Footwear afield

These boots were made for hunting, and keeping your feet comfortable

Whether you’re pursuing waterfowl, upland birds or small or big game, these new boots were made for hoofing it through underbrush, snow or slop (or all three).

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HUNTER

$65, Kamik, www.kamik.com

Key features: Made in Canada; 37-centimetre rubber boot with adjustable nylon collar; eight-millimetre Thermal Guard removable liner; self-cleaning outsole lugs.

The promise: “Insulated hunting boots that will stand up to bad weather.”

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WATERPROOF UPLANDER

US$475, Filson, www.filson.com

Key features: Full-grain, heavyweight, oil-tanned leather; foot-conforming cork insole; quick-drying, 400-gram insulated lining; Vibram sole for grip and comfort.

The promise: “Dissipates moisture continuously throughout the day.”

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BOZEMAN TALL

$165, Bogs, www.bogsfootwear.ca

Key features: Rubber boot with neoprene upper and seven-millimetre Neo-Tech insulation; lined with Bogs Max-Wick to evaporate sweat; EVA Ortholite footbed; non-marking, slip-resistant outsole.

The promise: “Designed for rugged work and recreation conditions.”

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ELK TRACKER

US$254.99 to US$259.99, Irish Setter, www.irishsetterboots.com

Key features: Light 12-inch boot with 200, 600 or 1,000 grams of Thinsulate insulation; waterproof, abrasion-resistant upper; removable EVA footbed with memory foam; aggressive outsole; also comes in a 10-inch version.

The promise: “A lighter-weight option for big-game hunters.”

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LIL ALPHA LITE

$139.04, LaCrosse Footwear, www.lacrossefootwear.com

Key features: Children’s sizes 1 to 13; same premium rubber and construction as adult boot; removable EVA footbed; 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation.

The promise: “Big comfort for little feet.”

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THE CLAW

US$249.75 to $319.13, Rocky, www.rockyboots.com

Key features: Aggressive deep-lug outsole; removable Terra Suspension insole; available in eight-inch pictured, or 10-inch style with leather or high-abrasion nylon upper; insulated with either 400, 800 or 1,200 grams of Thinsulate.

The promise: “Designed for stability and durability.”

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SPEED FREEK BOZEMAN

$179.99 to $199.99, Under Armour, www.underarmour.com

Key features: Waterproof nubuck and textile upper; anti-microbial sock liner; EVA mid-sole; available uninsulated or with 600-gram insulation, and in a variety of camo patterns; also available in women’s pictured, and men’s versions.

The promise: “Lightweight support and high traction.”

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ARCHER EPX

US$140, Wolverine, www.wolverine.com

Key features: Tough polyester upper; waterproof breathable membrane with moisture-wicking mesh lining; removable, dual-density footbed; 800 or 1,200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra.

The promise: “EPX footbed helps fight fatigue.”

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HAPPY FEET

When shopping for new hunting footwear, select boots that are rugged and comfortable, and offer the kind of protection needed for your specific hunting conditions.

Style

Look for boots that provide the right level of warmth, dryness, support and weight for the climate and terrain where you’ll be hunting, as well as for the type of hunting you’ll be doing. Rubber boots are tops for muck, for example, while light upland boots are ideal for walking long distances. High-country boots offer extreme support, meanwhile, and multi-purpose lace-ups land somewhere in the middle.

Fit

When trying on new boots, wear socks, sock layers and any orthotics you plan to wear while afield. With rubber boots, look for an ankle-fit design that won’t slip when you’re walking. And always check the vendor’s return policy—just in case.