SNOW BOOTS : SPECIFIC USES
A snow boot is a boot designed for use in the snow, as the name suggests. However, a snow boot is also designed to be used in wet conditions, too. And by wet, we aren’t talking about a few puddles or an inch of snow. We are talking about deep, yucky mud. Or deep piles of slushy, wet, dirty snow. Or heaps of fresh, new powder that fell the night before and now beckon to be removed from your driveway.
The reason snow boots excel in these conditions is due to their design. A good pair of snow boots generally has a rubber bottom – providing 100% waterproof protection. Additionally, the rubber bottom makes cleaning up the boot afterwards a breeze – just wash them down. The upper part of a snow boot will be either made of leather or a mix of leather and nylon. The upper part of a snow boot will frequently extend well above the ankle. The reason for this is that snow boots generally have a built-in snow gator of some kind. The snow gator closes the space between your lower leg and the opening of the boot – thus preventing snow from falling down inside the boot when you happen to be wandering through deep snow.
Thus, a snow boot is a specialist boot. It is designed to provide warmth and protection of the foot in really nasty weather. However, this does come at a price. Snow boots tend to be bulkier and heavier than a normal winter boot. Moreover, if the proper sock combination is not worn on a snow boot, the foot itself can become rather wet due to the inability of the foot perspiration to escape the lower rubber shell of the boot.
Snow boots are really meant for people who spend lots of time outdoors during the winter. People who work on road construction projects in the mud, sleet and snow will find snow boots an ideal boot. As will farmers and ranchers to have to trudge through a wide variety of conditions during the course of a year. Even people who live in and around the cities will find uses for snow boots, such as using them for hunting or camping trips during the spring and fall. Snow boots are also ideal for skiers, too.