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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. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

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, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated men’s winter boots

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Mid Waterproof Boot
From $80

Hundreds of five-star reviewers describe these Timberland boots as “waterproof,” including one who says, “I hiked through mud, snow, and water and my feet stayed completely dry.” Another reviewer attests, “I’ve had no issues with tromping through streams and deep snow with these.” Durable is another word that comes up in hundreds of reviews, including this one, from a customer who’s on his second pair of these boots: “My first pair lasted me almost 10 years. That’s 10 years of hiking, hunting, dog walking, Michigan winters, shoveling snow, chopping wood, etc.” He also describes them as, “more comfortable than any tennis shoe that I’ve ever worn,” and that sentiment is echoed by other reviewers, including this one who says, “I broke them in with one week of light wear before the trip and I never had any discomfort, pain, or blisters.” They’re also versatile and stylish enough that they can be worn to the office: “These shoes are not only tough, but good looking. I’ve worn these things to work (an office environment) about 90 percent of the time due to the comfort derived from them.” As this reviewer sums it, these boots are “Completely awesome. Light as a feather. Comfortable and warm. Look good too. Really fantastic boot.”

Best-rated (less expensive) winter boots

From $26

Many reviewers appreciate that these boots do not look like clunky winter boots, like this one who says that their son, who lives in Michigan, “is happy I was able to find him a warm boot that wasn’t ‘traditional’ boots.” Another owner writes, “They look really nice and can’t tell they are winter shoes either.” They’re also lightweight, which makes them great for everyday wear, even in the cold, as this reviewer explains: “Can’t believe how good these feel and how lightweight they are. Damn near a perfect lightweight cold weather boot.” They’re warm, too, according to dozens of reviewers: “They actually keep your feet warm in the cold weather all day,” one writes, while another, “wore them all winter in New England kept my feet warm.” A third reviewer swears, “The velvety smooth lining gives warmth and comfort in this cold weather.” And as this reviewer concludes, the boots are “so warm and comfortable and light as well. Walking through the snow was a breeze, and working in a warehouse, the non-slip sole is great.”

Best pull-on men’s winter boots

Kamik Men’s Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather Boot
From $59

Reviewers love these Kamik boots for how dry and warm they keep their feet. “I can ‘play’ in the snow for hours and never feel cold,” says one. Another writes, “They are rated for 40-below and are very warm. One hundred percent waterproof with tough outer shell and strong treads. These will handle tough Nebraska winters no problem.” The removable felt liner is another feature that customers appreciate: “The inside liner is toasty warm and removable for machine washing/drying if need be,” one writes. They’re also comfortable and “easy to put on and remove,” due to their high, pull-on style, a sentiment echoed by dozens of reviewers, including this one who writes that they’re, “Great for large footed boys who don’t have the time (patience) to lace up boots.” Overall, they are a solid choice for the winter, as this reviewer concludes: “These are the best winter shoes I’ve ever had. They fit perfectly and they’re so warm and sturdy. Good quality, good price, good comfort. There are multiple points that can be used to tighten or loosen the boot, so that’s convenient. They did not slip at all as I walked; the grip made me feel safe.”

Best tall men’s winter boots

From $122

The height of these Muck Boots make them particularly well-suited for cold and wet conditions. “My feet stayed warm on the coldest winter days here in Michigan. The height of the boots is excellent, as it covers the ankles and most of the calves so they stay warm too,” one reviewer writes, adding, “It is nice to be able to walk through a puddle six inches deep and still have dry feet.” This customer agrees, describing them as “warm, waterproof and you don’t have to lace them. The high sides are especially nice because they minimize accidentally kicking snow into your boot as you walk.” But for as warm as they are, they are not sweaty, a bonus that several reviewers noted, including this one who says, “My feet are so toasty in these. They don’t sweat and they certainly don’t get cold.” Another reviewer agrees: “My feet normally sweat in any boot I have worn, but not these.” People also appreciate the upper neoprene shaft, which can be “folded down into half-calfs in dry conditions allowing you more flexibility and heat control,” according to one, and “make it easier to get into the boots without wrinkling your pants,” according to another reviewer. They’re durable too, as this reviewer attests: “Warm, dry, easy on-and-off, rugged and long-lasting. This is my second pair in 10 years.”

Best tall lightweight men’s winter boots

“These boots are super light; I felt like I was wearing a pair of sneakers,” says one reviewer. And lots of others agree, including this reviewer who writes that “they are VERY lightweight so it doesn’t even really feel like you have bulky boots on, which is a win.” They’re very comfortable, too “and didn’t require much break-in for my feet,” according to another. A mail carrier writes, “There’s no breaking in period; they’re already comfy and my feet are picky, too.” Another reviewer says, “I have walked through lots of snow and ice in these and they were nice and toasty.” He adds that they’re waterproof, too: “I have used them for snow blowing and snow-shoveling for hours and I haven’t had any issues with water entering the shoe.” Reviewers also note that for a winter boot, they look nice, like this one who says, “The boots look great and do not have the appearance of the typical big and clumpy.” As another reviewer concludes: “Best boots ‘ever made’ for lightness, warmth, waterproofing, grip, ankle stability, price and even looks. Form follows function, they say. But I think these boots look better than any I could find anywhere.”

Best short lightweight men’s winter boots

Skechers Men’s Relment Pelmo Chukka Waterproof Boot
From $64

Unlike the lightweight Columbia winter boots above, these Skechers boots are just ankle height, but they still provide “excellent ankle support,” according to one reviewer. Plus, he says they’re so comfortable, it almost “feels like walking on a cloud.” And many more reviewers say the weight of the shoes is why they’re so comfortable. One customer owns other Skechers, but none are as light as these. “I couldn’t get over how lightweight they are,” he writes. He plans to use them on a hike in Colorado over the winter and thinks they’ll be perfect for his short-term trip. But a third customer wears them every day at work and calls them “perfect.” He runs a donkey sanctuary and is “on [his] feet all day. “These boots are so comfortable and have allowed me to feel good for my 12-plus hour days,” he writes. Typically it’s hard to find “boots that have a wider toe box that are waterproof and comfortable without spending a small fortune.” It’s “near impossible,” he thought until he found these Skechers winter boots. “Really, you can’t go wrong with Skechers!”

Best men’s winter boots for deep snow

Kamik Men’s Nationplus Boot
From $45

While all these winter boots are meant to be worn in snow, these Kamik boots scored high marks for being great for trudging through deep snowdrifts and extremely cold temperatures. Nearly 400 reviewers note how impressed they are with how warm these boots keep their feet in extreme weather. “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.” Agrees another, “I’ve tested the boots in -22 degrees for several hours while working on my farm in southern Minnesota and found them to be almost as warm as my -100-degree ice fishing boots and much more comfortable.” They’re also comfortable and stable, as this reviewer (and over 200 others) notes: “They are comfortable to walk in, even with a blown knee. They have a better sole than the other boots I looked at.” One satisfied customer even says, “I have tested this product in a Midwest winter storm with temperatures -26°C. That was a pretty extreme cold. The product tested marvelously. Not only were my feet warm, I was surprised by how light the boots felt on my feet. The outer rubber is very flexible, allowing you to use your entire foot while walking in the snow. They are super-easy to put on and take off and are waterproof.”

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