The best mountain boots will keep your feet warm and dry, provide traction on snow and ice, and, in some cases, protect your feet from impact (which is great if you have to kick ice off of things once nighttime temperatures get below zero).
When the snow starts falling or the mad gets sloppy, you need a good pair of mountain boots. Whether it’s for getting out to the car in the morning, working outdoors, or bouncing around mountain towns, your pair of winter boots is one of the most important parts of your cold-weather wardrobe.
Best Men’s Mountain Boots
- Muck Boots Arctic Excursion Mid Boots – $137.00
- Bogs Turf Stomper Boots – $145.00
- Keen 59 Chelsea Boots – $139.95
- Ahnu Tamarack Boots – $99.89
- Vans SK-8 Hi MTE Shoes – $89.95
- Bogs Rancher Boots – $129.00
- Oliberte Tompa Boots – $99
- Icebug VIDAR PRO BUGrip Boots – $79.95
- Chippewa Boots – $309
The boot you will find yourself wearing the most this winter, into spring and possibly even cold summer mornings especially muddy ones is the Muck Boots Arctic Excursion Mid Boot. What’s great about this boot is it’s a little bit shorter than the big ole’ traditional Muck Boots. These boots can easily be worn under or over your jeans offering a nice classic style without looking like a lumberjack.
Puddles are no match for these perfect mountain winter boots, as these boots are 100% waterproof. Toss in a temperature comfort rating of -40° to 40°F and you won’t ever want to take these super comfortable boots off, even indoors. [Purchase: $137]
Bogs Turf Stomper
Intended for landscapers, the Turf Stomper will protect your feet from the wide variety of chemicals that are used in the business. The chemical-resistant upper is supplemented with a 100% waterproof outer, keeping your feet totally isolated from nasty weather in this mountain winter boot, plus it offers 25mm midfoot shank for puncture and impact protection. The lack of a toe cap might drop this down on some boot shoppers’ lists, but it’s still quite protective.
Bogs use some very cool technology to keep you comfortable; the entire boot is vegan-friendly, and Bogs’ Neo-Tech liner keeps your foot insulated and dry with wicking technology—if you’re sweating, a waterproof outer isn’t going to help you, but Neo-Tech will. Earth-friendly DuraFresh will keep your boots from stinking up the house, too. And to top, it off, Bogs contributes 2% of its profits to outdoor education to help kids get out into nature. [Purchase: $145]
Keen The 59 Chelsea
The Keen 59 Chelsea mountain boot is more understated; its low cut and elastic panel plant it squarely in the casual section. But a full-grain leather upper and lightweight midsole mean you’ll be warm, dry, and comfortable in nasty weather. It might not stand up to jumping in slush puddles, but it’ll keep the average person warm and dry without breaking the bank. [Purchase: $139.95]
Ahnu Tamarack Boots
Most hard-working boots tend to look like . . . well, like hard-working boots. Which isn’t always a great style choice. But Ahnu Tamarack Boots packs a surprising amount of style into their waterproof, breathable Tamarack, which they describe as a “winter hiker/après ski boot.” A shock dispersal plate in the forefoot protects your feet from rocks under the snow, and a rubber toe protector keeps your digits from getting beat up without adding the weight of a metal toe cap.
These boots are big on comfort, too: with 200g of Thinsulate insulation and a faux shearling lining, your feet will always be happy when you pull on the Ahnu Tamarack Boots. Big lugs and Numentum foot-guide technology will keep you upright in the snow with added traction and a stable footpath. If you don’t need enough protection to work on a frozen construction site, the Tamarack will see you through the rest of the winter. [Purchase: $99.89]
Vans SK8-Hi MTE
Sometimes you need a work boot—and sometimes you just need something to keep you from falling on your ass on the way to the bar. If you’re looking for the latter, and you want something that’ll be stylish and comfortable, Vans’ new Mountain Edition line has you covered. The SK8-Hi has classic Vans skate styling but also packs a Scotchgard-treated upper, grippy lugs, a heat retention layer, and warm linings. They’re not for trekking through deep snow, but for the majority of your days, you’ll stay warm and dry in style.
The SK8-Hi comes in a variety of cool color schemes, so you can pick the ones that work best for you (my personal favorite is the glazed ginger, pictured above). [Purchase: $89.95]
Bogs Rancher Boot
There’s only way to really test ranch boots and that’s to go out and play in the mud. The Rancher Steel Toe Boot is designed with a great swing weight which helped keep the boots attached to your feet even in the muckiest of conditions. After three hours of bird hunting, I came back to the truck and my feet were warm and dry– now that’s a first.
Bogs boots are listed as 100% waterproof so we thought why not try these fishing up in the Pacific Northwest and couldn’t have asked for a better boot for the trip. Featuring a nonslip and nonmarking outsole and flexible inner bootie the Rancher boots work amazing on the water. The best part about the Bogs Rancher Steel Toe Boot and all the Bogs products is they can be used year-round in any conditions you can find snow, mud rain whatever it is these boots will push through with ease. According to the companies website “we have our home in the Pacific Northwest where a few degrees can be the difference between a snowstorm, a week of rain or a weekend of sunshine.” [Purchase: $129]
Want a boot that will keep you warm and dry, but also make the world a better place? Buy a Tompa. With the world’s first Fair Trade certified shoe factory based in Ethiopia and a commitment to workers’ rights in Africa, Oliberte is making a difference in the lives of people who live in some tough places, and they’re knocking out awesome boots while they do it.
A premium leather upper, goat leather lining, and vegetable-tanned leather midsole combine with a crepe rubber sole and combat boot styling for an absolute one-of-a-kind look. It doesn’t give you the waterproof breathability of Gore-Tex or the protection of a composite toe or midfoot plate, but if you just need boots to get around town without having your feet get soaked in the process—and you want to look good doing it—a pair of Tompas will serve you just fine. [Purchase: $99]
IceBug VIDAR PRO BUGrip
Even if you have the grippiest sole on your boot, ice is going to cause problems. Unless you have 16 steel studs protruding from the bottom of your boot biting into the ice like chained tires, that is. The PRO BUGrip combines ice-gripping studs with an aluminum toe cap and a composite Alu-sheet in the midsole to keep your feet totally protected from the elements, whether they’re trying to smash your toes or freeze your feet from the ground up.
Waterproof and lined with Thinsulate, this boot will keep your feet warm and dry while you’re running around on the ice and reflects heat back to your foot to keep the chill away. The steel studs mean they’re winter-only, but if the snow and ice are hitting the sidewalks, they can’t be beaten. [Purchase: $79.95]
Let’s get this out of the way right away: the Chippewa Arctic Shearling Insulated is a crazy expensive boot. But for a full-leather, 9″ work boot that’s lined with genuine shearling, these Chippewa Boots are worth every penny. This is a boot that will protect your foot from whatever work-related hazards you might face without compromising warmth. With Chippewa’s reputation for rock-solid boots, this is a piece of footwear you’re going to have for a very long time. And because it’s hand-crafted in the USA, you can be proud to wear it every day! [Purchase: $309]