Everything you need to know to pick the right Snake Proof Boots
Antarctica is the only continent on the planet free from snakes. The United States, however, is home to some of the most poisonous snakes in the world. You need the right pair of snake (proof) boots and this guide is here to help you find them.
Because they dwell on the ground, snakes tend to aim for legs and feet the most.
Although you may think the best way to prevent yourself from becoming one of the 10,000 or so Americans bitten by snakes each year is to just avoid snakes, that isn't always possible. As anyone who's come upon snakes while out hunting or even just working in the near the house can tell you, snakes can be really hard to spot. They can fit into very small spaces, and have excellent camouflage, particularly if you are in rougher terrain. Most bites happen with the victim never even seeing the snake before being bitten. So whether you're a seasoned hunter or enjoy gardening outdoors, investing in a pair of snake boots may save you a trip to the emergency room — or your life.
What to Look for in a Snake Boot
Before we get to our awesome summary table and ratings of the best snake boots out there, we should give you an idea of what we were looking for in our tests, and what you should loo for when buying snake boots.
Snake proof materials
One of the most important factors to consider when buying snake boots is if they are made of high-quality materials that will actually protect you from snakes. There was a well-publicized incident a few years ago in which Rocky Brands did a live demonstration to show their snake proof boots. The snake in the demonstration bit straight through the boot. Luckily, it was a controlled environment with proper precautions and the unfortunate guy in the boots was ok. If you're out hiking or hunting and have that happen you might not be so fortunate.
There are several options for snake proof material. The most common are leather, kevlar, synthetic weaves, and specially hardened nylon. With the proper manufacturing process each of these will yield a completely snake proof boot. Most manufacturers today are using a combination of these materials to maximize safety and comfort.
This is a pretty obvious one, and might have the biggest influence on our rankings. Naturally we only chose to review snake boots from quality manufacturers, so they all check the box for safety and quality. Comfort, on the other hand, is not so clear-cut. It's also a bit down to personal preference. This is crucially important though since you'll be out in these things for long hours hiking and on your feet.
Boot Height and Coverage
A snake proof boot isn't going to do you much good if it doesn't have proper coverage and doesn't extend high enough. We limited ourselves to testing boots that had at least 16" height, and we really prefer a boot that is 18" high for a little extra protection.
Most of the time you'll encounter snakes unexpectedly on the ground and the strike will happen on your foot or lower leg. Still, a few extra inches of protection might make a huge difference, and doesn't cost much in terms of comfort or price.
Who's it for?
1. LaCrosse Men’s Venom Scent APG HD Snake Boots
From comfort to protection, this boot has it all.
These LaCrosse boots are constructed from thick leather and nylon to make sure you're guarded against snakes from all angles.
Plus, these boots lace up to 18 inches for a comfortable fit and have a side zipper for easy removal.
LaCrosse has also thought to add their Scent Dry lining to this boot, which makes it not only waterproof but also prevents bacteria from growing.
That means less water and less stink.
- Leather and fabric
- Camouflage design
- Rubber sole
- 2" heel
- 360-degrees of snake bite protection
- Scent Dry creates a waterproof, scent-free lining
- Zipper on the side for easy on/off
2. Irish Setter Men's 17" Snake Boot
This classic hunting boot comes with everything you need.
The leather and nylon construction keeps you guarded against any unwanted critters, while the Tufftex adds an extra layer of protection against snakes.
This pair of snake boots is also waterproof (a must-have), and features a slip-resistant rubber sole as well as ScentMask to help reduce odors.
- Rubber sole
3. Chippewa Men's 17" Pull-On Snake Boot
This boot relies on its thick leather and lining to create a protective barrier against venomous snakes.
The Chippewa Boot Company has been in business since 1901, and this particular boot offers a comfortable fit with breathability.
The Chip-A-Tex (r) bootie is what makes the boot waterproof, but it also lets air through — making for a more comfortable feel.
Additionally, the outsole is specially constructed for extra traction, whether you're on dry land or a slippery surface.
- Vibram(r) sole
4. Danner Men’s Pronghorn Snake Side-Zip Hunting Boot
Although this boot may lighten your wallet more so than others on this list, it may be worth it.
This pair of snake boots is in its fourth generation, which means Danner has spent years improving its features, which is evident in the details.
The boot's 17 inches of leather completely covers the toe and heel, and the boot is fitted with breathable, waterproof mesh by Gore-Tex(r) that locks water out but gets rid of sweat and moisture.
The outsole on this boot has been improved for a better grip on a variety of terrain, and the boot has a comfortable fit so you can be on your feet for an extended amount of time.
- Rubber sole
- Gore-Tex (r) liner
- 360-degree snake protection
5. Justin Original Work Boots Men’s Stampede Snake Work Boot
If you're into rugged, this is your boot.
Justin Original Workboots are known for their resilient products, and this is no exception.
Composed of leather, snake-proof fabric, and synthetic rubber, these boots are robust and comfortable.
The sole of the boot provides great traction, and a side zipper allows you to get in and out of these boots with ease.
They can withstand a trek through the woods, but they're also comfortable enough to be used for casual wear.
- Leather and synthetic rubber
- Rubber sole
6. MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot
These boots are made for hunting.
And they'll protect you against rattlesnakes, too.
The Muck Boot's all-rubber exterior provides flexibility and traction, while the waterproof shell and rubber sole offers protection against whatever you come across while hiking through the woods.
Plus, the XpressCool(TM) fabric lining inside the boot will help to wick away sweat in the warmer months and in hotter areas of the country, where snakes tend to live.
These boots come in a camouflage print and are slip-on.
- 100% snake-resistant rubber exterior and sole
- 100% waterproof
- Anti-friction sock liner
- XpressCool(TM) fabric lining
- Easy on/off
Which One Is Best for Me?
When deciding which pair of snake boots to choose from, you need to keep fit, purpose and comfort in mind.
When you go to try on a pair of snake boots, make sure you feel comfortable in them from the start.
After all, you don't want to get a blister during a hunt.
You also want to make sure the boot isn't sliding up and down your ankle.
By keeping in mind why you're buying your boots, it will be easier to pick a pair.
If you're going to be doing a lot of walking in the woods and wetlands, make sure you pick a waterproof shoe with plenty of protection.
But it you're just using these boots for protection in the garden, you may want to opt for more comfort.
When you're looking to buy a pair of snake boots, you may also want to consider how durable the boot is. Will it last for a few seasons or will you need to replace them next year?
And finally, make sure the boot gives you enough coverage — these are snake boots, after all. Your calf and lower leg should be well-protected.
Invest for Peace of Mind
Although snake bites are not an everyday occurrence, there are plenty of seasons and reasons for investing in a good pair of snake boots.
If you live in an area where venomous snakes are common and especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors or in wooded areas, it's a good idea to invest in a quality pair of boots to protect you.