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9 Sensational Snow Boots Surround Feet in Comfort and Warmth

Growing up in Indianapolis in the seventies, we didn’t just get snow, we got blizzards–a few famous ones at that.  My best memories include waiting to hear our district mentioned in the long list of school cancellations, then heading out to sled all day, returning at dusk to mom’s hot cocoa. The grand fun of the day overshadowed the snow boots fiasco…thankfully. Those ridiculous over-the-shoe rubber boots with impossible buckles only impeded my carefree spirit and did little to protect my feet from cold and near-frostbite. Snow boots have come a long way baby, and we’re here to share our favorites. We’ve found nine stylish winter boots sure to keep your toes warm, dry and comfortable.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Ecco Trace Hydromax

Ecco Trace Hydromax

Water-resistant? Check. Arch support? Check. Room to wiggle toes? Check. Warm and cozy lining? Check. The Ecco Trace Tie Hydromax has it all. If you need more support, just remove the footbed and use your favorite insole or orthotic. The speed laces tighten in one quick pull of the toggle. We noted this comment from an Amazon reviewer, “I have had severe rheumatoid arthritis for several years that has severely damaged my feet, so I need a wide toe box and good support. I found these boots and love them.” The Ecco Trace Tie runs slightly large and is available in euro sizes 36-42 for $118-250 at Amazon, $170 at Zappos, $168.95 at Shoes.com, and $168.95 at Nordstrom.

Comfortable Snow Boots; Helly Hansen Garibaldi

Helly Hansen Garibaldi

The word on the street (and online) is that the Helly Hansen Garibaldi is the “non-clunky” version of the popular Sorel Joan of Arctic (which we love, but agree it’s on the heavy side). Norwegian-made Helly Hansen boots are known for their durability, quality workmanship, warmth and comfort. The Ortholite footbed cushions every step while the waterproof leather upper and faux fur lining keep feet toasty warm. The Garibaldi snow boot does run a tad small, we advise ordering up a half size. Find the Helly Hansen Garibaldi in sizes 5.5-10 for $169.95 at Nordstrom, $79.95-170 at Amazon, and $134.95 from Shoes.com.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Wanderlust Norway

Wanderlust Norway

What a relief to find a winter boot in extended sizes and widths! Have you heard of the Canadian brand Wanderlust by Toe Warmers? If you have wide or large feet, you’ll want to check out all their styles, but we particularly love the Wanderlust Norway  for its classic style that doesn’t scream, “Snow boots!” Customers rave about its warmth, comfort and fit. Available in sizes 6-12, three widths for $102.95 from Shoemall, $102.95 from Amazon, and $103.95 from Shoes.com.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Merrell Aurora 6 Ice+

Merrell Aurora 6 Ice+

Merrell’s relationship with Vibram® rubber outsoles is a match made in heaven. This season Merrell incorporates Vibram’s newest outsole called Arctic Grip™ for exceptional traction on wet ice. The Merrell Aurora 6 boot features Arctic Grip™ and a host of comfort features that the company does so well: lightweight nylon arch shank for support and stability, Merrell air cushion at the heel for shock-absorption, removable footbed, and 200 g of M Select™ WARM insulation–and of course, it’s waterproof. Find the Merrell Aurora 6 for $150 at Merrell.com, $149.95 at Zappos, and $139.95 at Nordstrom. If you need exceptional traction on ice, check out Kirsten’s review of Icebug boots.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Santana Canada Mixx

Santana Canada Mixx

Tired of the typical? Meet Santana Canada Mixx snow boots. With all the soft coziness of Ugg, and standout style of a fashion sneaker, the Santana Canada Mixx is sure to get noticed (especially in ruby red)! A plush faux-fur lining and waterproof membrane will keep your feet dry and warm. A removable footbed allows for orthotics. Available in sizes 6-11 (order up if between sizes) for $228.95 from Nordstrom, and $228.95 from Shoes.com.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Spring Step Vanish

Spring Step Vanish

We admire a budget-friendly winter boot that still exceeds standards for cold weather comfort. The Spring Step Vanish is as cute as it is warm, efficient and durable. If you loathe laces, the side zipper will get you out the door in no time. The waterproof nylon uppers and faux-fur lining allow you to stay and play in the snow. If you need more support, the footbed is removable to accommodate an insole. Runs big, so order down if between sizes. The Spring Step Vanish is available in sizes euro sizes 36-42 for $69.99 at Zappos. $36-69 at Amazon.

Comfortable Snow Boots: Bogs B-Moc

Bogs B-Moc

Not a fan of laces or zippers? How about a pull-on? The Bogs B-Moc boot features nifty side pull handles for easy entry, and that’s just the beginning of what makes these snow boots extra special. They’re 100% waterproof, comfort-rated to -22F, lined in soft faux-fur, and a nice wide toe box–and there’s even a toggle should you need to snug it up at the ankle. Order down if between sizes. The Bogs B-Moc is available in whole sizes 6-11 for $79.90-120 from Bogsfootwear.com, $54-120 at Amazon, $100-120 at Zappos.

