The 10 Best Snow Boots Reviewed For Quality
If you don’t have the right winter shoes to keep yourself cool, dry, and as mobile as possible while out in the wilderness, you will find yourself cold, wet, and uncomfortable. This leaves you unable to enjoy the outdoors, end even worse, susceptible to the illnesses and injuries that can occur during extreme weather.
Some of the most important parts of your body that need to be protected are the feet. You need them to get you to safety and move from place to place. Having the right foot apparel can help ensure that they stay warm and dry in even the harshest conditions. With the right footwear, you can feel safe knowing that your feet are protected. Below is a list of the best options you can find to ensure your hunt in the winter months is successful!
In a Hurry? The test winner after 264 hrs of research
Excellent for general hiking
Good traction capabilities
Tight laces without discomfort
No break-in required
- Timberland White Ledge
- Kamik Nationplus
- Northside Kid’s
- Global Win 1632
- Sorel Carnival
- Bates Ultra-Lites
- KingsShow Leather
- Dream Pairs Ksnow
- Columbia Bugaboot Plus III
- London Fog Melton
- Daily Shoes Eskimo
- Baffin Wolf
- Denoise NY Quicksilk
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
15 Best Snow Boots
1. Timberland White Ledge
Excellent for general hiking
Good traction capabilities
Tight laces without discomfort
No break-in required
Designed for hiking more than anything else
Not designed for high intensity cold
Projects only foot and ankle from cold and wet
Timberland is all about bringing style and function together when it comes to clothes for the great outdoors and these are right in line with that design. They’re a combination of familiar material but stop at the ankle. Depending on what you need them for, they may be the right ones for you, but their design is certainly unique on this list.Read more
The biggest thing here is that this stops at the ankle. While many of these went up the calf and even claimed to be knee-highs, this is there to protect the foot and the foot only. That isn’t a good or bad thing in design, but it’s something you’ll want to keep in mind while shopping.
This design is very focused on making sure your foot is comfortable while wearing them. There’s a padded collar and a removable EVA dual density footbed on the inner portion. There’s also a pretty well-rated support system within the sole to keep you comfortable and moving while using them.
These are the shortest options thus far measuring just under 5in from arch to shaft, but, as we mentioned, they are designed to be an ankle style. They’ve got a rubber sole and a full-grain leather shell for waterproofing. That leather shell is also designed to be pretty good looking with an oiled finish. The multi-directional lugs provide good traction underfoot as well and the tongue is designed to relieve lace pressure while in use.
Reasonably priced when we take into consideration the brand name and quality.
2. Kamik Nationplus
Proven against intensely cold temperatures
Very sturdy build and mix of materials
Intuitive sizing to avoid hassle
Bottom tread is excellent against slippery surfaces
The shape of the boot can make them slightly uncomfortable to wear
May require knee-high socks to avoid discomfort
This is a boot breed for tackling cold, wet weather. There’s a lot of specifications and features that go into making this boot incredibly durable and incredibly effective from the insulation design to the materials used on the outer shell, this is going to be one serious boot for those that are hunting in some very, very cold places.Read more
Proven Against Cold
These boots are rated for effectiveness at 40 degrees below zero. While most hunters probably won’t be seeing temperatures like that, those of you in the wilds of Montana or in northern Canada are going to want to spring for these incredibly durable and well-tested boots.
Excellent Combination of Materials
It's lined with 200B Thinsulate insulation material and moisture wicking lining on top of that to make the inside of it 100% waterproof and incredibly warm while out in the elements. The outer shell of the boot features a highly effective rubber material at the sole while the shaft is wrapped in thick leather. The rings on the laces are also rust proof for best use.
These boots measure 10in from arch to shaft which gives some excellent coverage from foot to mid-calf. The platform gives you almost an inch in height over the wet ground and the combination of rubber, leather, and Thinsulate work together to create a waterproof, incredibly warm boot.
Worth it if you go outdoors frequently in winter time.
