Originally Posted by notwithit
Obviously there's not much consensus here on what is or isn't a non-ugly winter boot (beyond those $800 Nice Collective boots AR_Six or someone posted, but those probably aren't an option for everyone). I think it makes sense to take a step back and look at what the options are and what the features should be in a winter boot. First, there are your basic models that can potentially function as winter boots:
- combat boot
- work boot
- engineer boot
- hiking boot
- Bean boot (duck boot? not sure what the right term is)
- tactical boots (I guess...)
- some variation on or hybrid of the above
I'm probably missing a few, but those are the first ones that come to mind in terms of potential winter boot candidates.
Good features include:
- non-leather sole (although obviously you can have someone add a Vibram sole to a leather-soled shoe)
- sturdy construction (a storm welt, maybe a tongue that's connected partway up the shaft of the boot)
- probably something that hits above ankle-height so you don't end up with a shoe full of snow (possibly something that works with a boot tuck so you can keep your pants dry in deep snow)
From there, you'll want to figure out which category suits your style, how much you're willing to spend (bearing in mind that repeated exposure to salt could trash them in a year or two), and how important things like a sleeker last or higher-quality leather are.
Well stated. The only category that I would add is a knee high Sorrell boot - warm down to - 40f, totally waterproof. In NJ, we just got about 2 feet of snow with much higher drifts. For this type of weather, IMHO, nothing else is suitable.