If you are heading to a snowy getaway in Europe, and wondering what to wear, we got you covered. In this post, we will share some of the best boots for European winter, that you must pack for your trip.
6 Best Boots for European Winter
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Europe in Winter
Europe in winter is a varied landscape. The temperatures and activities that you can enjoy across the continent are very unique and diverse.
For the purpose of this article, we will be sharing boot options for cities/places where there is a distinct winter season – temperatures around 5 degrees or lower, with or without snow. This won’t include many warm islands or countries in the Mediterranean where it is fairly warm throughout the year.
- Cities in Western Europe like Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, etc. experiences mild winters (as compared to winters in northern Europe, or even back home in Canada). Winters set in November, and last till the early weeks of February.
- Depending on the month of travel and the amount of time you plan to spend outdoors – an ankle-length, mid-calf to tall boots, which can withstand up to – 10 degrees are a good idea. Of course, everyone’s cold threshold is different, so wearing thick warm socks or long johns is essential. For the most part, rely on the shoe label – if it says withstand up to “XX” degrees – it is true. If the temperatures drop or feel cooler to you, layer on – that’s what I normally do (and this gal has walked/braved up to – 45 degrees in Canada. And the places we have visited in Europe so far, we have not experienced such extreme temperatures – at least not yet).
- Popular cities in Eastern and Northern Europe are much colder as compared to their western counterparts. Whether you are on a winter hike or skiing, or not, wear proper winter boots, those that can withstand up to -25 degrees. My preference is taller boots to keep warm, but mid-calf boots are also great. Just layer on!
Types of boots for European winters
- Ankle length boots – Ankle length boots are perfect for winter cross-over months like early November or January – February. They are easy to wear and to take off. Most ankle-length boots that I own don’t have any zipper details – so it is easy to take off and on. They also look super chic. Perfect to wear indoors and outdoors.
- Mid-calf length boots – Mid-calf length is the MOST popular, as it is not too short nor tall. It provides warmth to your legs, even in extreme winters. Mid-calf boots are also great for those who have larger calf muscles. Because the boots are not tall, ladies who are blessed with calves will find it comfortable to wear these types of boots. The only limitation of mid-length boots is that some boots may not be versatile to wear indoors or style with other outfits. For example, if you are wearing a sweater dress, ankle-length or tall boots are better than casual/sporty mid-length boots.
- Tall boots – Tall boots are great for crossover as well as extreme winter months. On one hand, you will find fashionable gorgeous pair of black suede tall boots that can go very well with a pretty dress. But they are not for outdoors, nor for extreme winters. Faux leather or synthetic material tall boots lined with fleece/warm material are perfect for that. They provide warmth, and their outsoles have a strong grip to walk on slippery-snowy surfaces – those are great for wandering outside.
We have listed some of the best boots for European winters and have included pictures and temperatures for reference.
Marks/DH Laura Lace Up Boots
One of the reasons for curating this post was due to the fact that I had received so many inquiries about my boots pictured in our Iceland posts. The tall brown boots are from Marks WareHouse, a Canadian retailer. These boots are perfect if you are looking for warmth while keeping things trendy!
One of the main reasons, I went for this pair of boots is that the toe portion doesn’t have additional material or colors. The entire boot is seamlessly made up of one tan brown color, lined with faux Sherpa inside and fur trim on top. It has a sock for added warmth, and laces as well as a zipper pull, which is super handy.
These boots were worn in Iceland, in up to (minus) -8 degrees. I had walked/climbed over uneven slippery surfaces in southern Iceland while chasing waterfalls. They have deep lugs on the outsoles that help improve traction on road surfaces.
These boots are best suitable for mild to moderate winters up to – 10 degrees. They will keep you warm, protected and in style!
UGG Adirondack III Snow boots
If you are looking for boots to withstand over minus 20 to 25 degrees, then I would suggest another pair of boots. Although I have not tried them in Europe, they work like magic in Canada – so they are best recommended if you are indulging in snowshoeing activities, or walking in areas with lots of accumulated snow.
