10 Best Snow Boots Reviewed

A world blanketed in downy white can mean snowball fights, winter sports, and snow days. It can also mean mountaineering icy peaks, navigating treacherous avalanche country, and the dreaded task of shoveling your front driveway.

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The right snow gear is essential to brave the arctic climate and allow you to take on the fierce beauty of mother nature’s winter wonderland with confidence. When choosing snow boots, the temperatures they’re designed for, their durability, and their price point all play major factors.

Kamik Greenbay 4
  • Kamik Greenbay 4
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Drawstring Closure
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Columbia Bugaboot Plus II
  • Columbia Bugaboot Plus II
  • 4.4 out of 5
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  • Omni-Heat Lining
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Columbia Ice Maiden II
  • Columbia Ice Maiden II
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Plush Faux Fur Lining
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The ability to trek and tread through a snow covered landscape is the reward for smart shopping.

 

10 Best Snow Boots

 

1. Kamik Greenbay 4

1. Kamik Greenbay 4
Some people think that snow boots have to be bulky monstrosities that have no aesthetic appeal and are solely fabricated for tackling the harshest terrain. Enter the Kamik Greenbay 4 Cold-Weather boot, a tall, elegant black boot that has all the functionality of a tough snow boot without sacrificing style. You won’t find any clunky buckles or snap closures on these black beauties. At just under 2 pounds, it has a drawstring top and removable, making it both versatile and highly adaptive, not to mention one of the lightest options available.
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Versatile
With a 8mm removable thermal liner, your feet won’t overheat on long treks through the powder or, when temperatures continue to drop, provide extra warmth. The hook-and-loop strap is handy for when you want to adjust the fit of the boot near the toe box.

Innovative
Capable of withstanding temperatures of -40 F, these boots are completely waterproof and weigh less than 2 pounds. The draw string at the top keeps snow out and warmth in, removing the need for excess buckles and clasps so the shaft is streamlined. It’s thick tread on the outsole means that while extremely sleek, the Kamik Greenbay 4 is still one tough boot.

Cost and Value
These boots are designed for snow days and work outside in urban areas; their synthetic material would prove prone to tearing on rugged terrain. For the versatility and innovation associated with these lightweight boots, the price is fair and reasonable. As every day snow boots in the winter season that don’t look like your typical snow boot, the Kamik Greenbay 4 can’t be beat.
Pros

Lightweight compared to other brands

Drawstring top

8mm removable thermal liner

Sleek design

Cons

Runs large

2. Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni

A rugged ankle-boot that looks more like athletic footwear than a snow boot, the Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni is a study in functionality and durability. It has features specifically designed to trap heat in and keep water out, as well as be some of the most comfortable snow boots on the market.
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Functionality
Omni-grip traction is specially designed for the outsole to give you extra grip. Omni-heat reflective lining has 200g insulation, which means small silver dots reflect heat back onto your feet.

Durability
Spend all day in these snow boots and you won’t feel a thing. Their Techlite lightweight midsole and extra cushioning ensure that from snowball fights to an inclement paper route, your snow dogs won’t be barking.

Cost and Value
The features that make these boots so functional like the Omni-grip and Omni-heat mean they’re ideal for outdoor activities, like hiking. Because they’re waterproof, that could include through some frigid streams. 200g of insulation means they’re ideal for moderately cold weather, but not arctic conditions. They’re incredibly comfortable and breathe like sportswear. These features make the slightly higher price point worth it.
Pros
  • Breathable

  • Lightweight and heavily cushioned

  • Great for hiking

  • Keeps heat trapped inside and circulating

Cons

Slightly more expensive

3. Sorel Caribou II

3. Sorel Caribou II
Sorel Caribou II’s look like what you think of when you think of snow boots. They have the classic two-toned design of the shaft and toe-box, and puffy white cuff around the calf. Like other snow boots, they’re waterproof and will keep your feet toasty, with standard lacing up the leather shaft and a rubber sole. In a market of styles that have become more streamlined and sporty, their style is enduring and timeless and reminds their wearer of hot cider, sledding, and hours building the perfect snowman.
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Durability
Most families that live in areas where winter means heavy snow have had their Sorel boots for decades. Once solely made in Canada, the company recently relocated to China, though they continue to be manufactured with the same attention to detail. The leather and rubber construction and D-ring lace system make for a tried and true element defying construction.

