As I write this, snow is falling outside in the first real winter storm of 22/23, and the town is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming winter! However, in between bluebird days at the resort or in the backcountry, we need boots that will keep our feet toasty and dry for shoveling snow, sledding with the kids, or just making it across the grocery store parking lot. For all of that, here are some of our top picks for snow boots this winter.
Best Boot for Snowshoeing
For frequent shoppers, you know that one of our favorite hiking boot brands is Oboz. What happens when their design team sits down to create the ultimate winter boot? They create the Oboz Bangtail Mid. Starting with the sole, this boot features a Vibram Arctic Grip outsole, which is specifically designed to provide enhanced grip on ice. Additionally, the heel is extended to offer extra surface area and grip when walking downhill. On top, the Bangtail features Primaloft Bio insulation, which is a 100% recycled material, to keep your feet toasty warm. Top this all off with Oboz’s breathable B-Dry waterproofing, and a large lug on the rear of the boot to hold a snowshoe binding strap in place, and you have a serious winter boot that can keep up with all of your Sierra adventures!
Best Boots for Town
Sometimes we need a boot that blends functionality with a bit of style, and here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, we have you covered. For men, we recommend checking out a boot like the Bogs Arcata Urban Chelsea. This is a mid-height boot that also happens to be a slip-on. The boot is constructed with a solid rubber outsole with oversized lugs for excellent traction, and lined with a thermal neoprene. Once on your foot, it is comfortably snug and holds your foot in place. With the stylish black colorway, this is the perfect boot for clearing off your car so you can make it to your dinner reservation on time!
For women, one of our favorite boots is the Sorel Explorer Joan. This mid height boot features a faux fur collar to help keep snow and cold drafts from getting into your boots, keeping your feet warm and dry! To help fight against cold feet, the boot also features 100 grams of insulation. The outsole features a high-traction rubber core to keep you upright in slick and snowy conditions.
Also make sure to check out Tahoe Mountain Life in downtown Truckee, on Jibboom Street next to Coffeebar for a wider selection of winter fashion, including boots from Danner, Sorel, and Blundstone!
Best Boots for Sledding or Shoveling Snow
Are you looking for a simple boot for clearing your driveway or going sledding with the kids? We carry a wide variety of basic snow boots as well. The Kamik Icebreaker is a fantastic choice for wading through deep snow. This boot features a two-part design. The outer boot has a solid rubber rain boot-style construction featuring a high-traction outsole. Within this is a removable felted liner which provides excellent warmth and comfort.
The Northside Modesto boot offers a stylish yet simple offering for women that will keep your feet warm throughout your outdoor adventures. A faux fur top and insulation throughout will keep your feet toasty in these waterproof boots.
Make sure to come into Tahoe Mountain Sports early to get the best availability in sizes and styles. We have a variety of other styles of winter boots available, and our knowledgeable sales staff will help you select the best winter boots for your needs!