With all the advances in footwear for cold and extreme cold, it's always cool to see what everybody is using and why.
Whatcha Using to Keep Your Tooties Toasty?
Little or no snow I wear my tennis shoes with short screws in the treads and a pair of alpaca socks.. lacrosse boots in slush or deep snow... I move a lot and dont like the weight of boots unless I have too... I wear my boots so seldom that they are prolly th 25 yrs old
I had an old pair of heavy Hodgman boots that I got from Sportsmen's Guide years ago. They were the only thing that would keep my feet warm when deer hunting or ice fishing. They got so worn and beat up that I fiinally looked for another pair of "expedition-grade" cold-weather boots. Cabela's had a lot online but nothing in their Green Bay store (so much for World's Foremost Outfitter), so I ordered a pair of clearance Baffins through Walmart's website. Baffin is made in Canada and they make about 20 levels of boots (this is the same brand of boot used in South Pole expeditions). The amazing part is they are lightweight! They are fantastic. I got a deal on these, but you can't go wrong with Baffin. I had to order one full size larger (13 instead of my normal 12), per other users. I still slip a set of sticky toe warmers between my two layers of heavy socks for insurance.
Check them out, guys! Good luck and be safe on the ice!
I use Irish Setter 1200 gram Thinsulate boots for normal conditions. I also have Field and Stream knee high insulated waterproof boots, for wet slushy conditions when I used to deer hunt, or late ice sloppy conditions, but both boots are size 11 1/2 when I wear size 10 shoes. You need wiggle room for your toes. Thin wicking socks (NOT cotton) with wool socks over them. However, after having frost bitten toes many times as a kid (50 years ago when gear wasn't as good as today) my feet are really sensitive to cold (look-up chilblains; it's bad), I had to get serious. Finally bought some Thermacell heated insoles this year. Tried them 4 times so far and am satisfied. 4+ hours on medium. Extra set of rechargeable batteries would get you 8-10 hours. I took the original boot insoles out to allow room for the Thermacell. No more need to stick one-use "toasty toes" on my socks. Hope this helps.
I bought some Cabela's stand hunters last winter. First boot I've had that kept my feet warm however yesterday bowhunting got a little chilled just sitting. Ice fishing moving around a bit no problem. Got them in the bargin cave for 70 bux in never used condition. I also have neoprene socks that are awesome if your boots are big enough to wear them
"So what do you do when the snow starts to pile up and gets slushy underneath? To me waterproof is just as important and warmth."
Ditto, I fish a lot in slush, Gore-Tex or nothing for me. I've run non-Gore-tex boots that say they're waterproof, not really.
Sorel Glacier XT
I know everyone is different but the first thing to get cold on me is fingers or toes. These things are incredible and I've found that my feet will sweat if I'm hole hoping even on the coldest of days. I've sat thru some pretty rough days on Bago and never felt I needed anything more than a basic cotton sock, wool socks were too much.