By contrast, a winter boot is more of a “general use” item. A winter boot will, like a snow boot, have good insulation built inside of it to keep the foot warm during cold weather. Additionally, most good winter boots will be waterproof or, at a minimum, water repellant. However, winter boots lack the ability to keep snow from tumbling inside the boot between the boot opening and lower leg. Thus, to wear a normal winter boot in deep snow, a seperate snow gator must be worn.
Additionally, winter boots – even fully waterproof ones – can’t compare to the waterproofing ability of a good snow boot. Taking a waterproof winter boot into deep mud is a great recipe to have literally pounds of mud “caked on” to the boot. And sooner or later the water in the mud will begin to find a way to seep through the outer shell – and ending up on your foot eventually. Moreover, at the end of the day, removing all that mud from a normal winter boot is often less than easy.
Instead, a winter boot is best used for what I would call normal daily activities that most people do in the winter. This includes such things as shoveling the drive or the sidewalk, commuting, walking to work, walking downtown, driving, shopping, etc…A winter boot will accomplish these things in fine style while at the same time being lighter and more comfortable than a heavier and bulkier snow boot.