Whether you’re walking to lunch, hiking to Mordor, or skipping to happy hour, the late-fall/early winter months are the perfect time to break out your winter boots. If you’re a guy who has yet to pull the trigger on a new pair, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. The selection we’ve found should fit all of your boot-wearing criteria: They’re durable, versatile, and stylish. (Why else would we call them “the best boots for men”?)
AUSLAND Men’s Lace-up High Top Leather Winter Boot ($69 @ Amazon.com)
These beautiful Ausland boots come with a genuine cowhide upper portion and a soft wool lining for comfort and warmth. The laces add a touch of practicality, as does the rubber outsole that is perfect for snowy weather.
TZ Shoes Trench Suede Boot ($140 @ Amazon.com)
OTZ Shoes has stuffed these boots with plenty of small features that make a big difference, such as a gusseted tongue to keep snow out and a contour on the sole to keep your feet warm and dry.
Robert Wayne Dawson ($99 @ Amazon.com)
These stylish, imported boots bring together a satisfying blend of in-fashion leather loafers to a warm winter boot. Featuring a rubber platform for added protection from harsh weather, the leather lining and lace-up front keeps feet snug and warm.
Lotus Gainsborough ($190 @ Amazon.com)
With unique brogue and wingtip detailing, these Lotus boots bring a refined look to winter footwear. Made from genuine leather and featuring a long-lasting rubber sole, these boots are comfortable and durable.
Rush by Gordon Rush Moore Chelsea Boot ($195 @ Amazon.com)
Made with genuine leather and a unique distressed rubber sole, these stylish Rush boots are perfect for anyone seeking out a modern Chelsea boot. Best of all, it comes in both gray and black, allowing easy wardrobe customization.
FRYE Riley Trek Snow Boot ($358 @ Amazon.com)
Crafted specially for walking through heavy snow, these imported boots are made from a strong, yet comfortable, leather. With a heavy-duty lug sole and a dyed lamb shearling interior, these shoes are perfect for extreme winter weather.
Royal Canadian Lethbridge Winter Boot ($225 @ Amazon.com)
Described by Royal Canadian as a “bomber jacket for the feet,” this unique leather boot features a cozy sheep-fur trim at the top and a round-toe. Stylistically, this boot is a great fit with casual winter clothes.
BRUNO MARC Classic Ankle High Casual Dress Boots ($35 @ Amazon.com)
With faux leather construction and a classic moc toe, these Bruno Marc boots look good at an affordable price. They also boast high quality: Similar selections in the company’s product line have received good reviews.
Rocky x Poler Original Hiker Boot ($160 @ Amazon.com)
Rocky hiking boots, made for the rough winter terrain of the Rocky Mountains, have been popular for decades. This new spin on that classic includes blue leather, antiqued brass buckles, and a strong, durable ripple sole.
Nike Lunar Arktos ACG Winter Boots ($170-$195 @ Amazon.com)
Keep your feet warm and dry in these rugged yet lightweight boots from Nike. A cool camouflage design, removable sockliner and reverse-traction sole for climbing let you conquer the snow and ice in style. Made with tough flywire lacing and waterproof protection, these boots keep your feet comfortable without slowing you down.
Cole Haan LunarGrand Lace Boot ($140 and up @ Amazon.com)
Experience the luxury of Cole Haan in a durable military-style boot. Waterproof leather and a storm welt construction provide protection, while trendy eyelets, a cap toe and sleek two-tone design keep you looking great. A cozy, cushioned midsole and non-slip outsole make these the perfect boot for hiking or working outdoors in inclement weather.
#3. The North Face Back To Berkeley Redux Leather Boot ($96 and up @ Amazon.com)
Enjoy classic style in these high-tech winter boots from The North Face. Made with an ultra-grip outsole that’s temperature sensitive, these boots keep you standing no matter what the weather. A durable waterproof sealant and thermal insulation make them the ideal choice for guys who like to work or play outdoors.
Sunrolan Leather Engineer Combat Boots ($70 @ Amazon.com)
Greet the snow and slush in style with these rugged combat-style boots from Sunrolan. A durable mesh lining keeps your feet dry and cool, while the comfort designed technology make them a great choice for those who work outdoors. Available in black, brown or a stylish navy blue, these waterproof boots are appropriate for work, outdoor adventures or a night out with friends.
Timberland: Men’s Earthkeepers Rugged Original Chelsea Boot ($140 and up @ Amazon.com)
These slip-on Timbs are as comfortable as they are stylish. And here’s a bonus for people who happen to care about the environment: The moisture-wicking linings are made from recycled plastic bottles, and the rubber outsoles are crafted from Timberland’s recycled Green Rubber.
Wolverine Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe 8″ Boot ($85 and up @ Amazom.com)
Whether you’re clearing brush or laying pipe (and we actually mean laying pipe in this case), these hardcore steel-toe work boots will keep your feet protected and your tosies toasty. The outside is full-grain leather while the inside features thermal foam insulation to trap heat and Cambrelle lining to absorb moisture.