After a wildly hot summer, the arrival of a sub-zero winter is not particularly welcome. But thinking of the wardrobe shift makes us warm inside. With the hike aesthetic taking center stage again this year, from Salomon’s continued dominance to the further propagation to almost ubiquity of techwear, there are plenty of options around to get properly suited and booted for cold weather.
We’re starting off on the right foot, with a selection of the season’s best winter boots. You might be thinking that winter boots are a bit extreme if you don’t live in a place expecting abundant snowfall, but a quick scroll through the selection below should have you pining for a pair on looks alone.
From the height of tech in Demon's futuristic aesthetic to classic The North Face styles, anybody who’s anybody is getting in on the snow-boot action so you should have no trouble finding a pair to suit your wardrobe.
Shop the best winter boots below
Salomon Quest 4d GTX Advanced
Salomon wins 2020, and not only because of its smash-hit XT-Wings range. The performance label has broken into the everyday scene with silhouettes like this pair of Quest 4d GTX Advanced boots. Whatever the weather, hit the pavement with confidence in your GORE-TEX membrane and Contagrip TD outsole.
Demon Graelon Boots
Demon's Graelon boots definitely aren't your average pair of lifestyle boots. A fully waterproof, anti-abrasion microfiber upper features an asymmetrical YKK coated zip closure while the real attention-winner is the ski boot-inspired square toe Vibram sole unit.
The North Face Steep Tech Crestvale Boot
Steep Tech Crestvale Boot
The North Face
Water-resistant mesh uppers combine with a Vibram sole unit to put forward The North Face’s usual case which sounds something like: “When it comes to cold-weather gear, we win every damn time.”
HOKA One One Kaha GORE-TEX Boot
Kaha GORE-TEX Boot
HOKA One One
HOKA One One veers away from its beloved performance running trainers for the Kaha Boot. Fitted with a GORE-TEX upper and a Vibram sole, this boot offers full weatherproofing while retaining the brand’s penchant for insane comfort à la running shoe.
NORTHWAVE Sorle Boots
One of the latest brands to drop at Slam Jam, Northwave's winter-ready footwear selection makes an instant impact/ This duck boot-style pair features a padded upper for insulation and a chunky sole unit which packs a visual punch.
Diemme Balbi Suede And Rubber Chelsea Boots
Diemme’s Balbi Boot is a beautiful Frankenstein of a design. A premium suede upper, which appears to have been precisely sawn off the top of a formal Chelsea boot, fixes to a durable, rubber duck boot lower half.
NEIGHBORHOOD. N-1D/ M-Boots
A cream Vibram outsole forms the foundation for this pair of luxury leather boots from NEIGHBORHOOD. Velcros fastenings around the ankle allow you to adjust for the perfect fit while a “This Machine Kills Racists” print to the collar of either boot lends the pair some apt attitude.
SOREL 1964 Pac Nylon Boots
Sorel’s 1964 Pac Nylon Boots tick every box that a winter boot can hope for. The workwear style of a duck boot lower half earns style points while the high high-top length for warmth is reinforced by a faux-fur lining and collar.
Nike x Undercover React Boot
Nike x Undercover
Nike goes full retro space age in collaboration with Undercover for the React Boot. This fun pair features a mixed-fabric upper with shiny inserts and multiple layers anchored by a strong earth-tone palette. Hits of dusty blue add a colorful angle while a tubular orange pull-tab acts as the unorthodox cherry on top.
Suicoke Bower Ankle Boots
Napoleon Dynamite but make it fashion. Suicoke’s Bower Ankle Boots definitely have a touch of Idahoan geek chic, but we’re willing to look well past that for the chunky rubber sole unit and Thinsulate uppers.
New Balance x Snow Peak TDS Niobium Concept 1 Boots
TDS Niobium Concept 1 Boots
New Balance x Snow Peak
Two labels who have proven their outdoor expertise come together for this technical party. This groundbreaking shoe is actually three shoes in one. A waterproof upper is ready for outdoor beatings but when you’re at home you can go for an indoor slipper instead.
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