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The Best Women's Winter Boots for Snow Days and Ski Trips

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Samantha Crompton of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 24: Growing up in New England, I’ve learned a few things about surviving grueling winters. One, a sun lamp is a great investment. And two, functional boots are a necessity, not a luxury. A functional winter boot should provide warmth and structure without feeling overly bulky—and ideally, without sacrificing style.  Personal preference plays a big role in deciding which pair of boots you want to invest in. While it may be tempting to shop strictly based on fashion, that won't do you any favors when you wake up to a slushy wet ground at the ski resort or step outside your front door to a slippery sheet of ice. Thankfully, there are plenty of stylish yet practical options that will keep your feet warm and dry on the go. Depending on your specific need—whether that be galavanting around the city or exploring snowy slopes—there are a wide range of winter shoes to choose from. Ahead, the best women’s winter boots for wherever the season takes you. But first, a few questions to consider before you start shopping.  Which kinds of boots are best for winter? When looking for winter boots, you want to make sure to find a shoe that is waterproof and well insulated with good tread. A rubber sole is great for traction and will keep your feet warm and dry even in the harshest conditions. What brands of boots are good for snow? Designed in Canada, Cougar footwear focuses on shoes that are as fashionable as they are functional. The brand's “Always Waterproof” line of boots guarantees to keep feet dry in wet weather. Many Cougar boots also have a waterproof membrane under the lining, which acts as a waterproof sock for an added layer of protection. Ugg boots are made to keep your feet cozy and warm. The Adirondack III Boot is a cult favorite snow shoe with sheepskin lining and white spider rubber for enhanced traction. Look for waterproof leather and suede to keep your feet dry in any condition. Founded in 1952, Moncler specializes in haute couture outerwear that offers protection against the harshest climates in the world. The brand offers a vast collection of snow boots to fit any style preference. Other great brands for winter boots include Sorel, Columbia, Canada Goose, The North Face, and Moon Boot. What snow boots are in style in 2022?  Chelsea boots Lace-up boots (especially combat and biker-style boots), both with and without a heel or platform Puffer boots  This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Kristi Kellogg.

Growing up in New England, I’ve learned a few things about surviving grueling winters. One, a sun lamp is a great investment. And two, functional boots are a necessity, not a luxury. A functional winter boot should provide warmth and structure without feeling overly bulky—and ideally, without sacrificing style. 

Personal preference plays a big role in deciding which pair of boots you want to invest in. While it may be tempting to shop strictly based on fashion, that won't do you any favors when you wake up to a slushy wet ground at the ski resort or step outside your front door to a slippery sheet of ice. Thankfully, there are plenty of stylish yet practical options that will keep your feet warm and dry on the go.

Depending on your specific need—whether that be galavanting around the city or exploring snowy slopes—there are a wide range of winter shoes to choose from. Ahead, the best women’s winter boots for wherever the season takes you. But first, a few questions to consider before you start shopping. 

Which kinds of boots are best for winter?

When looking for winter boots, you want to make sure to find a shoe that is waterproof and well insulated with good tread. A rubber sole is great for traction and will keep your feet warm and dry even in the harshest conditions.

What brands of boots are good for snow?

Designed in Canada, Cougar footwear focuses on shoes that are as fashionable as they are functional. The brand's “Always Waterproof” line of boots guarantees to keep feet dry in wet weather. Many Cougar boots also have a waterproof membrane under the lining, which acts as a waterproof sock for an added layer of protection.

Ugg boots are made to keep your feet cozy and warm. The Adirondack III Boot is a cult favorite snow shoe with sheepskin lining and white spider rubber for enhanced traction. Look for waterproof leather and suede to keep your feet dry in any condition.

Founded in 1952, Moncler specializes in haute couture outerwear that offers protection against the harshest climates in the world. The brand offers a vast collection of snow boots to fit any style preference.

Other great brands for winter boots include Sorel, Columbia, Canada Goose, The North Face, and Moon Boot.

What snow boots are in style in 2022?

  • Chelsea boots
  • Lace-up boots (especially combat and biker-style boots), both with and without a heel or platform
  • Puffer boots

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Kristi Kellogg.

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