Comfort
Thinsulate is the insulation of choice for Sorel, with thin, hollow fibers trapping heat in their boots. Normally, this would be considered a light insulation, but the Sherpa style lining inside provides plenty of extra cushion. No need to double layer your winter socks.

Cost and Value
These boots can be worn shoveling the walk, jousting on snowmobiles, or delivering Christmas packages. They’re solid snow boots at a little over 6 pounds, which means they mean business. They’re more expensive than Kamik or Columbia boots but can be considered family heirlooms, meaning you’ll get decades of use out of them.
Pros
  • Thinsulate insulation

  • Leather and rubber construction

  • Will last a long time

  • Soft, sherpa liner

Cons

One of the more expensive brands on the market

4. Merrell Moab Polar

4. Merrell Moab Polar
Another ankle-boot that is sporty and great for the rugged outdoors is the color-blocked and winter ready Merrell Moab Polar. It combines the athletic look and feel of the Columbia with the classic look of the Sorel to make for a hybrid in functionality and versatility. Merrell has it’s own insulation specifically designed to withstand moderately cold temperatures that makes for a great everyday winter boot.
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Functionality
M-select is the class of insulation that Merrell developed for its snow boots, retaining and diffusing heat to keep the wearer’s feet warm. M-select Ice Grip outsole is a rubber and nylon construction that provides plenty of traction. It’s like wearing snow tires, but on your feet.

Comfort
Though these boots don’t have a whole lot of flexibility especially as the shaft meets the heel, they’re very comfortable. An 8 hour hike is nothing with these boots. And being completely waterproof, your feet will stay dry all day. They’re also comfortable at -20 F, which beats a lot of similarly styled boots.

Cost and Value
For those wearers used to sporting a running shoe or sneaker the rest of the year and suddenly find themselves in colder climates, this snow boot is the business. They’ll hug your foot like a second skin, with enough traction to ensure you won’t be missing the tough grip of a heavier duty boot. They’re a solid price for a solid mid-range snow boot.
Pros
  • Great for hiking

  • Breathable

  • Athletic design

  • Great for narrow feet

Cons

Not designed for extreme cold

5. Kamik Nationplus Boot

5. Kamik Nationplus Boot
Proving producing high tech snow boots isn’t the only game in town, Kamik also offers a classic boot that has a tall but rugged profile, able to withstand -40 F temperatures, and is comprised of a leather shaft and rubber outsole. It’s not as tall as their Greenbay 4’s but it’s taller than a Sorel; halfway between the calf and the knee. It’s perfect for inside or outside the chalet, since Kamik believes functionality doesn’t mean sacrificing style.
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Functionality
These boots use Thinsulate for insulation, a common material among the Kamik brand of boots. It manifests in a removable slipper like liner that can be taken out of the boot. This is a feature usually found in ankle-boots, but helpful in a taller boot that might mean its wearer is trekking through higher mounds of snow.

Durability
The Thinsulate insulation is composed of three layers of moisture-wicking material that makes perspiration evaporate and keeps the foot dry. The seams of the liner are also reinforced so that it’s more durable and won’t fray. The lacing system has speed laces and rustproof D-rings.

Cost and Value
For the innovation and functionality of Kamik boots, they consistently rank as one of the most economically friendly brands of snow boots. They have more tred than Sorel boots, are every bit as warm as a Merrell, are light for a tall boot, and all for a low price.
Pros
  • Low price

  • Removable slipper liner

  • Speed laces

  • Thinsulate insulation

Cons

Can run small

6. Columbia Ice Maiden II

6. Columbia Ice Maiden II
Columbia may be known for their rugged, tough, and sporty snow gear, but it doesn’t mean they can’t introduce a luxe piece into their catalog. Conjuring images of Dr. Zhivago in a horse-drawn sled, the Ice Maiden II’s are ideal for the wearer that wants to navigate inclement environs while looking every bit the snow queen. A waterproof exterior and fuzzy lining help to keep the element out while not sacrificing the elegant look.
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Durability
These boots are rated for -25 F weather, and the hard rubber outsoles have enough traction and endurance to make sure the wearer won’t slip on any embankments any time soon. The shaft is suede and the toe box a canvas and rubber combination, making for a highly versatile and uncompromising design. You can trudge in ice, mud, and into powdery drifts while your feet stay completely dry and toasty with insulation rated at 200g.

