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Best Winter Boots for Travel (Shoes for Winter 2024)

Best Winter Boots for Travel (Shoes for Winter 2024)

Are you looking for good winter boots for travel, but are not sure where to start? We selected the very best winter boots for women, men, and kids. Take a look!

Choosing the right clothing and footwear is key when it comes to winter travel. Whether you are traveling to Canada, Alaska, Iceland, or Scandinavian countries, your winter packing list will be pretty much the same. Good winter boots are probably the most important item when visiting Arctic regions in winter.

I often have readers asking what are the best winter shoes for travel and I also see what fellow travelers recommend on the internet forums and Facebook groups.

So here is a small selection of the best winter boots as recommended by real travelers based on their experiences. I also included my personal favorite waterproof winter boots that I use for European winters. At the bottom of the post, you can also find the very best boots for extreme winter temperatures, best-rated budget winter boots as well as the best winter shoes for active kids. Find out!

This list of the best winter boots for travel has now been updated for winter 2024. However, most of the shoes featured here are timeless winter boots that you can wear for many years to come.

Some models or colors might change a bit, but the most important in my view is functionality, especially when you are traveling. Warm and dry feet will make any winter trip more enjoyable, so choose your winter shoes wisely. Read on!

Best winter shoes for kids, women, and men

What to Look for in Good Winter Travel Shoes

In order to choose the best winter boots for your trip, make sure that you know what kind of functionality you expect. Your choice of winter boots depends on where you are traveling to.

For example, many people ask me what are the best boots for the European winter. But Europe is huge! If you go skiing in Europe or are looking for winter shoes for Scandinavia, you’ll probably want to get winter boots from this list.

Whereas if you are visiting cities like London, Rome, Paris, or Barcelona, you’ll need very different winter shoes (something like classic UGG’s or these light Sorel winter shoes will be more than sufficient even on the coldest days)…

It’s the same for the USA – it really depends on where you’ll be using your winter shoes, for how long, what kind of activities, etc.

In my opinion, all winter boots for travel have to be waterproof and keep your feet warm up to at least -10°C (14°F).

A good grip is also important – I once had to throw away a pair of winter boots because I kept slipping in them and fell several times. Little did I know at that time that stabilicers could have been the perfect solution. But in any case, a good anti-slip rubber sole is a must for all winter shoes.

If you plan to do hiking, then laced winter shoes are a must. Whereas if you only plan some activities in the snow, Moon Boots might be a better choice since they are much warmer.

There is not one perfect winter shoe for every situation, but the winter boots in our selection below should get you covered most of the time. Take a look!

Woman wearing winter boots and warm yellow jacket on Diamond Beach in Iceland in winter
I wore UGG Adirondack winter boots on all my recent winter trips to the Nordics. This picture is from Diamond Beach in Iceland in winter.

Here are some of the best winter boots for travel:

Sorel Winter Boots

Sorel is one of the most frequently mentioned brands when it comes to the best winter boots. Sorel has many models of winter shoes for men and women in all price ranges (70-300 USD), but the Sorel Caribou boots are one of the very best price/ quality options when traveling to really cold places.

When I visited Tromso in winter (Northern Norway) and also in Svalbard in winter (Arctic), virtually all the local guides wore Sorel Caribou winter boots.

Sorel winter shoes are extremely sturdy, waterproof, and very warm. They have various models for women, men, and also children.

There is just one disadvantage – the classic Sorel winter boots are quite heavy. They are ideal for traveling to really cold places with extreme winter temperatures like the Nordic countries, but it’s probably not something you’d want to get if you are just looking for winter shoes to wear in European cities.

As I’m updating this article, I have to add that I recently bought a pair of these Sorel winter boots. I was looking for something dressier than my UGG Adirondack boots and lighter than the classic Sorel Caribou boots to wear to European Christmas Markets and my son’s football matches.

If you ever stood by the soccer field in the winter for 2 hours, you know what it means to have really cold feet. These boots are incredibly warm and have kept my feet nice and toasty even on the coldest days. I can only recommend them! The model I bought now is also perfect for winter city trips.

Here is what other people say about Sorel winter boots:

  • I am from Canada and my Sorels keep my feet toasty warm every winter.
  • They have lasted me through four New England winters and still look great!
  • I bought Sorel Caribou boots for several Antarctica And Falklands trips where we needed waterproof boots for wet landings and walking in the snow. Love them.
Best winter boots - Sorel
Sorel Caribou Winter Boots

Columbia Winter Shoes

Columbia snow boots are probably the most flexible winter shoes in terms of use. From active winter trips with hiking or snowshoeing, to snow shoveling and other regular daily activities in cold climates – they are truly all-around winter boots.

Warm and durable, Columbia offers quality winter shoes for the whole family at a very reasonable price (70-150 USD).

