There's nothing worse than plunging a foot straight into the dirty slush of a snow melt. Luckily, retailers have started to put winter boots on sale and discount sites are featuring last year's models. These boots for men, women, and kids cost less than $40 and will keep feet dry and warm.
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Women on the go will enjoy the Athletech Quade ($20 on sale at Kmart), a simple black winter boot with a convenient front zipper and faux-fur collar. A padded footbed and treaded sole provides cushion and stability on slippery surfaces. The boot also comes in pristine white.
ARCTIV8 FAUX-FUR SNOW BOOTS
For a women's mid-calf boot with a soft exterior, Arctiv8 faux-fur snow boots (starting at $35 on sale on Amazon). are available in different looks and colors. The Thermolite insulation is designed to withstand temperatures down to 25 degrees below zero.
Available in black and brown, the Totes Hina mid-calf boot for women (starting at $20 on Amazon for limited sizes) features a stylish quilted design and a wrap-around belt at the ankle. Faux fur lining and Thermolite insulation keep feet and calves toasty, even when it's 20 degrees below zero.
The Esprit Willow ($30 from 6pm) has non-slip rubber treading and a minimal heel. Two-tone shoelaces and an attractive lace-up design add style. Pair these with warm fleece leggings or skinny jeans for a perfect winter outfit.
EASY SPIRIT KAYSA
The faux suede exterior of the women's water-resistant Kaysa cold-weather boot ($40 on sale from Easy Spirit) is simple and classic, and the interior features a compression-molded midsole and footbed. Go up half a size to wear with heavy socks.
For a pair of tall, sturdy women's boots to pair with leggings or jeans, look to the black Itasca Marais snow boots ($40 from Sierra Trading Post). Laces and furry eyelets ensure snugness, a rubber outsole provides traction, and there's an insulating insole.
LANE BRYANT FAUX-SUEDE LACE-UP
Lane Bryant's faux-suede lace-up wide-width snow boot ($40 on sale) will suit women looking for a sleek ankle boot that keeps their feet warm and dry. An encircling buckle adds style. Choose from black and gray.
TOTES MIKE DUCK BOOT
Totes' Mike duck boot for men (about $20 on Amazon in limited sizes) has an upper leather portion connecting to a sturdy rubber shell for insulation and protection. The interior and padded collar cushion the foot, and a front zipper adds convenience.
TOTES STADIUM SNOW BOOT
Men can wear Totes' Stadium snow boot (starting at $35 on sale at Sears) with ski pants, jeans, or even work pants. The leather look is dressy, but the boot has height, waterproofing, soft fleece lining, and Thermolite insoles for warmth and versatility.
HI-TEC CORNICE JR.
Playing in the snow calls for heavy-duty boots. The Hi-Tec Cornice Jr. winter pac boot for girls ($40 from Sierra Trading Post) is insulated and waterproof and provides solid traction. A fleece collar and soft lining keeps everything cushioned.
KAMIK SNOBUSTER 2
Boys and girls will appreciate the Kamik Snobuster 2 winter boots ($33 from Rogan's Shoes). They're waterproof and designed to withstand the elements, but flexible and lightweight.
Girls who favor the Ugg style will go gaga over the Cherokee Gelsey ($15 on sale at Target). It features cozy white faux fur lining and a side toggle for easy closure.
CAT & JACK HANS
Parents who dress their toddlers in style will like Cat & Jack's Hans bungee-pull winter boots ($15 on sale at Target). The gray wool and shearling materials will keep tiny feet toasty, and a toggle secures the laces so boots stay on. Cat & Jack offers a one-year satisfaction guarantee for return with a receipt.
CAT & JACK TERI
For toddlers who love colors and prints, consider Cat & Jack's Teri cold-weather boots ($15 on sale at Target). The lining of these purple boots is printed with colorful stars, and little feet are secured by a toggle and mid-calf lacing.
Toddlers who relish outside play will be glad to slip into Totes' Mae Girls Cold-Weather Boots ($30 on sale at JC Penney in limited sizes), which are water-resistant and have a bungie lace closure.