Stylish Winter Boots

Braving the snow is tough, we know. If it’s not the actual weather that’s distressing you, it’s your outfit—and vice versa. So before winter actually begins, we’re helping you prepare to make make the experience just a little less painful and a lot more fashionable with today’s roundup of stylish snow boots.

Sorel Caribou Boots

It doesn’t get much more classic than this. The Caribou from Sorel seemingly has been around forever, and we love the combination of comfort, style, and performance. First off, this is a very warm boot with a 9mm felt liner, stout leather upper, and wraparound rubber lower. Most manufacturers nowadays turn to synthetic fill to reduce bulk, but the throwback felt liner insulates well and adds soft cushioning along the interior. You also can remove the liner, which is a great feature to expedite the drying process should the boot get wet in deep snow.

L.L. Bean Boots 8” Thinsulate

Many boots on this list trend toward the casual or performance sides of the spectrum, but L.L. Bean hits a nice combination of the two. On the bottom, you get a waterproof rubber construction for protection from snow and other moisture. On the top, the leather upper is both comfortable and gives the boot a polished look. Throw in a quality build that is put together and sewn in Maine, and there’s good reason why L.L. Bean’s winter boots have been so popular for years.

Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat

With light insulation and a foot and leg-hugging fit, the Columbia Minx is a very comfortable option for mild winter conditions. The Minx isn’t as capable in deep snow as the Joan of Arctic and our top-rated Bugaboot above, but its woven upper fabric has a nice feel that is far less bulky. As with the Bugaboot, Columbia inserts its Omni-Heat lining into the Minx to give it a boost in insulation, but it still falls on the low end of the spectrum in terms of warmth.

Merrell Decora Chant

A go-to winter boot for finicky feet, the Merrell Decora Chant is all about casual comfort. This 10-inch tall boot is outfitted with a zipper on the inside to make it a cinch to get on and off, all while retaining a clean looking leather exterior. The Decora Chant really can shine during a snowy night in the city too: the full-grain leather upper is complimented by the addition of a faux fur collar.

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