Best Winter Boots For Men 2023

If you live or visit anywhere cold, dependable winter footwear is essential. The best winter boots for men keep your feet warm and dry all season, whether you’re shoveling a driveway, commuting on slushy streets or hiking through snow. After careful consideration, we selected the The North Face Chillkat V 400 as the best boot overall, while Kamik Nation Plus is the best value option, starting at less than $100 a pair. We’ve highlighted several others on this list, too, depending on what you’re after.

When shopping, beyond checking for a good fit, pay attention to other practical boot details, especially traction, insulation, height and waterproofing. After consulting with an outdoor gear expert, we rounded up a wide range of styles, from hard-wearing work boots to hiking boots you can wear in subzero temperatures. Below, find our picks for the best winter boots for men that will get you through the harshest months with ease.

The North Face Chilkat V 400 Waterproof Boots

Sizes: 7 to 14 | Colors: 2 total, including Black and Toasted Brown | Materials: Full-grain leather and suede upper, recycled material lining, rubber outsole

Featuring The North Face’s signature 400g Heatseeker Eco insulation technology, the Chilkat V 400 keeps feet warm while remaining lightweight. The upper is made of full-grain leather and suede with a waterproof TPU shell, while the rubber outsole has been optimized for maximum traction. You’ll also find a heel clip for snowshoe compatibility, as well as a D-ring at the bottom of the tongue for attaching a gaiter.

What the reviews say: Overall, customers praise these boots’ design for being impressively insulated and waterproof. Keep in mind, however, that multiple reviews mention a slightly narrow fit—so you may want to order one size larger than what you’d usually wear. “So far, these fit great, keep my feet warm without being hot, have good traction and grip, and are easier to put on than I thought they might be given their height,” says one The North Face reviewer. “Most importantly, my feet stay dry and warm.”


Sizes: 7 to 14 | Colors: 3 total, including Buff and Bruno | Materials: Waterproof nubuck upper, felt inner boot, rubber outsole

The Caribou has been Sorel’s top-rated boot since 1962. Made for use in heavy snow, it’s been updated through the years and now has a sherpa snow cuff, a seam-sealed upper and a seriously rugged sole for sure footing on ice-covered mountainsides and slippery sidewalks. It has a wide toe box to support circulation and blood flow so your feet don’t get cold.

What the reviews say: Several reviews mention that these boots are comfortable straight out of the box and won’t cause pain after a long day of plowing or shoveling. A few customers also mention that these boots run on the larger side, so you may want to size down. “I live in Minnesota so I need actually warm and legitimately waterproof boots. These are both for sure,” says one Sorel customer. “Literally warm feet after snow blowing for an hour at -22 degrees Fahrenheit. No exaggeration. Also very comfortable for boots, easy to wear all day with no issues.”


Baffin Impact Winter Boots

Sizes: 7 to 15 | Colors: Black, White Camo | Materials: Ripstop nylon upper, polyester lining, rubber outsole

Baffin’s Impact boots can withstand temperatures up to -148 degrees Fahrenheit (they’ve been tested in the North and South poles). They rely on a multi-layer inner boot system that traps and regulates heat, a cold-resistant sole and upper with double buckle fastening and a locking collar to block out snow. If you can’t survive a full-on blizzard in this pair, don’t blame your footwear. While the boots have a waterproof base, keep in mind that the fabric upper is only water-resistant.

What the reviews say: Many customers recommend ordering at least one size up, as these boots run small. Beyond this, however, several reviewers love the boots’ excellent traction and lightweight feel. “I’m impressed how they fit and how warm they are,” one Baffin customer says. “I would definitely recommend these boots for long durations outdoors in extreme cold.”


Sizes: 7 to 14; 8 Wide to 13 Wide | Colors: 8 total, including Dark Brown and Olive | Materials: Leather upper, rubber outsole, synthetic insulation

Kamik has been making boots for more than a century. This pair is affordable and covers all your important bases: It’s seam-sealed to be waterproof, lined with 200g Thinsulate insulation and is temperature-rated to -40 degrees. It’s a casual winter boot that great for everyday errands, shoveling and brief walks. Just note: You can’t cinch these super tightly so they’re not the best option if you prefer a locked-in feel.

What the reviews say: Many customers love that these boots come at an unbeatable price while still proving to be durable and well-insulated. “They are warm, comfortable and can flex a bit as you walk despite how high they are. And most importantly, they are incredibly sturdy and truly water and snow-proof,” says one Amazon customer. “They keep my feet warm and dry during multiple hours of shoveling and messing around in the snow.”