3. Northside Kid’s
Features rubber traction sole for stability
Has Thermolite insulation for extra warmth
The reflective pull heel helps you be seen during the night
Has an elastic toggle closure at the cuff
Top shell is made from lightweight thermoplastic
Some complaints about snow clumping on the soles
Issues with the elastic cord breaking
Kids love playing in the snow and keeping them warm and protected is important. These winter shoes feature a lightweight shell that is durable and designed to keep your feet dry. The hook and loop design makes it easy for your little one to quickly slide it on and off while still providing them with comfort and support. You also have a choice of 43 fun and colors and patterns, ensuring that your child will find something they love.Read more
If you’ve ever walked in some deep snow, then you know that cold, uncomfortable sensation you feel when some gets into your show and wets your socks. The cuff cinch helps prevent that providing you with the ability to pull an elastic cord and seal the opening.
Days are much shorter during the winter months, which mean you’ll be spending more time out in the dark. Help keep your kids safe by dressing them in reflective clothing, like the reflective heel pull on this item.
These children’s winter shoes are made from rubber, nylon and the shell is made durable and waterproof TPR shell. The fabric lining is comfortable and provides 200 grams of top-notch insulation. The reflective heel not only helps you be seen during the night, but it also helps when pulling your footwear on.
The prices vary depending on size, but they are still comparatively low.
4. Global Win 1632
Synthetic leather on the exterior which helps them look better for a longer period of time.
Fur lining on the inside that is comfortable and keeps your feet warm.
Removable EVA footbed
Rubber lug outsoles that help protect the boots from snow, salt, and ice.
Laces reach the top of the boots so that you can tie them securely.
Some reviewers have had issues with them not fitting properly making them hard to wear.
Other users have reported trouble with the quality and having them fail prematurely.
This is a stylish pair that features a fancy fur lining that looks great and will help you stay warm in the cold winter weather. They are made from a leather material that helps block snow and ice from getting in. In addition, these create a tight fit around your ankle so that you don't have to worry about snow or ice getting inside.Read more
These feature a fur lining on the inside and a fur collar on the top of the boots. This makes them look great while also helping you to stay toasty warm while you have them on.
The are encased with a protective rubber lug that helps to waterproof them and make them durable for the cold and icy winter months. You can expect these to continue to look great even after people have salted heavily.
Cost and Value
You should expect to see these sold at a price that is around the average for this style of footwear. This makes them into a great purchase because you can get a great pair without having to spend a lot.
5. Sorel Carnival
Features vulcanized rubber shell for extra durability
The nylon upper is waterproof and allows better mobility
Inner felt can be removed and washed
The synthetic sole provides amazing grip
Some found these too heavy
Some reviewers complained about pain in the back of the ankle
If you live in an area that experiences a lot of snow, or just want the best feet protection money can buy, Sorel’s Carnival winter footwear for women is the right choice for you. The synthetic sole provides great traction and the waterproof upper nylon and rubber shell ensures that your feet stay dry in the wettest conditions. You can choose from nine different color patterns, including Pewter/Black, Purple Dahlia, and Redwood/Candy Apple.Read more
Removable Inner Boot
Although this does a great job at keeping the moisture out, the warmth can also cause your feet to perspire. The inner felt boot is made from recycled material and can be removed and machine washed to ensure that it is always clean and odorless.
Vulcanized Rubber Shell
Vulcanization is a process in which chemicals are used to harden rubber. This helps ensure that it is completely waterproof and more durable; allowing you to enjoy the outdoors and continue your active lifestyle no matter what the weather is like.
Features and Specifications
The shaft measures at seven and a half inches from the arc and features a synthetic sole and a waterproof upper nylon for easy mobility and comfort. It is easy to maintain and the inner lining can be removed and washed. You can choose from nine different patterns, allowing you to find something that goes with your style.
Price and Quality
The price varies depending on the size and color of the item. However, it usually comes in the mid-price range and is quite stylish.
6. Bates Ultra-Lites
Cement construction that is still lightweight so that you can move in them.
