Did you know that snow boots and winter boots are different? Or did you assume all this time that snow boots and winter boots are the same thing? Well, don’t be ashamed if you are in the latter category because they do have similarities between them. Heck, even their names suggest that they might be the same.
Would you be surprised if I told you that they are different? As in totally different boots made for different purposes?
But first, lets go over some of their similarities and find out why people assume them to be the same thing. Actually, make that similarity(singular) instead because I can only find one similarity they share.
Snow boots and winter boots were designed to keep your feet warm. Yup there you have it. That is the only similarity I know of. The fact is that both boots have good insulation capabilities and were designed to be used during winter for keeping your feet warm. But heres the thing – just because they are both capable of keeping your feet warm doesn’t make them the same thing.
To put it simply, snow boots are more specialized boots. What I mean by this is that they are specially designed for crunching through snow, and working in wet conditions. I’m talking about deep, wet, muddy snow, and potentially soaking wet conditions here, not some small snow pile or water puddles.
The same is not true for winter boots. Try take your pair of UGGs and walk them through deep snow and you’ll see what I mean. First, your feet will get weet because they might not be 100% waterproof, and because of that they will be stained by any mud or dirt in the snow as well, makeing cleaning really difficult.
Having said that, because of their intended function, snow boots tend to be heavier and bulkier than winter boots. This is not to say that they are ugly and clumsy looking though. Take a look at the Sorel Joan of Arctic for example. I’m sure you will agree they look fantastic while being functional at the same time. Snow boots are heavier merely because of their materials which serves their intended function.
Snow boots are also generally more durable and sturdier because they are made to be put through harsher conditions as compared to winter boots. An example of a fantastic, durable snow boot is the Sorel Caribou, which has been a classic since who knows when. It is a model that has been constantly updated by Sorel and till now recieves rave reviews from many satisfied customers because of its durability and versatility.
Here are some uses for snow boots:
- a job that requires working in mud and slushy wet conditions
- generally anything that requires you walking in deep snow etc.
However, walking through normal piles of snow you would see on the streets is absolutely fine with winter boots. They just aren’t as “hardcore” if you like, as snow boots in a sense that snow boots are really meant for walking in deep levels of snow. Thus naturally, the winter boot’s waterproof capabilities are mostly not at the same level as snow boots.
Because they were meant to be worn on the streets and for more general use, winter boots tend to be more fashionable and comfortable. The hugely popular Classic Tall UGG Boots and Bearpaw Dream Boots that are currently hot sellers on Amazon are great examples of comfortable winter boots for casual everyday wear.
Here are some of the uses for winter boots:
- shoveling the sidewalk
- walking to town, school, or work
- generally anything normal day to day activity you would do outdoors
As I mentioned before, snow boots are heavier and bulkier than winter boots. Looking at the activities winter boots were intended for, this only makes sense. Who would want to wear a bulkier type of boot over a more comfortable, ligther pair of boots to go shopping?
So there you have it. I hope I have provided you with some insight on the differences between a pair of snow boots and winter boots. Now you can know what you need and make a better judgement when you decide to buy a pair of boots for winter.
Remember to keep in mind what your activities will be during winter and buy the proper boot for your specific purposes. Don’t go buying a winter boot because they look great only to find yourself having cold and wet feet when working in snow boot type of conditions!