In the past, once chilly temperatures and snowy days started to arrive, hikers used to pack up until spring came along. But now that hiking gear is warmer and more weatherproof than ever, they can enjoy the Great Outdoors year-round.
If you plan on immersing yourself in nature this season, there are a few items that you should invest in prior to hitting the trails. In addition to an ultra-warm coat and a pair of sturdy hiking poles, you’ll also need to have a top-notch pair of winter hiking boots on hand. The perfect pair will not only keep your feet warm and toasty, but they should also help protect them from the elements.
Nothing can ruin a hike faster than the wrong shoes, so if you’re planning a route through an area that typically has a lot of snow on the ground this time of year, you should opt for a pair of hiking boots that are waterproof to stop the moisture from seeping into your shoe. Meanwhile, those walking through icy terrains should invest in a pair that offers ample traction.
To help you avoid dealing with frozen toes and painful blisters, we turned to customer reviews to see which hiking boots they say kept their feet warm, comfortable, and supported through a full day of hiking in snow and slush.
Whether you’re looking for a pair of super warm women’s hiking boots or an ultra-rugged men’s style, these are the 14 pairs of winter hiking boots that shoppers say are the best of the best. Keep reading to shop them all.
Hundreds of Amazon shoppers have given these Ugg boots a near-perfect rating thanks to their comfort level and durability. Along with a -32 degree Fahrenheit temperature rating, these popular hiking boots boast a rugged outsole and a cozy wool lining. Plus, they are fully waterproof, so your feet will stay warm and dry even while trekking through slushy conditions. “Temperatures were 30 below with the windchill, but my feet were toasty warm and comfortable,” one shopper wrote. “I do a lot of hiking and walking up and down hills. These boots were so comfortable and are holding up so well I love them.”
To buy: amazon.com, $250
These Sorel hiking boots feature a super-soft microfleece lining and a plush EVA footbed for maximum comfort. The boot’s rubber sole has a unique herringbone pattern that prevents you from sliding on slippery surfaces, and the seam-sealed construction keeps dampness out. While the shoes fit true to size, many shoppers recommend going up a half-size if you plan to wear them with thick winter socks. “Love these. So comfortable. I normally wear an 8 but went up to an 8 1/2 based on the recommendation, which I’m glad I did,” one customer said. “Wore on a hike on a snow-covered path and they worked out great, as well as wearing them around running errands, and [they] are really comfortable.”
To buy: zappos.com, $130
These Salomon hiking boots feature the brand’s patented Aerogels insulation to keep your feet warm in temperatures up to -40 degree Fahrenheit. Not only do the boots have a furry lining for added warmth, but they also have a rugged outsole, rubber toe, and heel caps to protect your feet from the elements. Zappos shoppers also love how lightweight the boots are. “Majorly warm without the bulk and weight,”one shopper wrote. “The best boot I’ve ever had, they kept my feet warm and dry. This boot has the right amount of flexibility and stiffness. Hiking in these was a breeze. They are so comfortable and the toe box is perfect for a natural foot shape. My toes were not squeezed together.”
To buy: zappos.com, $160 (originally $200)
The thick rubber lugs on these Merrell hiking boots will give you the grip you need to walk through slick trails without falling. Along with being lined with a super-soft fleece material, the boots also feature a heat-reflecting insole that helps keep your feet super warm even in blizzard-like conditions. “Warm and great for gripping rocks,” one shopper said. “These are fantastic boots for hiking in cold rocky conditions. Wore them all over Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder and they’ve kept my feet warm and dry the entire time.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $91
Nordstrom shoppers love these Cole Haan hiking boots because they are as fashionable as they are functional. In addition to a flexible rubber sole that provides excellent grip, the cute leather boots also have a plush EVA insole and a cozy wool-blend interior. Customers also rave about how comfortable and lightweight the warm lace-up booties are. One wrote, “I cannot wait for cooler weather to wear these boots! And that’s saying something since I live in the Midwest where winter seems to never end. The material is amazing, the waterproofing is a huge plus, they’re comfortable, and they are way cuter than your typical winter boot.”
