The trees are bare of leaves, the sun’s setting earlier and earlier, and there seems to be a slight chill in the air — it’s that time of year again everyone, it’s winter in State College! With the new season comes big winter jackets, lots of layers and, of course, proper winter boots. Living in the middle of Pennsylvania, there’s sure to be snow or ice at some point during the year. A good pair of winter boots is essential to ensure you don’t slip and fall on your way to class.
When looking for the perfect pair of winter boots, it’s important to think about which features are most essential for you. Although every winter boot will be made to withstand the cold, wet and snowy weather, not every boot is made for every location (“winter” can mean a lot of different things to a brand’s design). As a college student especially, the best type of winter boot for walking around campus is going to be different than the best winter boot for running errands in your hometown. Considering things such as the boots’ material, the amount of insulation, the height of the boot and the sole traction will help ensure that you pick a winter boot that will keep your feet protected from the cold Pennsylvania winter.
There are tons of options and styles out there when it comes to winter boots. Whether you’re looking for a tall pair with insulation and grooves that will protect you during intense winter storms, or you’re looking for a more casual pair for those days when there’s just a slight dusting on the ground, VALLEY is here to help. VALLEY has compiled a list of some of the best winter boots that will keep your feet warm and cozy — and prevent any major falls — all winter long.
L.L. Bean Boots 8” Shearling-Lined
This classic style is incredibly popular and comes in a variety of designs, so you’re sure to find a pair of L.L. Bean boots that work best for you. The line-up of boots available ranges from standard, uninsulated options to flannel-lined or fleece-lined versions. VALLEY recommends the 8-inch shearling-lined version for its more casual look that still provides premium warmth. This option is also waterproof, featuring rubber soles with traction on the bottom to get you through those walks in the snow. Although the addition of the shearling lining makes it a pricier option, these boots are incredibly durable and thus are a great investment.
Sorel Tivoli IV Tall Boot
The Tivoli IV boot from Sorel has been around forever and is a timeless option that you’re sure to love. The tall 10.5″ shaft offers more protection from the winter elements, and the felt liner inside keeps your feet warm while also providing cushioning and support. The Tivoli boot also features a wraparound rubber lower that will keep water out when walking through puddles, and it also includes tracks on the bottom to ensure no black ice wipes you out.
Timberland Heritage 6-Inch Waterproof Boot
Timberlands have always been a go-to when it comes to a winter boot that’s durable, comfortable and cute. These boots come in a variety of color options and also are customizable so you can create a pair that’s unique to you. The classic Timberland boots are also completely waterproof featuring rubber soles and 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation to ensure your feet stay dry and warm. Although they may look big and bulky, these boots are also made with anti-fatigue technology to deliver all-day comfort and support.
Sperry Wool Embossed Duck Boot with Thinsulate
This is a great option if you’re looking for a classic duck boot style for your boots this winter. This option from Sperry is also on the cheaper side while still providing essentials such as a water-resistant design and a fleece lining with Thinsulate to provide extra warmth. The mid-height 6” shaft is tall enough to offer some protection from puddles or snow while also not feeling like it’s difficult to walk. The rubber outsoles also provide enough traction so that you don’t have to worry about walking around on icy days.
UGG Adirondack III Boot
Deemed the ‘best winter boot for commuting’ by Good Housekeeping, this winter boot is sure to keep your feet warm and dry on your way to class. The Adirondack III boot was updated recently to perform in even harsher conditions and to meet all your winter needs. The waterproof outsole is made with white spider rubber that offers enhanced traction while preventing scuff marks. The sheepskin inner lining also provides extra cushioning and extra warmth for the coldest of days. This option is on the pricier side, but these boots are sure to be useful in all winter weather conditions and will last you a long time.
What’s your go-to winter boot? Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, and let us know!