Comfort
The interior of the Columbia Ice Maiden II’s consists of the insulation familiar to all Columbia boots, Techlite. The lightweight midsole and extra cushioning mean long lasting, all day comfort is guaranteed, while the removable, waterproof bootie sock on the inside means your feet will stay dry no matter what.

Cost and Value
For a snow boot that looks this good, you could pay a lot more. But since looks aren’t everything, Columbia has taken great care to make sure these design-heavy boots measure up with their Bugaboot line in every way, from waterproof construction, Techlite insulation, and unparalleled comfort. Only for the most hardcore snow bunnies at a truly attractive price.
Pros
  • Techlite insulation rated at 200g

  • Removable inner bootie

  • Fashionable design

  • Waterproof

Cons
  • Not designed for extreme temperatures

7. Sorel Conquest

7. Sorel Conquest
There is no better boot for a winter adventure than the Sorel Conquest. The name evokes imagery of traipsing through snow-capped fjords, surviving off the land and battling nature’s fiercest adversaries. It combines some of the best elements of the boots on this list while introducing a few improvements to the overall design and construction. Somewhere between a calf and ankle boot, it has both laces and buckles, and is able to withstand at least -40 F.
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Functionality
The Sorel Conquest is all about function and grit. It’s waterproof like every top rated snow boot, but also has a built in gaiter bootie and molded eva foot bed. It has a draw string at the top of the shaft much like the Kamik Greenbay 4, and the barrel lock ensures that snow is kept out and feet are kept dry and warm.

Versatility
Where most snow boots have either D-rings or quick laces, this has both, as well as an Achilles adjustment strap that lets you tighten or loosen the area around your ankle as needed. The molded eva foot bed is also removable if your feet get too warm on your quest. The 400g graded Thinsulate means these are perfect for very cold temperatures.

Cost and Value
Sorel is one of the best quality snow boot brands money can buy, so for the functionality and versatility of the Sorel Conquest the slightly higher price tag is no surprise. However, with the 400g graded Thinsulate, the combination of Achilles adjustable strap and D-ring/quick laces, as well as the removable molded eva foot bed and waterproof design, you’ll feel like you should be paying a lot more.
Pros
  • 400g grade Thinsulate insulation

  • Heavy duty waterproof design

  • D-ring/quick laces and Achilles adjustable strap

  • For extremely cold temperatures

Cons

Can be difficult to break in

8. UGG Adirondack II

8. UGG Adirondack II
UGG’s have the reputation for being the perfect boot to slip on after spending a long time out in the elements, so the fact that they now make a snow boot for wearing in those elements is kind of a big deal. Typical of the brand these boots are bursting with downy white cushion, and don’t skimp on the features to keep your feet well protected from temperatures as cold as -20 F.
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Functionality
These fully waterproof, seam-sealed boots have a special eVent bootie that is moisture wicking and vents airflow in the boot so the wearer doesn’t overheat. Exclusive to the brand, the UGG Adirondack II’s have a Vibram outsole with a unique repeating lug tread pattern to ensure that you get maximum traction and durability over rough terrain.

Comfort
This is an UGG boot, and the comfort of an UGG boot can’t be overemphasized. The fleece inside is plush and thick, allowing the wearer to withstand temperatures as low as -20 F. These boots feel great immediately, so the breaking in period is minimal.

Cost and Value
If you know and value the UGG brand as a guarantee of comfort and quality, then these boots are for you. They will become the most comfortable boots you have for all day wear in the snow, from errands to more vigorous outdoor activities. That being said, they’re some of the most expensive snow boots on the market.


