I made my own gaiters out of an old pair of stretchy wool bicycle tights. I cut them off below the knee and sewed spandex loops on the INSIDE, at the foot, [stirrup style, fits inside the shoe], the tights part goes outside and over the shoe. They work just fine, especially in warmer weather as a scree gaiter. Lately I've switched to REI Mistral Gaiters. I was fortunate to receive a pair of these with a broken snap. A VERY simple fix! These are waterproof very light and work GREAT with the lowtop lighter weight 318s. As I have said my feet NEVER get wet. Even in knee deep snow. By the way, I'm wearing Power Stretch Bib overalls as a base layer. Check them out. I now almost live in them in the winter. A most versatile piece of clothing. You can find a military issue Layer 3 version for around $30.00, if you shop wisely. Make sure you get the Polartec Power Stretch full bib version. Mountain Hardwear Makes almost the same thing for around $150 and doesn't come with side zips. Unless it's VERY windy or EXTREMELY cold, they're all you need on the bottom.