Why Get Winter Work Boots?

Shoveling snow in winter work boots

We’ve talked about how to choose the right work boot for your job needs , but did you know that if you work outdoors, you should have a pair of winter work boots in addition to your regular work boots? It’s true. Winter work boots are to your feet what snow tires are for your car – they help you stay safe in icy and cold conditions. The top three reasons to get a pair of winter work boots in addition to your regular work boots are warmth, traction, and to extend the life of your other footwear.


One of the biggest advantages to getting winter work boots is that they are made to withstand the temperatures that Canada gets in the winter. This means that if you’re working outside, you don’t have to stop working and go inside to warm up every hour. There are many options including: 3M® ThinsulateTM insulation which is warm enough to withstand even the coldest days, but thin enough so that the boots aren’t overly bulky; neoprene or polyurethane outer components that are water resistant and keep warmth from escaping; and the Felt pac insulation system that keeps rubber boots warm and comfortable for work in slushy conditions.


Simply put, slipping isn’t safe. You need boots that will keep you upright on the job site. Winter work boots have treads that have been tested and are proven to prevent slipping on icy surfaces. For added traction, some boots like the SnowJack Pro have interchangeable outsoles so that you’re ready for any winter condition.

Extend the Life of Your Regular Work Boots

Wearing regular work boots in the snow and ice can damage the leather and shorten the lifespan of your boots. Salt eats away at the material and leaves ugly stains on it. Winter work boots are made to withstand harsh winter conditions while keeping you warm and dry.

Winter work boots provide extra warmth and traction while protecting your regular work boots from the hazards of winter wear and tear. Why suffer through another season of cold, wet feet when you could be cozy and dry with a pair of winter work boots?

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.