Guide pratique du travailleur: comment choisir ses bottes d'hiver

Practical guide for the worker: how to choose your winter boots

In winter, choosing a good pair of winter boots is essential to staying comfortable and performing well at work. At The Work Center, we dive into an in-depth analysis of the various types of winter boots, offering precise information to help our customers find the ideal pair for their specific professional needs for outdoor activities.

An original text by Romain Lepage, director of the Center du Travail banner



The two main categories of winter boots

  1. Boots with insulation: 

Boots with insulation, often measured in height (e.g., 8 inches), offer varying thicknesses of insulation, ranging from 200 to over 1000 grams. Well-known brands like Thinsulate and Primaloft are prized for their thermal efficiency, although each manufacturer has its own insulation innovations.

(image above: Kingtreads Victoria 8" Work Boot, #030855-136)


Anecdote: Known for its effectiveness, Thinsulate insulation was initially developed for the American army, before expanding to civilian use for its excellent insulating power.


  1. Boots with removable liners

Boots with removable liners (boot felt), rated for temperatures in degrees Celsius (-50°, -70°, -100°), provide insulation suitable for extreme climates. Their removable nature allows easy maintenance and customization according to conditions for long periods. 



(image above, the WORKHORSE boot, industrial felt thermal boot from Baffin, -60°C, #957870-112)


Fun Fact: Trappers and polar explorers have traditionally used felt boots for their ability to maintain constant warmth, even in freezing temperatures.




Selection advice depending on the type of work:


For professions requiring prolonged static position, like construction site guards, felt boots provide constant warmth and maximum protection. On the other hand, for professions requiring intense physical activity, such as construction work, boots with insulation provide the perfect balance between warmth and mobility.


(image above: on site, more or less static work, long hours to calculate)


(image above, at the construction site, more or less active work, long hours moving)


Additional tips:

In case of excessive body heat inside warm boots, changing socks is recommended to avoid humidity and maintain comfort during winter activities. 

Link to view our work socks designed for workers


At the Work Center, we understand the importance of a pair of boots adapted to your professional environment in winter conditions. Meet our experts for tailor-made advice and find the ideal good quality pair that will keep you efficient, even in freezing weather.

You want to find a pair of winter boots for your work? Or only with liners?