Going on a hunt, hike, or camping trip in the wild is an exhilarating experience like no other. Being out in nature is the perfect palate cleanser after long hours or work, and the hustle and bustle of civilization. But humanity didn’t spend thousands of years building civilization for nothing—it’s dangerous out there.
As fun as it is to be out in the wilderness, we must remember that animals don’t care how civilized our everyday life is. Whether it’s a rabid badger or an enormous grizzly bear, you need to be prepared.
One particularly tricky creature to deal with is the snake. It’s often small, easy to miss in the long grass and trees you’re likely to be trekking through, and it’s stealthy. With enough experience, you can become adept at avoiding these slippery critters, but even experienced people make mistakes from time to time. Your gear can help mitigate the risk, however.
If you’re heading out into territory where snakes are found, knowing how to deal with a snake bite is a must, of course. But, while you should have that skill just in case, it would be nice if you didn’t need to use it.
Snakes are often found low to the ground, and when they strike, it’s quick, and out of nowhere. Protecting your feet and lower legs will take care of a significant chunk of the danger from snake bites. So, with that in mind, let’s get have a look at some of the best women’s snake proof boots!
1. LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro 15″ Waterproof Hunting Boot
With twenty years of experience making high-quality footwear for outdoor use, LaCrosse has brought their customary expertise to the Alphaburly Pro hunting boot. Constructed from durable rubber and flexible neoprene, they are high-cuffed boots that will keep the lower part of your leg and your feet out of harm’s way.
As you would expect from a hunting boot (especially one with “waterproof” in the name), they will keep your feet dry. Thanks to the breathable inner lining, your dry feet don’t come at the expense of comfort. The lining helps to keep air circulation going, which in turn wicks moisture away.
On the outside, the lower part of the boot and heel is made from natural rubber, offering additional protection around the lower ankle. The outer sole sports a rugged tread with high grip, while the thick midsole ensures maximum comfort on those rougher terrains.
The neoprene is highly flexible, giving you a good deal of mobility as well as protecting most of your lower leg, and there are fitting clamps that can be adjusted to suit. It also sports a mossy oak motif, which may or may not be to your tastes, but it certainly helps to blend in with types of locations you’re likely to be wearing them.
2. Chippewa Women’s 15″ Pull-On L23913 Snake Boot
While many snake proof boots are aimed squarely at the hunting scene, the L23913 has a more earthy market in mind. You’re more likely to find one of these boots on a farmer than you are a hunter. Sporting a very stylish leather and buckle design these boots would look right at home on the movie set of an old Western.
They are 15″ high, meaning that they will protect almost up to the knee on most people. The lower section is dark-tanned leather, while the upper is made from a darker fabric overlay to provide additional flexibility. The boots slip on easily, and the fit can be adjusted using adjustable buckles near the top of the foot and around the cuff.
One of the downsides to this boot is that it is not waterproof, so be sure to factor that in when deciding whether this is the boot for you. Still, it is a very stylish boot that does the job and looks great while doing it.
3. Irish Setter Women’s Vaptrek 1821 Knee High Boot
When it comes to looking the part, few boots can boast quite as strong a showing as the Vaptrek 1821. From its leather framing to its camouflage insets, and enough lace to hogtie a moose, this is an impressive looking boot. Of course, looks aren’t everything. Fortunately, the Irish Setter Vaptrek 1821’s beauty is more than just skin deep.
This boot is as durable as it looks, with a combination of leather and synthetic materials ensuring that no snake bite is getting through. It is a high-cuffed boot, reaching a full 15.5″ from the ground (1″ of that being the sole), so it offers plenty of coverage.
Inside you will find a very comfortable lining that makes use of Irish Setters ScentBan technology to keep your feet fresh on those long treks. The boot is waterproof but breathable, so your feet should stay dry from both outside and inside sources of moisture.
The soles feature a mid-to-high grip tread, making them suitable for most surfaces without adding unnecessary stress when walking on even terrain. The ankle support on this boot is also excellent. It’s a little more restrictive to your movement than some other boots, but it also offers more protection knocks and rolling your ankle than those other boots.
You should be aware that this boot sizes a little on the small side, so be sure to order a little larger than you normally would, unless you want a very snug fit.
Regarding the fit, the Vaptrek 1821 features a full-length lacing system that allows you to make it as tight—or as loose—as you like. From your feet to the cuff. All in all, this is an excellent all-round boot.
4. Rocky Waterproof Snakeproof Hunting Boot
The Rocky Waterproof Snakeproof Hunting Boot is a boot that looks like it means business. It is a knee-high boot, offering ample protection for your lower legs and feet, and is laced from cuff to foot, meaning you have plenty of adjustment to ensure a comfortable fit.
Made from 100% synthetic materials with full-grain leather framing, this boot is waterproof, durable, comfortable to wear, and surprisingly lightweight. The outside features a mossy camouflage motif with brown framing that will blend in nicely in most outdoor settings.
Underfoot you will find a rugged polyurethane and rubber outsole with outstanding grip, making it suitable for a wide variety of terrain. Higher up, the nylon construction makes for a more flexible experience than you might expect from such a tall boot.
These snake proof boots can protect your lower legs from most North American snakes, including rattlesnakes, copperheads, and coral snakes, so you shouldn’t have anything to worry about unless you’re heading out into the Amazon Rainforest! Technically these boots are classed as men’s boots, though they are perfectly fine for women—you will just need to order 1.5 to 2 sizes smaller.
5. LaCrosse Women’s Alphaburly Pro 15″ Waterproof Hunting Boot
Finding a boot that offers sufficient protection while still being comfortable to wear and flexible enough to have a decent range of movement isn’t always easy—LaCrosse’s Alphaburly Pro 15″ hunting boot attempts to solve this problem with a slip-on neoprene design.
You lose a little flexibility in not having much adjustment, so you will need to take care when ordering to make sure you get the right size. But once you are all sized up, you will be hard-pressed to find a boot as comfortable and secure as this.
The outer flanks of the boot sport a Mossy Oak, Realtree Edge, or Realtree Xtra Green design—depending on what you choose—with dark green rubber for added strength around the heel and lower part of the boot, making them blend in nicely in most outdoor situations.
Inside the boot is a breathable inner lining, keeping your feet cool and wicking moisture away. Nobody wants damp feet on a hike, regardless of where the moisture comes from! The inner sole is cushioned and very comfortable, in contrast to the stiff outer sole which also features a very high-grip tread.
The Alphaburly isn’t entirely without adjustment, of course—the cuff can be adjusted for a more snug fit around the calf if desired. However, it should be noted that the with the Alphaburly being slip-on, and intended to be snug fit, it isn’t always the easiest boot to get on and off.