Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. The prevailing trend among boots this winter? Lightweight, low-profile, comfortable designs that don’t sacrifice performance, whether you’re wearing them to tromp through deep snow drifts, get out for a quick hike in what little sunlight there is, or simply stay upright on icy sidewalks. Check out the quick reviews below of our top five snow boots, then scroll down for helpful buying advice and full reviews of these pairs and other top performers. The Bushman stands up to water, odor, oil, and acid without the typically clunky feel of a work boot. Snow boots offer two main advantages over work boots and hiking boots: They are insulated to keep you warm and have higher-traction soles to contend with slippery conditions. Winter boots are typically also waterproof, an important feature if you live in a climate where it snows or rains regularly. Most boot makers use synthetic insulation—such as 3M Thinsulate, PrimaLoft, or their own proprietary material—because it works better when wet than natural insulation, like wool or down. It works by trapping the warmth coming of...