Breathable Winter Boots
A boot that breathes is crucially important in keeping your feet dry – particularly
if you spend many hours outdoors or are doing strenuous activities, such
as hunting, construction work, etc... The reason breathability of a
boot is so important is that a boot that breathes allows your foots perspiration
(also known as water!) to escape. The breathability of the boot essentially
allows your foot to vent its sweat through the shell of the boot. When
ability of a boot to “breathe”, there are two excellent types
The first type, and the most popular type of breathable boots, is made
out of Gore-Tex and similar type waterproof fabrics. These fabrics are
specifically designed with micro-size pores to allow perspiration from
the foot to escape from the inside of the boot while at the same time
preventing water from entering the boot from the outside.
The boot is
able to vent the foots moisture while at the same time preventing external
water from getting inside the boot because external water droplets
are significantly larger in size than is water vapor. Thus, internal
perspiration from the foot escapes – while external moisture is
prevented from entering the boot.
Generally, most Gore-Tex boots are
a mix of leather
fabric. The Gore-Tex fabric itself never needs to be treated – only
cleaned occasionally. However, the leather part of the boot will occasionally
need to be coated with waterproofing treatments and cleaned.
Sorel type boots (or boots that have a leather upper and a rubber lower)
do have a problem in terms of breathability. While the lower rubber on
the boots works wonders in making the boots 100% waterproof and making
them super easy to clean (no small consideration in muddy conditions),
the lower rubber effectively prevents the foots perspiration from escaping.
Happily, there is a way to combat this – by using the proper sock.
The second type of
breathable boot are shearling boots, popularized by the craze around
Ugg Boots. The inner fleece of the Ugg Boot is a natural breathable material.
absorbs the perspiration – it also allows the perspiration to escape,
too. And similar to more traditional winter boots, the fleece also repels
water from entering the boot at the same time.
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