Staying warm has been a focus of mankind for eons during the Winter months, those long cold, blustery, snow-filled, Winter months.  Staying dry goes hand in hand with staying warm.  On the farm, during those long work days of our Canadian Winters, wearing quality work clothing is important for your health as well as your productivity.  There are several things to consider before equipping your feet with a boot that is comfortable and warm enough to withstand the abuse of your labors around the farm.

Dry Feet, Dry Socks

In the early stages of WW1 soldiers stood in waterlogged trenches for long durations of time developing a possibly life threatening condition called “Trench Foot”.  Their feet would turn cold, circulation would be lost, and sometimes gangrene set in.  If only they had the boot technology we have today.  Keeping one’s feet dry and warm goes beyond comfort, it is an act of self-care.

A boot with a draw-string, if you are not wearing an overall or pant covering your boot, will keep snow and other forms of precipitation out of the liner of the boot.  Most boots we have used over the years have had removeable liners inside the boot that can be snugged into place with the draw-string liner.  The liners wick up moisture so must be dried in a dryer or in front of a woodstove.  At the farm, my grandmother always dried our wet liners on a metal drying rack over top of a furnace grate.  On the farm, or on any job where you are exposed to the elements and on your feet for a large part of the day, it is crucial to keep your feet dry and warm.  You can do this by either wearing a boot that has no liner or by drying the liners before the work day.

Inside of the liners you will still need to wear a warm pair of socks.  Bare feet don’t do much in the way of holding warmth especially if snow gets inside the boot.  Wool socks or a quality pair of thermal socks for men and women do the trick. For those of you with a relative that can knit with your own supply of yarn and wool, you have it made!

Get a grip, would ya?

There is nothing worse than a bad fall on the icy pathways around the barnyard.  Good tread on a boot makes for good traction around the farmyard.  As most farmers can attest, good traction is as much an integral necessity for the boot as warmth.

Everytime I’ve purchased a boot or received a boot as a Christmas gift (That happens in a farming family) my father would ask, “How’s the grip?”  A boot with a poor grip is to put it simply, unsafe.  When working around machinery or livestock, a slip or fall can be painful and at the worst, life threatening.  Traction on snowy, icy, and hardpack surfaces can allow you to focus on the task at hand instead of your balance.  Baffin boots provide some of the best grips on the market.

Steel Toed Protection

Around the farm and on the job site, protecting your warm, dry, and comfy toes with steel toed protection is common sense with the innumerable number of weighs to hurt your feet around tractor tires, cow’s feet, firewood, and other unnamed toe squashers. Some boots come with composite toe or metal-free toe protection, which works equally as well in it’s design to protect the toes.

Cold Rating

When we buy winter boot footwear for the farm online, one of the first things we have to consider is the coldness rating.  Finding quality boots where we are situated in Northern NB, Canada isn’t always easy and to be honest, purchasing online usually gives you more bang for your buck.  We don’t really give it a second thought because, to be honest, there aren’t any boot makers around but Amazon is always open.  Boots that are rated to -40 and below provide the best protection for cold Winter days.  Boots are tested for cold crack testing to see what extreme temperatures they can withstand.  Take the time to read the tag on the boots or research thermal/cold rating online.

Boots fit for the Farm

If the necessities of warmth, traction, toe protection, and comfort are met then you are well on your way to productive days around the farm, in the barn, and at work.  There is nothing worse than cold and wet feet on a busy work day.  For those of us who work in the great outdoors exposed to the elements we must keep our feet warm and dry, our productivity and health depend on it.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below.



Comments (12)

  1. Danijel


    Hello, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am looking to find quality boots because I work on a farm in my city and it can be a disaster now when is winter. I am glad I stumbled upon your article because I found just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • admin


      No problem. Glad I can be of assistance. Keeping one’s feet dry and warm in the many Northern Winter climates of our world is important. Hope you find what you are looking for!

  2. MrBiizy


    If there is one thing I hate in the farm, it is getting wet feet while working on the grasses. It is cold and dis comforting too. Putting on nice boots and socks would do the magic… So thanks for sharing your thoughts and guide on men’s work boots for keeping feet warm on the fam. I also love the fact that you considered safety, grip and comfort.


  3. Leon


    Keeping feet warm is something to consider during winter. And also, a boot that have traction is seriously another thing to have in mind. I remembered when I had a serious injury because the boot I had lack traction when working in my farm. That was my first time of using it.

    We need to look for boots that meets the four necessities you mentioned so we will be safe when into busyness in our farms. This should be the ideal work boot for men.

  4. Jim


    Great post!  And great site as well!  I don’t think people realize just how important keeping your feet healthy, especially in a farm or construction setting.  Foot problems can derail a person for days.  I found your article very helpful, and really appreciate that you list all the factors that go into selecting a pair of boots.

    • admin


      No problem, Jim.  That’s what I’m here for.  To share the farming experience and everything that goes with it.

  5. Nuttanee


    Working outside in winter is not easy. My husband doesn’t work in the farm but he works in construction, installing security gates so he is outside all day and he definitely needs warm boots to keep him going. Thank you so much for your review on both booth and socks. I will tell my husband to get them. 


  6. Andrew Goodrich


    I have spent 15 years in the frozen manufacturing industry and these concerns are the similar.  Traction, protection and warmth are the biggest challenges.  Steel toes are a thing of the past when it comes to frozen environments; now composite plastics are used and can offer all around better protection from objects and machinery without sacrificing warmth.  The insulation is key and everyone will have different preferences when it comes to the grams of insulate required for varying temperatures.

    • admin


      I haven’t worn the composite plastics yet, but I’ve read and heard from friends that they are equally effective.  Thanks for your comments.

  7. sabrinamou


    I am glad to see your article. Your article is really unique and informative. I think this article will help me a lot. Because my uncle works at the farm and it can be a disaster now when is winter. So I was looking for a pair of good quality boots for my uncle. Now I am happy I discovered your article since I found exactly what I was searching for. A very good article with useful information, one of the best I have read. Thanks again for this post.Good luck!

    • admin


      Thanks for your kind words.  I’m glad to hear that the article was helpful to you. Let me know how the boots work out for your uncle.

  8. arzu hosan


    Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us and the power of your article is very great and informative. I definitely appreciate your article because I was looking for a standard boot and I found it through your article. We have winter here now and I work on a chicken farm so I have to be very upset at work. And I hope these boots will be very safe and comfortable for me. I will be purchasing it soon and will definitely share my new experience with you. And I think this should be the ideal work boot for men too.

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