It took a minute but winter has finally arrived. The new year brought new frigid temperatures and forced people in the rest of the country to realize that, in fact, they do not live in southern California (although even L.A. has experienced some colder than usual weather).
So while we can all be thankful that we were able to get away with wearing sneakers without socks all the way through December, those days are past. Boot season is finally upon us.
There are no shortage of boots that can keep your feet warm and keep the elements out. The problem is that a lot of them are big, bulky affairs that might look fine when you’re digging out your car but might not fit in as well once you get to wherever you’re driving too.
No matter what your style, we found the best boots that will protect your feet and look good this winter.
FOR THE GENTLEMAN FARMER: RED WING NO. 8882
Red Wing has been making work boots that are built to last for more than 100 years. The 8882 model was originally intended for use in farms and factories and has a tread pattern specially crafted to shed mud. A limited edition version was released this year in a special indigo blue leather that contrasts nicely with the white outsole. Because who says that all boots have to be black or brown?
FOR THE ADVENTURER: DANNER MOUNTAIN PASS
Equally at home on the trail and on the streets, the Mountain Pass is 25% lighter than Danner’s famed Mountain Light boot, but retains the iconic look and feel. The upper is crafted from a rich Horween leather that is water resistant and takes on a unique character over time. The Mountain Pass boots are five inches high so they fit more like a high-top sneaker, which is enough protection for everything but the biggest snow dumps.
FOR THE ‘90S HIP HOP FAN: ATMOS x TIMBERLAND 6" WHEAT BOOT
If you grew up listening to Wu-Tang then, first of all, congrats on an awesome childhood. Second, you understand that a pair of six-inch wheat Timbs are never a bad call. The sandy colored boots have been a hip hop staple for decades without ever skipping a beat. Japanese brand Atmos collaborated with Timberland on a waterproof version of the boot that offers a subtle touch of camouflage around the collar instead of the usual dark leather.
FOR THE MODERN DANDY: TRICKER’S STOW COUNTRY BOOT
Bad weather doesn’t mean that you have to give up on formality. Tricker’s began making boots in 1829 for the landed gentry (think the cast of Downton Abbey) and have been creating finely crafted footwear ever since. The Stow Country boot features all the same broguing and details that you would find on an elegant wingtip but has a higher upper and rugged outsole. If you’re the guy who wears a suit everyday, you need these boots.
FOR THE SNEAKERHEAD: NIKE AIR MAX 95 SNEAKERBOOT
If you just can’t bear to not have sneakers on your feet no matter what the weather, we understand. It doesn’t mean that your feet have to be a frigid, soaked mess. With its sneakerboot collection Nike is making winter safe for sneakerheads everywhere. The Air Max 95 version has a waterproof leather toe (the first place that gets drenched) and a neoprene sleeve that wraps your foot in warmth. The khaki and olive colorway looks so good, you wish it was available in a non-sneakerboot version too.
FOR THE URBAN COWBOY: RED WING 9-INCH PULL-ON BOOT
These boots are built for doing work, not for Texas two-stepping in, hence their simple and effective design. At nine inches tall, the Pecos-style boots offer plenty of coverage when the weather really gets crummy, but they also look incredibly sharp under a pair of jeans like any good cowboy boot should. You don’t have to be precious with these boots because the more you beat them up, the better they’ll look.
FOR THE ASPIRING IDITAROD RACER: SOREL CARIBOU
When the weather is so bad that you really don’t want to go outside but have to anyway, you can’t beat a pair of Sorel Caribous. The vulcanized rubber and leather upper is guaranteed to keep what’s outside from getting inside and the felt liner ensures that your feet stay cozy no matter the wind chill. These are certainly chunky boots, but this all-over sand colorway keeps them looking stylish.