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The Best Winter Boots for Very Cold Weather - Womens

Updated on November 8, 2014

Extreme Winter Footwear for Extreme Cold

The last time I was in interior Alaska it was minus 50 degrees.

Now, that's cold!

I was working outside for more than three hours and my feet were toasty warm.

Want to know what I was wearing? Read on.

(A photo I took during a blizzard in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut)

What Kept my Toes so Toasty?

These are my Sorels. They are rated to -100.

I admit they are a little chunky, but Sorel and Baffin have some very stylish alternatives.

The nice thing is that the newer, flat heels look great with leggings, skin tight jeans and short skirts. Be Warm. Be stylish.

Chances are you'll never need boots that are insulated against such extreme cold, but if you live somewhere where winter brings snow and cold, you know how important it is to keep your feet dry and warm.

I've spent most of my life in the far north and there are two winter boot manufacturers I swear by.

If you don't see the exact style you're looking for, click on any boot and Amazon will give you lots of other options.

Shopping should be simple.

(Photo by me)

Sorel Womens boots

My Sorels are very heavy, so they're not great for running or walking for a long time.

OK..they are not really pretty, but fashion doesn't count when you are stuck miles from nowhere in the Alaska bush.

I like the fact that they have a replaceable felt liner, are waterproof and come up the upper part of my calf..

Chances are, where you live, fashion DOES count, so I hope you like these Sorel fashion boots.

Sorel Women's Caribou NL1005 Boot,Shale/Stone,8 M US
Sorel Women's Caribou NL1005 Boot,Shale/Stone,8 M US

Rated to -40


Pile cuff for added warmth and fashion appeal

Sorel Women's Snow Angel Lace Boot,Rootbeer,8 M
Sorel Women's Snow Angel Lace Boot,Rootbeer,8 M

Rated to -25


Cute, comfortable and very stable


Sorel Cate the Great

Available in other colors and sizes.

Sorel Cate The Great Boot - Women's Tusk/Stone, 10.0


manmade sole

Hand-stitched suede and faux fur uppers offer warmth and style

Seam-sealed construction keeps water out and warmth in

Strong, durable, vulcanized rubber bottoms provide grip on ice and snow

Soft Innerboot and frost plug made from recycled felt block cold and ice comfortably

Baffin..Home of the Inuit

These are the heavy hitters of warm boots. Some are rated to -148.

I have a shorter pair of Baffins which I really like for snowshoeing because they are incredibly warm and incredibly light.

The only problem with the shorter boots is that I have to wear gators in deeper snow.

Click on any boot to see alternative colors, sizes and styles.

Baffin Women's Musher Insulated Boot,Pewter,8 M
Baffin Women's Musher Insulated Boot,Pewter,8 M

Rated to -148


Adjustable straps and locking snow collar for guaranteed warmth


Rated to -40


Fashionable, all purpose winter boot.

Baffin Women's Nunavut Insulated Boot,Black,6 M US
Baffin Women's Nunavut Insulated Boot,Black,6 M US

Rated to -40


Lightweight and great fir


Baffin Kamala Insulated Boots

These look great with tights and skinny jeans.

Available in other sizes and colors.

Baffin Women's Kamala Insulated Boot,Sand,10


Rubber sole

Shaft measures approximately 9 1/2" from arch

Heel measures approximately 1 1/2"

Platform measures approximately 1. inches

Boot opening measures approximately 12 1/2" around

Sized to be worn with heavy socks

Tips on Buying Winter Boots

Choose your boots in your regular size.

There should be room for a good pair of socks inside.

Never buy boots that are too small. Your feet will get very cold.

Some of these boots are so warm, your feet may sweat. Choose sports socks that wick away moisture.

It's important to keep your feet dry. Thar's why every boot showcased here is waterproof. Wet feet in very cold temperatures aren't just uncomfortable. They can be life threatening.

(Another photo of the Rankin Inlet blizzard)

What are your favorite brands of winter boots?

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    • NatureFan LM profile image

      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      I primarily use Sorels. Great lens. Outdoor adventurer approved. ;)

    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for showing a great selection of boots

    • Jo-Jackson profile image

      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I'm glad I don't have to deal with the temperatures you mention. these look very practical boots to keep your feet warm.

    • flinnie lm profile image

      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these are very nice winter boots. I hate having cold feet or hands.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are all fabulous boots. I would have trouble choosing a favorite!