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).
Muck Boot Men’s Arctic Sport Excursion Tall
For when you really need to get in and out of the Muck, there is really no other boot that compares to the Muck Boot Arctic Excursion Tall. With a name like the Arctic Sport clearly, these boots can be used in cold temperatures, in fact, you can comfortably wear them in temperatures all the way down to -40F. For when you need a tall pair of boots, the Muck Boot Arctic Sport Tall is a must-have. These Muck Boots are perfect boots for men working in the mud as they are 17″ tall good for keeping dirt and mud where it belongs, outside the boot. [Purchase: $170]
Muck Boot Men’s Chore Mid Boots
With the perfect height of 12 inches, the Muck Boot Men’s Chore has become my go-to boot for running errands, especially when the weather is nasty. The peace of mind that comes from wearing boots that are 100% waterproof is incredible, no longer will you feel bad about walking directly through puddles as they are no match for the Much Chore. One of the other neat things about this boot is pants can be worn either under or over boots making it a nice option for walking around town for dinner or to social events without looking like a fisherman. The Muck Men’s Chore boots perform well in rain, snow and mud, what more could you want out of a pair of boots? [Purchase: $120]
Bogs Turf Stomper Boots
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 Boots
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]
Bogs Rancher Boots
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]
IceBug VIDAR PRO BUGrip Boots
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]
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]