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”?)
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.
#4. 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.
Salomon Men’s Synapse Mid CS Hiking Boots ($150 and up @ Amazon.com)
Some men’s hiking boots can feel stiff and unnatural when they’re strapped to your feet. Soloman avoided that by taking a more athletic approach to their hiking boot by including a multi-directional grip and an EVA-shaped footbed to each boot to absorb more shock and add more stability. The breathable and waterproof outer paired with their trademarked Climashield bootie creates a unique design that prevents your feet from getting too hot or cold, or drenched with sweat or slush.
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 bottle, 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.
Merrell Shiraz Waterproof ($140)
While some waterproof boots for guys can be clunky and grotesque, these are both easy-wearing and easy on the eyes. They’re cool enough to wear on a date, tough enough to battle the elements (thanks to he TPU heel stabilizer and molded nylon arch shank), and engineered with canvas lining that’s been treated with a micro-bacterial potion that will help fight foot odor.
Sorel: Men’s King Stacked Chukka ($140 @ Amazon.com)
These boots boast a classic silhouette with a few modern tweaks in the lacing detail and lug outsole that provide kickass traction. These men’s boots can easily bridge the gap from contending with nasty winter weather to looking perfectly acceptable on a date or holiday get-together.
Kamik Bromleyg Winter Boot ($75 and up @ Amazon.com)
No winter boot wardrobe is complete without a formidable snow boot … unless you live in Texas … or Southern California … or Las Vegas … or — you get the idea. Point is, if you live in a cold-weather region, this gem from Kamik uses Gore-Tex to keep your dogs bone-dry, Thinsulate to keep ’em toasty, and “patented Ice Lock Technology” for superior traction — even on ice. They’re also comfort rated to -40 degrees.