Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right pair of snowshoes, you’ll need a pair of boots – and we’ve got a selection of the best snowshoe boots for your needs.

BEST BOOTS FOR SNOWSHOEING

Nowadays, the majority of snowshoe models easily pair with most winter hiking boots. They feature warmth, insulation and are a perfect beginning before you get into buying equipment and apparel. To maximize your comfort, here are some tips to follow to ensure your pairing is one of the best type of boots for you.

Best Overall Boots for Snowshoeing

For those who want to tackle snowshoeing head-on, the QUEST WINTER GTX offers the full Salomon winter package: great fit, insulated warmth, GORE-TEX waterproofing and a sole with serious grip. It's designed to handle a snow-covered trail or a slippery sidewalk. Sitting on top of snowshoes will provide the ultimate in comfort and flexibility every stride you take.

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For those who want to tackle snowshoeing head-on, the QUEST WINTER GTX offers the full Salomon winter package: great fit, insulated warmth, GORE-TEX waterproofing and a sole with serious grip. It's designed to handle a snow-covered trail or a slippery sidewalk. Sitting on top of snowshoes will provide the ultimate in comfort and flexibility every stride you take.

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Best Extreme Cold Snowshoe Boots

This Control Max boot is rated to perform in temperatures as cold as -70°C/-94°F. That's...pretty cold. This boot is part of a  collection of technical, lightweight expedition worthy boots featuring a waffle-comb foot-bed to trap warm air under your foot. With Icepaw Design pads, which improve contact-point grip on ice, and an Arctic Rubber compound in the shell to provide flexibility in cold environments, the Control Max has everything you need in a performance winter boot.

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This Control Max boot is rated to perform in temperatures as cold as -70°C/-94°F. That's...pretty cold. This boot is part of a  collection of technical, lightweight expedition worthy boots featuring a waffle-comb foot-bed to trap warm air under your foot. With Icepaw Design pads, which improve contact-point grip on ice, and an Arctic Rubber compound in the shell to provide flexibility in cold environments, the Control Max has everything you need in a performance winter boot.

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Best Affordable Boots for Snowshoeing

The 1964 Pac Nylon boot from Sorel offers you everything you need to survive the winter: maximum warmth, waterproofing and excellent grip–everything you need for the city or for hiking. The waterproof suede upper covers the 200g insulation and the seams are completely sealed. The rubber outsole makes it stable and fully waterproof. Inside, the removable EVA footbed and midsole protect you from the cold by increasing the distance between your foot and the cold ground.

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The 1964 Pac Nylon boot from Sorel offers you everything you need to survive the winter: maximum warmth, waterproofing and excellent grip–everything you need for the city or for hiking. The waterproof suede upper covers the 200g insulation and the seams are completely sealed. The rubber outsole makes it stable and fully waterproof. Inside, the removable EVA footbed and midsole protect you from the cold by increasing the distance between your foot and the cold ground.

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Best Waterproof Boots for Snowshoeing

The Breeze Waterproof GTX boot is the highest quality winter boot from Vasque. Featuring 200g of insulation, a Vibram MegaGrip sole and a GORE-TEX membrane, this boot is ideal for snowshoeing in wet spring snow.

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The Breeze Waterproof GTX boot is the highest quality winter boot from Vasque. Featuring 200g of insulation, a Vibram MegaGrip sole and a GORE-TEX membrane, this boot is ideal for snowshoeing in wet spring snow.

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Best Boots for Long Snowshoeing Adventures

Columbia's BUGABOOT PLUS IV XTM Omni-Heat boot was created to provide protection and warmth during the harshest of winter conditions. This cold-weather warrior is equipped with 200g of insulation, reflective Omni-Heat thermal lining, and provides comfort in temperatures as low as -32C. The waterproof construction with sealed seams creates a protective barrier against the snow. The waterproof Techlite outsole provides superior cushioning for good energy return and increased comfort.

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Columbia's BUGABOOT PLUS IV XTM Omni-Heat boot was created to provide protection and warmth during the harshest of winter conditions. This cold-weather warrior is equipped with 200g of insulation, reflective Omni-Heat thermal lining, and provides comfort in temperatures as low as -32C. The waterproof construction with sealed seams creates a protective barrier against the snow. The waterproof Techlite outsole provides superior cushioning for good energy return and increased comfort.

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What to Wear in Your Boots

Make sure you are comfortable in your boots and have enough space to move your toes to prevent frostbite. If you have questions when choosing the right pair of boots, you can consult our guide for buying winter boots.

You’re always better off wearing merino wool socks, which will wick moisture away and dry quickly. Don’t turn to cotton, which absorbs moisture and will soon freeze your toes. Smartwool and icebreaker design some of the best performing merino wool models on the market. If your feet are always cold, consider getting heated insoles from Therm-ic.

Wearing gaiters may be wise, especially during long mountain expeditions. They will give you added protection by preventing snow from getting inside your boots.

 

What kind of Boots should you wear for Snowshoeing?

Would you wear these boots to walk in the snow? If the answer is yes, chances are the boots can be worn with snowshoes. It’s as simple as that.

Beware, however, regular winter boots are often heavy, relatively stiff and don’t breathe well. If you’re planning to go for a long walk or you plan on training, this may not be the ideal solution. In these cases, it’s best to try a boot designed for winter hiking.

A pair of winter hiking boots will be light, breathable and much more comfortable in the long run than a regular boot. They are also ideal for adapting to your movements.

Snowshoeing is becoming more and more popular, and it’s worth trying it out. It’s one of the most enjoyable activities, which allows you to get some fresh air, exercise and relax at the same time. Several outdoor locations offer snowshoe rental if you’re just looking to try it out. This winter 2020-2021, let yourself be tempted by adventure!