There is a cushioned insert that is removable which will relieve foot pain.
They are made from a blend of leather and nylon that is easy to clean and durable.
Full rubber sole that is waterproof and helps you grip the ground.
You can stay comfortable thanks to the fully breathable lining.
Some reviewers have reported that they wore out much sooner than what they expected them to.
Other users have reported that the stitching on the heels is too weak and causes the sole to detach.
Here is an excellent option for both people who work and play outdoors in the snow. These will help you stay warm and dry in the cold and slippery weather but they will also protect your feet and ankles from any hazards that you might encounter on the job site. They feature an anti-slipping outsole so that you can walk with maximum traction and confidence in even icy weather.Read more
They have a full rubber sole which helps keep your feet from getting wet and will also grip the ground while you are walking in wet and slippery conditions. This will help keep you from getting injured when walking in slippery areas.
These have an eight-inch top which helps stabilize your ankles and keep snow and ice from getting inside of the boots. They lace all the way to the top so that you have a secure fit.
Cost and Value
These have a price that is much higher than the average price. The high price comes from the high-quality construction and safety features that are built into these so you can expect them to be long-lasting.
7. KingsShow Leather
Solid blend of materials for warmth
Proven brand name
Inner seams can come loose during high intensity use
Can discolor socks
This focuses on a couple different components when it comes to construction: waterproof rubbering, duck toe, and excellent lace construction. These are the shoes that want to be waterproof and live up to that expectation. A blend of waterproof leather and rubber keeps them dry and warm.Read more
The waterproof technology here starts at the rubber sole and toe and doesn’t doesn’t until it reaches to the top of the shaft. It blends rubber and leather to ensure the waterproof material is there protecting every part of your foot that the shoe covers.
Lace Up Construction
The lacing can be a crucial downfall of any waterproof footwear. It can be the place where water seeps in and makes you and your hunting trip miserable. The lace up construction is designed to ensure that doesn’t happen.
They measure 5.25 inches from arch to shaft, covering a good portion of the leg past the ankle and it’s all lined with waterproof rubber and leather They weight about 3 lbs so they won’t be too heavy to move around in and feature the duck toe for maximum waterproofing and protection.
The price on these is extremely good for everything you get with them. There’s a lot going on, but they’re priced low. So the price to value ratio is certainly in your favor when it comes to these.
If you need something completely and totally devoted to keeping your feet dry from snow or rain, then these are the right ones for you. They’ve got high levels of protection from the bottom to the top which makes them an excellent buy for anyone whose focus is on the waterproof features.
8. Dream Pairs Ksnow
Made from fully man-made rubber as well as other man-made materials.
There is a shell on the bottom that is fully waterproof so that you can stay dry.
Layer of Thermolite insulation that can insulate in extremely cold temperatures.
The shoe laces work on a bungee system where you pull one cord to tighten the laces.
Keeps your ankles protected because of the 9" shaft height that covers your feet.
Some reviewers have reported that these are too heavy which makes it hard to walk in them.
Other users have reported that they do not last as long as they should.
This pair is made from when you are going to be out in the below-freezing cold. They offer more than enough insulation that will keep your feet warm in even the most extreme winter weather. In addition to lots of insulation, they are waterproof on the bottom so that you won't get your feet while you are walking around in the snow or melting snow.Read more
They come with 200g of Thermalite insulation. This insulator is rated to keep you warm at temperatures that are as low as -25F so you can stay warm in even the coldest winter weather.
Waterpoof Shell Bottom
These have a fully waterproof shell on the bottom. The waterproof shell helps your feet to stay dry while you are walking in the snow itself or in puddles of melting snow that you may find.
Cost and Value
You will see these sold at a price that is lower than the average price. This makes them into a bargain buy because you can get full winter protection without having to spend a lot of money.
