Consider the grocery store parking lot. On a frigid winter afternoon in the northern latitudes, you may encounter dry pavement, wet pavement, packed snow, fluffy snow, chunky ice, black ice, wet ice, slush, a slick cocktail of oil and grit, or some combination of all of these things. After doing 125 hours of research and in-the-snow trials wearing 29 pairs of boots, we picked a variety of options to help you navigate the ever-changing underfoot topography of winter.
Get this if: You want a snow boot with an impervious rubber base that also lifts you out of slushy, snowy muck. This boot is great for warmer winters that go through a lot of freeze and thaw cycles.
This fluffy liner provides warmth and a luxurious feel. These boots are rated down to only -32 C (less than what was generally considered warm enough), yet testers reported having toasty, happy feet.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: This is not the boot for you if you have cold feet. The Heavenly is insulated, like all the boots we tested, with 200-gram insulation. In addition, it has a reflective silver dot pattern printed all over the inside, to reflect back heat. Yet it still feels colder than others, and it is indeed rated down to only -25 F/-32 C, which makes it not as warm as a -40 F/-40 C boot (the rating that testers found worked the best).
Get this if: You prefer a cozier slip-on that will still keep you stable and dry while you are shoveling and running errands. What you gain in convenience with rubber, slip-on snow boots you sometimes lose in ankle stability (which really impacts traction). In the case of the Bogs Arcata, the faux fur lining helps address that issue.
Waterproofing: A waterproof sole is a good, obvious place to start. But the shaft height of the boot, as well as how snugly it fits around the leg, also makes a difference. We chose boots that had tall shafts, about 8 to 10 inches. They keep snow out! We also looked for boots with snow collars, which line the opening of the boot and keep snow from falling in or clinging to your leg.
We also sought out boots with reflective layers, which send body heat back to the wearer. Columbia aggressively markets its reflection tech as Omni Heat, but a lot of brands do this, including Baffin, Kamik, and others. This design increases warmth without adding bulk.
When we went searching for new boots to test this year, a lot of places were out of inventory. But we have plans to get our hands on some new models from The North Face and Kamik as soon as things are back in stock.
While still a relatively young company (established in 1999), The Original Muck Boot Company in Connecticut manufactures some of the best muck boots available using an interior scuba grade neoprene bootie (that extends all the way up the calf) to keep your feet warm and dry and sturdy rubber cup sole for traction and durability. They add multiple rubber layers on the toe and heel for protection.
These tall winter boots feature a four-way stretch inner liner, 7 mm waterproof neoprene shaft, and durable rubber soles. They also have handles at the top making them easy to pull on. Many reviewers mention that they run small, so consider ordering a size up.
The Original Muck Boot Company pioneered the rubber and neoprene boot category. Xtratuf, an outfitter in the commercial fishing segment, has provided Alaskan fishermen with footwear for wet conditions for nearly 60 years. Servus boots date back to the 1920s, and today the brand is known for its PVC footwear made for wet working conditions. NEOS is known for its overshoes with traction for extreme conditions. Ranger boots are made for cold, wet weather and offer function at a value price.
The Arctic series is built to withstand the most extreme cold conditions you may find yourself in. The fleece-lined, stretch-fit, Neoprene bootie keeps you warm and toasty, while the Neoprene and rubber combination makes for a fully waterproof, light, and flexible boot. Arctic series boots are double-reinforced on the heel, instep, and Achilles areas. In addition to the fleece lining, Arctic series boots also have a 2mm thermal foam underlay added to the instep for even more warmth. Because of this, the Arctic Hi Sport is comfort rated from an incredible -40 F to 65 F.
Start here if you're in search of a trustworthy muck boot. The only reason you should look past it is if you're interested in something a little more Wellington, meaning a boot that accounts for style as well as function.
My personal favorite, at least aesthetically, Le Chameau's Vierzon Jersey Boots are muck boots pared back. They're essentially a run-of-the-mill Wellie until you wear them: The uppers are supple yet supportive; the jersey liner is soft against the skin even when you wear low socks; the shank supports your arches; the outsole is thick and traction-friendly; and the gusset guarantees you won't have to fight the boot to get it off.