Columbia Heavenly Omni Heat. Photo credit: Sabrina Doyle/Can Geo

We think Bettina’s hilarious but spot-on Zappos review of the Columbia Omni-Heat Heavenly sums it up well.

This is a fabulous boot: After years of buying crappy winter boots, I finally decided to invest in these. And folks, let me tell you. They. Are. Amazing! The reviews were right on the money, they’re like wearing sneakers instead of clunky boots. I feel like I can run a marathon in them, which is incredible since I would never be able to run a marathon even in actual sneakerwear (what is exercise?). Despite being as warm as a kangaroo pouch, they even manage to be stylish. Is this wizardry? Take all my money! The only additional thing I have to add is that I had to order 3 different sizes until I found my size – and it’s a full size bigger. You’ll need to size up to wear thick winter socks. Tread with confidence, readers. This is legit.

The Columbia Omni-Heat Heavenly is built for stomping in the snow with its glove-like fit, 200 g insulation and Omni-Heat™ Reflective Thermal Warmth technology (utilizes a breathable material with little silver dots that reflect body heat). These super snow boots come in whole and half sizes 5-11 (be advised that they do run small) for $139.95 from Zappos, $140 from Columbia.com, $75-140 from Amazon. See the brown knit version of the Heavenly at Zappos.

Propet Lumi Tall Lace

It’s warm, waterproof, cute and comes in widths up to 4E! The Propet Lumi Tall Lace is scoring high marks from online reviewers who appreciate it’s roomy toe box that accommodates bunions. Available in sizes 6-11, four widths for $94.95 from Zappos, $60-95 from Amazon, and $84.95 from Shoes.com,

Do you have a favorite winter boot? Let us know in the comment section below!


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13 Responses to 9 Sensational Snow Boots Surround Feet in Comfort and Warmth

  1. Heidi S says:

    Alegria Twisp Boot (ash wool) are my new favorite.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      I’d love to see those on the foot. The stock imagery makes the rocker sole look huge and the boot shaft so narrow! I”m sure they’re comfortable!

      • Heidi says:

        Hi K, forget the Twisp for snow. I found out the hard way they aren’t waterproof! Comfortable for kicking leaves or shopping, but only on dry days. The boot shaft can be loosened with the laces accommodating sizes. I think I’ll take your advice above for a more practical boot this winter. 🙂

  2. Ellen says:

    What are the boots in the picture at the top? I think I need those!

  3. New Ribena says:

    I got a pair of the Columbia Omni Heat for a trip this year to Breckenridge and they were perfect. I’m a cold-natured person with RA and they lived up to expectations by keeping me warm and were so comfortable whether I was show shoeing or casually strolling.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      I’m glad they work for you. Everyone is so over the moon about the Sorel Joan of Arctic (at least around here), but the Columbia’s look so lightweight and easy to walk in.

  4. Pam Giordano says:

    Can you recommend a waterproof boot that has enough support for snowshoeing? Much of what I’ve tried at places like REI is heavy and uncomfortable on my damaged feet. I called Helly Hansen to ask if the Garibaldi boot you recommended was suitable for showshoeing but the agent didn’t speak much English so I still don’t know. Thanks,

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Hi Pam, have you tried Ahnu waterproof boots before? The Montara might be a good choice for you. Sturdy enough for snowshoeing, good support, but surprisingly lightweight (waterproof and warm too). You can search the reviews on Zappos for “snowshoe.” You’ll find 5 reviews stating the boot is good for the sport.

  5. Cristina says:

    No mention of Fitflop Loaff waterproof winter boots? Ok, I admit, it’s pretty ugly in pics (looks better in person). But Fitflop are the only boots I can wear (that are available in the U.K.) so I think they’re worth a mention.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Oh we love FitFlop, but wanted to give a few other brands a chance to shine! Glad they work for you–that footbed is pretty amazing.

  6. Kathleen says:

    I’m searching for a boot similar to the Merrell with Arctic grip… hiking boot style, warm, especially good gripping sole, but must come in Wide.

  7. Bette says:

    I have to mention my all-time favorite rain, snow, slush, sleet, and hail boots — the Merrell Duo Haven. While it’s no longer made, you can still find a pair if you search online. These are flat, flexible, nonslip, with an easy-on zipper, and they’re waterproof yet breathable. In addition, they are so lightweight, it’s like wearing nothing — and they have a slim profile that looks fine w/ anything you’re wearing, including in my case, with a dress or skirt as I walk to work. I change when I get to the office, but on the way, nothing beats these Merrells!

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