The best men’s winter boots to keep your feet warm and dry
Winter Boots | August 8, 2023
September 8, 2023
Whether you’re looking for the best winter boots to walk around the city, play with the kids at the park or go hiking in the woods, your feet deserve comfort and warmth at all times. To achieve this, you will need to look out for optimal durability and insulation. Here are five outdoor brands known for the quality of their products and the technology used in the design of their winter boot models.
In this article, you will learn more about the best winter boots for women:
As a key player in the outdoor industry, Columbia is well known for the quality of its clothing and footwear products, which are well suited for both urban use and sports activities. Over the years, the brand has developed its own innovative technologies. This includes the Omni-Heat reflective thermal insulation, which provides your feet with optimal warmth, as well as the Omni-Tech waterproof-breathable membrane, used in most of its winter boots to ensure they remain fully waterproof while also wicking away moisture.
Columbia’s Firecamp boots are extremely versatile and can be worn walking on urban sidewalks as well as forest trails. They are lightweight, durable, and feature the Omni-Heat and Omni-Tech technology, keeping your feet warm and dry no matter the weather. With 200 g insulation as well as a high-traction outsole, they are perfectly suited for icy conditions.
Goodbye frozen toes (or calves!), thanks to Columbia’s Minx Mid III boots. These high profile and elegant boots will become your best ally against the harsh winter weather. Rated to -32℃, they feature a faux-fur collar and tongue lining for that added touch of style and comfort.
If you’re a fan of the brand Keen, you already know that its footwear range is exceptionally comfortable. However, did you know that strict environmental standards are a crucial consideration throughout the manufacturing of its products? This is the case for the brand’s Keen.Warm insulation, which is made from recycled PET, and for its eco-friendly leather sourced from LWG-certified tanneries. A little boost for the planet, and for your feet!
Available in different heights, the Keen Revel range allows you to choose the model that best suits your needs. The Revel IV Mid Polar, for example, is designed for hikers looking for a warm, yet lightweight option so they can enjoy their favourite winter activity to the fullest. The boots are made with 200 g insulation as well as various materials which trap heat around your feet and keep it there.
With their higher profile, Keen’s Revel IV High Polar waterproof winter boots are suitable for snowy conditions. They offer a higher level of insulation and are rated to -40℃. These women’s winter boots also offer great traction on both snowy and icy surfaces. They are the perfect addition to your winter kit for low- to moderate-intensity winter pursuits, such as snowmobiling, ice fishing or tubing with the kids.
The Merrell brand needs no introduction. This iconic outdoor company has earned its spot among the best in the market when it comes to winter footwear. Some of the technologies that set it apart from its competitors include the PrimaLoft® Gold Eco insulation, which varies in weight depending on the intensity of the activity the boot is designed for. The “Super Rebound Compound” technology is also worth mentioning as it provides lasting shock absorption under the heel. And let’s not forget the M Select™ Dry Barrier membrane, which keeps your feet warm and stops water from seeping in while also wicking away moisture.
A flagship model in Merrell’s winter range, the Merrell Cham 8 Thermo boots are designed for outdoor activities such as hiking and snowshoeing. They are made using waterproof synthetic leather and feature 400 g of insulation as well as 6 mm lugs to ensure aggressive traction on both ice and snow. They are extremely lightweight and will take you anywhere you need to go.
What sets the Merrell Moab 3 Thermo Mid model apart? Probably the comfort they provide (which is characteristic of the Moab range), combined with the PrimaLoft® Gold Eco insulation (200 g) and the Vibram® IceTrek sole designed for extra grip on very cold, icy or snowy surfaces. These low-cut boots, which look like running shoes, are perfectly suited for winter activities which require light and flexible footwear, including running or walking on packed snow. They are completely waterproof and feature air cushions in the heel for shock absorption and added stability.
You may not know this Italian brand, but you may have already seen its clever foldable OC cleats system. The company has become a leader among those footwear manufacturers keen to provide their customers with high-level traction on snow and ice. Its women’s winter boots are both stylish and versatile, and made using high-quality materials such as hydro-suede, full-grain leather, and eco-friendly wool.
Ladies, you won’t go unnoticed while walking on snowy sidewalks with the stylish leather and suede Olang Zaide boots. Come rain or shine (or even snow!), they will be the ideal boots wherever you need to go thanks to the Breathtex waterproof membrane and the removable 90% wool IsoWarm insole. Of course, they also feature the Alaska outsole with OC System lugs which let you handle icy conditions in the city.
For a chic and urban style, even in the middle of a snowstorm, opt for the Olang Glamour boots. With their quilted padding and wool lining, they offer both warmth and style so you can face temperatures as low as -30℃ in total comfort. They are also made with an additional insole coated with a reflective thermal silver film, not to mention the iconic foldable cleats which let you adapt to the unpredictable Canadian winter.
Salomon takes the development of its winter technology seriously. Created over several years and tested in the harshest of conditions, some of the company’s innovations include the Contragrip® W sole, a rubber compound exclusive to the brand which maintains traction even in extremely cold conditions. There’s also the lightweight Advanced Chassis™, located between the outsole and the midsole, which provides increased stability over unstable terrain. And finally, the OrthoLite® insole technology, which offers unprecedented cushioning, comfort and breathability.
Salomon’s Sheltec SC city boots could be compared to a softshell… For your feet! They are extremely waterproof, but remain flexible and warm thanks to their insulated lining. The advanced technology used in their design combines polyester and EVA and wraps your feet from toe to heel, creating a very effective insulation system.
While super-light, the Salomon Toundra Pro CS combines leather and Aerogel insulation for warmth, durability and fierce traction in winter conditions down to -40℃. With their higher profile, they are perfect for walking and hiking in fresh powder, and the rubber on the outsole’s heel and toe sections is guaranteed to provide the protection you need on the mountain and on the trails.