Brave the winter months with the perfect pair of boots
Rain, snow, mud, and cold weather are all reasons to pack up your flip-flops for the season, but no pair of kicks beats the leather boot for winter wear. They’ll keep your socks dry, and your feet steady on the most treacherous trails. We carefully selected boots and brands that emphasize high quality materials and design without sacrificing style and functionality, and the result is a collection of boots that look and feel great, from the moment you lace them up to the last steps of your final hike. Put one of these pairs on your holiday wishlist and you’ll have warm toes for years to come.
Wolverine is known for serious, heavy duty boots, but the navy suede lining the upper of this year’s 1000 Mile Boot shows the brand’s lighthearted side as well. A lot of work goes into designing and building quality footwear, and the time and effort are clear when you hold a pair of their boots. Each pair is shaped and constructed by hand, using a proprietary blend of modern and traditional methods for boots that feel great on feet, hold up in any weather, and have a timeless sheen to the leather that only comes as a product of high-quality materials.
A light brown pair of Timbs looks just as good in the hills as they do hopping out the passenger seat of an Escalade pickup. In addition to their classic styling, Timberland boots are highly-rated for their comfort and water resistance. For over 40 years, these have been one of the top-selling boots in the Timberland line, and it isn’t hard to see why. They’re the perfect blend of rugged, wearable, and attractive for almost any situation short of a suit and tie.
From humble beginnings in 1972, the Aldo group has grown into a prolific and exciting fashion brand, but it hasn’t led to cutting any corners. This brand new casual boot is built for the cold months with luxiorious Horween leather and a premium Vibram outsole. The silhouette takes some cues from a dressy chukka boot, which gives it a striking shape, without losing the boot feel for the cold, wintery months. It’s available in three colors, a lighter, worn cognac and a clean, matte black, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
If your winter involves more rainy bus rides than muddy trails, this casual option from Ecco might be more your speed. They’re lightweight and have a sneaker feel to them, so they’re great for the laid back office or walking to a nearby bar in the rain. Take them out into the wilderness and they won’t disappoint, with a specially designed two-piece sole and removable liner to accommodate different activities and environments, and a flexible, durable outsole to keep your feet protected wherever you end up.
Cole Haan already broke the mold and bent the definition of a dress shoe when they slapped a Lunarlon sole on some of their most popular makeups, from wingtip to chukka. The ZeroGrand stepped up the game even more by fitting the shoe with a flexible running sole. They branded this new way of thinking about dress shoes as the Grand.OS, an operating system for your feet that brings increased cushioning and flexibility while reducing weight. These elements of design philosophy are about bringing other styles into the modern footwear fold, and the Zero Grand Tall Boots impress on the technology front while maintaining the classic style you’re used to from Cole Haan.