(Closed) Northern/Snow Bees: Are rain boots okay to use as snow boots?

posted 10 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I grew up in Canada and where I lived we had a lot of snow. I highly suggest that you “fork over the dough for some”. Snow boots are much warmer and have thicker and grippier soles. You will be less likely to slip and fall if you are wearing snow boots, and your feet will stay much warmer if you plan to be out in the snow quite a bit.

Post # 4
90 posts
Worker bee

get some actual boots! rain boots have ZERO protection from the cold, and if you’re going to switzerland, it’s going to be cold. your toes will fall off!

a good pair can be pricey, but they’re worth it. trust me, i loveeee my sorel boots. if thats too pricey, do some price comparison with similar brands. ll bean also has some great quality boots as well.

Post # 5
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I wouldn’t say they are the most practical boots.. but they will keep the snow & wetness away. I would urge you to buy some snow boots (baffins you can get really cheap and are VERY warm and are very light weight). But if you really do not want to fork over the dough for a pair of boots.. pack a lot of wool socks & legwarmers. Layer the wool socks and legwarms over your jeans/pants. This should help with the cold.


Post # 6
1889 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d have to agree with @noritake22 that you should invest in some actual snow boots.  You don’t want to feel miserable on your vacation to the Swiss alps (which sounds awesome!) because your toes are cold, or because you have no traction on your rain boots.

Post # 7
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Another Canadian piping in to say that I can tell you that those rubber rain boots will offer zero warmth in the snow.  Even with good thermal socks, that rubber is going to get cold and keep the cold in. 

Post # 8
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

you could get something like http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/57126?feat=906-CL1 if you didn’t want to buy new boots. i thought about getting these to turn my rain boots into winter boots but didn’t so i can’t say they for sure work…

Post # 10
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010


Rainboots have no insulation. Your feet will freeze in the thin rubber. You could get away with wearing thick wool socks inside your boots, or you might be able to find fleece bootliners (like the ones for Hunter rainboots). You will be more comfortable with actual snowboots though, and like the PP said, the sole will be designed for gripping snow and ice.

Post # 11
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have worn rain boots in the snow before, but only for short periods of time and always with layers of warm socks inside (as many as I could fit anyway). If you don’t plan on walking around in the snow for extended periods of time, and can fit warm socks (and maybe even some of those hand-warmers under your toes), you should be fine with your rain boots. If you’re not sure, or you plan on walking around quite a bit in the snow, then I would recommend getting some snow boots. Although, you could hold off until you get to Switzerland to purchase some there if need-be, right? I would think they’d have shops selling snow boots over there. 


But Switzerland!! I am so jealous! That sounds like a wonderful trip! 

Post # 13
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

you could always bring your rain boots and thick socks and buy some boots in Switzerland… but that’s the shopaholic in me speaking 😉 

I wear my rain boots in Boston all winter long – with thick socks. But usually it’s just to get in my car, run errands, etc. Not like, walking around all day… 

Post # 14
875 posts
Busy bee

Get good snow boots… look for good soles… that aren’t smooth or flat…  I live in the snowbelt and I know that they sometimes are hard to find…  The designers in NYC have never noticed that snow and ice is slippy! 

Post # 15
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

they will keep the snow out but they won’t be warm.  your feet will get cold very quickly.  I recommend Sorels if you are going to be walking in deep snow a lot.

Post # 16
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Agreeing with all of the above – rain boots, even with extra socks/insulation are too thin and too slippery for snow and ice. I may live in SoCal now but I spent 5 years living in Boston without a car and walked everywhere, even in the snow!!

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