Ever heard the saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad footwear”? As a kid, you probably heard it rhymed off on the snowiest of days, but some decades (and cold-climate experience) later, you’ve come to realize it’s actually true. This belief is at the core of Kamik, a Canadian footwear brand that designs boots for the whole family. Its driving belief? That life is better when we’re together outside.

With a motto like that, you’ve got to be fashioning pretty exceptional boots. Drawing on time-honoured craftsmanship and investing in innovative technology and materials, Kamik creates year-round footwear that hits on all the elements you need to thrive in the temperamental seasons: They’re durable, dependable and stylishly rugged.

Beyond uncompromising warmth and enduring style, sustainability serves as a foundational purpose for the brand. Its removable felt liners—made with recycled-plastic material—are crafted in Kamik’s zero-waste factory in Hamburg, Ont. That translates to more than 15 million recycled plastic bottles over the past five years. Even the brand’s leather does good by the environment: 100 percent of its leathers come from tanneries that have been rated “gold” by the Leather Working Group. What’s more impressive is that 70 percent of Kamik’s products are made in North America with domestic and imported materials, which is a real rarity in the fashion space.

Styles to Covet

A spot-on representation of Kamik as a whole is its made-in-Canada Kamik Heritage 1898 collection. Nodding to the year the brand was founded, these picks are a dedication to its authenticity, timelessness and versatility.


Consider the Abigail: a chic seam-sealed rain boot with a quilted upper that gives off classic equestrian vibes. It’s made with Kamik’s RubberHe, an ultra-light but strong rubber that delivers flexibility and traction on every surface. Coming back to the brand’s sustainability mandate, this proprietary rubber is 100 percent recyclable, so it won’t end up in a landfill.

Price: $130


Sienna 3

When winter and its perma-chill roll around, the Sienna 3 is your boot: Its sustainable Heat-MXTM thermal insulation keeps feet warm in temps as low as -20°C, while a combination of waterproof leather and a water-resistant knit shut out both ice and snow. Imagine a winter where you look good and stay warm in the outdoors…. With Kamik, you might actually pine for the cooler seasons.

Price: $160