Winter boots are one of those things that are really hard to shop for — especially when you’re a woman. After all, you want a pair of boots that are both warm and cute. Besides, you shouldn’t have to choose between fashion and comfort.
After all, we know that not every woman needs heavy-duty boots that can take on sub-zero temperatures and six-foot snowbanks, but we also know that most women who are looking for a great pair of snow boots won’t be satisfied with a cute pair of water-resistant boots that can’t handle more than a light flurry. As such, we’ve included a fair mix of different options here so there will be something for everyone.
9. The UGG Adirondack II Boots
UGG makes super stylish boots, and the Adirondack II boots are made for intense cold and tons of snow. With these boots on your feet, you’ll be ready to brave anything winter throws at you.
The boots are made of waterproof leather and they have a super cozy insulating wool lining that’s as fuzzy as it is warm. You can roll the tops down to expose the wool for style, or flip them back up to keep more of your ankle and lower calf warm.
8. The Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots
These boots are nearly a foot tall, so they’ll keep your entire calf warm and dry even in deep snow. The suede leather shaft is fully waterproof and a faux fur cuff finishes the boots off in style. They lace up from a sturdy vulcanized rubber section that covers your toes and keeps them dry.
7. The Columbia Bugaboot II Winter Boots
The secret is in their design: Columbia used a mix of waterproof leather and textiles on the uppers to keep out all the snow, slush, and wet of winter without adding any unnecessary weight. The 200 grams of insulation inside keep your feet piping hot, too. These boots are so cozy that Columbia says they can handle temperatures as low as -25F or -32C.
6. The Sorel Slimpack II Lace Boots
If you don’t want to wear clunky winter boots all the time, you may want a lighter, slimmer pair for days when there’s less snow on the ground. These Slimpack Lace II boots from Sorel deliver. They have the distinctive duck boot design you see on many winter boots and rain boots, but Sorel adds cute little design elements like wool accents and fun laces to make them stand out.
5. The L.L.Bean Shearling-lined Bean Boots
L.L.Bean’s boots are quintessential winter gear for a reason: They’re extremely high quality. These classic duck-style Bean Boots are lined with real sheepskin shearling to keep your feet extra warm even in the cold winters of Maine where these boots are made.
4. Columbia Heavenly Organza II Omni-Heat Boots
If the other Columbia boots in our guide are just too clunky and rugged looking for your tastes, you’ll love these Heavenly Organza II boots. First things first: These boots look way cuter in person than they do online. When I put them on the first time, I knew I could easily wear them with skinny jeans or a dress and tights in the city without shame. Columbia has a bunch of fun colors, too, so you can buy the pair that’ll look best with your style.
3. The Kamik Sienna winter boots
If you care more about where and how your boots are made than anything, Kamik is a good brand to know. The company makes 73% of its products in North America, and these Sienna boots are actually made in Canada. Kamik also works to recycle 100% of its waste and has a recycling program for worn out boots.
2. The L.L.Bean Pro Wildcat Boots
When you live in a very cold place with tons of snow and you need a serious pair of boots, the L.L.Bean Pro Wildcat Boots are a good pick. These boots are rated to keep your feet warm during light activity in temperatures of 30°F or during more intense activity in temperatures as low as -20°F.
1. The UGG Fraser Boots
Full disclosure: These are not serious winter boots. You should definitely not wear them in feet of snow or run through deep puddles in them. However, if you’re walking around the city and you need to look fashionable while staying toasty warm, the UGG Fraser Boots are the ones for you.