Even if you love winter weather, there's no denying how hard it can be to find a pair of stylish boots that keep your feet dry and warm even after hours in the snow. While I've opted to wear combat boots in the past and struggle through the wet, icy conditions, I've finally decided to find cute snow boots I can wear all winter long—and I've shared my top ten pairs with you to make your cold-weather experience just a little better.
Unlike other types of boots, snow boots often come with a lot of fancy-sounding technology that can be hard to parse. With that in mind, Marie Claire editors shared with me their winter boot recommendations, plus I examined seemingly endless options to find the snow boots that work best, no matter your needs. So, whether you need a pair of cute ankle boots that can work for the office or your icy morning commute or are in the market for a high-performance pair of snow boots that will keep your toes warm when temperatures dip into the negatives, this list has you covered.
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These ankle-length boots from Columbia are insulated; feature a thermal lining that reflects your body’s natural heat for a boost of warmth; and have a rubber sole for added traction and grip for when the street gets icy. This pair even features a touch of faux fur at the lining for style points, and are available to shop in six neutral colors like olive green, maroon, and a blue-gray colorway.
What to Look For in Snow Boots
There's nothing worse than investing in a pair of winter boots that are supposed to be waterproof from an expensive boots brand and then feeling icy water creep in when you step into a puddle. This might sound basic, but the best snow boots are entirely waterproof and should keep your feet warm against the conditions outside. One of the snow boots on the list below has an insulated sole to protect your feet from the chilly ground; others are decked out in warm faux fur accents. Others come from best-in-class rain boots brands like Hunter, so you can rest assured they'll be worth the money. To prove it, I've even listed a handy list of pros and cons for every single product so that you can compare all of your options at a glance.
- Best All-Around Snow Boots: Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boot for Winter
- Best Affordable Snow Boots: DREAM PAIRS Women's Mid-Calf Waterproof Winter Snow Boots
- Most Comfortable Snow Boots: UGG Women's Adirondack Boot Iii
- Best Knee-High Snow Boots: Hunter Play Vegan Shearling Insulated Tall Rainboots
- Best Designer Snow Boots: Canada Goose Women's Journey Boot
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Best Rain Boot/Snow Boot Hybrid
If you’ve ever worn a pair of Hunter rain boots, you know how great they are—and how they are very much worth the hype. This vegan shearling-lined pair from the brand takes them from just being great waterproof boots to amazing, warm, snow boots. Plus, they come up to the knee so you can easily tuck your pants or jeans into them to keep them dry, too. And if you’re looking for snow boots that you won’t have to change out of once you get into the office, these are a great choice. You can shop them in two colors (this black one and a blue option, too) and in women’s shoe sizes 5 through 11 and the brand notes that they fit true-to-size. The only downside? No half-sizes.
Pros: Knee-high; Comes in two colors; Fits true to sizes; Costs less than $200.
Cons: No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "The simplest and comfiest boots i have found .. and i have been looking for a LONG time :)" — Hunter
Best Designer Snow Boots
These boots have been weather-tested at some of the coldesst places on the planet, and are designed with functionality in mind, right down to the smallest details. For instance, they have light-reflective laces for low-visibility wear. “This boot is extremely comfortable and stylish,” wrote one reviewer. Reviews note that they run true-to-size and work on those who have larger feet. However, some reviewers note that they’re on the heavier side, though the extra weight doesn’t make them harder to wear all day.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Lightweight design; Waterproof design; Comes in half-sizes.
Cons: Costs over $200; Some reviewers claim they are heavier.
Customer Review: "I jumped on these boots when they were launched, they are incredible! Quality, fit, warmth, comfort amazing!! I bought them in black as that color matches with everything. I will have these for years to come, highly recommended!!" — Canada Goose
Best Ankle Snow Boots With an Elasticated Top
These ankle boots from The North Face are here to keep snow out from every angle. They're outfitted with a bungee cord around the top to prevent moisture from getting in, and they're lined with a fluffy sherpa material for extra warmth. Reviewers also love them because they feel lightweight and are comfortable for hours. They get their name from The North Face's ThermoBall™ Eco insulation technology which is designed to keep heat trapped inside even if the exterior of the boot gets wet.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Lightweight; Waterproof; Adjustable top cord to keep snow out; Has a fleece lining.
Cons: Runs small.
Customer Review: "I bought these last year and really like them. They keep your feet warm and are extremely lightweight, are comfortable to walk in, especially if you like your boots without heels, and I found with wide feet they fit ok. They also strike the perfect balance of not being too short to let snow in on most days, and not too high that they cause overheating or are just excessive. Would recommend." — The North Face
"I recently went on a trip to Aspen (my first time!) and got caught in one of Colorado's signature, no-holds-barred snow flurry. Luckily, however, past Emma was prepared: I had my Hunter Explorer Boots with me. They kept my feet dry, and the leather textile and shearling touches added the perfect amount of fashion-y flair. Plus, the grippy rubber dole ensured I stayed upright (I'm clumsy enough on my own, nevertheless, when ice is involved) when strolling around downtown, which I greatly appreciated." — Emma Childs, Style Editor
Pros: Editor-approved; Comes in multiple colors;
Cons: No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "No break in required even for my wide feet! Stylish, comfortable and waterproof. I got the cream pair but wished I’d gotten the black so it was more versatile. There could be more cushion on the sole though I found it pretty flat and a little hard. Walked through the London rain once and my feet were dry." — Nordstrom
Best Heavy-Duty Snow Boots
These ankle-length boots from Columbia are insulated; feature a thermal lining that reflects your body’s natural heat for a boost of warmth; and have a rubber sole for added traction and grip for when the street gets icy. This pair even features a touch of faux fur at the lining for style points, and are available to shop in six neutral colors like olive green, maroon, and a blue-gray colorway. One of the 541 five-star reviews notes that they’re made from a “lightweight great material.”
