainbridge Chelsea Ankle Boot
$65 at Zappos

If you’re 100 percent against spending more than $75, these Chooka Bainbridge Chelsea boots are pretty similar. They also seem a bit less chunky, which I think you’ll like. I kind of love them in this stone color, but they also come in black and navy.

206 Collective Women’s Rainier Duck Boot Rain
From $90 at Amazon

You mentioned that you’re not so into the duck-boot look, but my colleague Lori just wrote a whole piece about how amazing, durable, and warm these really cheap Target boots are, so they might be worth it if you just want something quick and reliable without having to even think about the money spent. The Target boots are sold out, but here is a similar style from Amazon.

DADAWEN Women’s Suede Waterproof Lace Up Winter High Top Snow Boots
$30 at Amazon

Here’s another furry pair from Amazon that’s reminiscent of some ladylike Timbs.

Skechers Performance On-the-Go City 2 — Adapt
From $33 at Amazon

If you have a creative eye and look at these all-back Skechers from the right angle, they kind of look like the infamous Balenciaga sock sneaker.

Skechers D’Lites — Alps
From $33 at Amazon

And If you’re into the ’90s-revival look, these Skechers are a little over $75, but look super warm and have a similar chunky sole to the now trendy Fila Disruptor sneakers.

‘Wellibob’ Short Rain Boot
$65 at Zappos

For the pattern-lover.

Kamik Shellylo
$55 at Zappos

This sneakerlike Chelsea boot is fun in red.

Keen Women’s Elsa Waterproof Winter Boot
From $72 at Amazon

These are like Sorels, but seem less clunky and have great reviews on Amazon (and you can also read our article about the best-reviewed winter boots on Amazon, here).

Ollio Women’s Shoe Lace Up Quilted Fur Snow Duck Boots
$40 at Amazon

A cheap, furry, high duck boot, if you’re just trying to stay warm.

‘Tinsley’ Rain Boot
$55 at Amazon

This pair isn’t fleece-lined, but it’s what I wear in the snow because I dislike heavy, clunky boots. I just pair them with thick socks, and they’ve been warm enough for me. Another idea, if you’re really insistent on a warm liner, is to buy some separately — like this one on Amazon — that you can slip in yourself.

ASOS Almighty chunky hiker boots
$56 at ASOS

These land somewhere between and hiking boot and a creeper, and we’re into it.

Lugz Women’s Convoy Winter Boot
From $60 at Amazon

Another lace-up option, this time in tan.

Boots Over $75

Sebago Laney Lace Boot
From $54 at Amazon

Our colleague Dana bought a pair of these Sebago’s back in November, “and they ended up being the shoes I wear, like, every day lately,” she says. The great thing about them is that they can be worn all the way up, high-top style, or down if it’s not as cold. Might they be your everyday boots, too?

Palladium Pampa White Hi Rive Gauche Flat Ankle Boots
$111 at ASOS

Or how about a sneaker boot?

Bonham Chelsea Boot
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Bonham Chelsea Boot
From $75 at Amazon
Chelsea Faux Shearling Lined Boot
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Chelsea Faux Shearling Lined Boot
$248 at Nordstrom

If you made sure these were waterproof, no one would even think you’re wearing snow boots.

Dr. Martens Leonore
From $140 at Amazon

These faux-fur lined Docs just look so, so warm.

Quincy Boot
$170 at Nordstrom

As you might’ve noticed, we’ve been pushing UGGs, which might just be coming back in style and are definitely the warmest, coziest boots on the market. If you don’t love the classic look, there’s a pair of lace-ups and Chelsea boots that might just be right for you.

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Ask the Strategist: Do You Know of Warm, Cheap Snow Boots?