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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?
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.
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.
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. Target says that they’re for men, but Lori, who’s a size eight women’s, bought a size eight men’s and says they fit.
Here’s another furry pair from Target that’s reminiscent of some ladylike Timbs.
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.
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.
For the pattern-lover.
This sneakerlike Chelsea boot is fun in red.
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).
A cheap, furry, high duck boot, if you’re just trying to stay warm.
These lace-ups have a faux-shearling lining and don’t even look like snow boots. If you like them, act fast, though, because they’re low on sizes at Nordstrom Rack.
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.
These land somewhere between and moon boot and a creeper, and we’re into it.
Another lined lace-up option, this time in tan.
Boots Over $75
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?
Or how about a sneaker boot?
If you made sure these were waterproof, no one would even think you’re wearing snow boots.
These faux-fur lined Docs just look so, so warm.
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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