9. Columbia Bugaboot Plus III
Superior insulation technology
Incredibly comfortable wear
Proven and longstanding cold weather brand
Sizing allows for fit with wool and thicker socks
More designed for cold weather than for wear of use
Inner sole has been known to come loose
The brand name alone should say a lot about the design and intent for these. Columbia is a proven cold weather apparel maker. These are the real deal for winter weather from design to construction to proven effectiveness. If you need something for cold weather, these are going to be the ones to spring for.Read more
The insulation design on these doesn’t mess around at all. They’re equipped with a 200g insulation Omni Heat Reflective material that locks in heat and keeps it trapped to keep you warm. This is some serious heat technology that works better than traditional fur linings as it keeps your natural body heat locked in.
The outside compliments the insulation material with some serious design to withstand the elements. The outer wrapping is some heavy duty rubber mixed with leather and textile along the shaft for total and complete coverage.
This measures 7in in height from arch to shaft and all 7in of that is designed for total and complete coverage. The material design combines the waterproof capabilities of rubber with the comfort and outer protection of leather with the total comfort of textile. They weigh about 3lbs so a little on the heavier side for those looking for something a little bit lighter.
Certainly pricy. We recommend this option to serious hikers.
10. London Fog Melton
The top has an attractive layer of faux fur that makes them look great.
You will feel warm thanks to the fully lined interior that traps your body heat.
The shaft is 13 inches high which protects you from deep snow and cold.
You can plan on your feet staying dry because these are fully waterproof.
The faux leather on the outside helps add to the look without using animal products.
Some users have reported that the bottoms are sticky and pick up rocks.
Not a lot of tread on the sole so they can be slippery.
Anyone who wants to walk in the winter in style should consider these options made by London Fog. They offer superior protection against the cold winter weather in addition to their great style. You will love how they make you look and you can even walk in deep snow thanks to the tall height of this product that will reach almost to your knees. You can pair these with any jacket and look your best.Read more
13 Inch Shaft
These look great with their tall 13-inch shaft. The tall shaft will reach to about your knees and they can keep your legs warm while blocking out cold from snow and ice. This makes them into the perfect winter shoes.
There is faux fur located at the top that helps add to the style. Not only does it make them look great, but it will also keep the cold from getting inside.
Cost and Value
You should plan on seeing these sold at an average price. This makes them into an excellent value because they look great and will help you stay warm during the harsh winter months.
11. Daily Shoes Eskimo
The sole on the bottom is made from a slip-resisting rubber material.
Rather than using grommets, these have D-rings for the laces so that you can tie them tightly.
They are designed to reach your knees so that your legs and feet are protected from winter.
There is a layer of faux fur lining throughout the inside which helps you feel great.
Fully water resistant so that your feet do not get wet from melting snow.
Some reviewers have reported that these did not even last through one single winter season.
Other reviews have mentioned that they do not resist water as well as they expected them to.
Here is a pair that will help you look your best while you traverse even the most difficult winter weather. They are a pair of knee-highs that feature a layer of faux fur lining so that all of your body heat is trapped in, while the cold air is locked out. You can walk on even slippery surfaces because the soles features slip resisting rubber.Read more
The height is meant to allow you to walk in deep snow banks without your legs, ankles, or your feet getting wet. The laces connect to D-rings so that you can lace them as tightly as possible.
Faux Fur Lining
There is a layer of faux fur lining on the inside that will help you stay nice and warm while you are outdoors. The fur lining feels soft on your skin and helps the shoes look great.
Cost and Value
You should plan on seeing these sold at a price that is around the average. They are an excellent value for the price because they will keep you warm and look your best in the winter.
12. Baffin Wolf
Incredibly warm design
Meant to be used in any situation
Buckle straps are easier and less faulty than laces
Proven brand against cold weather
They run narrow which can be uncomfortable
Sizing can run a little small
Okay, now we’re getting into some very heavy duty, no play options. This is technically designed to keep the cold and the weather out while being used again and again (and when a logo has a maple leaf on it, you know it means cold weather business). Just looking at these shows you how well they’ll keep the snow and cold out.Read more
Everyday Winter Wear
These are designed, first and foremost, to be used in any everyday condition while out in the winter. They’re made from some very sturdy blends of material. The strapping is intuitive and easy to use for anyone and sole itself is more focused on snow and cold than on tread in some rough ground conditions.
