There’s surviving winter, and then there’s kicking its ass with the right pair of boots. Here are five of this year’s coolest (read: warmest) pairs, guaranteed to keep your feet toasty and dry.
Cole Haan Lunargrand lace boot
Palladium Pampa Sport Cuff Wps
The French company Palladium has built its pedigree upon manufacturing military-grade footwear for almost a century, and today’s designs still incorporate its trademark battle-tested heel cup to make sure they’re the most comfortable boots you’ve ever worn. Tread with confidence knowing that the one-piece moulded outsoles of this boot have incredible traction, and the whole thing’s made of completely waterproof, seam-sealed nubuck leather. This particular mustard yellow Pampa Sport style features a padded faux-shearling cuff and 100 per cent Australian wool lining to guarantee warm feet ($150, Palladium Boots).
Timberland Abington Quarryville tall boot
Up until recently, Timberland has been synonymous with rugged, paint-splattered boots for the working man. Okay—they still are—but here’s a pair that will look as good with a mud coating as on a night out. Meet the Abington Quarryville tall boot, constructed with premium tanned leather upper and contrasting cream Vibram rubber outsoles for great traction. Despite going great with an overcoat and, dare we say it, even a suit, these kickers also feature technology that will keep your feet from tiring out, even after hours of wear ($200, Timberland).
Alexander McQueen triple monk-strap brogue boots
Swims City Duck galoshes
Not every winter boot is a winter boot. These galoshes from Swims might seem like cheating, but no man should have to compromise which shoes he’ll be wearing this winter just because there’s a little snow on the ground. They’re the best way to protect a pair of dressy shoes or sneaks not made to withstand the elements—all you have to do is stretch the waterproof casing over your feet and you’re set. There’s practically no friction on the inside—making them a cinch to take on and off—but on the outside, they stick to the icy sidewalk like no other, rendering those leather-soled death traps you have wearable once again ($80, Swims).