Which snow boots are the best for different kinds of weather?

Just as there is more than one type of snowy weather, there is more than one type of snow boot. But which pair should be worn when there are a couple of flakes on the ground? And what’s the best bet when facing an all-out nor’easter? We’ve profiled a few of our favorites below to ensure that you won’t be left out in the cold.

All-weather boots

Yes, the name is a hint. Our all-weather snow boots have an upper made from weather friendly suede and a quilted pattern that pops. That’s the kind of winter style that can withstand a dusting of snow or a step in a puddle.

But looks aren’t the only thing going for the all-weather boot. It has fleece lining and thermal insulation, which help to keep feet warm on the coldest of cold days or even in the midst of a blizzard.

Bottom line: the all-weather boots are an easy pull-on option for everyday winter wear, but can also stand up to whatever old man winter throws your way.

Duck Boots

Duck Boots have become such a beloved staple of American style that it’s easy to forget that function predated form. A rubber shell gives it total waterproof power, allowing you to step through even the slushiest of puddles and not change your socks later. Its tall leather shaft provides excellent coverage, keeping errant flurries and raindrops out of your waterproof boots.

The fact that it’s unlined makes it easy to wear with thick socks for extra toastiness, and light insulation ups the warmth factor further. While these should be your go-to for freezing rain, sleet storms, and any time streets turn to slush, they’re not built for winter at its most frigid unless you upgrade to the insulated version. Insulated duck boots were made for frozen lakes and trails.

Squall snow boots

There are some winter scenarios, like shoveling out your car in your parka after a record snowfall or walking to the grocery store before the plows come, that don’t leave room for messing around. When those days arrive, the Squall Snow Boots have your back (or more appropriately, feet).

A waterproof rubber shell, a tall suede upper and 400 gram insulation make this a waterproof winter boot that can be submerged in snow yet stay warm. Importantly, channeled treads on the sole prevent ice-slips.

And that faux fur lining on top? It never hurts to have a little fun—especially for a boot you can take sledding.

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