During a time of year when the conditions threaten to change every few hours, having a versatile boot becomes a seasonal necessity. In most of Canada, where the days grow longer and sunnier but piles of snow still coat the ground, we’re often left unsure of what footwear to brave the everyday. It can feel daunting, overwhelming, and nearly impossible to find functional performance footwear that still meets your style requirements. However, not to fear: the perfect pair of Canadian boots do, in fact, exist.
While your search for the best boot might have felt hopeless in the past, rest assured there’s no reason to give up. We’ve curated a list of the best performance boots among Canadian retailers sure to fit your everyday needs. Whatever the use, whether it’s hiking, traversing the rain, intense snow sports, or even navigating urban streets, these cold-weather kicks can withstand anything.
Sorel Cheyanne Metro Lace Boot
This mid-length boot provides all-weather protection with the comfortability of a sneaker. Designed with a rubber outsole and toe, it’s a crafty combination of a rain and snow boot. Encompassed with insulation and waterproofing, they’re perfect for a chilly day in the city. If you’re still not sure, slip your feet into them; the insoles provide additional warmth, making long days outdoors doable.
Santana Canada Tallon Black/Fuschia
Where else can you find a comfortable, fashionable, and sustainable boot featuring a bold new design? Apparently, Santana Canada is a good place to start. The Tallon is a high-performance boot sourced from eco-friendly materials and is jam-packed with different components to maximize comfort. The boot is wrapped in premium leather and water-resistant fabric, suited for all kinds of weather. The ribbed collar makes for your snuggest fitting boot yet, so that your feet can safely tackle the great outdoors.
This women’s boot is both fashion-forward and functional. Baffin is great at creating boots fit for snow-covered frozen terrain, and the SNOGOOSE are no exception. Built for moderate and high activity levels, the boot boasts expert technology from base to toe. With half a dozen different types of insulation, this boot could brave any kind of weather or winterized sport.
Arc’teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boot
Arc’teryx might be new to producing Canadian boots, but they made an international name for themselves as some of the best winterwear manufacturers in the world. The Acrux AR, billed as “a pinnacle of design” for climbing, is equally practical and durable. This lightweight black boot, while pricey, is the perfect high-performance footwear, emphasizing versatility across the board. With the support of Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit technology, the Acrux AR can meet anyone’s needs, no matter the purpose.
Kamik Workday 2 BX Winter Boot
On the outside, this looks like your traditional rain boot; high and rubberized, with a nylon collar. However, unlike a rain boot, the Workday 2 BX is designed for any forecast. Whatever your workday entails, this boot was crafted to be 100 percent waterproof as well as oil and acid resistant, meaning nothing is tougher than them. Additional features are superior traction, a safety toe, and they’re vegan-friendly. What could be better?
Maguire Amadora Cream
These boots are about as chic as they come; the white and black two-tone dynamic sets them apart from other styles, making them stand out in a crowd. The boots, which are easy to pull on, are more so for looking good in the streets. While they’re water-resistant and easy to clean, they’re most functional when it comes to keeping your feet warm with their sheepskin insoles. You won’t be disappointed.
Roots Nordic Winter Boot
The Nordic Winter Boot is designed for the coldest of days; with sherpa lining along the interior, your feet will always stay warm, no matter what you’re up to. The leather is completely waterproof, so if you find yourself on a winter camping trip or a winter trek, you’ll be just fine. Not only that, but these boots are stylish, comfy, and are sold with an extra pair of rugged laces in case your winter expeditions pose a challenge.
Whatever you’re seeking in a boot, the M1 Anfibio has it in droves. This is a staple for one’s closet; the M1 is a performance boot crafted in leather, with a wool-lined interior. Its mid-height and high tongue prevent snow from entering the boot, while the zippers are both stylish and functional, perfect for slipping the boot on or off. And, as if this wasn’t already a given, the M1 is waterproof. That means you can go about your day knowing your feet are going to stay protected.