Warmer Than Ever
This new design is a lot more technical than the last iterations of the Baffin. It blends a hefty and impressive amount of waterproof and insulation material to create the perfect environment while trekking through the snow and cold. In fact, the inner lining features a seven layer insulation system for maximum effect.
There’s a lot of material that went into the creation of this product. The outer sole is made of lightweight recycled rubber and features a flexible midsole for arch support and comfort. There is rubber compound featured at the arch as well for durability. The molding technology on the outside combines with foam insulation to create a streamlined design for both inner comfort and outer durability. They’re long at 11 in from arch to the top of the shaft which covers a lot of leg space during a hunt.
13. Denoise NY Quicksilk
They are fairly inexpensive
The faux leather design is great for casual settings
The collar is padded for extra comfort
Has a wide fit
Can scratch up easily
Not ideal for heavy rain or snow
If you need something that is both, stylish and functional, then Quicksilk Men’s winter shoes from Denoise NY may be a good choice for you. They are fairly inexpensive and look great with a pair of jeans, making them ideal for every day casual wear. The material is treated to be waterproof, but the treatment may wear off quickly and they will need to be maintained if you want them to last longer.Read more
These winter shoes are a great choice for those nights when you’re going out with some friends and want to stay dry and warm without sacrificing style. The faux leather looks good in casual setting and comes in dark grey and light grey.
One of the biggest problems many people have with high tops is that the back of the collar often rubs against the back ankle, making them uncomfortable and even painful to wear. The padded collar feature on these helps prevent this problem and provide you with a comfortable fit.
Features and Specifications
They are available in sizes ranging from 7 D(M) US to 12.5 D(M) and have a wide fit, allowing your feet to breath. The collar is padded to protect the back of your ankle and provide extra comfort. The faux leather is waterproof and stylish has a lace-up front design.
Price and Quality
These come at the lower price range and are good for casual wear. However, I wouldn’t depend on them to keep your feet dry and warm during colder weather.
The MDT rubber outsoles have multi-directional traction
Upper made from waterproof suede and mesh
Ankle high design for better stability
The compression molded midsole adds extra comfort and cushion
Sizes may run wide
Some found them to be heavy and clunky
These winter shoes from Hi-Tec were specially designed for people who enjoy active outdoor lifestyles. The high-quality construction features rubber, synthetic textile, and leather, all working together to provide you with a durable, waterproof, and versatile product. The midsoles are compression molded to add extra comfort and protection with every step. These are lightweight, provide great traction, and perfect for outdoor activities and sports.Read more
There is nothing wrong with enjoying the great outdoors, but safety should always be your number one priority. If you’re into hiking and climbing, then you’ll need footwear that can handle these types of situations. The rubber outsoles have multi-directional traction for extra support.
The ghillie-style lacing ensures that your feet are snug and comfortable and features metal supports that is rustproof. The design is not only built to last, but it also helps prevent ankle injuries and slips.
Features and Specifications
Measures about four and a half inches from the arch to the shaft and should come up to your ankles. The upper is constructed from a combination of waterproof mesh and suede and features a front, ghillie-style lace design. The rubber outsole is made of MDT and has multi-directional traction.
Price and Value
This comes in the mid to low price range, depending on if you find it on sale. It is a good choice for people with active lifestyles.
Extremely thick to keep out water
Black color works with all hunting gear
Sizing can run large
These are the ones to spring for if you want to avoid breaking the bank or a budget but still staying as dry and warm as possible while out in the snow. They’ve got some serious and warm insulation and proven waterproof capabilities comparable to products much higher in price.Read more
These have a cotton blend insulation that will keep you incredibly warm and protected from the elements while trudging through the snow. These trap heat in and hold onto it to keep you completely comfortable while the snow falls down.
