Winter weather can mean anything from snow to slushy rain, and having the right boot can decide the difference between fun and misery.
Retail $160.00 USD
One of the questions I get asked most often is, “What boots do you recommend for winter adventuring?” For me, versatility is key, so I chose the Women’s Arctic Apre Lace Mid as a prime example of functionality and fashion. The rugged outsole is great for traction on ice and snow, and the warm fleece lining, waterproof leather upper and slip-on construction makes them ideal for activities like snowshoeing and winter hiking. The well-designed boots are also easy to get on and off—even with gloves. In addition, they feature CR Flex-foam, a specialized insulative material that allows the boot to actually form to your foot, for maximum comfort and warmth. The Artic Apre Lace Mid is recommended for -20F to 50F–that being said, Muck Boot does have options for colder temps., so keep that in mind when choosing a style. Where some other designs can unintentionally create a hot spot with stiffer materials at the top of the boot, I really liked the faux fur trim on the Artic Apre boot that adds a bit of cozy instead. Over all, the boots are a great choice for those interested in fitting in some snowshoeing, as well as hanging out at the ski lodge this winter. The Women’s Artic Apre Lace Mid is available in two colors, and women’s whole sizes.
Retail $134.99 USD
Intentionally designed with a women-specific last, the Women’s Legacy Boot has been engineered with the commercial fishing and work industry in mind—exactly why we added the boot to our holiday list. Why? Because it means we get all the benefits of a well-designed deck boot, with wellie-inspired, rain boot styling. The boot is made with heavy-duty neoprene, and offers 100% water-proof protection from rain and sleet. In addition, it features a non-marking sole, and slip resistant Chevron outsole. These specific features add up to a high-quality rain boot that is oil, acid and chemical resistant, making them an excellent choice that will last for years to come. Among other rain boots coming in around the same price point, there really weren’t any brands that I would have considered a contender with XtraTuf. We also can’t neglect to mention, of course, the patterned designs on the liner that my friends have gone crazy over. The boots can be worn rolled up just below the knee, like a standard wellie, or down, as a midi boot—either way, I’ve had more than a few compliments. The Women’s Legacy 15 in. boot comes in two colors and a full range of whole sizes. As a women’s 9.5 myself, I elected to try the size 10, and with the wool socks I usually wear with wellies, they fit just right.