Snowshoes (or webs) are footwear designed for walking over snow. They are designed to distribute the weight of the wearer over a larger area; This decreases the pressure under the shoe and therefore prevents the wearer from sinking into the snow.
A snowshoe is constructed from a light frame of wood or aluminum that is strung and attached to the shoe. Traditionally, they were made out of wood in a shape similar to a large tennis racket, and this is indeed how many people still think of the showshoe. However, very people use this traditional style of snowshoe, but use more symmetrical snowsnows constructed from metal and synthetic materials.
Snowshoes were originally worn by Indians and Eskimos in the wintry northern areas of North America. They are now mainly used in a recreational capacity and by hunters, farmers, trappers, and lumberjacks.