As loyal viewers of Game of Thrones know, winter is coming. On the HBO show, that means White Walkers are descending on the wall. For the rest of us, it means long months of polar vortexes, snowmageddons, and a whole bunch of other nicknames concocted by the Weather Channel. Meteorological fear-mongering aside, anyone who lived through last year’s winter of record snowfalls knows that a good pair of boots is essential. It isn’t so much the snow as the weird black slush that appears seconds after the flakes touch down that you need to worry about.
With this winter expected to be just as harsh, you can expect to spend a lot of time in your boots again. So it’s worth it to have a good pair. We found the 7 best boots for each type of guy.
For The Mountaineer: Diemme Roccia Vet
Handmade in Northern Italy, these hiking-style boots have been adapted for city use with lighter soles and some of the finest leathers you can find.
For The Sneakerhead: Nike Lunar Force 1 Sneakerboot
If you’re the kind of guy who is determined to wear sneakers no matter what the weather, you need a pair of these Air Force 1-inspired boots. They have a water-resistant leather upper and a comfortable Lunarlon midsole, but the outsole is rugged enough to plow through snow.
For The Artist: Native Fitzsimmons
Native is all about reinterpreting classic styles with new materials. Inspired by mountaineering boots like the Diemme above, this Fitzsimmons features a cool herringbone print on the rubber upper. It also has a neoprene bootie inside to keep your feet warm and dry.
For The Hip-Hop Head: Black Scale x Timberland 6" Boot
The 6-inch wheat Timberland has probably appeared in more East Coast rap music videos than any other shoe. Streetwear brand Black Scale collaborated with Timberland on a boot that has all the elements of the original but with a subtle tigerstripe camouflage collar.
For The Shoveler: Sorel Caribou Boot
When it is truly miserable outside, these are what you want on your feet. The felt liner will keep your toes toasty, and the waterproof leather and rubber upper will keep the elements out.
For The Hipster/Lumberjack: Red Wing Classic Moc
Built to handle a tough day on the farm, these boots look just as good in the city. The more you beat them up, the more character they take on. And with premium leather and a lightweight crepe sole, you’ll live in these through the winter.
For The Prep: L.L. Bean Bean Boots
You don’t need a New England boarding school degree to appreciate the styling on L.L. Bean’s iconic boots. Built in Maine, the Bean Boots have remained largely unchanged since they were invented in 1912. Go with the Thinsulate-lined version for added warmth.