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August 30, 2023
As the days get shorter and winter takes the reins from autumn, some of us in colder climates face the decades old question – “Do I need to get new snow boots?” Or are they called “winter boots?” If you’ve asked yourself this question before, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’re going to set the record straight so you can keep your feet & toes warm all season long.
Should you opt for snow boots or winter boots? Do you actually know the difference between the two? Which is best suited to your region? Whatever your choice, what materials and cutting-edge features should you be looking for? What’s the correct balance between practicality, warmth, weather-readiness, and aesthetics?
It can be an overwhelming decision, especially with cold, dark days looming ahead of you. We don’t want you to add to your stress, so we’ve put together this guide to explain the difference between snow boots and winter boots, how they differ, and what to consider as you make your next frosty footwear choice.
Winter boots are your feet’s most powerful defense against the wet, wind, and chill of a brutal winter. Winter boots serve two primary purposes: keeping their wearer’s feet warm and dry, and providing them with traction as they navigate snow, ice, and slush. These seasonal essentials come in a wide range of styles, each tailored to a specific environment and winter conditions.
Several factors go into the design of a winter boot. There are the materials from which it’s made, which can range from rugged leather to waterproof synthetic fabric, depending on your preference and needs. Then there are also questions of style, like height and color.
Despite the potential differences, all winter boots have one central purpose: to keep your feet warm while providing traction on slippery terrain.
The most important factor to consider when shopping around for winter boots is insulation. This often means advanced materials like Thinsulate or PrimaLoft. Each of these act as a thermal barrier between your feet and the frigid elements.
Another vital feature is water resistance. High-quality boots are designed with specialized membranes or coatings that keep water out and your feet dry, all while offering enough breathability to wick foot sweat.
Finally, there's the question of comfort. If your feet are warm & dry but in extreme pain because your boots are too tight or lack support, the insulation won’t matter all that much. Make sure you select boots that have padded insoles, cushioned midsoles, and ergonomic designs tailored to your particular environment (urban vs. rural, for instance). At Royal Canadian, all of our boots are made with Merino wool memory foam insoles that offer ample arch & heel support as you trek through deep snow & across icy terrain.
Snow boots are the workhorses of winter footwear. Crafted specifically for regions with constant slush and deep snow, these boots insulate and shield your feet from moisture while conquering the trials of snowy landscapes. There are subtle differences between winter & snow boots; let’s examine those further.
Snow boots are designed to combat the cold and wet, just like winter boots. Their high shafts provide added insulation to the lower leg and prevent snow from seeping in near your shins. High-quality snow boots also boast waterproofing technology. This is often through a specialized membrane like Gore-Tex, which fends off issues like frostbite and trench foot, ensuring that your feet remain dry & cozy in even the coldest and dampest conditions.
As important as insulation is to winter boots, it’s downright vital to snow boots. Designers choose insulation materials based on how warm they need the boots to be, how well they resist water, and where people will wear the boots. For example, someone who lives in the Yukon Territory needs a more advanced temperature rating than a person in Toronto. Royal Canadian boots have a -30°C (-22°F) cold-rated thermal insulation, built for the harshest blizzards and coldest temperatures.
Underfoot, the soles are engineered with a dual grip outsole to provide traction on slippery surfaces, as well as deep, knee-high snow. Combined with higher ankle shafts and waterproofing materials, these snow boots are a pair you can depend on when you need it most.
But even with all of that functionality, there’s still plenty of room for style in many snow boots. Whether you’re looking for snow boots to work outside or to cruise around the ski lodge for Après-ski, you should look for a pair that can easily do both. Whatever you choose, make sure that the leather & synthetic materials can handle the daily wear & tear of long, harsh winters and sudden, extreme blizzards.
Remember, a “winter wonderland” is only fun when your feet are warm, dry, and comfy.
The sole purpose of winter boots & snow boots is to keep your feet warm & dry throughout the winter, even as temperatures drop and snowfall increases. And even though the terms are used interchangeably, there are a few key differences between the two.
Winter boots thrive in urban settings and casual outdoor activities. All winter boots models prioritize insulation and breathability. However, unlike heavier-duty snow boots, most winter boots’ secondary priority is aesthetics. As a result, winter boots are ideal for moderate cold and wet conditions.
Snow boots, on the other hand, are engineered first and foremost to withstand deep snow, slush, and icy terrain. Their high shafts prevent snow from seeping into the boot. Meanwhile, advanced insulation and waterproofing keep the wearer’s feet warm and dry. If you spend a lot of time in rural, mountainous areas, snow boots are the preferred option to protect you from frostbite and trench foot.
Winter boots combine style & functionality that’s suitable for a variety of occasions. Meanwhile, snow boots' sole aim is to provide specialized protection in the harshest, wettest conditions. Both are well-suited for their stated purposes. Choosing between the two ultimately comes down to your needs. For some, the priority is fashion and versatility – winter boots. For others, style takes a back seat to high-level performance and functionality – snow boots.
Ultimately, the choice is yours; you know your needs & fashion sense the best.
Tailor your selection to local weather conditions. Consider temperature ratings, which offer valuable insights into the range of temperatures that a boot can withstand. In regions with heavy snowfall, fully waterproof snow boots with deep treads and ample insulation are the way to go. In milder climates, more stylish and versatile winter boots are sufficient.
Beyond this, take into account your daily routine. Are you hiking on mountain sides or regularly working outside in deep snow? Or are you navigating slushy sidewalks on your daily commute to work? These considerations will help you decide on activity-specific features like waterproofing, reinforced soles, or enhanced traction.
Even with all this knowledge, you should try on a pair of boots before committing to them to make sure they fit properly. Make sure the boots fit snugly but do not constrict blood flow to your feet. Also, keep in mind that feet can swell in the cold, especially if you have poor circulation. Take this, and the room you’d need for thicker (or multiple pairs of) socks into account when trying on a pair in a comfortable temperature. This will save you from a great deal of discomfort.
At Royal Canadian Boots, every pair of winter and snow boots is born of a commitment to excellence. This focus on cutting-edge technology, functionality, and fashion goes into every pair of boots we make, ensuring your triumph over the elements in style and comfort.
When it comes to braving the elements, few collections can match Royal Canadian Boots’ Waterproof -30°. Employing innovation and quality, both men’s and women’s models are loaded with features, including:
This combination of luxurious materials and innovative technologies prevents slippage and guarantees style & comfort.
As winter descends, you face a crucial choice: snow boots or winter boots? Do you need versatility and breathability in an urban setting? Or are you looking for robust insulation, waterproofing, and traction in extreme conditions?
Choose correctly and your winter experience will be one of warmth and comfort. Misfire and your winter filled with chills and spills.
Recognizing the differences between winter & snow boots will prepare you to tackle this decision. Understanding how to ensure fit, comfort, and performance means you'll do so intelligently. And knowing that Royal Canadian Boots offer the durability, cutting-edge technology, and style you need? That's a license to proceed with confidence!
October 02, 2023
October 02, 2023
October 02, 2023
The chill of winter beckons, and as you venture out to brave the elements, the right footwear becomes your trusted ally. From snowy trails to city streets, the choice between waterproof and water resistant boots plays a pivotal role in your journey. But, here lies the crux: while these terms often get interchanged, they serve distinct purposes, each with its own set of advantages. Delve into this guide as we demystify the differences, ensuring your next step is both dry and informed.
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