Like it or not, the sludg-y, snow-y, sleet-y season is coming, and when it finally descends, you're gonna want a pair of the best men's winter boots in the game to keep your feet dry and your rear-end from hitting the pavement. A cool pair of sneakers will always be an option on a more mild winter day, but sometimes you've gotta come to grips with the fact that your kicks were designed for polished hardwood—or, at best, closely-mowed grass—not a bona fide Nor'easter. Here's the good news: Winter boots certainly lead with function as their primary purpose, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise on form. In fact, a great pair of winter boots delivers on all fronts—good-looks, grip, warmth, and as a nice bonus the occasional extra dose of sherpa-lined coziness. 

Even better news: those kind of boots are everywhere right now. Like the market explosions we've seen in the worlds of stylish rain boots, hiking boots, and even technical outerwear, functional menswear's stock as a widely accepted swerve is currently at an all-time high. Naturally, you've got the staple outdoors-y brands churning out winter boots that are completely BS-free, but even designer labels are delivering runway-ready options that can still hold their own in a winter dusting. Hell, there are even winter boots out there that we can endorse wearing with a suit, saving you the added baggage of towing an extra pair of office-ready lace-ups on your morning commute. So with all that in mind, we rounded up 25 of our favorite pairs—the very best men's winter boots on the market—to meet every formality, price, and need.

Check out the full feature at GQ.