Looking for the best winter boots for women? Read on!
How We Chose Our Ratings
We love boots and there are many good options. We selected boots based on their overall customer ratings, their style, and their function. Will they keep you warm in the winter? Our number one goal is to provide you a useful listing that can help you with your purchase.
What Kind of Winter Boots for Women Do You Need?
Let’s face it, ladies, sometimes we sacrifice comfort for fashion. But when it comes to serious winter weather, we have not just our comfort but our safety to consider. So, if you are living in a warmish place like Seattle or Los Angeles for the winter, you may need to worry about rain but not snow.
In these cases, you can possibly get by with some decent leather (or faux leather) boots that are fashionable and maybe even have a heel. (Well, the heel is for Los Angeles. If you are in Seattle, you might as well relax and be more comfortable.)
However, when we are talking about winter boots here, we are really talking about serious winter boots. These are boots that are designed to keep your feet warm in colder temperatures. If you are living in a place where it gets down below zero in the winter, then you can’t worry about fashion. You do need to worry about frostbite. So, warmth is an important factor for winter boots.
The other issue is, of course, traction and safety. If you are in a place that gets snowy, slushy, or icy, then you need boots that have traction on the bottom. This is not the time to be a fashion snob. There is nothing sexy about wearing a wrist cast if you happen to fall and break your wrist due to flimsy shoes not designed for winter weather.
The good news is that you can find winter boots that are cute as well as comfortable and safe.
Hiking Boots for Winter and Crampons
The next thing we want to mention is hiking boots for winter conditions. Most of the boots we have listed below are not for hiking. If you are planning on hiking or climbing any sort of incline, whether a mountain or a rocky area, where there is snow or ice, you should get some winter hiking boots.
If you are going to do any sort of mountain climbing or attempting to traverse ice, then you may need crampons.
Crampons are big spikes (usually metal) that are attached to the bottom of your hiking boot. These traction devices are designed to help you more safely navigate snow and ice on glaciers, snowy mountains, and icy rocks. You can even use them to scale a waterfall that has been frozen!
Crampons come in different styles and weights. They can be much more lightweight than earlier styles from previous years. You can find crampons that are more flexible, which are used for walking on snow. Semi-rigid crampons are used for mountaineering and ice climbing.
Crampons typically come in three times of frames: steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Aluminum may be the most lightweight of the three, but that also makes them the least durable.
The important thing to know is that if you want to do some serious mountain climbing or hiking in snow or ice, you will probably need crampons. And that means you need boots that can fit into crampons. Keep this in mind before you spend some money on trendy fashion hiking boots that really aren’t made for serious winter hiking or climbing.
Top 5 Best Winter Boots for Women
Here are some great options if you are looking for the best winter boots for women
- Shaft measures approximately 13" from arch
- Warm, waterproof above-the-calf boot from The North Face with a streamlined shell
- Waterproof, BLC-compliant suede and nubuck upper with water-resistant, 100% recycled P.E.T. ripstop shaft detail
The exotically named color combinations include Dachshund Brown & Demitasse Brown, Frost Grey & Evening Sand Pink, Fig & Weathered Black, Grisaille Grey & Vintage White, and Tnf Black & Tnf Black (we are not sure what “Tnf Black” is, but it is basically black).
The only problem is that these boots are so popular, you might not be able to find the size or color you want.
These cold weather boots have an injection-molded, waterproof TPR shell with “BLC-compliant” nubuck leather uppers, a knit textile collar, and a lace-up closure. For warmth, you get 200 g PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Eco. A strong TNF Winter Grip® rubber outsole is completed with temperature-sensitive IcePick® lugs to provide traction on ice and snow.
Reviewers cite these winter shoes as being warm, safe, and supportive for your feet. Here is a great review from a very happy customer:
“I work outside in Buffalo New York during the winter at a carwash. The job is wet and cold. Finding a pair of boots that keep me warm and dry is a huge struggle, but these do it. Often times boots are marketed as waterproof but they're only water resistant. These are 100% waterproof. I took them to Allegheny state park and walked through a lake, my feet stayed perfectly dry. Could not recommend these more!”