Bogs' boots, and especially this insulated rain option, are built for extreme conditions. Rated safe for sub-zero temperatures and the wettest, slickest surfaces, these are a trusted option for hunters, rainy day walkers, dock workers and dozens of other field testers.
I'd argue that the tread on these can take a second to get used to, and sizing can be difficult to determine (I'd recommend 1 size up), but otherwise these are an excellent option. Consider the muck managed.
You've probably seen Hunter boots before. They're popular with preppies and folks seeking a low-profile rain boot for everyday commuting. But look deeper and you'll see just how versatile Hunter's super-simple rain boots really are.
While other boots on this list have adjustable gussets, the Goliath1 has a cinch top collar, making on and off easy but tucking pants or pulling them off a bit harder. You can wear these through sub-zero temps, into a few inches of snow or water and still feel both warm and dry.
Thats a great note, thank you! My boots never seem to hold up to more than 8-10 months at which point they start to leak on the insides. I am currently trying a new brand that came out last year and the specific boot is made for bigger feet. The company is from Texas called DryShod. Fingers crossed and I will try to post updates when Ive had a chance to wear them a bit
Thanks for the review. I love my Noble Outfitters mud boots but after about 18 months they are leaking, which is really annoying as it is so boggy outside on our farm, at present. I will keep them to wear during the drier seasons, though as they are so comfortable. I am replacing them with a pair of Bogs in the hope that they last a little bit longer. I am road testing some alpaca felt innersoles in all of my boots. They really do make a huge difference.
The Original Muck Boot Company pioneered the quality rubber and neoprene boot category by delivering weatherproof and comfortable products made with premium materials designed to brave every element. Xtratuf is a leading outfitter in the commercial fishing segment having provided Alaskan fishermen with reliable footwear in wet conditions for nearly 60 years. Servus boots date back to the 1920s and today the brand is known for its high-quality, accessible PVC footwear made for wet working conditions. NEOS is known for overshoes with extreme traction. Its products are proven to keep feet dry and comfortable in extreme conditions and surefooted on almost any terrain. Last but not least, Ranger boots are built for cold and wet weather and providing exceptional comfort and function at a value price.
Since 2014, we've bought and tested 35 different pairs of rain boots. For this review, we purchased the best 14 we could find and put them through their paces. From wading through freezing creeks to slipping and sliding in rainy weather, our experts have found the best boots for whatever yucky weather lies ahead. We took careful measurements of flood heights and weights and tested insulation efficacy in an ice-filled tub to see how capable these boots really are. We then scored each one based on its performance to help you find the right pair of boots for your needs and budget.
Even though most boots come in both men's and women's versions, it is only sometimes the case that they perform similarly for both. To that end, we conduct in-depth testing by female reviewers in our best women's rain boot review. We've also tested the best rain pants, the best rain jackets, and umbrellas if wet weather is a consistent occurrence in your life. And because your rain boots will only be as comfortable and warm as your socks, it's worth checking out our favorite hiking socks!
The Workman boots have impressively heavy-duty lugs, a supportive and firm midsole, and are easy to wear for hours. And while we ran into some waterproofing concerns with the first model we tested (over a year ago), this newest version seems to have solved its predecessor's problems. If we could only have one pair of rain boots, it would easily be these.
Close your eyes and imagine a rain boot. You're probably imagining something that looks exactly like the Baffin Enduro. With its tall 16.25\" rubber shaft and a solidly lugged outsole, the Enduro will keep you warm and dry in even the wettest and worst conditions. Due to their large 17.5\" circumference shaft, you can easily slip into and out of these boots, and their price to performance ratio is unbeatable.
The Enduro is uninsulated, so you'll want thick socks if you're in cold weather, and the included insoles aren't great, so if you are wearing these a lot, you'll be best served by a more structured insole. But once we dialed in our sock and insole game, we could cheerfully spend entire days wearing these boots. They even kept us comfortable during a 14+ hr workday. If you're looking for the best price and don't need the most deluxe insulated option, we'd highly recommend this boot. 59ce067264