These waterproof winter boots are total game-changers on cold, slushy, and snowy days.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated October 26, 2018
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Winter Boots Tout

As you're gearing up your winter wardrobe for all of the slush, sleet, and snow that's to come, a pair of reliable waterproof winter boots probably lands on the top of your wish list. The right pair of winter boots is the difference between spending a season with cold toes or feeling perfectly comfortable trekking through a foot of freshly fallen snow. No matter if your winter plans include skiing excursions or just making it to Trader Joe's before a big storm hits, these are the boots you'll want to pull out when the season deals you its worst. According to reviewers, these best-selling boots really are waterproof, have survived the snow, and will actually keep your toes warm. These are investment pieces you'll be glad to have in your closet for many winters to come.

Womens lace up winter boots in green
Credit: Nordstrom

“Joan of Arctic” Waterproof Snow Boot

Ready to meet winter boot royalty? This "Joan of Arctic" boot by Sorel is the reigning queen of women's winter footwear. On Nordstrom, they make the cut for one of the best-selling, top-rated boots, and on Amazon, they've collected more than 1,000 5-star reviews. Comfort rated to an impressive -25 degrees Fahrenheit, these boots were built to withstand the worst winter storms, and reviewers say these boots live up to the claims. "Absolutely LOVE these boots—they're not only stylish (thanks, faux fur!) and comfy (thanks, cushy lining!), but they also kept my toes warm and dry while tromping through record snow levels during a recent trip to the alps," one happy customer writes. 

To buy: $190,

Black lace up Ugg boots
Credit: Bloomingdale's

UGG Vicki Waterproof Leather & Sheepskin Boots

There's a reason UGG boots are consistently rated some of the coziest winter boots around—this brand knows how to make comfy footwear. And these leather and sheepskin boots are no exception. "These boots are just as good as the reviews say," reports one reviewer. "I have Raynaud's disease and my toes are always going white and numb. The sheepskin is really great and keeps your toesies warm, even when they are already numb, immediately warms them up." 

To buy: $220,

stone color ZERØGRAND Explore Waterproof Hiker Boot
Credit: Cole Haan

Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Explore Waterproof Hiker Boot

Think a winter boot can't be stylish and incredibly cozy? Think again. These trendy Cole Haan boots defy expectations, combining a chic stone-colored leather exterior, a warm shearling lining, and a sturdy sole to create a boot that's adorable, yet winter weather-ready. And reviewers can't stop praising this pair. "I got two, one in stone color and another in black. Love them both very much. So comfy and warm. And so easy to clean," one reviewer raves. 

To buy: $280,

Columbia Ice Maiden black winter boots
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Columbia Ice Maiden II

If you're looking for a serious winter boot that will help you feel comfortable even on the most brutal of winter days, you just found it. According to one reviewer on Zappos, these boots help her feet feel comfortable even when the windchill in Denver is -32 degrees Fahrenheit. Another reviewer on Amazon also says these boots pass the ice water test: "Although winter isn't here yet, I filled a bucket with 4 inches of ice water and put my foot in it. After several minutes, my foot was still warm and, more to the point, dry," she says. "I think these boots will do the trick." 

To buy: $80,

Womens Winter Boots, Sorel Slimpack in black and brown
Credit: Zappos

Sorel Slimpack II Lace

If you're looking for a study winter boot that's less bulky and has a bit more style, opt for this slim boot with a small 1.25-inch heel that comes in five different colors. Reviewers say that this pair is waterproof (except for when walking in high snow) and warm, but just be sure to order one half-size up since they tend to run small. 

To buy: $145,