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The 3 Most Important Snow Boot Features

Posted on February 02 2017


Winter weather means it’s time for fun excursions in the snow, such as sledding, building snowmen, and having snowball fights. While you’re out having fun, it’s important to keep those toes warm and dry with a proper pair of snow boots.

There are hundreds of snow boots out there, but not all of them will properly protect your feet. Just because they’re fashionable or a great deal doesn’t mean they are the boots for you. In order to ensure the snow boots you purchase will hold up during your adventures, make sure to look for boots with good insulation, traction, and waterproof materials.

Important Features All Snow Boots Should Have


The best way to determine if a snow boot will be warm is by checking the insulation/temperature rating given by the manufacturer. Only really serious snow boot manufacturers will offer this temperature rating. So, if a particular boot doesn’t have a rating, then chances are it won’t offer adequate insulation and warmth.


Snow and ice go hand in hand, so it’s important you have a shoe that helps you stay on your two feet. A good way to assess the traction of a particular boot is by the depth of the sole’s lugs, or the channels and bumps in the rubber, that grip the ground surface. The deeper the lugs, the better traction your boot will have.

Waterproof Materials

It’s important to remember to not just look for waterproof materials, but specifically micro porous water resistant membrane materials. This means that not only will your feet be protected from the wet snow, but the boot will also maintain necessary breathability needed to prevent overly excessive levels of perspiration.

Find Your Perfect Snow Boot in Raleigh or Baltimore

If you’re looking for a snow boot that has all of these qualities and more, look no further than SRI Shoe Warehouse. We have top brands like Bogs, Columbia, and Sorel that are known worldwide for their top of the line snow boots. While all of the boots these companies make are incredible, we thought we’d share some of our favorites:


The B-Moc Quilt snow boot has all the features you desire. Not only is it the proper height at 8.5”, but it also includes an adjustable draw cord system so you can be extra sure no snow will get into your boot. The B-Moc Quilt also has Bogs Max-Wick, which moves sweat away from your foot, and rebound technology in the outsole for extra comfort.


The beautiful woven pattern on the Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Woven snow boot isn’t just good looking, it’s also 100% waterproof. Plus, you won’t have to worry about clammy feet with Columbia’s breathable seam-sealed membrane bootie construction. Most importantly, its 200g insulation means you can wear these boots in temperatures down to -25 °F and still keep your toes nice and warm.


We’ve covered Sorel boots before, and this is one of our favorites. A coated canvas upper and fleece liner are just the beginning of amazing features on the Tofino II. The molded footbed will keep your feet comfortable while the microfleece top cover keeps you warm. The thick molded rubber outsole is perfect for keeping you steady on your feet in snowy conditions.

Shop our inventory online, or visit us at one of our locations in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. Let us know if you have any questions about our snow boots and our helpful staff will be glad to assist you. You’ll be ready for winter fun in no time.

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