There’s nothing better than taking long winter hikes in the middle of nowhere. The fresh breeze and the squeaking sound of snow under your boots will make the stress go away in an instant. That is, if you’ve got the right footwear.

If not, chances are that your weekend hiking tour will turn into a nightmare. How to avoid it? Buy yourself a pair of proper waterproof boots, and you’ll be good to go.

Still, with so many options on the market, the question remains, which is the best choice? I tested dozens of models in my lifetime, and while some of them were rather decent, others were a huge disappointment.

Today, we will be focusing on the positives, as we count down the 5 best options currently on the market. Buckle up, and let’s get started!

The #1 Best Boots

Timberland PRO Men's 6 Inch Boondock Comp Toe Work Boots

Just a quick glance in the general direction of these monsters will quickly let you know that these boots mean business. Timberland PRO Boondock 6 stand very close to the top of the range when it comes to price tag, but trust me, it’s definitely worth it.

Even if you hated boots, you would have to admit that they look like a quality product, which they definitely are. Timberland has been the number one brand when it comes to winter footwear, and the situation will remain pretty much the same for a long time.

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Timberland PRO Men's 6 Inch Boondock Comp Toe WP Insulated Industrial Work Boot
  • Insulated waterproof work boot featuring lace-up closure for stability, padded collar for comfort, and Timberland PRO rubber toe cap for protection
  • Combination three-quarter Goodyear welt/cement heel construction
  • Rigid external heel cup for stability
  • Dual-density PU midsole and cold formula TPU outsole
  • Timberland PRO

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In my opinion, the Pro Boondock 6’’ boots are still at the top of the game. Despite being solid in every sense of the word, they are rather comfortable to wear, and most importantly, not too heavy.

Still, the thing that puts them on the top of this list is their amazing waterproof standard. Feel free to jump into as many puddles as you’d like, the Boondocks will keep your feet nice and dry.

Despite being tremendously insolated, they will never feel too toasty. Out of all the models currently on the market, these boots provide the best insulation.

The thing that immediately jumps out when you look at them is the rubber toe bumper, which gives it a very distinct look. This protective layer is incredibly strong, and it will keep you safe in case of an accident.

Ultimately, these boots are guaranteed to serve you for years to come. Invest a bit more now, and take on any wilderness without a fear in your heart.

Pros:

  • Confirmed 100% waterproof.
  • They look awesome, as they are built from the finest leather.
  • Extremely rugged and durable.
  • Additional padding provides ultimate levels of comfort.
  • Toe cap provides excellent protection.

Cons:

  • There is a slight break in period, during which the boots may feel slightly uncomfortable.
  • They are pricey compared to the competition.
  • Can be a bit bulky for some people.

Runner Ups

Wolverine Men's Barkley 6"

In case you want to be as mobile as possible, without sacrificing too many features, I believe that Wolverine Men’s Barkley 6" is the best choice.

While it does not have as much insulation as the previously mentioned model, these boots will definitely keep your feet warm, as they contain 400 grams of 3M tinsulate. What does that exactly mean? Your feet will feel warm even in the coldest of climates, and that’s all you need to know.

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Wolverine Men's Barkley 6" Waterproof-M
  • Waterproof full-grain leather upper
  • Advanced comfort polyurethane midsole
  • 400 grams 3M thinsulate insulation to help keep your feet warm in colder temperatures
  • Wolverine Dura shocks vibram rubber lug outsole
  • Wolverine

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The first thing you’re gonna notice about the Barkley boots is just how comfortable they are. The rubber outsole along with a polyurethane midsole helps keep the vibrations out, and you will definitely feel the benefits after a long and grueling hike.

Some individuals even claim that they don’t feel too much different from regular sneakers. In my book, that is quite an accomplishment.

They might not look like they belong on a fashion runway, but guess what, that’s not what they are for, so stop complaining.

If you are searching for a really affordable work boot that will keep your feet feeling warm and comfortable, you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution on the market than Wolverine Barkley 6"!

Pros:

  • Fairly affordable, come from a manufacturer known for excellent product quality.
  • Made from 100% leather which feels and looks great.
  • Excellent insulation, will keep you warm in the rough conditions.
  • Not too bulky, aren’t as heavy as they might appear.
  • Comfortable to wear, even on long walks.

Cons:

  • Some reviewers claim that they are not necessarily satisfied with stitching.
  • Despite being comfortable, they do not provide too much arch support.
  • Insert insole can start to peel away rather quickly.

Hi-Tec Men's Bandera Mid 200g

Looking for the most breathable boots that also happen to be waterproof? You’ve stumbled upon the best possible option you can find.