To buy: nordstrom.com, $200
If you’re looking for a well-made pair of winter hiking boots that won’t break the bank, hundreds of Amazon shoppers recommend this pair by Manden. Made from a durable waterproof material, the top-rated boots also feature 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation to keep your feet warm in temperatures of up to -30 degrees Celsius. Even better, they provide ample ankle support and have a snowshoe strap ridge so you can wear them while snowshoeing too. “The fit of these boots are wonderful! Wore them for a week straight in Iceland,” wrote one reviewer. “They have superior soles, great ankle support, and they look great. They are [also] waterproof! I didn’t slip at all in mud and very little on ice. The shoe is quite rugged and high quality. I’d recommend these to any outdoor enthusiasts.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $60
Not only are these Columbia hiking boots seam-sealed and fully waterproof, but many Amazon shoppers say they are great at blocking out the wind as well. The popular boots are made with the brand’s patented Omni-heat reflective technology to trap in body heat, and they have a breathable lining to help keep your feet dry. What’s more, their soles are made from the same rubber as Michelin tires, so you know they provide excellent traction. “These Bugaboots were a welcomed addition to my daughter’s wardrobe in Alaska,” one shopper wrote. “The temperatures have gotten below -15 degrees for days at a time and her feet stayed warm and dry the whole time. Well worth the money.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $128
Over 1,000 Amazon shoppers have given these Xpeti hiking boots their seal of approval, and it’s easy to see why. Made from a waterproof material, the shoes feature a rubber toe cap for added protection and 200 grams of insulation to keep your feet nice and warm. “I live in Vermont and go for a hike up a mountain every day. Since I am doing so much hiking on snow and ice I suddenly got the idea of buying actual winter hiking boots instead of the typical winter boots I have always had. What a huge improvement,” said one reviewer. “These are perfect in every way, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, warm, and they have great traction on ice and hard packed bulletproof snow.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $66
Hundreds of Zappos customers say the Chilkat III boots by The North Face are the most comfortable pair of hiking boots they’ve ever owned. The patented IcePick lugs will provide ample grip on slippery surfaces, while the molded footbed, padded tongue and collar make them supportive enough to wear for hours at a time. Many shoppers also say that the boots need no break-in time and are comfortable straight out of the box. “Love the boot, great fit, comfortable and warm, and they look great. I use them in the mountains for snowshoeing and hiking over ice and they work great. Highly recommend them,” one reviewer wrote.
To buy: zappos.com, $110
These ultra-warm Kamik hiking boots are temperature rated for -40 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t have to worry about your feet getting cold while you hike in freezing temperatures. Customers love the boots' Thinsulate insulation system, as well as their patented Snowgrip outsole that offers both support and traction. “My son wears these hiking in his outdoor adventure group in some cold, wet snowy conditions in Connecticut as well as working outdoors in all kinds of weather. He has no complaints, says they keep him warm and dry and are comfortable,” one reviewer wrote.
To buy: zappos.com, $85
Avoid slipping and sliding over snowy trails with these La Sportiva hiking boots. They feature the brand’s signature Mountaineering Performance Evolution soles that will help you grip all types of terrains easily. The winter-ready boots also boast a water-resistant lining and a cushioned insole for added comfort. “These are the best boots I have ever owned,” raved one customer. “I had several pairs of leather boots before these and always got blisters and suffered general discomfort and soreness in my feet. I’ve hiked my Makalus in extreme weather and elevation and never, ever had a blister. Not even once. Amazing. I can hardly believe it myself. I love these boots and have had them for eight years now. Outstanding comfort, protection, support, and grip. They work great for snowshoeing and with a pair of gaiters are great for hiking through deep snow.”
To buy: zappos.com, $305
These L.L.Bean hiking boots have a more modern, sneaker-like design than other options on this list, so you can wear them both on and off the hiking trails. The sleek boots have a VertiGrip outsole for added traction and an EVA midsole for extra cushioning, and they are also incredibly lightweight, so they won’t weigh you down as you hike. “This is an outstanding everyday boot in cold and snowy weather,” said one shopper. “I wear these boots daily in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Great in snow or wet surfaces. Warm and definitely comfortable for light hiking in snow with snow cleats. I was completely surprised at the comfort in simply walking around the house or outside in cold weather.”
To buy: llbean.com, $100 (originally $149)
Nearly 2,000 Amazon shoppers are fans of these Mishasha hiking boots thanks to their durability, warmth, and affordable price point. The lace-up boots feature a cushioned EVA midsole and a thick faux-fur lining that make them super comfortable, and a protective toe cap to keep your feet safe from the elements. “These shoes are perfect,” raved one customer. “I go to Colorado every couple months and needed durable boots that can withstand the cold, stay dry from snow/water, and make my hikes a little easier. I have fully tested these out and can vouch 110 percent that these shoes are everything I needed and more. Comfortable, nice style, affordable, and they do perfect hiking in the fresh snowy mountains.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $37
These Vasque hiking boots will help you tackle slippery terrains and wet, snowy conditions with ease. The thick rubber sole features rugged lugs that offer excellent grip and traction, and the waterproof material will keep your feet dry, even while trekking through a foot of snow. Shoppers love that the adjustable lace-up closure provides a secure and stable fit and that the terry loop on the back of the boots make them easy to slip on and off. “Excellent boot,” one reviewer wrote. “Comfortable, warm, sturdy, weatherproof. I’ve worn them in 10 degree weather and my feet stayed warm. I’ve worn them in snow, sleet and freezing rain and my feet stayed dry. Oh, and my wife says they look good.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $110
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