Pros: Costs under $200; Comes in several colors; Comes in half-sizes; Has rubber grips on the soles.
Cons: Is an ankle boot; Runs small.
Customer Review: "Light as a feather but super warm. I have trouble with cold feet but most warm boots are so heavy. Not these. Highly recommend. Best to order 1 size larger for best fit." — Columbia
Best Snow Boots for City Folk
If you’re a city slicker who needs a pair of snow boots that will keep your feet warm and dry on your morning commute, look no further than this cute pair from Hunter. After all, Hunter's rain boots are the best of the best. The elastic toggle at the top of the boot guarantees no errant water gets in as you move, while the waterproofed exterior will keep your feet warm in freezing temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pros: Costs under $200; Comes in several colors; Temperature-proof down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cons: Hits at the ankle; Runs small; No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "Super cute. Runs a little small for me in the 6 but too big in the 7, I wish they had half sizes. But really stylish and durable, honestly love them." — Nordstrom
Best Classic Winter Boots
These iconic winter boots from Sorel are available to shop in sizes 5 through 12 and in several colors, including this tan shade and a dark grey. While they’re by no means a knee-high boot, these measure 9” from the arch of the sole, so you get more protection from the wet and cold weather outside when compared to an ankle boot. Better yet, these are 100 percent waterproof and have a rubber sole for added grip.
Pros: Costs under $200; Comes in several colors; Comes in half-sizes; Top-rated on Amazon.
Cons: Hits mid-calf.
Customer Review: "The quality for the price is excellent. To top that off, they’re comfortable, warm, have great grip, keep your feet dry and they’re super cute!" — Nordstrom
Best Under-$100 Snow Boots
It’s not often that you find a pair of snow boots that retails for under $100, but here are with this pair from DREAM PAIRS that has racked up over 10,000 five-star reviews. Not only are they affordable, they come in a whopping 12 colors, and our outfitted with a secure lace-up design plus faux-fur details on the top. They’re available in women’s shoe sizes 5 through 12—with no half-sizes—so you’ll have to size up for a looser fit that will fit your pairs of fuzzy socks. “Wore these in snow for hours and hiking and my feet and part of my calf stayed warm,” wrote one reviewer. “So fuzzy and comfortable for someone who has feet issues. I 10/10 recommend.”
Pros: Under $200; Comes in several colors; Top-rated on Amazon
Cons: Doesn’t come in half-sizes: Some reviewers say that they don’t stay up on the ankle.
Customer Review: "Wore these in snow for hours and hiking and my feet and part of my calf stayed warm !! So fuzzy and comfortable for someone who has feet issues I 10/10 recommend." — Amazon
Most Comfortable Snow Boots
"I’ve lived on the East Coast for the majority of my life but I’ve only gotten serious about snow boots recently. I used to wear thick socks with rain boots and hope for the best. Of course, everyone knows UGG due to the ubiquity of their Classic Short style, but I wanted something with a bit more structure and function. When it snows in New York, I’m one of the first people out to enjoy the scenery and take a long ambling walk through my neighborhood, which has long wide avenues and picturesque Victorian houses. These boots keep my toes insulated while trekking through storms, slush, and murky puddles that gather on street corners. They’re completely waterproof and are super stylish. I’ve had them for three New York winters, and I can’t wait to break them out this year." — Brittany Holloway-Brown, Art Director
Pros: Comfortable for all-day wear; Comes in half-sizes.
Cons: Costs over $200; Some reviewers say they run small.
Customer Review: "Amazing boot. I wear in all weather, shovelling, ice riding, it's extremely durable and my feet are never cold" — UGG
Best Lightweight Snow Boots
These heavy-duty snow boots from The North Face are anything but heavy. The upper is a combination of full-grain leather, while the midsole is designed from a single-density EVA material that keeps the boot feeling light on your feet while also providing insulation from the ground up. Insulation and warmth are the names of the game with this pair—they’re outfitted with faux fur on the lining and on the tongue, plus additional insulation made from 85% post-consumer materials. You can shop this pair of boots in four colorways and in women’s shoe sizes 5 through 11. Better yet, they come in half-sizes!
Pros: Costs less than $200; Lightweight; Comes in several colors; Comes in half-sizes.
Cons: Only comes up the mid-calf.
Customer Review: "I did a lot of searching for a boot that was warm in winter snow in addition to water-proof and study for snow showing. These boots are perfect!" — Zappos
Best Snow Boot for Hiking
If you're looking for a snow boot that works for all terrain types, consider this option from KEEN. Available in three colors, this pair of ankle snow boots are insulated for temperatures down to -25° Fahrenheit. And because you're bound to spend hours on your feet in these, they're outfitted with an EVA insole that guarantees all-day comfort and they're made to be lightweight as you wear them.
Pros: Costs less than $200; Come in several colors; Lightweight on the foot; Insulated for cold temperatures.
Cons: Some reviewers said they run small.
Customer Review: "Purchased these before a week-long October trip to Iceland and they could not have been more perfect. We did everything from glacier hiking, ice cave adventures, and hikes to see massive waterfalls. My feet were warm and dry no matter what the day held with plenty of room for warm padded wool socks, highly recommend!"