You should never head out into the field without proper boots. You need boots that are sturdy and comfortable, with a thick sole that provides plenty of support and traction. In addition, hunting boots should be waterproof—because you never know when you’re going to step in some swampy water while pursuing your prey!
Insulated boots are ideal for cold weather hunting. These boots use insulation to keep your feet warm, and most insulations are made of foam or down. The main benefit is high-quality insulation that keeps your feet warm, but it’s worth noting that insulated hunting boots tend to be a little more expensive than non-insulated ones.
Tall Boots vs. Ankle Boots
Tall boots are better for deep snow and mud. They’re heavier and harder to take on and off, but if you’re going to be slogging through deep snow or mud, they’re the way to go.
Ankle boots are usually lighter and more comfortable than tall boots. They can still get stuck in the mud or snow, but they are also easier to take on and off when you want to wear them with khakis instead of jeans (which is something we do often).
- Make sure they’re comfortable.
- Test them out before you buy.
- Check for stitching, seams, and soles.
The best hunting boots will have grippy soles. This is important for three reasons:
- You’ll need the grip to climb steep slopes and hills, particularly if you’re on the hunt in wet conditions.
- A thick sole with good grip is critical for walking on slippery surfaces in all kinds of weather (rain, snow or mud).
- You can also use a grippy sole to gain traction when climbing over obstacles or through dense undergrowth where you may be tracking your prey.
Waterproofing is essential for your hunting boots, and it’s not the same as water resistance. Waterproofing can be achieved by using Gore-Tex or other waterproof membranes, which are intended to prevent rain from entering the boot.
Water resistance is designed to keep water from soaking through the outer material of your footwear and into your socks, but it doesn’t actually block moisture from getting in at all. This means that if you step in a puddle or walk through deep snow, you’ll still get wet feet!
We hope we’ve given you some good ideas for your next hunting boot purchase. Remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you have any questions or concerns about what boots are best for you and your feet, talk to a professional!