Here is what travelers say about Columbia winter boots:

  • I live in Minnesota and my favorite boots are Columbia. They have this silver material inside that reflects your own heat back. So warm! 
  • We wanted good snow boots for snowshoeing and each got a pair of the Columbia omni-heat boots and we love them. They keep our feet very warm and dry.
Columbia Ice Maiden winter boots
Columbia Ice Maiden winter boots.

UGG Waterproof Winter Boots

A bit on the expensive side, UGG Adirondack waterproof winter boots have been my personal favorites for years. I also have a pair of classic UGG boots and they are my daily shoes for cold but dry European winter days.

I have worn my waterproof UGG winter shoes on more occasions than I can remember: ski vacations, Iceland in winter, Northern Norway in winter, Svalbard in February, and also for winter trips to Jungfraujoch or Mt Titlis in Switzerland. During some of these trips, temperatures were in the range of -25 to -30°C (-13 to -22 F), not to mention the wind chill factor…

These boots are warm, quite light compared to most other winter boots, and they are waterproof. I’ve had my UGG waterproof winter boots for 8 years now and they look like they will last quite a few more years. It was worth the investment. 

UGG has just a few models of waterproof winter boots, both for men and women. Since they are quite timeless, the models only change slightly over the years. Price range: 200-300 USD.

UGG Waterproof Winter Boots
UGG Adirondack Winter Boots.

Merrell Winter Boots

Merrell offers some of the most affordable waterproof warm winter shoes for active trips. They have several highly-rated models of winter boots for men, women, and children.

Most Merrell winter shoes are not too bulky and have a good grip. They are therefore perfect for winter hiking trips.

The price range of most models is between 80 and 160 USD.

Here’s what travelers say about Merrell winter shoes:

  • My feet have never ever been cold in my Merrells. I went to Iceland in February, walked on a glacier in them and they were completely awesome. 
  •  I live in an area where it snows and gets under -20 fairly often, and these boots kept my feet dry walking through the deep snow.
Merrell Thermo Waterproof Winter Boots
Merrell Coldpack 3 Thermo Waterproof Winter Boots.

BOGS Winter Boots

BOGS is another highly recommended brand when it comes to good and sturdy winter boots that keep your feet warm and dry.

They are less suitable for hiking though, but BOGS snow boots are perfect for short walks in the snow and outdoor activities in winter. 

BOGS has a variety of models of winter boots for men, women, and children. Most BOGS snow boots cost between 65 and 150 USD.

Here’s what travelers say about BOGS winter shoes:

  • We live in the mountains and these great boots keep our feet warm and dry.
  •  I’m Canadian, BOGS are my jam.
  • I’ve worn these boots for walks in freezing cold weather and to go sledding with my kids and my feet always stay toasty warm and dry. 
  • Should have bought these years ago. They are so warm and sturdy.
BOGS waterproof snow boots
BOGS classic waterproof snow boots.

The North Face Winter Boots

The North Face winter boots are perfect for everyday use in cold places, but not for the Arctic regions.

They are lightweight and therefore comfortable to wear on longer hikes. Great winter shoes for regular European or American winters.

Here’s what people say about The North Face winter boots:

  • These boots are great for short-time winter activities. I’m not sure I would find them insulated enough for snowmobiling or ice fishing.
  • I wore them on a winter scouts trip in 4+ feet of snow and my feet stayed warm and dry. Highly recommend.
The North Face thermoball winter boots
The North Face winter boots

Best Winter Boots for Extreme Cold Weather

If you are looking for the warmest possible winter boots for extreme winter temperatures, then you may consider Baffin Impact boots.

They are really warm and heavy and are not really suitable for milder winters. However, if you are visiting the North Pole in winter and need the best and the warmest winter shoes available, you cannot go wrong with these boots.

According to Baffin, their Selkirk winter boots will keep you warm in the temperature range up to -70°C (-94°F).

Baffin Impact winter boots for extreme cold weather
Baffin Impact winter boots for extreme cold weather.

Best Budget Winter Boots

If you only need winter boots on rare occasions and don’t feel like spending too much, you may want to look into buying cheap winter shoes.

Cheap winter boots from Kingshow or Kamik offer quite a good quality for the money. They may not have the same insulation or grip as the more expensive boots from this list, but you cannot beat the price.

Don’t expect these winter shoes to last forever, but once again – if you only need winter boots for occasional use and don’t want to spend too much money, it’s worth looking into getting these cheap winter boots for your winter trip.

Kamik also has very affordable winter boots for kids. Below, you can find a bit more info specifically for children.

Kamik Canuck snow boots
Kamik Canuck winter boots.

Best Winter Boots for Kids (Boys & Girls)

Since their feet grow so fast and kids’ winter shoes only last one season, we always look for sturdy waterproof winter boots that allow our boys to run and play.

For us, the perfect winter boots for children have to fit all occasions: everyday wear for school, travel, as well as winter holidays in the snow. So we usually buy winter boots that are not too heavy, but also sturdy, waterproof, and have a good grip. But we live in relatively mild climate, so there is no need for really warm snow boots here.

