Top 20 winter boots ranked for cold weather

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Finding the right pair of warm winter boots is a challenge that never gets easier, year after year. A good pair of winter boots should be waterproof, have lug tread soles that won’t slip in icy conditions, and enough height in the ankle to stop snow from entering the boot. After all, trekking through pristine snowbanks is one of the joys of winter cottaging. We’ve curated a selection of the top-rated winter boots on that are guaranteed to meet all three conditions. Here are the top 20 warm winter boots available in Canada, ranked.

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1. Baffin Wolf Snow Boots

Rating: 4.7/5

These heavy-duty boots received a 4.7 out of 5 rating on Amazon, vaulting them to the very top of our list. They’re good in temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius and the double buckle shaft ensures no unwanted snow will enter inside the boot.

2. BOGS Classic Handles Waterproof Winter and Rain Boot

Rating: 4.7/5

They look like a typical pair of rain boots but don’t be fooled, these insulated Bogs can withstand temperatures up to -34 degrees Celsius. Proprietary handles make these boots easy to slip on and off.

3. Kamik Hunter Boots

Rating 4.6/5

These tall rubber boots have a drawstring at the top of the shaft to ensure your feet stay warm and dry. Bonus: they’re manufactured in Canada at a facility in Lachine, Quebec.

4. Timberland Mt. Maddsen Hiking Boot

Rating: 4.6/5

These rugged sole hiking boots have a 15 per cent recycled rubber outsole, making them the perfect choice for the eco-conscious outdoors lover.

5. KEEN Anchorage III Waterproof Winter Boot

Rating: 4.5/5

These waterproof leather boots slip on and off quite easily, making them the perfect low-maintenance winter boot. They’re slightly less insulated than other boots on this list, but the grippy soles are great for icy conditions.

6. Mishansha Winter Hiking Boots

Rating: 4.4/5

These synthetic fur-lined boots are a bestseller on Amazon. They’re a stylish hiking boot with a powerful gripping sole for only $50. Note: they are water-resistant, not waterproof.

7. Columbia Bugaboot III Cold Weather Boot

Rating: 4.4/5

The Columbia Bugaboot features a tall 8.25″ shaft and can withstand temperatures up to -32 degrees Celsius.

8. Merrell Thermo FreezeWaterproof Winter Boot

Rating 4.3/5

These sleek hiking boots offer superior traction thanks to Vibram Arctic Grip soles.

9. NORTIV 8 Snow Boots

Rating 4.3/5

At $65.99, these winter boots are a relatively affordable option. The entire boot is waterproof and the soles are both oil and slip-resistant.

10. Tiger Men’s Steel Toe Waterproof Leather Safety Boots

Rating 4.3/5

These winter boots are green tag certified by the Canadian Standard Association. They feature a steel toe cap for safety and the leather uppers are both oil and salt-resistant.

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1. Columbia Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boots

Rating: 4.8/5

Columbia managed to nab the top spots in both Cottage Life’s winter boot and warm winter coat rankings. These hiking boots are waterproof, adjustable secure, and offer a dual-zone winter tread pattern.

2. Kamik Sienna2 Waterproof Winter Boot

Rating: 4.7/5

These tall, elegant duck boots are the best of both worlds—warm enough to wear for outdoor activities at the cottage and stylish enough to wear while trekking through the city.

3. BOGS Whiteout Waterproof Insulated Winter Snow Boot

Rating: 4.6/5

These 100 per cent waterproof boots are heavily insulated and feature an extremely grippy sole that’s perfect for spending hours at a time outdoors.

4. Blundstone Bl566

Rating: 4.6/5

Blundstone boots are borderline ubiquitous in Canada during autumn. The waterproof Bl566 have been punched-up to withstand the Canadian winter. Sheepskin insoles will help keep your feet warm and dry.

5. Baffin Chloe Snow Boots

Rating: 4.5/5

Made to withstand temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius, the Baffin Chloe boots are not kidding around. They feature a removable multi-layer liner so they can be worn in less-frigid conditions as well.

6. UGG Adirondack Snow Boot

Rating: 4.5/5

The Ugg Adirondack boots are a winter boot staple. In the $300 range, they’re not cheap but their superior construction is built to last.

7. Sorel Joan of Arctic Boot 

Rating: 4.5/5

No winter boot ranking would be complete without a pair of Sorels. These blizzard-proof boots are meant to keep your feet toasty warm in temperatures up to -32 degrees Celsius.

8. Columbia Ice Maiden Cold Weather Shearling Boot

Rating: 4.5/5

With their shearling lining, these boots could technically be worn without socks (shearling is renown for its sweat-wicking capabilities). The Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber soles offer easy, slip-free movement.

9. Sorel Out N About Plus Tall Boot

Rating: 4.3/5

The Sorel Out N About boot is a slightly less clunky winter boot, which might be why they scored two decimal points lower than the Joan of Arctic boots on this list. According to testimonials, these boots fare better in wet conditions than snowy ones.

10. Kamik MOMENTUM2 Boots

Rating: 4.1/5

These Kamik boots have been tested in temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius, making them a great choice for extended outdoor activities. According to customer reviews, the sizing is tricky to get right but once you’ve figured out your size they’re a durable, high-quality pair of boots.

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