Cole Haan combines the best of winter style and function in this $200 all-terrain, waterproof hiker boot

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From running sneakers to dress shoes and dressy booties, we’ve confirmed time and again that Cole Haan is the master of mixing comfort and style. Now, I can confidently add hiker boots to this unofficial hall of fame.

New York’s endless winter last year taught this wide-eyed LA native that sturdy snow boots (and an ultra-warm jacket) are a necessity, not a friendly suggestion. With Cole Haan’s ZERØGRAND All-Terrain Waterproof Hiker Boot in my possession, I actually feel adequately prepared – even, dare I say, excited – for all the whims of winter weather this year.

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On the style front, they’re sleek yet cozy, pairing a cool crocodile-embossed leather and gold hardware with soft wool detailing and ice skate-style lacing. Other varieties of this boot feature nubuck uppers, silver hardware, and herringbone or plaid wool.

What brings the fashionable boot to the next level, however, are features both visible and invisible to the naked eye. The exterior, save for the wool detailing, is waterproof, and the base of the shoe is wrapped in a stiff patent panel that invites you not to dip tentatively, but jump fully into puddles and snowbanks. Even though it’s white, a shoe color I usually don’t wear since it’s hard to keep clean, it’s really easy to wipe down once I get indoors.

The grooves of the outsole let you navigate concrete and cobblestone streets just as securely as dirt and rocky terrains. This rubber outsole also contains Cole Haan’s signature Grand.ØS tech, a flexible and cushioned energy foam that supports foot movements and gives you an extra bounce in each step. Thanks to this thick, supportive, and textured foundation, I know I won’t risk slipping and falling like I did during winter days past.

On the inside, there’s a slightly padded sock lining that stays put throughout the day. You’re better off wearing regular socks since this lining molds closely to your foot and keeps it warm, so if you like wearing thick socks in the winter, I would recommend sizing up. To help your foot slide in and in case you need to adjust the fit, there are convenient pull tabs at the heel of the boot.

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The versatile boot comes in several styles:

The one I own is the Limited Edition version, so unfortunately not many sizes are available anymore. If you’re interested in this pair, it’s better to act quickly. But the other styles are also cute and have the same comfort and fit highlights that I mentioned above.

I’ve worn these boots during a few nasty storms now, and I can’t wait to put them through their paces for the remainder of the season. Though they’re pricey, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more stylish iteration of a classic hiker boot.

Shop the ZERØGRAND All-Terrain Waterproof Hiker Boot at Cole Haan:

Women’s: $199.95-$280

Men’s: $239.95-$300