They are not tall boots but the “look” is quite similar to the boots mentioned above (Marks/DH Laura boots). These UGG Adirondack III Snow boots can withstand cold up to -32 degrees, is waterproof and SUPER warm. It beats the DH Laura boots in that aspect. They are wide, and it will comfortably fit all (regardless of calf sizes!)
Shoe and calf comfort are an important factor when I buy my boots – they shouldn’t be tight. They should be wearable comfortably; if it can expand – ever better.
However, keep in mind, most tall winter boots (that are meant for walking in snow) won’t have any expandable fabric, as it will not retain heat. But these UGG Adirondack III Snow boots are not tall length, so you won’t need the expandable option. And it comes with wider sizing, so it fits perfectly.
Sorel Joan of Arctic boots
By Michelle from The Wandering Queen
One of my favorite boots I love to wear in Europe during the winter is the Sorel Joan of Arctic boots. These boots are some of the most stylish yet warm boots. They are great for harsh winter temperatures and for sloshing around in deep snow. I have even used them in cold, muddy situations. They are incredibly durable and will keep your feet warm and dry.
Some of my favorite places that I have used the Joan of Arctic is in Switzerland and Iceland. The boots kept me comfortable throughout the harsh cold winter days in Europe. I was able to walk around Zermatt and Southern Iceland without having to worry about getting cold and wet feet.
I also loved how they looked in my pictures. The Joan of Arctic boots is one of the most stylish shoes in the market. It is an excellent buy for any winter European trip.
Terradora boots from KEEN
By Chelsey from My Explore With Me
One of my most favorite winter boots is the women’s Terradora boots from KEEN. There are many reasons as to why I love this boot, however, the most prominent reason being they kept my feet warm when it was -5 degrees out. This San Diego born and raised girl is not used to cold temperatures, so I knew I needed to find a good winter boot that would keep my feet warm.
I love these boots because they have a freeze rubber outsole for traction and a thermal heatshield footbed that helps capture warmth to keep your toes all warm and snuggly.
I find these boots to be extremely comfortable to wear not only around town but also while hiking. They offer the ability to stay active all winter long.
KEEN offers tons of different winter hiking boots, but I chose these ones because they appeared comfortable, they are waterproof, they are lightweight and they can actually be worn in up to -25 degree weather. These winter boots have stayed true to the online description and I absolutely love them.
If you are looking for a pair of winter boots for your next adventure then I highly recommend checking out KEEN.
Eastland Women’s Blair Boot
By Taylor from Brown Eyed Flower Child
My absolute favorite boot for European travel during the colder months is the Eastland Women’s Blair Boot. I swear by these ankle-length boots because they are convenient, comfortable and stylish!
Since Europe is where I mainly travel to and also where I walk the most, my Blair boots are perfect as it offers the Eastland Exclusive Active Memory Foam comfort insole that supports and conforms to the curves of my foot. It makes walking over cobblestone streets as easy as walking over a powdery sand beach.
In addition, to support and comfort, the Eastland Women’s Blair Boot also features a heel zipper so you could easily take your boots on and off. This comes in handy when you need to take off your shoes during airport security!
I also don’t have to worry about ever tying and untying my shoes. The Eastland Women’s Blair Boot is also fashionable and chic and they go well with almost every outfit. I wore my Blair boots with a dress in England and Scotland; a pair of jeans and overalls at the European Christmas markets and even with insulated leggings during my ski trip to the Italian Dolomites.
The Eastland Women’s Blair Boots are perfect for all types of travel and I honestly don’t know what I would do without mine!
KEEN Footwear Women’s Elena Boot
KEEN footwear is one of my favorite shoe brands. What I like about them is the durability, style options, and comfortable soft insole/footbed, paired with a tough outer sole. They are super easy to clean as well.
These pair of Elena boots are trendy with nice fabric and color detail. They are perfect for cross-over months when the temperatures are above 0 degrees, and also for colder months up to (minus) – 20 degrees. The outer sole grip is good for uneven and cobblestoned lanes. And due to the unique detailing, they are also great for indoors – they give a nice polished, yet a casual vibe.
We hope you found this post useful! Let us know if you have a favorite pair of winter boots for Europe!
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