It’s not enough to just trap in heat, of course. And these are 100% waterproof to deep snow, creeks, and treks through ice. They’ll keep the moisture and cold out to prevent discomfort or injury while hunting.
Features and Specifications
The heel height on these is a little just under 2in to give you some sizable height to be above layers of moisture and snow on the ground. The outer fabric is a mixture of faux-leather and rubber to repel water. The inside is padded, fleece lining for maximum warmth and comfort.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Durability was up first, with performance strongly based on how well the products did in different elements. This criteria has a little bit of the water testing but was not based exclusively off of it. They had to prove they were capable of lasting in the harsh elements and not breaking apart after a few months of use. Options with bad durability show signs of wear as early as the first month of use and usually begin to fall apart not long after. A solid durability rating was a must to make the top ten list, and to get the most value for your money.
The next criterion was related to durability and is none other than water resistance/proofing. Waterproof gained a significant advantage over snow boots that were water resistant. Obviously, products that didn’t meet either one of these criteria were left off of the list. This was more common in fashion options, which also lacked the durability necessary to make it in the harsh elements. It should be noted that some water resistant products ranked higher based on their scores in other areas, and were placed in the top ten accordingly.
Branding is a key criterion for many reasons, the top one being Timberland. When consumers are confused about which option is the best, going with a trusted brand will usually satisfy them. This is where the Timberland’s and Columbia’s win on branding by providing the safest customer experience possible with a blind purchase. It’s very unlikely that a top brand will disappoint with a purchase when you’re confused about what to get. The same can’t be said of trying out an unknown brand, which can be great sometimes but inconsistent in others.
The design was a criterion that we looked at more for usefulness rather than style, which is a separate criterion. We looked for designs that had proper balance, and promptly discarded options from the list that was bottom heavy. The design criteria also had us looking at any unnecessary features that could cause problems when the durability faded. This was restricted to the heel area and up, where some makers practiced the most creativity. While some of the options were nice, others were wholly unnecessary and bulky on the leg. Designs that affected durability were taken off of the list, which led to quite a few.
Now on a more visual level, style came into play as a criterion that mattered for a lot of consumers. It included available colors, and the willingness of the company to differentiate the men’s snow boots from the women’s. A lot of brands didn’t make their women’s offerings much different in design from the men’s, which is a shame. Style points were given to brands that actually took the time to develop both sides and provide attractive options. There were some really attractive snow boots on the list that gained some traction due to this criteria.
Comfort and Insulation
These two features are tied together since good insulation leads to warmth on cold days. A pair with good insulation can even get past some of the shortcomings when paired with bad socks. When your foot isn’t actively moving, the temperature drops faster. Good insulation can slow down this temperature drop to where it isn’t even noticeable. And when paired with good socks, your feet will remain warm even on the coldest of days. Comfort levels will vary depending on how long the break-in period lasts, but even in the early stages, buyers should have a good sense of how comfortable they are. The levels of comfort are really tested when wearing them for several hours at a time. Our list favored options that were comfortable in excess of eight hours, making them more than capable for professionals, hobbyists or hikers. Materials played a small role in this, so you’ll notice only high-quality materials with the options making the top ten.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Snow footwear are specially designed to keep your feet and the water out during heavy snow, rain, and sleet. They are usually heavier than normal options and made from a combination of leather, nylon, rubber, textile, and other synthetic materials engineered to withstand the outdoor elements. These modern models are a far cry from first snow shoes worn over 5000 years ago with bear-skin soles and tree bark netting.
Other Factors to Consider
Warranties were next, and of course, Timberland ran away with this criteria. It was easier to look at the other companies and what they offered. Length of the warranty wasn’t as important, and it was more about what they covered. Extra points were also given for companies that had a relaxed policy on sizing. Even with the best measurements, a consumer can come up short when picking out footwear. A good company won’t penalize a customer that makes this mistake and will be more than happy to swap it out for the correct sizing. The companies that passed this test made it into the top five without a problem.
