the best winter boots for men

With Winter nearly here, I’m starting to plan for the first snowfall and I thought to myself, “What are the best winter boots?”

When looking for the best winter boots there are a number of factors to consider. Insulation is important to keep your feet warm. A sole with good grip will keep you from slipping on ice. Waterproof materials will keep your feet dry. And finally, good style and comfort will have you reaching for them on a daily basis.

Blundstone 1478 - The Winter

Blundstone’s popularity seems to have exploded it the past few years. They are definitely considered one of the best winter boots for men. Originally starting out as an Australian work boot, they’re now more regularly seen hopping on and off the metro, rather than in the Outback. They’re made from a waterproof leather, elastic and seams, which keeps your feet from getting wet. A Thinsulate footbed adds a level of insulation that gives you some of the warmest winter boots.

$259.95 CAD

Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot

Columbia has been making outdoor wear for 80 years now. With that amount of experience, you can be sure that they make some of the best winter boots on the market today. My recommendation from Columbia is the Fairbanks Omni-Heat. The Omni-Tech technology makes the boot waterproof and breathable. The Omni-Heat technology can keep your feet warm when the temperature drops. The Omni-Grip sole will help keep you upright on those icy winter mornings. These are all key factors when shopping for the best winter boots for men, and Columbia delivers great results.

$160 CAD

The North Face Ballard 6” Boot

The North Face started out in California and now provided some of the best winter boots to men all over the world. Similarly to Columbia, they have a lot of options on their site, but I feel that the Ballard 6” is the pick of the bunch. With its waterproof leather uppers, 200g Primaloft insulation and rustproof lace hardware, it's definitely rugged enough for most people’s winters. What makes the Ballard one of the best winter boots for men though, is its sole. It has a TNF Winter Grip rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs. All this functionality while still looking great.

$189.99 CAD

Sorel Madson Hiker Waterproof Boot

Sorel makes one of the most iconic winter boots available - the Caribou. However, I believe that there is another boot in their collection that can be considered one of the best winter boots for men. The Madson Hiker Waterproof Boot aims to deliver rugged practicality with modern comfort usually found in a running shoe. They’ve created a boot with a seam-sealed waterproof leather with a comfortable synthetic lining. Combining these features with this aesthetic will make you feel that you have one of the best winter boots that money can buy. 

$240 CAD

Native Fitzsimmons Treklite Ripstop

Native has the rare accolade of being a certified by PETA as an approved vegan brand. They have ‘Beast Free’ philosophy that means not a hair, nor animal hide has been used in any stage of the creation of their products. They also have a very unique styling that will make you stand out of the crowd. On the practical side, they are made with a waterproof nylon upper, soft microfleece lining and a repellent system featuring Scotchgard. All these factors make the Fitzsimmons Treklite Ripstop one of the best men's winter boots around.

$130 CAD