We take the phrase “go big or go home” very seriously up here in Canada – and that includes our winters. While some of us have it easier in Vancouver, those trudging through snow drifts in Edmonton or Toronto know the value of good, warm winter clothing that will last us from the first snowfall (in October) to the last melted flake (in, say, May).
Unfortunately, the cost of that good clothing can sometimes break the bank.
We’ve already figured out all the best places to save money on winter jackets, so now let’s focus in and find the absolute lowest prices on the best winter boots.
You’ll definitely find something for your unique style here!
The go-to boot for millennials in the early 2000s is back, and for good reason – they make fantastic boots for long, cold winters. However, if you’re not a fan of the classic UGG style, you’ll be pleased to know that they make a whole bunch of different styles that don’t resemble those boots everyone rocked in high school. Some recommendations: The Kilmer II Boot ($195, pictured above,) The Sienna Matte Rain Boot ($90, for the warmer climates,) or the Classic UGG Cardy Boots ($190).
Sorel’s frankly massive selection of boots includes a healthy amount under the $200 mark, such as the Kinetic Boot at $180. A little bit sci-fi, a little bit Arctic, this pair will keep your toes warm and your ankles protected while you make the attempt down your own front sidewalk through 3 feet of the white stuff. If these aren’t your speed, there’s always the Whitney Tall Lace II Boot, the Cumberland Boot, or Joan Waterproof Rain Wedge Boot.
For those who require some extra leg or foot room, the stylish plus-size retailer Torrid has you covered. They have a few winter options, and great news – they’re all under $200! For instance, the above Black Sherpa Boots clock in at a mere $74.90, and are pretty easy to nab while on sale, too. These boots come with wide-width calves, which is ideal for any plus-size gal who needs warm boots and can’t find the right size at other stores. Also check out: the Grey Faux Leather & Rubber Boot ($69, on sale for $48).
SoftMoc’s website carries a number of brands under $200. These Cougar Vito Black Leather Boots ($174, $145 on sale) will easily get you through any snowstorm, but also pass as a cute pair of boots that you can rock indoors without feeling the heavy bulk of a standard pair of snow boots. For something taller, try SoftMoc’s Shakira Boot ($150, $120 on sale).
How totally Back to the Future are these? North Face’s winter boot selection does skew to a higher price range, but these Raedonda Boot Sneakers ($199) are too unique to miss out on. If you’re looking for more traditional fare, they also have quilted Thermoball Button-Up Boots ($129), some combat-boot inspired Ballard Rain Boots ($139), or some fur-trimmed Shellista III Pull-On Boots ($179).
Aquatherm by Santana Canada
Believe it or not, these are honest-to-God winter boots! Available at the Bay, Aquatherm by Santana Canada’s Classic Ingrid Boots ($199, $130 on sale) have a shearling lining, rubber soles, and insulated insoles. These are perfect for anyone who wants one pair of really stylish, warm boots that can transition from day to night, or fall to winter.
If you’re in the market for winter boots so sturdy that you can take them hiking, Columbia is the brand you want. Amongst their rugged boots are some unique gems, like the Heavenly Omni-Heat Boots ($170), which are both insulated and waterproof. The trim is faux-fur, and the boots even feature a reflective lining. Want something more hardcore? The Bugaboot III Boots ($150) are a good option. For something more along the lines of street style, the low-key Twentythird Ave II Mid Boots ($99) have a hipster chicness that will still keep you toasty.
ALDO’s entire boot line runs under $150, which is fantastic for anyone looking for a good deal. The Voevia Light Brown Boots ($150) look like Timberland’s distant cousins and come with a comfy lining that can be flipped up or down for warmth (or style). For something tougher, go for their Capria Black Winter Boots ($140).
In the mood to browse some deals? Shoe Warehouse has a giant selection of boots, from brands on this list to some you may not have heard of before. Take these Taxi Olivia Boots ($109), for example: they’re waterproof, and feature a ribbed collar to keep the snow out. These aren’t built for -30, but they’ll certainly do at a reasonable -10. For a more -30 vibe: Superfit Alyxa Denim Winter Boots ($109).
The Rack will never let you down. Carrying a variety of brands at a wide range of prices, Nordstrom’s budget sister is the place to hit if you’re just starting out and aren’t sure what you want. Pictured: EMU Australia’s Oxley Wool Lined Boot ($69), which will surely keep you warm and dry while we all weather the long winter together.
Featured image: Instagram/ @sorelfootwear