By combining leather and textile, Hi-Tech’s designers were able to create the ultimate trekking boot that brings the best of both worlds together. It will provide enough waterproofing to keep your feet warm, while not wearing you down after a long day hike.

Hi-Tec Men's Bandera Mid 200g Waterproof-M Snow Boot
  • Waterproof, breathable upper
  • 200g thinsulate insulation
  • Multi-directional-traction rubber outsole
  • Abrasion resistant heel and toe cap
  • Hi-Tec

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With a 200 gram Thinsulate insulation, they might not be as warm as the two previously mentioned models, so take that into consideration. Still, I believe that people have overblown this problem a bit. As long as you stick to a climate which is not freezing, they will provide all the insulation you might need.

On the other hand, the competitors lack the great rubber sole found on this model, which provides excellent traction, regardless of the terrain you might find yourself in.

Allow me to also mention that Banderas also have abrasion resistant caps at both the heel and the front, allowing you to explore the wilderness without the fear that you might end up having to walk home barefoot.

Naturally, they might not be as easy on the eye as the Timberlands, as most of these hybrid boots don’t exactly excel when it comes to design, but they will in return be your loyal trekking partner for a long time.

Pros:

  • These boots are among the most breathable models on sale.
  • The rubber sole provides excellent grip for all your hiking adventures.
  • Despite the textile, they are still fairly waterproof and durable.
  • Abrasion resistant caps provide great protection for both your feet and the boot itself.

Cons:

  • Individuals with wider feet might find them too tight and narrow.
  • The toe area can stand to be slightly improved when it comes to insulation.
  • The laces are a bit prone to wear and tear.

Best Boots for Casual Wear

Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid

Unlike some other, more robust-looking boots, these ones appear to be quite elegant. With that in mind, it's somewhat surprising that they are as effective in keeping your feet warm.

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Like most other boots already mentioned, these ones are also built from 100% leather, while the sole is made from rubber, in order to improve the grip.

Like most Timberland products, the stitching is top notch, ensuring that this product will last for years to come. While these boots might not be as deep as some of the ones I mentioned above, they appear to excel in the areas of practicality.

With them by your side, you will be able to conquer every terrain with no problems. They will never get stuck between the rocks, or somewhere in the bushes, as they are very compact in size. In case you were wondering, they are also very lightweight.

I'm usually not the one to point this out, but these boots come from a very respectable brand, and therefore also have that cool factor younger individuals might appreciate. They can serve as both the work boots as well as hiking ones.

Pros:

  • Great for casual wear, as well as hiking in the outdoors.
  • Very comfortable to wear, no break-in period is required.
  • Due to a soft insole, your feet won't hurt, even after a long day of hiking.
  • Good choice for individuals with wider feet.

Cons:

  • Ankle support is not exactly best-in-class, so don't expect miracles here.
  • Not the best option when it comes to long-term waterproof protection.
  • The rubber sole might become unglued after a year or two, they do not have the best glue.
  • Not the greatest insulation, and therefore, not an ideal option for colder climates.

Best Budget Option

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II

Crafted from the finest waterproof full-grain leather, these boots showcase tremendous waterproof capability. Another surprising feature is the fantastic arch support that sure caught me by surprise.

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The mesh tongue is inserted to improve breathability, and it is a welcomed feature, considering that most winter boots are too insulated to be worn inside. Not only that, but this improves the general flexibility as well, making this model an ideal choice from those who like to hike a lot.

Speaking of hiking, allow me to also mention just how comfortable these things are! You wouldn't really expect to see such results from a mid-tier level boot that's pretty affordable. Still, it's safe to say that the designers from Columbia cut no corners when it comes to high-level cushioning.

No matter how rough the terrain is, your boots will take the majority of the brunt, leaving you feeling relatively pain-free. The thread on the soles is quite substantial, which will hopefully prevent you from slipping all over the place.

While Columbia is not one of the most famous brands in the world, I have to be honest and admit that they've done one hell of job crafting these bad boys. In case you are strapped for cash, and looking for the most affordable solution out there, that will leave your feet dry regardless of the terrain, look no further.

Pros:

  • Affordable boots that are supremely comfortable to wear.
  • Excellent grip that holds on to the surface and prevents slipping.
  • Fantastic arch support that will ensure your feet stay in place.

Cons:

  • A lot of buyers complained about the waterproof feature, claiming that is was false advertising.
  • It appears that the quality control is not up to par with some better-known brands.
  • Lace brackets are not built from the most durable material.
  • Columbia's customer support is not where it needs to be just yet.