Blundstone Thermal All-Terrain

Sizes: 8 to 14 | Colors: 2 total, including Antique Brown and Black | Materials: Leather upper, synthetic insulation, rubber outsole

Blundstone’s winter boots have a cult following: Designed in Australia, they’re lined with a shearling footbed, Thinsulate insulation and waterproof leather. Comfort is where this boot really shines: Its springy XRD footbed—a type of foam designed for impact protection—and cushioned midsole are forgiving on joints.

What the reviews say: Reviewers say these boots are good to go straight out of the box. A few customers mention that these run big, so you might need to order one size smaller than your usual pair. “These are the best boots. Besides being comfortable for long walks, they can be dressed up or down,” says one Blundstone customer. “I’ve worn them to work and for nights out. They wipe clean and are comfortably warm in cold weather.”


Sizes: 7 to 13 | Colors: Brown/Olive | Materials: Canvas and leather upper, shearling lining, ceramic lug outsole

In addition to its signature boat shoes, Sperry offers these rugged boots that do an excellent job repelling ice and snow. Shearling-lined with 200g 3M Thinsulate insulation, they top our list in terms of warmth. To further keep feet and calves toasty, the boots offer waterproof protection to ensure everything stays dry. The rubber lug outsole is infused with small pieces of ceramic, which offers more grip on snow and black ice.

What the reviews say: Multiple customers say that these lightweight boots offer great traction, and a few others also appreciate their cool, stylish look. But their most raved about quality is definitely the insulation. “I couldn’t be more pleased! They are not only waterproof, but feel like a cozy pair of slippers, even in the coldest conditions,” says one Sperry customer.


Sizes: 6 to 14; 6 Wide to 14 Wide | Colors: 10 total, including Whiskey and Tobacco | Materials: Leather upper and lining, rubber outsole

Available in an expansive range of sizes from 6 to 14 (as well as a full size run in Wide), the popular President style from Thursday Boot Company is ideal for those who crave a little extra space in their shoes. With a water-resistant leather upper and full glove leather interior lining, these boots are best suited for milder winter climates, but not for long, snowy treks, since they aren’t insulated. However, should you find yourself traversing an icy street, the studded rubber outsoles provide plenty of traction. Further, they look put-together enough to wear to a nice dinner.

What the reviews say: Multiple customers mention these boots’ flexibility, which makes them comfortable enough for all-day wear. Also, reviewers testify that they hold up over time. “I just got the Black as a second pair and I love them,” one Amazon customer says. “I’ve had my brown ones for 4 years now, I wear them almost every day in the winter and fall and only just had the soles replaced.”


MOST POPULAR

Sizes: 7 to 15; 7 Wide to 15 Wide | Colors: 6 total, including Black and Graphite | Materials: Synthetic upper, rubber sole

If you’re looking for an all-weather hiking boot, this Columbia pair has a seam-sealed, waterproof membrane and 200mg insulation to easily handle snow. While many winter hiking boots are clunky and heavy, these are comparatively lightweight, with gummy traction to counteract slick surfaces and a cushiony midsole that reduces leg fatigue.

What the reviews say: Users particularly like the boot’s tight lacing system, although some say the fit runs narrow. “These boots are amazing. They are extremely comfortable and keep your feet warm while it actually feels like you have sneakers on,” writes a Columbia customer. “I’m really impressed by how comfortable they are. They can be worn with anything.”


Sizes: 8 to 13 | Colors: 3 total, including Tan and Forest Night | Materials: Leather, suede and rubber upper, Vibram outsole

From Austin, Texas-based men’s lifestyle brand Huckberry, this hybrid of a traditional duckboot is fully waterproof and offers a springy midsole with the comfort of a sneaker and a grippy Vibram outsole for nice traction. Also great: The high rand—the rubber part that comes up around the toe cap—which prevents scuffs and wear and tear over time.

What the reviews say: Reviewers appreciate these boots’ lightweight, stylish design; several commenters also enjoy the fact that they’re suitable for both rainy and snowy conditions. “I love these boots. I live in Montana and was worried they wouldn’t be warm enough, but with a good sock they were perfect,” one Huckberry customer says. “They keep my feet dry all day in snow or rain. And the sneaker bottom makes them less bulky and clumsy like you get with a regular winter boot.


Wolverine Floorhand Insulated Work Boot

Sizes: 8 to 13 | Colors: 3 total, including Tan and Forest Night | Materials: Leather, suede and rubber upper, mesh lining, Vibram outsole

With a moisture-wicking mesh lining and 200g Expedition insulation, these sturdy leather boots from Wolverine are more than suited for outdoor work. A rubber outsole grips slippery, icy terrain, while a nylon shank provides extra stability. The boots also come with removable full-cushion footbeds, which make them extra comfortable for standing on your feet all day.

