Let’s be honest, finding good snowboard boots is only half the battle to having happy feet all winter long. Finding boots that are functional in parking lot pow while scrapping the windshield and acceptable to bop around town in can’t be a slippery or soggy endeavor. Here’s what our editor is digging when it comes to winter boots for when you’re not snowboarding after extensive first-hand research.
Hi! Yup, it’s me Abby here on the keyboard! Here are my top five boots for winter. Tested by myself, which includes sliding, falling, post-holing, and freezing my toes off. Here’s what’s made the cut in – in an honest review.
VAN’S SNOWBOOTS: support + grip.
Of course, they are great, they’re Vans after all. Vans knows footwear, and snowboard boots and this is distinctly a hybrid between the two. Structure and support with grip, but laid back look and relaxed feel. Yes to everything in these – except warmer days – these things make your feet roast in all the right ways.
XTRATUF, no fluff, all the tuff.
Straight up Alaska tough. Sled parking lot, yes. Shoveling, yes. Loading up, yes. Mucho warmth? No. But they are way warmer than you’re regular rain boots – because they’re Xtratuf, duh!
ALICE + WHITTLES WEEKEND BOOT: more like all week boot.
First things first, there will never be a more comfortable insole, prepare to be ruined by the expectations these will set. The boots are weather tough, lace uptight, and have a hefty sole – if that’s not enough to love, they’re awesome for the environment. Made from recycled marine plastics and concept conceived by a Canadian – I’m pretty fired up on this brand and the look and feel of these boots.
SORELS CLASSIC 1964: tested and true.
Sorels, they won’t lead you astray. These boots are awesome. They’ve been around since 1964 for a reason. They’re warm and literally last forever. The leather and rubber make for a warm tough waterproof boot. Lace-em up if the snow’s deep otherwise they’re snow scoopers.
BLUNDSTONES: Mostly yes, sometimes no.
In case you’ve lived under a rock and haven’t seen Blundstones before – they were made for Tasmanian ranchers. They’re rough, they’re weather resistant. They aren’t the best on ice. They don’t come up super high for deep snow. You can get an insulated liner which I’d highly recommend for winter. But they’re great commuters (sans ice) and trendy AF.
BONUS BOOT: GLERLUPS
I can’t sign off without saying, in winter, my favorite “inside boot” aka slipper is the Glerups Boot. I rock these insides – all the time – and occasionally outside to start my truck if it’s not too deep but cold.