Best winter work boots of 2015

If you’re out working during the winter this year (or any year for that matter), it almost goes without saying that wearing the wrong type of work boots, whether in snowy or icy conditions, can be uncomfortable, may not provide proper insulation, may result in getting freezing water in your boots, and all of that isn’t even mentioning the fact that not wearing the right kind can be potentially dangerous for various reasons.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of options out there that can not only help keep you on your feet, but also provide the comfort necessary to stand up for long periods of time. Winter is just around the corner, so it’s about time to look at the best options for winter work boots to buy for 2015, just in time for the holidays.

1st. Cabela’s Avalanche 400-Gram Winter Boots

Cabela's Avalanche 400-Gram Winter BootsFeaturing 400-gram “Thinsulate Ultra” insulation, these winter boots are crafted by Cabela’s to keep your feet warm and the soft fleece lining aims to keep you comfortable. There’s even cushioned support from EVA midsoles for added comfort. These boots also feature strong, durable full-grain nubuck leather uppers.

What Customers Say

Above all else, customers give the Cabela’s Avalanche winter boots high marks for its comfort as well as its ability to keep your feet warm, just as advertised. Most buyers claim that the boots tend to have a long lifespan before you need to look for a replacement. Overall, the consensus is that these are well made durable boots.

Pros: Durable, warm, and comfortable for standing on your feet for long periods of times.

Cons:  The laces may need to be replaced after extended use, and the laces may come loose after several hours of use.

Price: Regularly $119, often on sale for $69.99.

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2nd. Timberland PRO Men’s Rigmaster Steel Toe 8″ Waterproof Work Boots

Timberland Pro Mens Rigmaster Steel Toe Waterproof Work-bootsThe Rigmaster steel toe waterproof work boots from Timberland are built with slip resistance in mind, making them an excellent choice if you’re looking for waterproof work boots for use in slick environments. These boots feature anti-fatigue and shock-diffusion technologies, making them a great choice for industrial environments as well.

What Customers Say

Overall, the Timberland Pro Rigmaster steel toe waterproof work boots accomplish what they’re made for: providing slip resistance and comfort. In fact, most reviews tend to lean towards the Rigmasters being excellent boots all around, although there are some reports of them wearing out a little too fast. Your mileage may vary. In summary, these puppies are some of the most in-demand work boots out there as of 2015 — and there’s good reason for it.

Pros: Fantastic winter work boots in a variety of conditions, excelling especially well in slip resistance and comfort.

Cons:  Can potentially wear out quickly after several years of use.

Price: Regularly $195, often on sale for $121.99.

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3rd. Caterpillar Men’s Revolver Pull-On Soft Toe Boots

Caterpillar men's revolver pull-on soft-toe bootsThe revolver Revolver pull-on soft toe work boots from Caterpillar, one of the best brands out there in terms of durability. The Caterpillar Revolver boots feature a leather foot with a leather shaft on top with quality rubber soles on the inside. These boots are made to built to last under hard-working conditions.
What Customers Say

As one would expect from Caterpillar, the Caterpillar Revolver soft toe work boots do exactly what they’re set out to do. Customers praise this option for its durability, comfort, and longevity — expect to be able to keep these around for some time. The leather is thick and tough, but several customers have noted that the leather’s toughness can be a bit tough on your shins, so you may need to prepare accordingly.

Pros: Versatile and ideal for use in just about any environment, from farming to industrial work.

Cons: These boots are not built to be waterproof, but they are capable of it — until the soles begin to wear out. Additionally, customers may find the leather to be too rough on their shins.

Price: Regularly $125.95, often on sale for $93.99 or lower.

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4th. Baffin Men’s Impact Insulated Boots

Baffin Men's Impact Insulated Work BootsIf you’re looking for boots to use for working in extremely cold and wet conditions, then the Impact insulated boots from Baffin were made just for you. These boots are built for environments that are wet and extremely cold, and are oil and slip resistant. Naturally, they’re also designed to keep your feet toasty warm in extremely cold temperatures with a temperature rating of -148F / -100C, according to the manufacturer. The Impact insulated boots feature EVA midsoles, a Gelflex midsole, polar rubber material on the outside, and an eight-layer Thermaplush insulation system.

What Customers Say

Baffin’s Impact insulated boots are designed to keep your feet warm and dry in extremely cold environments, and plenty of customers can attest that they are some of the best out there. Not only are the Boffin Impact boots designed to withstand work in harsh winter environments, they also make great all-around boots. Want to go on a hike in an extremely cold area? These boots were made for you too. The average review score is extremely high (an average of 4.5/5) across multiple sites, so expect good things from these.

Pros: The high quality insulation makes these arguably the best boots out there to keep your feet warm (and dry) in extreme cold, icy, and wet conditions.

Cons: Quite expensive, not particularly ideal for hard work if you’re worried about wearing them out, and its insulation makes them a little too warm in relatively cooler temperatures considering its temperature rating for extreme environments (see above for details on that).

Price: Regularly $315.22, often on sale for as low as $128.84.

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5th. Red Wing Heritage Moc 6-Inch Boots

Red Wing Heritage Moc 6-Inch BootsThe Red Wing Heritage Moc 6-Inch boots feature a stylish, classic design and are built with durability in mind. As for the materials, these boots are made with copper leather that is both rough and tough. The insoles are leather, and the outsoles feature a Traction Tred Cushion Crepe Wedge. The Red Wing Heritage Moc boots are constructed with Goodyear welt and 80-inch chestnut leather laces.

What Customers Say

Red Wing boots are legendary for their quality and classic style, and customers can vouch for that. They’re built to last, and most customers agree. There is a catch, however: the soles tend to wear out, so expect to have to replace them every now and then. Other than that, these are quality, well-made boots.

Pros: These boots are made to last in harsh environments, and they’re more than capable of accomplishing what they set out to do. If you work in construction or industrial environments that can wear out your boots, you can expect these to last for some time.

Cons: The size is roughly 1/2 inch bigger, so expect to have to return them to get a nice comfortable, snug fit. Amazon’s return policy makes this relatively headache free, at least.

Price: Regularly $317.50, often on sale for $121.99.

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