What makes a hardy pair of winter boots stand out? The sole and construction. Leather bottoms and siped soles won't do on slushy sidewalks, especially when melted snow and salt can really take their toll. The solution? Chunky vibram and crepe soles that can withstand a couple of seasons, and well-made boots that can easily be resoled for more years of wear. Here are some options worth investing in:
L.L. Bean Signature,
$180 / $100
Mixing moccasin construction with a sturdy crepe sole, these supple lace-up boots look good with your casual kit.
Danner for J. Crew, $310
Crafted in a subtly cool indigo suede, these Oregon-made hiking boots are grounded by a ong-wearing Vibram sole.
Combining subtle broguing and a cap toe with a chunky vibram sole, this navy suede boot takes on a high/low vibe.
A tried-and-true winter staple, this classic is cut from full-grain waterproof leather and warmed with Primaloft insulation.
Red Wing, $330
Constructed from richly tanned leather, this rubber-soled style is more dressed-up than Red Wing's apron-toed work boots.