The boots come in black, white, and oatmeal (a light tan).
These are semi-high boots with a quilted shaft that measures a good 9 inches from the arch. The boot opening is approximately 12 inches around, so it is spacious enough to get the boot on while being snug once it is being worn. The boot is held closed with D-ring lacing and a faux-fur collar provides added warmth and style.
“Very cute & stylish. They do look more expensive than they were. Only critique is that the grey accent fabric on the grommets is uneven/frayed in places. It is purely aesthetic and doesn't compromise the boot itself as the lace pulls itself are securely fastened to the boot and this is just the embellishment on those with the flat silver grommet that have some defects”
Some women have reported that this boot runs a little large, so keep that in mind if you are considering buying a size up for your winter boots (see “Buyer’s Guide” for more on that).
If you like the UGG brand but want something different from their iconic “Classic” book. This laced winter boot for women is a bit more stylish than the Classic UGG. It comes in the colors chestnut, black, and “stout” (dark brown). Made from leather and dyed sheep fur, this comfy boot comes with a spider rubber sole and a short half-inch platform. The shaft is approximately seven and a half inches.
The upper of leather and suede has been waterproofed and seam sealed. The winter boots have a brushed twill lining and UGGpure™ wool insole.
Reviewers give high praise for these comfortable, weatherproofed, and safe fashion boots. One woman had a knee replacement and reported that she had no issues in snow and rain despite having a concern with slipping and falling.
This boot saved a woman’s life! Well, perhaps not literally, but we will share her review below.
These BEARPAW boots do look a little bit like a tall version of the Classic UGGs, only a bit more stylish.
This women’s winter boot is provided in real cow suede, in colors of chocolate, hickory, and black. The synthetic sole features a heel that is about one inch high on a three-quarter inch platform. The tall knee-high shaft, lined with sheepskin, is 16 inches from the arch.
With a 16-inch wide boot opening, you will have an easy time getting your feet in these toasty babies. The open outstep shaft features a triple toggle closure. In addition to the sheepskin, you also get a wool blend in the lining for extra warmth. There is also sheepskin in the footbed.
So how did these boots save someone’s life? Read this review for the story:
“I bought these a few months ago, never dreaming I would wind up touring Russia in winter. In Siberia, it got as cold as -28F. These boots SAVED MY LIFE!! My feet often get cold, but they stayed toasty warm and dry in these, even when I walked through a patch of snow that reached my calves. And they still look GREAT, too!! Extremely well-crafted. These boots are one of the best purchases I have EVER made. They blow their competition out of the water. Recommend 100%.”
The one downside of these boots is that they are not listed as being waterproof.
Kamik is a great brand for hardy winter boots, and these are some of the best winter boots for women you can get for the snow season. These boots come in a multitude of color combinations, from charcoal and brown to grey with red highlights. Blues, oranges, tans, greens, and whites are all available in various configurations, so you can hopefully find a great colorful pair in your size.
With a soft faux fur lining that sticks up a bit from the top of the boot, you will have plenty of warmth. The entire shoe is manmade, so these are OK for vegans and people who do not want to use animal leather.
The quilted nylon shaft is ten inches high from the arch to hit mid-calf. There is also faux suede to compliment the nylon. Thinsulate insulation helps keep your toes toasty and warm. The gusseted tongue is also waterproof.
Reviewers have given these boots high marks for being very warm in the coldest winter weather.
An important point to remember before buying any of these best winter boots for women is that these boots generally need to be sized up, at least a half size if not a full size.
Why? Because you will be wearing thick winter socks with these boots (at least, you should be). Wool socks require extra space, and if the boot is too tight, your feet won’t be able to breathe.
You will also note that some boots that you buy aren’t fully waterproof or maybe aren’t waterproofed at all. You can “Scotchgard” your boots – that is, spray them with a waterproofing spray to help them repel water. Note that some name brands like Scotchgard may be more about water repelling than waterproofing (there is a difference).
Anytime you spray a new fabric with something like Scotchgard, there is the potential for staining. Fortunately, it usually just makes the fabric a little darker. But be forewarned. It can be permanent. Test first!