It might be different for you, depending on where you live and how often your kids will wear their winter boots.

If you just go on ski holidays for a few days and are looking for good winter boots for kids just for that one vacation, you’ll probably want to look for something not too expensive, yet really warm. Whereas if you are looking for good winter boots for kids for everyday use, you should get higher quality sturdy winter shoes that will definitely last the whole winter.

Below, you can find our hand-picked selection of the best-rated winter boots for children that you can buy on Amazon. All these winter shoes for kids have great customer reviews and a good price-quality ratio. Also has a good selection of good winter shoes for children.

Here are some of the best-rated kids’s winter shoes on Amazon:

TIP: For more tips for kids’ shoes please check this post with a selection of the best kids shoes for travel (summer, winter, hiking, and much more). Take a look!

Kids on sleds - winter fun in the Swiss mountains
Good shoes are essential if you want to enjoy winter activities!

So, this is our guide to buying the best winter boots for women, men, and kids and for every budget. I hope that this hand-picked selection of the very best winter boots will help you choose your own perfect winter shoes for your trip.

Do you have a favorite pair of winter shoes that you absolutely love? Feel free to leave a reply below and share your experience – it will help other readers who are looking for the best winter shoes.

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Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Hello, would Columbia waterproof ridge plus boots be enough for October/ November Iceland trips? Not sure if the stabiliser would work on it too?


Saturday 11th of November 2023

@Jurga, thankyou yes! I got the upgraded version, the ridge+ , I am also curious if we could wear them through security at the airport or better to keep them in carry on.


Friday 10th of November 2023

Hi, if you mean these boots, they should be ok IF you wear very warm socks as well. Otherwise, it might be too cold for this time of the year already, definitely in November. We always wear similar-style hiking boots in the summer months in Iceland. In the winter, ideally, you have something warmer. But I have seen people visiting Iceland in winter in sneakers too, so everything is possible ;). You may want to take a look at our guide to packing for Iceland in winter for more info.

Adriana Cervantes

Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Thank you so much! I am traveling to Europe on winter, and did not know what to wear, I need something warm and also for long walks. Your article was very helpful.


Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Glad to help, Adriana. Enjoy your trip!

Kim Korton

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Hey Jurga, I just finished reading your article, and I couldn't resist dropping a comment. First off, I want to say thank you for putting together such an informative and helpful piece. As, someone who loves traveling, I have always struggled to find the perfect pair of winter boots that strike the right balance between style, comfort, and functionality. Your recommendations have truly come to my rescue, and I can't wait to get my hands on a couple of those fabulous options you mentioned!

Your in-depth reviews and personal experiences with each pair of boots were extremely valuable. I appreciate the fact that you didn't just list the features but also provide insights into how they performed in real-life situations. It is evident that you have put in a lot of effort and research, and as a reader, that is something I truly admire. Plus the way you have categorized the boots based on different travel scenarios is genius! I can now pick the perfect pair for my upcoming winter adventure without any confusion.


Saturday 5th of August 2023

Glad to help, Kim, and hope that you find the perfect pair of winter boots for your trip!


Thursday 25th of August 2022

What pants would you recommend to wear on the airplane to be ready for iceland in January when you step outside?


Saturday 27th of August 2022

Hi Zack, unless you’re planning to go sightseeing in nature immediately as you arrive, you can just wear jeans or whatever you’re comfortable with on the plane. I wouldn’t want to wear heavy winter clothes on the plane. Just be sure that you have a warm jacket and gloves, hat, etc as you leave the airport.

Carly Lawson

Friday 31st of January 2020

Hello! Thank you so much for your blog. My husband and I are headed to Iceland March 16-23 and after finding your itinerary, basically had our trip planned out! I am a cold baby, even having lived in Minnesota my whole life, so I am making sure I have as many warm options as possible. I have a question about your boot choice. Clearly I need warm and waterproof boots. We want to do the Glacier hike at Skaftafell and the ice cave adventure at Jokulsarlon. When I asked one of the guide companies what type of shoe/boot they recommended, they said that hiking boots would be necessary for the glacier hike and that most locals wear hiking boots the majority of the time. From your post, it does not seem you went the hiking boot route. What did you do for the glacier hiking? Did you rent hiking boots? Not sure I want to buy hiking boots, especially if they won't keep my feet warm enough the rest of the time, but also want to make sure I have good footwear to do almost everything you described in your post! Thanks!!


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Hi Carly, as it says in the article above, I wore these UGG boots for my trip to Iceland. Also for glacier hiking. They were perfect - warm, waterproof, and they have a good grip. When you go hiking on a glacier, they just put heavy metal crampons over your boots. That's why you need something sturdy. In March, I would go with the winter boots rather than simple hiking boots. Like you, I always have cold feet, and hiking boots just don't work for me in winter conditions. For more tips, please check our Iceland packing list for winter. Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip.

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