> how about a nice overview of winter hiking footwear options? There are a number of different product designs out there from shoes or boots; neoprene socks or waterproofs or to gaiters & WPB shoes, etc.
On a recent snowshoe trip I wore NON-waterproof Salomon approach shoes and very thick Darn Tough Vermont socks. Sure, I got wet feet in the snow. But those Darn Tough socks are so thick it didn't matter. I had warm feet regardless.
Lesson #1: You won't die if your feet get wet - truly! Just make sure you have lots of circulation in your feet: footwear not too tight.
Lesson #2: Those DTV socks are fantastic. I even PAID for some more! From Australia!
Lesson #3: Our readers seem more interested in techniques for pushing the limit a bit beyond their current comfort zone, rather than in endless Product Reviews. We Hear You!