Tips for Buying Winter Boots

With winter boots, it’s important to make sure you have the right technical features for the weather conditions in your area and the activities you plan to do while wearing them. What you need for trekking through a city with shovelled sidewalks compared to what you need for shoveling three feet of snow is quite different.


Dry Feet = Warm Feet.

The primary reason your toes and feet get cold in the winter is that they're wet, either through poor waterproofing or non-breathable materials that trap moisture in the boot. If you can keep them dry, you can prevent many cold feet and toe problems. Kodiak winter boots use a number of different materials and construction techniques to keep you dry. The following labels help you choose the right amount of protection for your needs:

A strong deterrent to the penetration of water and moisture, IMPER-X uses water resistant materials and sealed seams to provide dependable comfort in your footwear.

The natural waterproof properties of leather and/or textiles are augmented by waterproof sealed seams and/or a waterproof membrane to keep the water out.

Waterproof materials and a waterproof bootie give you peace of mind in the face of any weather conditions.


Good insulation is the key to keeping your toes warm in the deep cold of winter. Look for names like “Thinsulate™” or “Thermolite” which help trap body heat while simultaneously allowing moisture to escape to keep your boots, and feet, dry.

Comfort Ratings

Comfort ratings, also known as temperature ratings, give you a guideline when selecting winter boots for the weather conditions you’ll be wearing them in. We test our boots at a globally recognized testing facility for thermal ratings. The test uses a model foot at various temperatures in a climatic chamber. The foot is monitored and measured to identify an average comfort rating where the foot remains at proper body temperature.

Comfort ratings are a guide only. Your fitness level, resting body temperature, and circulation, as well as environmental conditions such as wind chill will have an affect on cold weather protection.

Sizing and Fit

Once you find that perfect boot, the next step is figuring out the right size. You want your winter boots to be a little roomy to fit thicker, warmer socks, plus a little extra space to allow air to circulate. The extra space allows for body heat to be retained and moisture to evaporate.

Laces and adjustable collars ensure a custom fit that keeps the snow out and the warmth in.


The taller the boot, the more of your leg that gets to reap the temperature regulating benefits of the boot. If you will be trudging through the deeper snow, look for boots with an adjustable collar that you can pull tight around your leg.

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