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Best Winter Boots for Women According to Stylists and Podiatrists

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Updated May 26, 2024

Now that the winter season is in full swing, it’s time to add new winter boots to your wardrobe to protect your feet from water, wind, and snow. “Winter boots are essential for maintaining foot health during the colder months,” says Suzanne C. Fuchs, a board-certified Florida-based podiatrist at Luxe Podiatry. “They also provide support and stability to the feet, reducing the risk of foot and ankle injuries.”

Just because winter boots are functional, though, it doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. In addition to Fuchs, we spoke with Leena Alsulaiman, a fashion stylist, about what to consider when shopping for winter boots for women, including warmth and insulation, traction, and waterproof features. We also talked about their winter boot recommendations.

How to choose the best winter boots for women

Warmth and insulation

When it comes to choosing the best winter boots for women, “they should have adequate insulation to keep the feet warm in cold temperatures,” advises Fuchs. “This can be achieved through materials like wool, shearling, or synthetic insulation.” (On a related shopping note, if you’re also considering maximum warmth this season, take a look at our list of the best winter jackets and coats for women.)

Traction

Traction is key–the last thing you want is to slip and slide, potentially subjecting yourself to injury that could have been prevented with boots with a stronger grip. “The boots should have a good grip to prevent slipping on icy or snowy surfaces,” says Fuchs. “Look for boots with non-slip soles, preferably made from rubber.”

Waterproof features

“Boots should be waterproof to keep the feet dry in wet conditions,” says Fuchs. “This is especially important if you'll be walking in snow or slush. Look for boots made from waterproof materials or those treated with a waterproofing agent.” Boots with seam-sealed designs and waterproof insulation are especially worth your time.

Our picks for the best winter boots for women

Best winter boots for outdoor work: Timberland Women's 6" Premium Boots

If you’re required to withstand cold weather for work (literally), the Timberland Women's 6" Premium Boots, recommended by Fuchs, have got you and your feet covered. “These boots are durable, waterproof, and have a rubber lug outsole for excellent traction,” says Fuchs. “They're insulated for warmth and have a padded collar for comfort, making them ideal for outdoor work in cold conditions.” Plus, they’re made with heavy-duty laces that keep your feet supported and comfortable throughout your work day.

Specifications:

  • Category: Work
  • Insulation: 200 grams of PrimaLoft
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shaft height: 6 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Materials: Nubuck leather, rubber, and synthetic material (sole)
  • Price on publish: $169.99

What we like:

  • Padded collar
  • Available in wide widths
  • Contain heavy-duty laces

What we don’t like:

  • Cannot be machine-washed

The bottom line:

Since these boots have a padded collar and a rubber lug outsole, they’re for women who spend lots of time outside for work.

Best winter boots for outdoor work
Timberland Women's Premium 6” Waterproof Boots

Timberland Women's Premium 6” Waterproof Boots

Best winter boots for traveling: Muck Boot Company Women’s Arctic Ice Vibram Arctic Grip All-Terrain Mid Boots

If you’re looking for a pair of winter boots you can wear while traveling in areas with temperatures between -40°F and 40°F, the Muck Boot Company Women’s Arctic Ice Vibram Arctic Grip All-Terrain Mid Boots are a solid choice. They’re completely waterproof and will keep your feet warm thanks to their 5mm neoprene and fleece lining. They’re also lightweight so you won’t feel bogged down.

Specifications:

  • Category: Winter hiking
  • Insulation: 5mm neoprene
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shaft height: 12 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: -40°F to 40°F
  • Materials: CR Flex-Foam neoprene and rubber
  • Price on publish: $185

What we like:

  • Completely waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Equipped with a pull tab

What we don’t like:

  • Only available in one color

The bottom line:

These lightweight yet insulating winter boots are perfect for traveling women and don’t require a great deal of effort to take on and off.

Best winter boots for traveling
Women's Arctic Ice Mid Boot + Vibram Arctic Grip A.T.

Women's Arctic Ice Mid Boot + Vibram Arctic Grip A.T.

