Looking for the best women’s winter boots to take on the infamously cold Canadian winters? The choice is not easy. The warmest winter boots for women are not necessarily the biggest or thickest. There are many things to consider, such as the look, the purpose (for walking, everyday life, snowshoeing, etc.), the sole, and more.
This year’s winter is gearing up to look a little different than we are used to. We’ll probably be spending more time at home, plowing snow, playing outside with people or finally trying out winter sports, now that we have a little more time. We reviewed the best women’s winter boots for the winter of 2021, and determined that the UGG Adirondack III boot was a great choice.
best winter boots for women—overview
Best Winter Boots for Women
Our best choice for winter, the UGG Adirondack III boot wins this year's award for its incredible versatility, rugged warmth and resistance to the elements. Elegant enough for work or city wear, it still provides excellent traction on snowy trails, and its wool lining keeps you warm in temperatures as low as -32ºc. Expensive, but well worth it, this durable boot will last for years if you take care of it. Check out the tall version for more coverage as well!
Warmest Winter Boots
The Jess Boots come from deep cold experts at Baffin, who make boots warm enough for the coldest arctic climates. With a little more of an elegant cut than usual, there's a multi-layered liner and synthetic insulation both working to fend off the winter. The liner shapes to your leg through your body heat. We don't know where you live, but these are rated warn down to minus 50 Celsius, taking care of most of the planet's human population.
- Warm to -50 Celsius
- Waterproof & snowshoe compatible
- Speed lacing
Most Elegant Winter Boots
For a stylish winter boot that will add a touch of style to all your urban outfits, look no further than La Canadienne's Hermione boot. Handcrafted in Canada, this Italian nubuck leather boot is sure to turn heads. Inside, the sheepskin sole allows your foot to breathe and wicks moisture away. This winter boot is warm, breathable and will look great with clean pants and a stylish parka.
- Very elegant
- Handmade in Canada
- Warm and breathable sheepskin sole
Best Winter Boots for Ice and Snow
You'll have a tough time finding anything that will stand up to the Merrell Thermo Aurora 2 winter boot. This hiking or snowshoeing boot performs admirably on icy surfaces because of the 5mm lugs under the Vibram Arctic Grip sole, and it's especially lightweight. Ideal for long adventures, it is suitable for walking and activities. Its M-Select DRY BARRIER membrane repels rain and melting snow, and 400g insulation with microfleece makes everything inside perfectly cozy— it just might be the perfect boot for winter hiking.
- Excellent on icy terrain
- Better suited for physical activity than urban living
More of our best winter boots for women
We'd be remiss in leaving the gold standard of city boots, Blundstone, off our list. There is everything to love with the Australian maker's 1478 Winter Rustics: Thinsulate insulation and the soft-as-butter sheepskin footbed; premium waterproof leather; heel strike zones for cushion; waterproof elastic and seams. There are even extra footbeds thrown in. And honestly, these look and feel great in any weather.
- 200g Thinsulate insulation
- Waterproof leather & elastics
- Removable sheepskin footbed
- Strictly for the city
Made by Ontario-based Kodiak, the Surrey II waterproof boot is inspired by the classic hiking boot and adds a touch of urban style. Insulated with a Thinsulate 200g membrane, it is warm, breathable and waterproof, perfect for snow and rain. Although it's not a boot designed for off-piste or ice, its rubber sole makes it easy to navigate snowy sidewalks.
- Evacuates moisture well
- Good insulation
- Not ideal in icy weather
They're predicting another difficult winter, and you won't be better protected from rain, freezing rain and snow better than with Bogs' Seattle mid-high boot. Named after a particularly rainy city, this fully waterproof boot features Bogs' Max Wick moisture-wicking technology. Many waterproof winter boots are much less breathable, and your feet still get wet, but luckily that's not the case with the Seattle boot. And despite its small size, the boot effectively keeps you warm when the temperature drops to -15ºc. With a very competitive price, it's an excellent boot for fall and winter.
- Fully waterproof
- Keep warm in temperatures of -15ºc
- Won't stand up to freezing cold
We all know the famous 6" lined boots from Timberland. A popular choice over the past few years, they are still making an appearance in our list of the warmest women's winter boots in 2021. Inspired by classic work boots, this lined boot has a leather footbed for maximum comfort. It offers excellent resistance to snow and rain, in addition to being particularly warm thanks to its 200g Thinsulate insulation.
- Very well insulated
- Leather footbed
- A bit stiff
A favourite among our customers, Columbia's Minx Mid II boot is easy to put on. Its Omni-Heat technology combines with 200g insulation to keep your feet warm even when the temperature drops to -32ºc. Exceptionally comfortable, it's designed with an Omni-Grip outsole that offers exceptional grip. It's one of our warmest winter boots for women, year after year.
- Easy to slip on
- Keeps you warm in temperatures as low as -32ºc
- Omni-Grip outsole
- Made small and narrow
Finding the best winter boot or the warmest winter boot will allow you to better enjoy the cold season. For winter 2021, you’ll probably have a little more time to spend outdoors with the kids or trying out winter sports, and that’s why it’s important to find a model that you can wear all day long.