Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Snowy, icy and slushy weather is here, and you need capable footwear. Whether you’re snowshoeing or just commuting, not any old shoe will do in a winter wonderland. Like the seasons, recommendations for snow boots are always changing. So, we found the consensus best snow boots for women across expert reviews to keep you or the lady in your life trekking all winter long.
One good thing being out and about in the snow? Feeling better about yourself. A study found that spending just 40 minutes in a snowy landscape has the power to boost a person’s appreciation of their own body. Researchers have long known that green spaces, such as forests, and blue areas, such as lakes, can improve body image. But this new report is one of the first to link “white spaces” to improved self image. Pretty “cool,” right?
That may be just the proof that one-third of Americans need to travel to a snowy place. In a poll, 33 percent answered they’d never seen snow, 42 percent had never skied and 30 percent had never thrown a snowball. Another reason to schedule a trip to the snow soon is that it’s disappearing. A new study found climate change is making things extremely hard for even the biggest ski resorts in the world to keep the slopes white for tourists. Researchers say even with snowmaking machines, the forecast for December ski vacations looks bleak by the year 2100.
Whether you live in snowy weather or need to travel, there’s something else you can do in snow boots! That’s drinking hot chocolate. In a poll, sipping on cocoa was named the best part of winter, beating out seeing the first snowfall and warming up by the fire. Grab your pair of boots, and meet us for some hot chocolate! Marshmallows, anyone?
Below we’ve put together our list of the best snow boots for women after scanning reviews from 11 expert websites. Our list reveals the five most recommended products across the reviews. If you have your own suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!
The List: 5 Best Snow Boots For Women, According To The Pros
1. UGG Adirondack III
This is the most recommended snow boot, getting points for versatility, durability and warmth.
“The Adirondack III has been our go-to choice for three winters. You get great protection from rain, slush, and snow with a premium leather and suede upper backed by a waterproof membrane, and the natural wool liner is plush, warm, and even insulates well when wet. The Adirondack’s design lends a great deal of versatility: when the cuff is rolled down, you get a playful, casual boot that’s at home over jeans or leggings. Leave it fully extended, and the Adirondack is a traditional leather model with no-frills warmth and functionality,” Switchback Travel writes.
Byrdie says, “You can always count on UGG to make sturdy and warm snow boots that will last you for years. The brand’s Adirondack boots are among the most well-reviewed women’s snow boots on the market — proof that people are loving their purchase — and strike a great balance between fashion, function, and warmth. The rubber outsole is super durable while the inside has a soft wool lining.”
The New York Post also recommends this popular pick: “The UGG Adirondack III Boots are a highly-rated option with almost 1,300 positive reviews on the brand’s website. They feature sheepskin lining that will help keep your feet warm for up to -25 degrees Fahrenheit and are completely waterproof.”
2. Sorel Joan Of Arctic
“After wearing these boots from Maine to Alaska for seven years and confirming our love of these boots with the HUNDREDS of effusive reviews, we realized why we aren’t alone when we say these are the most popular winter boots for women. Out of the hundreds of boots on the market, people are fanatic about the Joan of Arctic. It isn’t just for the style, either. The Sorel Joan of Arctics are warm, waterproof, comfortable boots with traction and durability more like a sturdy work boot than a fashion piece,” Treeline Review raves.
Warmth is also in style for InStyle: “Sorel Joan of Arctic Boot is the best if you are looking for a taller winter boot option. The boot is easy to put on and adjust to the desired width. Since it features a rubber bottom part, this boot is easy to wash off and keep clean. Thanks to both their extra coverage and their fabrication, you can absolutely count on these boots to protect you against the cold.”
3. Blundstone Super 550 Boots
Heavy thinks these are heavy hitters when it comes to snow, writing, “My feet are seriously happy whenever I wear them and the cool thing is they don’t make your feet hot and sweaty. That’s thanks to the natural Australian sheepskin foot liner that’s the perfect insulator and is temperature regulating, too. These slip-on boots have a grippy non-skid sole that gives you stability. And thinsulate means they’re going to keep you toasty in the coldest temps. They feature two pull loops to make them easy on and off. Considering this Tasmanian boot company has been around 148 years, you can bet they’ll last almost as long as you do.”
CleverHiker.com says they’re perfect for wet winters and customizable for other seasons: “The Blundstone Super 550 Boots are stylish and functional year-round. With leather lining, leather uppers, and thick polyurethane outsoles, these boots are built to last for many years. In winter, pair them with warm socks to protect your feet from the cold and wet. If your winter is as wet as the Pacific Northwest, these boots may just be the perfect around town boot for you.”
4. Columbia Ice Maiden II
Runner’s World recommends these as budget-friendly: “Snow boots can get pretty pricey, but these are more affordable at under $80. They come in various color options as well as regular and wide widths. They are waterproof and have a mid-calf height to help keep out a few inches of snow. The faux-fur liner helps to keep your feet warm in the winter months, and they are comfortable enough for all-day wear.”
Good Housekeeping will vouch for these, too: “These winter boots are both best-sellers on Amazon and a favorite among product experts at GH for their wide, roomy toe box and thoughtful design. Featuring a leather upper and a rubber sole designed for excellent traction, they have a 9-inch shaft for a mid-calf height. The brand’s Techlite midsole is also a favorite among consumer testers for its lightweight quality, generous cushioning and support.”
5. Columbia Heavenly Omni-heat
The New York Times says, “Get this if: You want a boot that’s light and particularly good for walking over snow drifts. This is a great option for running errands around town — not so much for extended time outside or in ice. Why it’s great: The snug, form-fitting foot makes this boot wear almost like a slipper, and the tall, tightly laced shaft and faux fur snow collar keep fluffy stuff out. Plus, these boots are much easier to drive in than boots with a stiff leather exterior.”
PureWow suggests these boots as a hot choice: “These lace-ups from Columbia have all of the features of a heavy-duty winter boot — adjustable support, high shaft, good traction — and are made from flexible materials, making them easier to walk and drive in. That said, a significant number of reviews mentioned suffering from cold toes after a few hours spent outdoors. Technically, these are also rated to stay warm down to -25° F, so it may just be a matter of sock choices. One more thing to note: Most reviewers suggest going a half or whole size bigger for the best fit.”
Find a pair you love? We sure hope so! Also, be sure to let us know in the comments if there are A+ snow boots that the experts missed.