DogWear Adventure is a newly launched small company in Canada that was created from the need to find a well-fitting and comfortable boot for their dog for hikes after none of the options on the market worked for them. They were looking for a solution not to compromise comfort and security when it comes to dog gear.
Many owners think using boots is stupid, while many believe it is necessary for all dogs. Well, like with every other gear, the answer is: it depends.
Different boots can be used for various reasons, such as protecting the paws on hot or very cold pavement or preventing the paws from drying out while walking on salted roads over the winter. Many also use them on icy snow when the dog’s paws would get cuts or in powdery snow if it tends to get stuck between the toes. It can also be used inside if a dog has arthritis or slides around a lot on the floor.
Some dogs are just more sensitive than others, so you have to know your dog and see how they can handle different terrain and temperatures.
We wrote an article about things to keep in mind when using boots on hikes over the summer since there are just as many pros as cons around the topic. We also have another article on the different types of winter boots, the differences between summer vs. winter boots, and much more. If you want to read more on the subject, check these out under our Articles page!
The best is always to follow the sizing guide on the product site. Measuring your dog’s paws is the easiest if you put their feet on a paper, lift the opposite leg to put weight on the leg you are trying to measure, and draw lines on both sides of the paw. You can measure the distance on the paper later without stressing the dog with it.
It is always recommended to measure all paws! Commonly, the front paws are wider than the back ones, but the opposite can also be true for some dogs.
You have to figure out how tight and snug they have to be for the optimal fit. Many think that leaving the straps looser or ordering one size bigger will make the boots comfier for the dog, but if you have ever tried to hike in oversized boots, you know it’s not true. If the paws are sliding around in the shoes, the dog will lose balance much easier, and the boots will chafe their paws much faster, so you want to measure it as precisely as possible.
These sock-type booties don’t have a rigid rubber sole which provides more comfort and traction to the dogs. They are secured with two elastic velcro straps, and they stay on very well! They are also machine washable, which is an excellent feature for boots.
The outer material is Cordura Nylon 1000D, durable enough to handle winter hikes, snow, salt, and ice. The outer fabric is also waterproof.
The inside is lined with micropolar for extra warmth and is seamless to prevent chafing and rubbing even when used on a longer outing.
Mia can be very picky when it comes to boots. If I put boots on her that are not 100% comfy (still the correct size and fit), she looks at me like she is in significant pain. She is also a dog who jumps around on three legs with panic on her face when a tick gets between her toes, so no surprise there.
I am just mentioning these, so you get a feeling of how hard it is to find boots for her that she likes. However, when I put on the sock-type boots, she doesn’t even skip a beat; just keeps running around like nothing is on her paws. There is no need to get used to them or spend a few minutes adjusting to the feeling. This is probably the highest compliment Mia can give when testing boots.
While the outer material could handle warmer weather as well, the lining makes it too warm for summer use. We still used it in early spring, and it performed well both in snow and on rough trails.
I also like that these boots have the same material all around, so it is not a problem if they rotate. The outer material’s durability and the comfort of the inside are the same all around.
We ran into two quality issues, but we received these boots right when they went to market. I noted them to DogWear Adventure, and they are already working on a solution for both. One is that the end of the velcro straps started fraying after a few weeks. Unfortunately, this is common with this type of strap, but they are already looking for another brand to replace them.
The other problem was that if the dog ran around a lot, the top strap sometimes slid up, not supporting the boots. These top straps are designed higher than on most boots to prevent the snow from getting inside, but this makes them more prone to sliding up as well.
DogWear Adventure is thinking about securing the top strap in the back on newer boots to fix the position, so this should be solved soon as well.
On Mia, it also leaves excellent clearance under her carpal pads which can be another area to chafe when wearing boots.
Altogether these boots are great and have the potential to be perfect for colder adventures once those two problems are fixed. They have all the features that make them practical for winter hikes and none that would make them too stiff or uncomfortable. They are also very packable without rubber soles and are lightweight (the small weighing 17 grams, the medium 20 grams).
There are left and right boots; the difference is the direction of the velcro straps: if you place the straps to go out, then in, it is less likely they will open up. Also, the back of each boot is supposed to be the one with the little slit. This is there to full the material together more when tightened. These ensure an ideal setup, but they still work if you mix them up sometimes (I certainly did, and they still stayed on well).
They are sold in pairs of two which is ideal for dogs who need different sizes for the front and back paws. Mia had two sizes: medium for the front paws and small long for the back ones.
You can find the Winter Boots on DogWear Adventure’s website.