Break In Period
The break-in period for any shoe can be short or long and varies by brand. For this criterion, we rewarded options that had the shortest break in period. We didn’t penalize ones with long break-in periods and instead used a point-based system to rank the best of them. During the break-in period, users wear shoes in so that they mold to the foot better. Once this is done enough, you’ll get a ‘true fit’ and much-improved comfort. For users that only go out with their winter shoes occasionally, getting past this break-in period can be tough if it isn’t short. And with this in mind, the last two things we tested for was comfort and insulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What Are These Used For?
These are water resistant footwear and are used for more than snowy situations. They are useful in mud, slush, water and any land that requires deep water resistance. Their weight and tight build make them perfect for balancing in bad conditions while keeping feet warm. Extending up the leg, these insulate well without locking up blood circulation. This is one of the main benefits of their design, and a good reason why they’re favored for all ages. With sizes available for men and women, it is just as easy to find a winter shoe as it is a regular one.
q: How Important Are Sizes?
Getting the right sized footwear is important and is tied directly to its effectiveness. A loose shoe won’t insulate well if it isn’t the right fit. There is also the problem of it moving around on the leg and foot while you’re traversing the rough land. The friction can cause bruising, swelling, blisters and other undesirable effects. Getting the correct size should always be a priority, and anything less can be considered a waste of money. Sizes are not universal, and there will always be slight changes in the size chart based on which company you decide to buy from.
q: Is Wide Width Available From All Companies?
Not all companies support wide width, which is an important priority for anyone with wide feet. Just like getting the wrong size is a waste of money, if a wide width is required, then anything less is a waste. Getting normal width options for wide feet will cut off the circulation at the point, and turn a comfortable shoeinto an unmanageable mess. And if you’re wearing it for hours at a time, serious damage can be done to the foot. The wrong width can render it useless to users with preexisting foot conditions, so keep that in mind when shopping.
q: Is The Fabric Breathable?
This is a trick question since the materials vary greatly depending on the brand. Breathability is not only important for comfort reasons, it also plays a role in keeping your feet dry. While these are great at keeping water out, they can’t do anything about the water that builds up from your feet due to perspiration. Good breathability will allow for good venting and an overall better experience. But even the most breathable shoes in the world can’t counteract bad socks, so it still comes down to your sock choice. Bad sock choices can undo whatever breathability is built into the boot, so choose wisely. A good pairing can make all the difference in the world.
q: Are Repairs Easy?
This depends on whether you want a short-term fix or a long-term fix. Sugru is used as a short-term solution and works well for what it does. One packet can be used per shoe, and it requires very little technical skill. Some light reading and a little molding later will repair any leaks, holes or other noticeable damage. It can also be applied to new snow boots to increase their insulation tenfold. As handy as Sugru is, this is still a temporary fix to what will be a long-term problem. If your snow boots are in the warranty period, use that in order to get them repaired. Out of warranty is when Sugru is beneficial, and only when waiting for your new pair of snow boots to arrive. Users should always use caution when depending on self-repairs for long-term fixes.
q: How Comfortable Are These?
The comfort will always be related to getting the correct size and wearing compatible socks. Materials used for the construction will come into play only after those two criteria are met, and even then materials only have a minimal impact on comfort levels. The design is where most of the attention should go when deciding on comfort levels. These shoes are big, so the weight has to be evenly distributed throughout for the best experience. Bottom heavy options will wear on your feet in a short amount of time.
q: Is The Water Proof Feature Different For Each Brand?
Some products will either be waterproof or water resistant. Obviously waterproof is better, but it might come at the cost of comfort features. Buyers should look at what they desire most, or rather the type of use they plan to get out of their shoes. Waterproofing is useless if the shoe in question is uncomfortable on your foot. Water resistance isn’t bad, it just so happens to be weaker than waterproof. The best feature set is one that incorporates waterproofing/resistance into a great overall package. Think of it as the difference between silk and satin, as both are considered high-end luxury fabrics- you win either way.