12 pairs of winter boots our editors are obsessed with
These are the best boots you can buy this season.
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Buying a good pair of boots is sneakily difficult. You just wanted to pick out some new ankle booties but—what’s this now? Having to drudge through the hundreds if not thousands of options online or in-store? Then having to factor in color and sizing (will your chunky socks fit in your normal size 8’s, or will you need to size up?)... it’s all too much! More often than not, you’ll need to sacrifice style for functionality, too, and we just think that’s unfair. Enter: the best boots you can get for winter that are stylish, comfortable, and foul-weather ready.
We've included staff favorites from our editors and writers, including snow-ready boots like L.L. Bean's duck boots to stylish indoor favorites like Nisolo's leather Chelsea boots. We’ve got your toes covered!
1. Dr. Martens Heeled Lace Up Boots
Loved by: Kitchen & Cooking Editor Madison Trapkin
If feeling like a total badass and staying dry are your top two boot priorities, then look no further than these Doc Martens. You know them for their trademarked yellow stitching, but perhaps not for heat-sealing their soles at 700 degrees Celsius (that’s 1,292 Fahrenheit!) for the most secure fit and durability. They might not look it, but these boots are also incredibly comfortable and made from soft and lightweight Wanama leather. Order one size smaller than usual; these babies run large.
2. L.L. Bean's Maine Hunting Shoes
Loved by: Senior Staff Writer Michael Desjardin
The boots that have been copied time and time again—but you’ll never get anything like the original. Featuring a waterproof leather upper and a slipper-like sole, these boots were made for walkin’ (sorry) in the snow, sleet, mud, and rain. They expertly shield your feet from the elements while maintaining traction so you won’t be worrying about the dreaded unexpected ice patch. Secure lace-up closure can make these a bit of a task to get on and off, but worth it for the amount of craftsmanship that goes into them.
3. UGG Benson Boot II
Loved by: Senior Manager of Audience Development Rachel Moskowitz
Taking the best elements from clogs and boots alike, the Benson Boot II is a stylish departure from your average winter boot. The curly wool collar lends itself nicely to a cozy aesthetic, while the side zipper allows for quick on-and-off. These are fantastic if your feet tend to get too warm in snow boots but still require a good level of durability. They can easily help you traverse the brisk morning commute or be your favorite errand slip-ons.
4. Carmen Chelsea Boot
Loved by: Writer Liv Birdsall
These effortlessly cool Chelsea boots are a closet staple in more than one way. Not only do they go with absolutely any outfit, but they're also made from water-resistant leather and have a lightweight and durable rubber sole. Admittedly they’re not the best for snowstorms, but are certainly great for those cold, gray days trudging through the slush. Pair with skinny jeans and a peacoat for the perfect winter uniform.
5. Taos Crave Leather Boots
Loved by: Managing Editor Kate Ellsworth
For the lace-up lovers, these leather combat-style boots are the one. They're a perfect choice for commuters with their supportive footbed for optimal comfortability and weather-tight finish, never letting water creep through even on the wettest of days. Pick from 15 colors including four different kinds of black for those of us who are picky about our dark neutrals. These boots even survived a New England winter without so much as a dent, which says a whole lot. Seems like reviewers agree, giving these boots a resounding 5-star rating.
6. Keen Men's Venture Mid Waterproof
Loved by: Editor Seamus Bellamy
For these boots, it’s all in the name: waterproof. And they mean it. The Venture Mid’s from Keen are guaranteed to keep out any moisture you may come across, whether it’s an enormous puddle on your way to work or snow-capped mountains on your weekend hike. They’re also super light and surprisingly comfortable. Good ankle support helps to stabilize against slippery surfaces and creates a locked-in feel so you feel confident in your stride. These are great for people with wide feet, too, since they feature a wide toe box.
7. Sorel Slimpack III Duck Boot
Loved by: Managing Editor Meghan Kavanaugh
Cold feet during winter is a true struggle, but not when you have these Sorel duck boots. Beginning with the wool felt collar all the way down to the 100g insulation, there isn’t a snow pile on Earth that could infiltrate them. Their waterproof full-grain leather and seam-sealed construction also play a huge part in not allowing the cold to make its way in. The 1-¾ inch heel maintains a level of chic femininity while being low enough to be comfortable wearing them all day.
8. UGG Adirondack III
Loved by: Director of Commerce Content Samantha Matt
What would you call a pair of boots that are temperature rated to -32 degrees? Essentials, that’s what. The UGG Adirondack III’s use a DryTech waterproof finish to ensure that the leather upper is completely waterproof so they can be worn anywhere. They’re also lined with UGGpure, which is a textile made from wool, to establish a superior plush feel that keeps your feet warm and toasty.
9. Dr. Martens Vegan Leather Boots
Loved by: Staff Writer Izzy Kagan
No need to tread lightly with these vegan Doc Martens! The faux-leather upper allows for carefree wear during the winter months and only requires a quick wipe with a damp cloth to clean. Perfect for when you love the original Doc Martens look but don’t want to risk damaging the leather of its counterpart version. Same unique style, same quality, and durability for everyday wear during winter or all year.
10. FRYE Harness 12R
Loved by: Staff Writer Sara Hendricks
Although they may not look like winter boots, these are the epitome of long-lasting American craftsmanship made to handle years and years of use. In fact, Sara has had her pair for a decade. They defy the typical look of winter boots, with a design that’s rugged but still sleek. A textured bottom sole makes sure you’ll be strutting, not slipping down the sidewalk and a tri-latch buckle gives a callback to Western vibes. Coming in four neutral black/brown tones, these will be sure to complement any wardrobe pairing.
11. Dr. Martens Platform Boots
Loved by: Staff Writer Melissa Lee
What may seem like an unlikely choice, the Jadon platform boots will actually be a great addition to any winter outfit for their durability and snowshoe-like performance in the elements. By covering more surface area than most other boots, the textured platform sole has excellent abrasion to limit slippage and helps to retain balance when needed. The upper is made from a smooth, polished leather and has all the trademark design elements we’ve come to love from Doc Martens.
12. Sorel Caribou Boot
Loved by: Shopping Editor Courtney Campbell
These taller, mid-calf boots are ideal for trudging through the snow and ice. Their height ensures that no snow will fall in, but is still short enough to not feel inhibiting to your stride. The thick, seam-sealed waterproof sole has traction for days so you can wave a heartfelt goodbye to the potential slip and fall. Along with all of their benefits and features, they’re even cute to boot (get it? You get it). A Sherpa snow cuff tops the simple and understated upper that comes in black, shale, and buff.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.