When the cold weather arrives and it looks like snow is imminent, it's time to get out the winter boots. Need to replace your pair? We've got you covered at The North Face. You'll find high quality men's winter boots featuring thermo technology, insulation, waterproofing and more. From tackling a snowy mountain to shoveling your driveway, get superior protection from the elements.
Snow Boots vs. Winter Boots
While people may use the words interchangeably, winter boots are not the same as snow boots. Snow boots are waterproof, often rise higher on the leg to protect from cold, and have a bottom made from rubber that can easily be rinsed off. They are ideal for tackling not only powder, but also heavy, muddy, and deep snow. People who should consider wearing snow boots include skiiers, construction and road workers, snow plow operators, and anyone who spends a good amount of time outside in snow and sleet.
Winter boot, on the other hand, is a general term referring to footwear worn in winter that may lack the snow-protection features of snow boots. Most winter boots are insulated, but may be only water-repellant vs. waterproof. The opening may sit lower on the leg (closer to the foot) and may not be designed to keep snow out, requiring a separate gaiter if snowproofing is important. Winter boots are ideal for people navigating well-maintained roads like in the city.
When To Replace Winter Boots
The following are signs you need to replace your boots:
• Worn-out sole: If the tread is worn on the sole, a boot will have less (or no) traction on packed snow and ice. • Tears and holes: Tears and holes not only let in cold, but also water. It's a good idea to replace your boots if they have tears and holes to avoid dangerous conditions such as frostbite. • Worn-out insole: After long periods of use, a boot's insole can become pressed and will provide less support for the foot.
As a general rule, boots should be replaced every 2-3 years depending on how much they are used.
Cold weather boots are just the start when it comes to staying warm in inclement winter weather. At The North Face, you'll also find men's wool socks from Smartwool that can provide additional foot warmth. If you're tackling the trail for some winter hiking or shredding some pow on the slopes, consider donning a pair of insulated snow pants, a ski jacket, and a quality baselayer. And don't forget these men's winter accessories: