Sure, there may still be leaves on the ground and daylight until 7p.m., but your skis are waxed, your jacket’s re-waterproofed and you’re counting the days for season passes to go on presale. We get it, we’re winter people too. Here in the Pacific Northwest we see sloggy trails, snowy mountain passes, and sleet-covered streets on the regular. Our men’s winter boots and shoes are designed to keep you warm when you need it, and dry, always.
Which boot is the right one for your adventure? Choose the sentence below that describes your needs best.
“I’m looking for a heavy duty, do everything, no excuses winter boot.”
So your friend Jim finally talked you into doing the Tahoe Rim Trail, huh? In winter? Sounds like you need some new boots. One of our bestsellers for a reason, the Summit County is our most hardcore winter boot. Its rugged rubber sole reacts to different temperatures for secure grip on wet, dry or frozen terrain. Since we all know that cold, wet feet add approximately 57 additional hours to a day’s trail time, we built these boots with targeted KEEN.WARM insulation and a KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane that work together to keep your feet snug and happy. When a big snowdrift or icy patch makes the trail impassable in boots alone, strap on some snowshoes and gaiters and keep going.
Big hike in the morning and sledding with the kids in the afternoon? A bit lighter than the Summit County boot but still a go-to for winter recreation, our bestselling Targhee Lace boot works and plays hard. KEEN.WARM insulation and a waterproof construction with KEEN.DRY keep your feet in a cocoon of comfort from the moment you lace them up. Multi-directional lugs on the sole offer great traction to help you maintain your grip as you de-ice the car in the early morning darkness.
“Great insulation, ready-to-wear out of the box, and durable. I received on a Tuesday and by the weekend was spending 10-12 hours on my feet in near-/sub-freezing temps.” - Weekend Warrior in Virginia
Fun fact: The Targhee Lace boot has a salt-resistant upper, so they hold up and look good even in snowplow season.
“I’m looking for a more stylish winter boot, something that says, “I’m rugged and I look good (even when the forecast doesn’t).”
A versatile winter boot with a slip-on design, our Brixen II travels from the ski lodge to a retirement party without blinking an eye. The low height makes it easy to get them on and off, but won’t leave your feet feeling damp or freezing (like other low-cut boots tend to). Feet stay warm with an insulated, waterproof design and a triple-layer footbed that captures warmth and keeps it in.
“These puppies slipped onto my feet as if they were custom made for me. I can wear them for hours and hours of walking in pure comfort.” - Wish you were here in Oregon
Pro tip: Feet of fresh snow outside and low-slip ons won’t cut it? Check out the Anchorage Boot III. They have the same slip-resistant tread pattern as the Brixen II but with a keep-the-snow-out height.
Need something a little more casual? Say, for holiday caroling or winter markets filled with miles of aisles? Look no further than the Slater II boot. Just right for walking long distances or standing around waiting for your ride to show up, they have an insulated build made with naturally water-resistant, environmentally preferred leather (which means it comes from Leather Working Group-certified tanneries that reduce chemicals to help preserve and protect our water).
“It's 28 degrees outside and my feet are warm and dry. What more can I say?” - BPRodney in Colorado
“I’m constantly running in and out of the house. Got any indoor-outdoor styles?”
Winter boot meets favorite slipper. Quickly slip on the Howser boot to run and get the mail, take out the recycling or holler at the neighborhood kids (why are they using those hockey sticks that way?!). They’re made of water-resistant nylon with a soft lining so you can wear them with or without socks. The rubber outsole is just right for dog walks and helping unload groceries, but it doesn’t feel clunky indoors.
“These shoes are great as indoor slippers or boots for the outdoors. Even in sub freezing temperatures, my feet stayed warm and toasty.” - Kozy Ken in Texas
Added bonus: In addition to a boot, you can also get the Howser as a low slide or lace-up chukka (if it were up to us, this slipper-shoe would come in a dozen more styles, too).
It’s raining in Oregon (big surprise), snowing in the Midwest and just cold as heck in New York, but your feet would never know it tucked in KEEN winter boots. Check out all our cold-weather styles here.