Cold, snow, ice, and gloom are imminent here in the Northern Hemi. In fact, all four have already descended upon many parts of the U.S. and are creeping their way gradually across the remainder of the country. And lemme tell ya, I’m THRILLED.
But cold, snow, ice, and gloom give us an excuse to bust out (or buy new) fun winter boots! It’s LIKE a bright side, no? In case you’re in the market for a new pair of stylish snowboots, here are my picks for the season, all of which are waterproof.
Sorel Cate the Great – $200
This is the style you see me wearing in the top image, and they just might supplant my Joan of Arctics as my preferred winter boots. When I first saw photos of these guys, they looked extremely tall. Like just-above-the-knee tall. They must’ve put ’em on a short-calved model because my legs are far from lanky and these are a fabulous height for me (13″). Just as cozy, comfy, walkable, and stylish as all the Sorels I’ve ever encountered.
Merrell Martina – $200
Although I don’t own these personally, I know from experience that Merrell is a trustworthy brand for comfort, quality, and durability. And while I’m smitten with all the faux fur trim that’s available this season, its’ nice to see a non-fuzzy alternative. The marled sweater topper on these Martinas is darned cute, don’t you think?
Columbia Ice Maiden Lace – $75
Since the snow generally gets neck-high here in MN, I prefer tall snowboots, but definitely wanted to offer a shorter alternative for those of you in slightly milder climates. These lovelies are 9.5″ tall and the laces make them a bit flexible in terms of calf width. My hiking boots are Columbias, so this is another brand that I can vouch for, though I’m yet to try this style out myself.
Nine West Vossler – $119
I was frustrated to find very few wide-calf options. Many of the lace-up pairs shown here will have some leeway, but not all. These shorter boots are 16.5″ in circumference at 11″ high, so I feel like they may be able to accomodate some wider calves. WideWidths.com has a few pairs of Blondos, but not many. Would love more resources, if anyone has ’em.
Timberland Lexiss – $175
Husband Mike is a longtime fan of Timberlands, and his have held up beautifully over the years. I’ve been eyeing this pair for a while now since they are absolutely stylish enough to be streetwear, but both waterproof and treaded for winter wear. Well played, Timberland. Well played, indeed.
Sperry Top-Sider Pelican – $70
I’ve got a pair of these in solid black, and I absolutely adore them. Technically, they’re rain boots, and once it gets below 20 degrees they don’t quite cut it. But on any day warmer than that, especially worn with boot socks, these Pelicans will serve you just as well as their bulkier friends. A great option for folks who don’t need or want the bulk of a traditional snow boot.
A few of these might be able to pass for regular boots, though few are office-appropriate. As always, when winter weather hits, I recommend wearing your snow boots, carrying your indoor shoes along with you, and changing into them upon arrival. No reason to ruin your footwear. But also no reason to slog around in snowboots you hate. Waterproof and weatherproof design have come a long way, so consider investing in a pair you love.
Do you live in a cold, wet, or snowy climate? What’s your favorite brand or model of winter boot? Know of any that truly double as indoor boots? Anyone have wide calf options to share? What are your requirements for a truly great winter boot?
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