What the reviews say: Overall, customers feel that these boots offer great value for the price. However, some customers mention that they preferred wearing them with their own gel inserts in place of the provided footbeds. “These boots provide everything I’d ask of a basic work boot,” one Amazon customer says. “I love them because they help keep my feet warm and dry in the winter, but I’d trust them for protection from most ordinary hazards, and would recommend them in general for anything from manual labor to hiking.”


Sizes: 7 to 15; 7 Wide to 15 Wide | Colors: 4 total, including Wheat and Black | Materials: Leather upper, recycled fabric lining, rubber outsole

Timberland’s Pro Direct boots have a tough exterior that can take a beating and an insulated lining to help you retain heat on cold days. This pair is seam-sealed to be waterproof, has a lug outsole and is outfitted with “anti-fatigue technology”—which basically means it has comfortable, shock-absorbers built in to reduce strain if you’re on your feet all day.

What the reviews say: Customers call out these boots for being both durable and comfortable, but a few mention that the leather upper stains a bit easily. “[These are] by far the most comfortable, durable work boots I have ever owned,” says one Timberland customer. “I wear them in all sorts of weather. They are wet most of the time and hold up the longest. Well worth the money.”


Why Trust Forbes Vetted

At Forbes Vetted, we’ve researched, written and published our way through dozens of footwear stories. The author of this particular article, Molly Calhoun, is a regular contributor who has covered a variety of menswear topics from bomber jackets to the best dress shoes for men. Calhoun consulted outdoor expert and Backcountry Gearhead Andrew Butterworth to gain more insight into what makes a pair of men’s winter boots truly exceptional. In addition, the publishing of this piece was overseen by senior fashion editor Kari Molvar, who has over a decade of experience covering lifestyle topics—and is well-accustomed to harsh New England winters.

This story is regularly updated to guarantee all prices and product information is accurate; we also re-evaluate each pick for greatness and swap out any products that no longer make the cut. In its most recent November 2023 update, fashion writer Claire Epting added four new pairs of boots to the list: The North Face Chilkat V 400, Sperry Ice Bay, Thursday Boot Co. President and Wolverine Floorhand.


How We Chose The Best Winter Boots For Men

Ultimately, our picks for the best men’s winter boots meet the following criteria: They come in a wide variety of sizes, have a sole that offers reliable traction and an upper made from durable and (in most cases) waterproof materials. They also have overwhelmingly positive customer reviews over a consistent period of time; each of our picks earned an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars or higher. We only considered top sellers from major outdoor brands with stellar reputations, including The North Face and Columbia. Finally, we ensured our selections cover a wide range of weather scenarios, from mild winter climates to negative digits and several feet of snow.


What To Consider When Buying Winter Boots For Men

Shopping for men’s winter boots is nuanced and depends on your needs and local climate. Below, the key factors to consider, according to an expert:

Insulation

“Synthetic insulation is generally the best bet in winter boots to ensure warmth,” says Andrew Butterworth, Backcountry Gearhead and outdoor expert. “A good pair of thick wool socks can help, but keep an eye out for synthetic insulation at around 200 grams for plenty of warmth. Although different companies have their own proprietary insulations, Primaloft is generally the gold standard.” Many boots are equipped with removable liners that offer both loft and breathability, which is key when you’re moving around and feet start to sweat.

Outsole And Traction

“A good rubber sole with plenty of traction lugs and sticky rubber with something like Vibram will help keep you upright,” says Butterworth. “Some boots can also come with spikes to increase traction as well, and in the worst of conditions over-the-foot crampons are also necessary.” Of course, the chunkier the lug sole, the heavier the boot, which can be fine for walking short distances but not ideal for long hikes.

Height

The height of a boot can be important for two reasons: The higher the boot, the more potential for warmth and keeping out snow. “Not everyone will need a mid-calf boot, since some locations don’t get snow that deep but are still cold and icy to warrant insulation and traction,” says Butterworth. “I like to think about the climate and environment the boots will be used in; how cold is it and how deep is the snow potentially going to be?”

Waterproofing

“A fully gusseted tongue to keep out moisture as well as a waterproof membrane is the only way to ensure the boot is fully waterproof,” says Butterworth. “For waterproof treatments, Gore-Tex is your best bet, but leather boots are also able to be treated with waterproof coatings to keep your feet dry in the long run.” When shopping for boots, you may also see the term “seam-sealed,” which means a sealant is applied to a boot’s seams, blocking water from seeping in.


More Menswear Stories To Shop:

Next Post

Most men taking bodybuilding supplements unaware of fertility risk

Sat Dec 2 , 2023
Bodybuilders are largely unaware that the protein supplements they use to bulk up might harm their fertility, a new study shows. Four out of five male gym enthusiasts (79%) said they use protein supplements as part of their fitness plan, the poll found. But only 14% had considered how those […]
Most men taking bodybuilding supplements unaware of fertility risk

You May Like