Best winter boots for ankle or arch support: Columbia Women's Ice Maiden II Boots

Fuchs recommends the Columbia Women's Ice Maiden II Boot. “These boots have a lace-up design for an adjustable fit, providing good ankle support,” says Fuchs. “They also have a contoured footbed for arch support.” Although you’re unable to slip on these waterproof boots, the laces allow for a more personalized fit. And even though these shoes are functional, they’re stylish thanks to their faux fur collar. Shopping tip: Columbia is a great brand for quality outdoor gear—they also made our list of the best fleece jackets for women.

Specifications:

  • Category: Casual
  • Insulation: 200g
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shaft height: 9 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Material: Waterproof leather
  • Price on publish: $110

What we like:

  • Available in standard and wide sizes
  • Available in several colors
  • Breathable

What we don’t like:

  • Laces may be difficult for some to pull

The bottom line:

These winter boots are available in many colors and offer ankle and arch support for comfortable wear.

Best winter boots for ankle or arch support
Columbia Ice Maiden II (Cordovan/Siberia) Women's Boots

Columbia Ice Maiden II (Cordovan/Siberia) Women's Boots

Best stylish winter boots for women: UGG Adirondack III Boots

This boot delivers on style and comfort. Made of waterproof leather and suede, they’re equipped with 200g of insulation via DryTech technology. They’re shorter than some of our other picks, with an eight-inch shaft, but offer a one-and-a-half-inch heel for added elevation. With available colors from burnt cedar to chestnut, you’ll easily find a pair that will match your winter outfits.

Specifications:

  • Category: Casual
  • Insulation: 200g insulation via DryTech technology
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shaft height: 8 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: -32°F rating (temperature range is not listed)
  • Materials: Waterproof leather and waterproof suede
  • Price on publish: $250

What we like:

  • Available in sizes 5-12
  • Can be worn in heavy rain and heavy snow
  • Removable insole

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive

The bottom line:

Despite the investment, they’re a solid pick for those looking for stylish and waterproof options.

Best stylish winter boots for women
UGG Adirondack Boot III (Black/Black) Women's Cold Weather Boots

UGG Adirondack Boot III (Black/Black) Women's Cold Weather Boots

Best snow boots for women: Sorel Joan of Arctic Snow Boots

Whether you’re looking for snow boots to go sledding or go sightseeing in a snowy city, the Sorel Joan of Arctic Snow Boots are designed with protection in mind. These leather and suede boots have a seam-sealed design, so no water or snow will trickle into your boots or over their 12-inch shaft. They provide thorough traction as their outside is made out of herringbone rubber, so you can say goodbye to unwanted sliding.

Specifications:

  • Category: Extreme snow
  • Insulation: 6 mm washable recycled felt inner
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shaft height: 12 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Materials: Leather, suede, and synthetic materials
  • Price on publish: $156

What we like:

  • Seam-sealed design
  • Tall shaft
  • Good traction

What we don’t like:

  • Non-waterproof laces and zippers

The bottom line:

These are one of the best pairs of snow boots for women thanks to their good traction and taller shaft.

Best snow boots for women
SOREL Joan of Arctic Waterproof (Camel Brown/Black) Women's Waterproof Boots

SOREL Joan of Arctic Waterproof (Camel Brown/Black) Women's Waterproof Boots

Best slip-on winter boots: Blundstone Thermal High-Top

Being Chelsea boots, these Blundstone Thermal-High Top Boots are easy to wear. They’re on the expensive side, but they can easily be slipped on so you can get straight to your activities. They’re lightweight and made with sealed seams so your feet stay dry and water-free, while your feet will be kept warm due to their Thinsulate insulation and a sheepskin footbed that can be removed if needed. (And if you liked these, take a minute to look at our guide to the best Chelsea boots for women, too).

Specifications:

  • Category: Casual
  • Insulation: Thinsulate (synthetic) and sheepskin (footbed)
  • Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Shaft height: 7 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Material: Synthetic materials, sheepskin, and leather
  • Price on publish: $240

What we like:

  • Slip-on closure
  • Sealed seams
  • Lightweight

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive

The bottom line:

Those looking for a simple wearing experience will appreciate these slip-on boots.

