What Are Snow Boots?
As the name unambiguously suggests, snow boots are designed for wearing in the snow. Therefore, they feature particular characteristics in order to provide the best protection from the environment as well as a superior level of comfort.
As a general rule, they’re waterproof as opposed to general winter boots where it isn’t always the case. This prevents snow from melting on the boot and the resulting water from seeping inside.
Furthermore, they tend to offer in-built insulation in order to keep the wearer warm, which can be achieved a number of different ways. Finally, they ought to also feature improved traction in the soles, which prevents slips and falls on the ice.
However, snow boots also tend to have a couple of other intuitive features for an a higher-level of comfort.
Snow Boot Features
Asides from the above, snow boots can have other characteristics that will improve the wearer’s experience. For instance, snow boots aren’t made for a light dusting of snow but usually a few good inches.
Therefore, they often have taller and deeper soles, which ensure that the feet remain slightly above a decent layer of snow. This adds to the water resistance but also provides some stability to the wearer.
Similarly, a shank in the boot ensures an extra level of stability, which is particularly helpful in slippery conditions.
In terms of waterproofing, this can be achieved by using high-density rubbers and synthetic materials such as Gore-Tex. However, there are traditional boots that will feature high-quality leather that is much less porous than lower grades.
Furthermore, traditional boots will use welting techniques in their construction for better water resistance. For example, the Johnston & Murphy Shearling above uses the renowned Storm welt, which adds extra water resistance. Meanwhile, the Allen Edmonds Dalton feature a 360° Goodyear welt.
Although we’ve featured a variety of boots, conventional snow boots are very tall and tend to extend higher than regular hiking boots. This prevents deep snow from falling in.
Finally, snow boots will use materials like Thinsulate or natural wool for insulation. This is even present in the Johnston & Murphy Shearling but the Allen Edmonds are the only ones that don’t have such a feature. After all, they aren’t technically snow boots.
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