The best women’s snow boots for travelers
Whether you’re hiking in the snow in a new town or heading to the mountains for a ski trip, the best winter boots for women will keep feet warm and dry. When shopping for the perfect pair as a gift, there are a few things to keep in mind, such as length, purpose, and personal style. Here, I’ve rounded up eight of the best options to suit every type of traveler, including sneaker-style shoes suitable for urban exploration, short boots ideal for hikers, and tall options for extra coverage. No matter where your loved one goes, any one of them will keep their toes warm, provide great traction, and also look great.
For the fashionable woman who wants a designer boot, Mackage’s heroes have been so coveted they are flying off the shelves. The lace-up shoe is handcrafted in Italy, has a sheepskin lining, leather details, a rubber lug sole and is completely water resistant. They are available in a variety of colors including champagne, black, army, cream, plaid, and cognac. If you know they’re perfect for someone on your list, be sure to buy a pair shortly before they sell out.
Sorel has long been a leader in providing strong, reliable winter boots that help keep you warm in cold weather. Lately, the brand has created some incredibly stylish options that match the modern aesthetic. For an easy-to-pack sneaker-like option, the RNEGD Caribou boot is a real winner. The waterproof shoe features a microfleece lining with 100 grams of insulation, a plush footbed with EVA cushioning and a chunky, on-trend sole. If you’re looking for something big that is just as on-trend, the Joan of Arctic Next Boot is an updated version of the brand’s tried and true original pair (circa 2006) with a look of the moment.
Timberland might not be the first brand you think of for winter boots, but they have some great options for snowy conditions. The Boroughs Project has a waterproof membrane made from 50 percent recycled plastic bottles. The shoe also features a faux fur lining, 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, and a memory foam footbed for superior comfort. If you’re looking for a pair that’s more akin to the company’s classic boot, the Courmayeur Valley boot looks like their iconic shoe, but with a faux fur collar instead of the usual leather padding for that signature wintery aesthetic.
The Columbia Ice Maiden II has always been a favorite when it comes to snow boots. The waterproof shoe is lightweight with great insulation and traction, but the brand has raised the bar even higher with its new Omni-Heat Infinity technology. It uses a new heat-reflective dot pattern to keep your feet even warmer in freezing conditions while maintaining high breathability for added comfort. There is a cropped option, pictured here, as well as a high boot with a faux fur collar for extra coverage.
Beloved for their classic sheepskin boots, Ugg also offers options that are better suited for hiking in the snow. For the toughest conditions, the brand’s Adirondack III Tipped boots are fully waterproof and feature features like heated insulation, cushioned insoles and a faux fur collar to add style to your wintery look. And with the ability to withstand temperatures as low as -32 degrees Celsius (-25.6 degrees Fahrenheit), they’ll keep your feet toasty warm in some of the coldest conditions encountered while traveling.
Look around on a rainy day and you’ll likely see a lot of people donning Sperry’s iconic Saltwater Duck Boot. The all-season shoe combines premium leather with a waterproof shell and is an incredibly comfortable and lightweight pair that is suitable for everyday wear. Fans of the brand’s signature boot will fall in love with the Saltwater Sherpa Alpine version, which has a more wintery aesthetic than its classic counterpart thanks to a plush filling. The shoe features the company’s signature Wave-Siping technology for improved traction to prevent slipping while walking in the snow, as well as a microfleece lining to keep your feet warm. For a stronger and taller option, the Torrent lace-up boot features waterproof suede, a soft fur trim and extra grip for freezing conditions.
Merrell is a leader in the hiking boot industry and for the winter adventure traveler you’ll want to buy them the right pair that is suitable for long hikes. For a short, sneaker-like option, the brand’s Bravada Knit Bluff Polar shoes are completely waterproof, extremely lightweight, and feature the mountain-grade Quantum Grip rubber sole for exceptional traction. It’s also equipped with a heel pad that absorbs shock and adds much-needed (and appreciated) stability when exploring the great outdoors. If you need a bigger option that’s great for more icy conditions, you can’t go wrong with their Thermo Rhea.
When you have wide calves, shopping for tall boots can be a bit of a pain. Many long uppers tend to be too tight and while short boots are definitely an option, sometimes you just want extra coverage. Enter Bogs. The brand has great size options for women with wide calves and the Crandall II is the perfect example. The shoe has an adjustable strap near the top so wearers can adjust the band to suit their calf size. The boot also features waterproof insulation; rebound cushioning for all-day comfort; DuraFresh technology to fight odors; a faux fur lining for extra warmth; and a non-slip sole for winter conditions. If your loved one prefers a sleeker look with a retractable handle, the Neo-Classic is a great choice.