The 19 Best Travel-friendly Winter Boots
Planning which footwear to pack for a winter getaway can be a challenge, especially when your go-to travel shoes don’t protect against weather extremes like rain, sleet, or snow.
So we pulled together a list of the toughest, warmest, and most packable boots out there. Read on to see which shoes are your best bets for winter hiking, full-leg coverage, and more.
Best for: Equestrian Style
These Vionic boots are a great travel companion because of their sturdy rubber soles, wather-resistant leather, and super comfy cushioned insoles.
To buy: vionicshoes.com, $250
Best for: A One-shoe Weekend
Winter boots can be clunky and take up a lot of precious luggage space. Wear these Coach Chelsea boots, which look great with casual jeans during the day, or with tights and a dress for a night out, and you won't need another pair all weekend.
To buy: coach.com, $295
Best for: Traction
An extremely tough tread and waterproof construction make these Keen boots perfect for a weekend of exploring all types of terrain. Plus, we love the cozy faux-fur lining.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $130
Best For: Snow and Style
These waterproof hiker boots from Cole Haan are not only weather-resistant, but cute. They'll easily take you from a snowy stroll to après ski and dinner with ease. This limited-edition colorway is part of a collaboration with celebrity stylist Simone Harouche and there are four more equally chic styles to check out, too.
To buy: colehaan.com, $270
Best for: A Rain Boot in Disguise
The last thing you want to pack for a vacation is a pair of large rain wellies that take up half your suitcase, but these sleek short boots with studded detailing and side goring panels don’t even look like traditional galoshes.
To buy: zappos.com, $145
Best for: A Comfortable Classic
The leather on this elegantly designed boot by Aquatalia has been treated with a protective weatherproofing process, and a subtle low heel makes them comfortable enough to bring on all your travels.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $595
Best for: Hiking
Best for: Après-ski
For those who want a bit of luxury this winter, these Italian-made suede and fur-trimmed, lug-soled boots will easily take you from the mountain to the lodge.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $374
Best for: The Non-boot
Sneakers aren’t typically known for their warmth, but this style of Keds is water- and stain-repellant and features a heat retention layer to keep feet dry and warm while treading around.
To buy: keds.com, $75
Best for: A Lace-up Boot
Best for: Extreme Weather
For those trips with unpredictable weather ahead, bring along these Sorel boots. The rubber sole, waterproof upper, and cozy faux-fur lining are guaranteed to keep the heat in and unwanted moisture out.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $170
Best for: A Little Height
These waterproof leather Blondo boots will give you an added boost, perfect for perusing the streets of a new city (all while keeping you dry and comfortable).
To buy: nordstrom.com, $140
Best for: Full-leg Coverage
A pair of Stuart Weitzman suede thigh-highs will give you a leg up on packing, since they fold easily and won’t wrinkle in transit.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $798
Best for: A Pop of Color
Blundstone boots are made resist rain, snow, oil, and even acid. The pink elastic goring is a colorful detail that will make an otherwise gloomy day brighter.
To buy: zappos.com, $175
Best for: Sleet
These Bogs boots will keep you grounded during the snowmelt, whether walking to the lodge or crossing a slippery city street. The built-in handles and lace-tops make them much easier to put on, too.
To buy: zappos.com, $100
Best for: Winter Wandering
Vasque’s Pow Pow III Ultradry style has a dual-density foot bed for extra stability and is lined with shearling and extra insulation, making this the best hiking boot out there!
To buy: ems.com, $150
Best for: Boots That Feel Like Slippers
On your next cold-weather trip, bring along these Ugg boots with a water-resistant leather upper and a cozy wool lining and insole for extreme comfort and warmth.
To buy: ugg.com, $200
Best for: Suede Booties
Suede boots are the most versatile pick, but it's not easy to find a pair you can wear in the rain. Italeau has the waterproof and stain-resistant answer, and it comes with a two-inch block heel that's walkable enough for daytime wear and tear and polished enough to be dressed up by night.
To buy:neimanmarcus.com, $445
Best for: A Quilted Boot
Black boots are a go-to for outerwear, and this insulated pair from Trotters is perfect for walking around a slushy or snowy city in style.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $99