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It's safe to say we have a love-hate relationship with winter boots. On the one hand, they're the only barrier between our toes and the harsh winter weather, but on the other hand, winter boots are typically function > style, if you know what we mean.
And while below-ankle blood circulation trumps stylish but poorly-insulated boots on any -20C day, ideally, we'd like to meet somewhere in the “warm but fashionable” middle.
To accomplish this task, we turned to Amazon Canada's top-rated winter boots and found the ten most stylish amongst them. For cute winter boots that will actually keep you warm, check out our Amazon edit.
For warm winter boots that don't look like warm winter boots, may we suggest Dr. Martens Leonore Burnished Wyoming boot. The sleek leather style is lined with warm faux fur and preserves the essential Dr. Martens look of yellow stitching and grooved sides. "Waterproof, warm & stylish," said one shopper. "Also, I found that unlike other Dr. Marten Boots, you don't need to wear them in. Blister-Free on first wear!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $203
Amazon's best-selling winter boot is less than $60 and the recipient of more than 5,300 global five-star reviews. The insulated boot is rated up to -32C and has a faux-fur trim collar for added warmth. What's more, the Dream Pairs boot is available in a whopping 33 colours. "Living in Canada and temps hitting -34 today, I donned these boots," one reviewer wrote. "They did not let me down. Warmth dryness and not too heavy."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $57
UGG's ankle-height Neumel boots are a unique and stylish take on the brand's typical cold-weather styles. The Neumel suede boots are lined with UGG's signature wool and are available in two colours. "I got these because I wanted something different than the classic Ugg boot. They are perfect" raved one of 1,100 five-star reviewers. "I even have some room in them even though I sized down. These are warm just like the classic Ugg."
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $160
With more than 3,600 five-star ratings, Columbia's Ice Maiden shearling boots deserve a spot on your winter wish list. The shoes feature Columbia's signature Omni-GRIP rubber outsole for all-weather terrain and are rated up to -32C for cold, snowy days. "I looove these boots," wrote one shopper. "I already have a pair in grey, and I have used them [during the] winter in Ottawa. They work perfectly, no wet feet or anything. They are very comfortable."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $177
Amazon’s Choice for winter boots are built with a rubber sole and cozy faux fur lining. A stylish option for a winter's night out, the side accent buckle and sturdy heel look great with a pair of jeans and a fleece pullover. "I absolutely love these boots. Fit perfectly, quite comfortable," a reviewer said. "They were exactly what I was looking for and very reasonably priced."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $70
Reviews for Fly London's Salv Ankle Booties average 4.8 out of 5 stars, a testament to the boot's comfort and durability. Available in 12 colours, the leather, rubber-soled booties are a Chelsea-style pull-on for easy and sturdy wear. "Such awesome boots, very comfy, and so gorgeous!" wrote one Amazon reviewer. "I always get complimented when I wear them!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $190
Hunter's classic rainboot style has been redesigned with snow in mind. The 100% leather snow boot is durable and chic and pairs well with Hunter's Fleece Welly Socks. "My last pair of Hunter boots lasted ten years, so definitely worth paying the extra cost!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $131
Sorel's Glacy Explorer Shortie Snow Boots have earned a near-perfect rating from Amazon shoppers. The waterproof suede and rubber boot comes with a moulded footbed with heel and arch support. "I have had many pairs of winter boots but have been looking for a pair like this for years! I absolutely love these boots! Stylish, warm and comfortable," wrote one reviewer. "Feet have been super warm in very cold conditions. Highly recommend these!"
SHOP IT: Amazon, $187
A shift from the typical UGG design is the brand's Adirondack snow boots. Crafted with a thick wool lining and sturdy leather uppers, the boots come with a Canadian-winter-friendly -32 degree weather rating. "These boots are amazing. I live in Northern Alberta, and they are perfect for slipping on and off to take the kids to school in the morning. I don't wear socks with them, and they feel luxurious," raved one reviewer. "They repel water, and the treads are awesome! I plan to use them for walking on the snowy trails this winter. I would recommend these to anyone."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $338
Timberland's customer-favourite Nellie boots are that for a reason. The rugged, waterproof boots can just as easily be worn traversing wild terrain as heading to your local coffee shop. The new season styles, including pink and a floral-printed grey, give the boots a feminine feel while retaining classic Timberland quality. The Nellie boots have earned more than 2,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, customers routinely noting their high-quality build.
SHOP IT: Amazon, starting at $146
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.