Furthermore, they have a durable which leather provides superior upper protection, maximizing protection with a waterproof, seam sealed construction. The Columbia Women’s Bugaboot have 200 grams of insulation to keep feet warm down to -25°F. As well as that they have Techlite cushioning which enhances midsole support. An Omni-Grip & trade outsole boosts traction on snowy surfaces. Take the Bugaboot with you on all cold-weather excursions. They can also wear to school or work because they're light weight (weigh just 1.3lbs per pair) and go nicely with jeans.
Pros
  • Extremely comfortable

  • eVent waterproof removable bootie

  • Able to withstand -20 F

  • Vibram outsole for maximum traction

Cons

Expensive

9. Baffin Wolf

9. Baffin Wolf
Like a beefed up version of our Kamik Greenbay 4, with a minimalistic approach to closure systems and a sleek, sporty appearance, the Baffin Wolf makes an impression in a sea of fleece linings and rubber toes. It’s a tall shafted boot with features that favor both versatility and functionality in temperatures rated at -40 F. It’s also got a bit of the retro vibe about it, harkening back to the era of wearing your moonboots and listening to your Sony walkman on a snow day.
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Versatility
The Baffin Wolf has a seven layer insulated bootie that’s removable, ensuring that even vigorous activity out in the snow means the wearer won’t overheat. It has a lot of arch support thanks to the flexible and light midsole and a rubber compound outsole. They have two adjustable snap closures at the shaft and ankle to maximize fit. They also allow them to be easily slipped on and off.

Functionality
By combining typical molding technology with a foam-heavy inner boot, the Baffin Wolf is a snow boot of the most technical kind of functionality. The sole is made up of several thermo-set polymers that combine to make a lightweight, but incredibly strong performance. They also have a drawstring at the top of the shaft.

Cost and Value
These bad boys are best for working outside, especially where the snow is deep. The two adjustable snap closures, drawstring top, and specifically engineered sole make them one of the most technical snow boots on the market to wear every day.
Pros
  • Tall shaft and sporty appearance

  • Two adjustable snap closures

  • Specifically engineered insole mold

  • Removable 7 layer insulated bootie

Cons

Not designed for extremely cold temperatures

10. Salomon X Ultra Winter

10. Salomon X Ultra Winter
The Salomon X Ultra Winter is an ankle boot specifically designed with hiking, skiing, and other snow sport and activities in mind. The brand is the brainchild of Francois Salomon, a designer of ski equipment in the 1940s. His love of snow sports meant a commitment to innovation of snow footwear design and performance, allowing mountaineers, trail runners, and winter athletes to compete with confidence. Many of its features were designed with functionality and innovation at the forefront.
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Functionality
These boots have a climashield waterproof membrane combined with a Thinsulate insulation interior rated at 200g, so they stand up to the stalwart names in snow boot construction. They too have a molded EVA foot bed and an injected EVA midsole, meaning flexibility and durability on uneven trails and passes. They also have a protected rubber toe and heel caps for a sturdy fit.

Innovation
An eyelet wrap between the upper portion and middle portion of the laces allows the wearer to “lock” in the tightness of the boot’s lower laces, letting you adjust the upper laces independently. They also have an advanced chassis system that supports high arches and provides comfort and malleability for the wearer that will be hiking for several miles.

Cost and Value
The Salomon X Ultra Winter boot is designed for the athletic snow boot wearer, who wants the most versatile and innovative footwear for their snow sporting needs. The features that make it innovative assure the best performance, such as EVA molded technology, an eyelet wrap in the middle of the laces, and a reinforced chassis system that allows for maximum comfort and flexibility.
Pros
  • Innovative construction

  • Athletic look

  • Mid-lace eyelet wrap

  • Great for hiking and mountain sports

Cons

Runs small

While most instances of frolicking in winter wonderlands conjure specific images of snow boots, there are a wide variety to choose from. Some can withstand extremely cold temperatures, while others are designed for warmer winter days. Some are designed for onerous work outdoors, while other have snow sports in mind with their presentation. The features a wearer considers when it comes time to purchase a pair of snow boots greatly depend on what activities they’ll be performing in the snow and in what conditions. Snow boots can be tough and heavy or light and technologically advanced, while others can be fashionable and furry. Any good snow boot will be waterproof, be able to withstand at least -40 F, and provide a good balance of warmth on the inside and traction on the outside. Their aesthetic appeal, however, is entirely up to the wearer and as evidenced, varies widely.