Even the icy plains of Hoth wouldn’t pose a challenge for the Nupste Fur IV by The North Face. Tootsies remain dry in a water-repellent sheath of down-insulated, recycled-polyester ripstop, while ankles stay extra-snug in a faux-fur swaddle of 100 percent recycled PET.
Note: May contain goose down.
Clad in a seam-sealed canvas-and-rubber shell—and lined with a removable “InnerBoot” made from recycled polyester felt—the 1964 Premium Canvas boot by Sorel is rated for temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Plus, the low-profile herringbone outsole is grippy enough for perilous icy patches that threaten to thwart your dignity at every turn.
HIGH AND MIGHTY
As bespoke as you can get—without the vertiginous prices, that is—Patagonia’s Fiona offers tough-as-nails recycled-nylon ripstop, a supportive arch shank, and stretchy neoprene at the rear for a custom fit. The knee-high boot also includes a recycled polyester lining and synthetic PrimaLoft Eco insulation for a one-two punch of warmth without sending feathers flying.
We’ll try not to judge. If UGG-style booties are your jam, take the animal hide out of the equation with the Neauara’s Robin which comprises waterproof synthetic suede (derived from recycled plastic bottles, natch) and the cushiest faux fur lining this side of the Tundra.
GREAT WHITE NORTH
Made in Canada, where people know cold, the Alexandra by Kamik features a quilted nylon upper, cushy fleece-and-foam insulation, and a molded felt insole for plush underfoot comfort. Bonus: You can send the boot back to Kamik for recycling when it’s ready to shuffle off the mortal coil.
Note: May contain fleece.
Sure, the Kelly Vinter by Tretorn may look like an old-fashioned rubber rain boot, but the faux-fur and post-industrial mesh lining would beg to differ. An EcoOrtholite insole, made from non-food bio-oil, completes the cushy setup.
Originally published Jan. 5, 2012