13 best adults' snow boots

Don’t slip up during the next cold snap or on a wintery holiday. We find footwear for everything from frost to foot-deep adventures

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When blizzards hit, wellies and woollies won’t cut it if you want to stay warm as well as dry. Invest in a pair of snow boots with high-tech tricks – you won’t slip up if you choose from our pick of the best.

{1} Vivobarefoot Kula: £90, amazon

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With enough room to allow feet to move naturally, this is the closest you’ll come to walking barefoot in the snow (we hope). Thinsulate lining and lush fake fur trim means they’re warm and cosy as well as superbly comfortable.

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{2} Merrell Natalya: £175, amazon

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We like the old-school styling of these waterproof hikers. Lots of laces, but a sneaky side zip too, thankfully. There’s a Polar-tec anti-odour fleece lining and a more supportive foot bed than many of the boots we tried. Comes in three colours.

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{3} Helly Hansen Women's Iskoras: £130, Spartoo

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Don’t let the pompoms and faux-folksy embroidery fool you – these may look fun but they have advanced thermal technology. We tested in a harsh Scandi winter and toes were toasty, even in sub-zero temperatures. Waterproof and wonderful.

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{4} Hanwag Tudela Mid Winter GTX: £183, Bergzeit

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Hanwag’s IceGrip technology is quite mind-boggling, but skipping the science, they’ve added sandpaper-like glass particles to the rubber soles of these sturdy Gore-Tex numbers to give a rock-steady grip on ice.

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{5} Olang Venere Bre OC: £110, Camping World

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Hate flats? Can’t wear heels in the snow? Now you can – these Italian wedge boots have ingenious anti-slip spikes that swivel out to grip the ice when needed. The height of snow chic

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{6} Nordic Grip Overshoes: £55, Wiggle

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The perfect Norwegian solution for snowy commutes. Slip these over smart shoes, stay upright with the aid of 16 strategically placed tungsten studs then remove for a smart entrance to the office. Genius.

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{7} Sorel Caribou Boot: £130, amazon

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The classic Canadian heavyweight snow boot, Sorels have been a favourite since 1962, with good reason. They’re impermeable when it comes to wet and cold and the chunky leather and bonded seams mean they’ll serve you for years to come.

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{8} Norton Brass: £250, Clarks

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Not a fan of après-ski style, but still need to brave a blizzard? Clarks have teamed up with motorbike legends Norton to make the perfect leather boot for winter. Goodyear-welted and weatherproof, they’re pure class.

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{9} Ecco Trace Lite: £80, amazon

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Ecco have a great reputation for ergonomic comfort and these don’t disappoint. There are removable, padded insoles and a special water-repellent treatment, Hydromax, which stops leather getting tough and inflexible after a slushy drenching.

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{10} Siberian Chic Whistler Tall Boots: £279, amazon

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Where other sheepskin boots turn to mush, these Siberian beauties use will keep chic sledgers warm and dry. Seriously sturdy, the soles have impressive grip (and you can request the OC sole system as on the Olang boots above). The hand-stitched uppers are of oligarch-worthy quality, too.

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{11} Timberland Eurosprinter Hiker: £70, Footasylum

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The most lightweight of the boots we tested, these give you the non-slip sole and waterproof uppers you need to see you through winter. With more of the feel of a trainer than a heavy hiking boot, they’re great if you’re doing a lot of dashing through the snow

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{12} Lands’ End Renata Laced: £40, Land's End

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American brand Lands’ End certainly know how to do cold weather. Their kids’ Snow Flurry boots were our testers’ favourites and these scored highly with the grown-ups too. In a choice of burgundy, chocolate brown and black, they’re really well insulated.

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{13} Teva Jordanelle: £69, amazon

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These are brilliant. Not only waterproof, grippy and insulated, there’s a removable liner and even a little zipped compartment at the back of each boot that contains a storage bag. Teva have thought of everything.

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Verdict: Sorel boots have it sewn up, plus they come in so many styles there’s something for everyone, but if you want to look forward to winter every year, then Siberian Chic should be your investment of choice.

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