Last winter was relatively mild, but we can’t exactly count on that being the case again. After all, this is DC, and frigid temperatures kind of come with the winter territory. But, that doesn’t mean we have to let them stop us from getting out and enjoying the great, urban outdoors. Arm yourself with one of these pairs of boots that are built to keep your feet plenty toasty, even when the temperatures are anything but.
These waterproof boots are not only specially treated and sealant-taped to keep your feet bone-dry, but they’re also constructed with 200g Thinsulate and foam liner that’s comfort rated to -40F by the Performance Testing Council (PTC).
Marlie Winter Boots - Women’s, Santana Canada ($229). REI, 201 M St. NE, 202-543-2040
These boots are the epitome of rugged, winter style, without sacrificing warmth. The Pro-Dri waterproof membranes and the thermal insoles with radiant technology work together to keep the cold out; so much so that the boots are comfort rated to -22F.
Marcie Waterproof Snow Boot with Faux Fur Collar, Pajar ($240). Nordstrom, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-415-1121
Not a fan of wearing super-heavy footwear just to stay warm? These boots are proof you don’t have to—the nylon construction means they’re super lightweight, but they’re also comfortable (memory-foam insoles!), waterproof, and warm (temperature rated to -30F).
Though there’s no mention of a temperature rating for these men’s boots, the fact that they’re loaded with 400 grams of PrimaLoft insulation is a pretty good indicator that they’ll hold up in sub-freezing weather.
If (or when) a DC blizzard hits, you should have no problem tromping through several inches of snow in these knee-high, waterproof boots, made with a slip-resistant sole and overall construction that’s temperature rated to -22F.
Fully Wooly Lace Up Boots, Woolrich ($160). REI, 201 M St. NE, 202-543-2040
Though these lace-up boots are relatively sleek compared to some other men’s winter boots out there, they certainly don’t sacrifice the important stuff, namely water-resistance and warmth. They’re temperature rated to -25F.