When purchasing women's boots for snow and ice, you want them to be not only warm, but comfortable, durable and waterproof. Soles that prevent slipping should be an important consideration. Snow boots are designed for times when you'll be walking through deeper snow and want boots that will keep you dry and warm. They should be high enough to prevent snow from getting inside and should have a closure at the top. Stores like Masseys and Shoes.com sell a variety of boots. Here are five styles to consider:

1. Bean Boots by L.L. Bean

Bean Boots are constructed from waterproof leather and are shearling lined for comfort and warmth. The lacing allows the boots to be worn laced up or rolled down. The boot bottom is lined with Thinsulate insulation for extra warmth. The boots are triple stitched. Bean Boots were designed specifically for use in the Maine woods which can be muddy and wet and are a favorite with L.L. Bean customers.

2. Columbia Sportswear Women's Bugaboot Omni-Heat Snow Boot

The Bugaboot was introduced to the market in 1993. Columbia Sportswear has made improvements and now uses Omni-Heat® technology. Omni-Heat wraps your feet in warmth like a blanket. The upper portion of the boot is made from split suede leather. The hooks are made to fit securely and keep moisture out. The insulation will protect you at temperatures of 25 below zero. The outer sole grips the ground to keep you from slipping on ice.

3. Kamik Women's Snow Boots

Kamik Boots are made to protect your feet warm and dry in extreme cold. Kamik makes a variety of snow boots that are constructed of high quality materials. Juneau Women's Winter Boots are 10 inches high, waterproof, and come with a removable liner. The top features a fleece snow collar. The outersole is designed for maximum traction. The insulation uses technology from the space program for maximum warmth. Canuck Winter Boots are designed to withstand temperatures of 40 below zero. The waterproof construction keeps rain and snow out. The Lace-Lock on the snow collar can be adjusted. The boots are made with a removable liner, and the laces across the mid section of the foot are adjustable for maximum comfort.

The Stratford Women's Winter Boot is designed to keep your feet warm and dry, but is stylish enough to wear with more dressy clothes. The uppers are waterproof and the highest quality insulation is used. The insulation is constructed of foam and fleece. The outsole will prevent slips on the ice.

4. North Face Nuptse Fur IV Boot

North Face Boots are designed for durability, warmth and style. The Nuptse Fur IV style is insulated with down and laces up to keep feet warm and dry. The insulation is made from plush 600 fill and features a warm, faux fur lining. A durable water repellent material is used on the exterior of the boot to be extra resistant to snow and rain.

5. Sorel Cate The Great Boot

Sorel Cate Boots are designed for warmth and protection against rain and snow. Seams are sealed and waterproof. The upper portion of the boot is constructed of waterproof suede. An innerboot liner is constructed of felt. The rubber shell is waterproof and has a herringbone outer sole.