Best slip-on winter boots
Blundstone Thermal High-Top (Black) Women's Shoes

Blundstone Thermal High-Top (Black) Women's Shoes

Best women’s waterproof winter boots: The North Face Shellista IV

Boot wearers who spend a lot of time in wet conditions should add The North Face Shellista IV Boots to their cart. These seam-sealed boots have an EVA midsole and are made with full-grain leather and a rubber shell designed to keep water away. We also like how these boots extend up to the mid-calf for added coverage.

Specifications:

  • Category: Casual
  • Insulation: 200 g Heatseeker Eco Pro
  • Weight: 2.2 ounces
  • Shaft height: 10 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Material: Full-grain leather, recycled P.E.T, ballistic nylon, and rubber
  • Price on publish: $179

What we like:

  • Half sizes available
  • EVA midsole
  • Top collar with faux fur

What we don’t like:

  • Temperature rating is not listed

The bottom line:

Those who spend time in watery conditions may benefit from these boots with a rubber shell and mid-calf coverage.

Best women’s waterproof winter boots
The North Face Shellista IV

The North Face Shellista IV

Best women’s value winter boots: Merrell Women’s Thermo Chill Mid Waterproof Snow Boots

Looking to buy a pair of winter boots without breaking the bank? Opt for the Merrell Women’s Thermo Chill Mid Waterproof Snow Boots. Despite a $130 price tag, they keep your feet warm with their 200g M Select Warm insulation. Each boot only weighs one pound and 39 ounces, which is beneficial if you’re looking to keep your feet moving through the cold (or the snow).

Specifications:

  • Category: Winter hiking
  • Insulation: 200g M Select Warm
  • Weight: 1 pound and 39 ounces
  • Shaft height: Not listed
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Materials: Leather, nylon, and synthetic material
  • Price on publish: $130

What we like:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Contains metal hooks to keep laces securely in place

What we don’t like:

  • Narrow fit

The bottom line:

For $130, these winter boots are a solid choice to keep your feet warm on a budget.

Best women’s value winter boots
Merrell Thermo Chill Mid Waterproof (Charcoal/Flora) Women's Shoes

Merrell Thermo Chill Mid Waterproof (Charcoal/Flora) Women's Shoes

Best winter boots for city walking: Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie

City women will appreciate the Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Booties, recommended by Fuchs. “These boots are stylish, waterproof, and have a rubber sole for good traction, " says Fuchs. “They're perfect for city walking because they're comfortable for long periods of wear and match well with a variety of outfits. Even though they only extend up to one’s ankles, they provide sound support.”

Specifications:

  • Category: Casual
  • Insulation: Not listed
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Shaft height: Not listed (but ankle height)
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Not listed
  • Material: Leather
  • Price on publish: $130

What we like:

  • Stylish
  • Made with a rubber sole
  • Many color options available

What we don’t like:

  • Only ankle-length

The bottom line:

These stylish winter boots are perfect for city walkers as they can be paired with a plethora of outfits and are made with a rubber sole.

Best winter boots for city walking
Blondo Women's Villa Waterproof Ankle Boot, Dark Taupe Suede, 9 M US

Blondo Women's Villa Waterproof Ankle Boot, Dark Taupe Suede, 9 M US

Best winter boots for extreme cold: Bogs Arcata Insulated Waterproof Snow Boot

These boots are made to withstand extremely cold temperatures, with a -58°F rating. They’ll keep your feet warm thanks to their faux fur lining and Neo-Tech insulation. In addition to their several forms of insulation, these boots are moisture-wicking and offer four-way stretch so your toes can move comfortably.

Specifications:

  • Category: Extreme cold
  • Insulation: 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech and faux fur
  • Weight: Not listed
  • Shaft height: 8.5 inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Temperature range: Rated to -58°F (temperature range is not listed)
  • Materials: Leather, rubber, and faux fur
  • Price on publish: $165

What we like:

  • Has a slip-resistant sole
  • Four-way stretch
  • Controls odor

What we don’t like:

  • No half sizes available

The bottom line:

Your feet will stay extremely warm in extremely cold conditions when wearing these winter boots, as they’re insulated with faux fur and 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech.

Best winter boots for extreme cold
Bogs Arcata Insulated Waterproof Snow Boot

Bogs Arcata Insulated Waterproof Snow Boot

How we selected the best winter boots for women

To compile our list of the best winter boots for women, we spoke with both a fashion stylist and a podiatrist about what to consider when purchasing a new pair of winter boots, as well as getting their winter boot recommendations. We also researched various brands online to find the highest-quality options.

Tips for cleaning and storage

Winter boots can be a big investment and taking care of them is important to maintain their quality for extended periods. Alsulaiman advises removing any dirt and debris from the boots after each wear before storing them. She also recommends applying any products such as conditioners or waterproofing to your boots (manufacturer guidelines permitting) as needed.

Storing them is important, to: “Avoid storing boots in plastic bags, which can trap moisture and promote mold growth,” says Alsulaiman. “Instead, use fabric or breathable shoe bags to protect them from dust while allowing air circulation.” It also can’t hurt to rotate between a couple of pairs of boots each year if you can afford it.

How should you maintain waterproofing and insulation for winter boots?

Taking proper care of winter boots is important to ensure their upkeep and high-quality nature. “You should clean them regularly, according to manufacturer instructions and guidelines, and treat them with a waterproofing spray or wax,” advises Fuchs. “Avoid exposing them to extreme heat as it can damage the waterproof membrane and insulation. For boots with removable liners, take them out to dry after each use to prevent moisture buildup.”

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Which winter boots are the warmest?

According to Fuchs, “the warmest boots often have a temperature rating to indicate the lowest temperature they can withstand.” The boots with the lowest temperature rating on our list are the Bogs Arcata Insulated Waterproof Snow Boot and the Muck Boot Company Women’s Arctic Ice Vibram Arctic Grip All-Terrain Mid Boots, at -58°F and -40°F respectively.

What is the difference between snow boots and winter boots?

The main difference between snow boots and winter boots is how they’re used. “Snow boots are designed specifically for walking in deep snow as they are typically taller, more heavily insulated, and have more aggressive tread for better traction. Winter boots, on the other hand, are designed for general winter wear,” Fuchs says. “They are usually more stylish and less bulky than snow boots, but may not provide as much warmth or traction.”

What is the warmest boot you can buy?

If you’re looking to buy the warmest winter boots, Alsulaiman recommends looking for those with down, wool, or both. “Down insulation provides the most warmth but can also be bulky and expensive. Wool insulation is a good alternative, as it’s lightweight, warm, and moisture-wicking.” However, if you know you’re going to be wearing your new winter boots for extended periods outdoors and in wet and snowy conditions, note that down may not maintain its quality nor insulating properties.

What boots can you wear with jeans in the winter?

The type of boots you can wear with jeans in the winter will vary depending on your personal preference. Alsulaiman recommends opting for ankle boots, knee-high boots, combat boots, over-the-knee boots, or Chelsea boots. Take into account the overall style of your outfit, especially your jeans. “ Consider the style of your jeans–whether they're skinny, straight-leg, or wide-leg–when choosing which boots to wear,” shares Alsulaiman. “Remember to play with colors and textures to create a more dynamic and eye-catching ensemble.”

For more casual style advice, take a look at our guide to the best joggers for women.

What socks should be worn with winter boots?

Although you can wear any socks you please with winter boots, “it's best to wear thick, warm socks,” explains Fuchs. “Wool socks are a great choice as they provide excellent insulation and wick moisture away from the skin, keeping your feet dry and warm.”

What is the difference between synthetic and leather winter boots?

The difference between synthetic and leather winter boots is that leather boots tend to be more durable and elevated versus synthetic leather. However, “leather boots require regular conditioning to maintain suppleness and prevent cracking,” adds Alsulaiman. Synthetic leather is typically cheaper and may be more resistant to water.

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