Best Snake Proof Boots

Best Snake Proof Boots of 2017

Do you love the outdoors yet worry about the possibility of getting bitten by a snake? Fear no more! Today we’re going to be covering snake proof boots!

Along with talking about our favorites, we’re going to take a look at other things such as materials that are known to be snake proof.

Brand/Model Key Features Ratings More Information
Chippewa 17" Mocc-Toe Pull-On 23909 Leather
17 inches tall
Pull-on
5 out of 5

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Irish Setter 2875 Vaprtrek Leather & synthetic materials
17 inches tall
Lace-up
4.9 out of 5

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LaCrosse Adder Leather & synthetic materials
18 inches tall
Pull-on
4.8 out of 5

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LaCrosse Venom Scent APG HD Leather & synthetic materials
18 inches tall
Zipper
4.7 out of 5

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Chippewa Pull On 23913 Leather & synthetic materials
17 inches tall
Pull-on
4.6 out of 5

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Danner Jackal II 45764 Synthetic materials
17 inches tall
Lace-up
4.5 out of 5

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Chippewa Back Zip Mocc Toe Pull On 23922 Leather & synthetic materials
17 inches tall
Zipper
4.4 out of 5

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Wood N' Stream Snake Bite Leather Cordura Leather & synthetic materials
17 inches tall
Zipper
4.3 out of 5

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Rocky Lynx Waterproof Synthetic materials
16 inches tall
Lace-up
4.2 out of 5

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Chippewa Pull On L23913 Leather & synthetic materials
15 inches tall
Pull-on
4.1 out of 5

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Most of us aren’t particularly fond of snakes (even if we know how beneficial they can be for the environment). It’s hard not to love the outdoors but it’s also hard not to wish certain wildlife would steer clear of our paths!

While it’s not possible (or good) to rid nature of what scares us it is possible to protect ourselves when we go outside.

Believe it or not, there are many materials that are suitable forms of protection against snake bites… which means it’s becoming easier and easier to create good, snake proof boots!

Avoiding Snakes

Whether you’re working or just walking around, you could easily run into a snake almost anywhere you go. There’s no need to fear (most of) them but you should be aware of where they like to reside and hide!

Unless something crazy has happened to the snake, most will not hunt you (or anything else) down. They generally prefer to sit and wait for prey to approach them.

In our area, there are a lot of woods, fields, and creeks. Some of the most dangerous and venomous species around us include rattlesnakes, cottonmouths (also referred to as water moccasins),  and copperheads.

It’s usually simple to search by state and see which snakes are in your area. This task will make it easier for you to determine each type of snake’s preferred habitat. Knowing their favorite locations will keep you safer than oblivion will!

Since we don’t have several types of dangerous snakes in our personal area, we’ll quickly discuss them.

We want to take this time to warn you that it is illegal (in many states) to harm, kill, or relocate snakes. We know they can be a little scary, but to be fair, they’re pretty scared of us, too.

Please take the time to learn about wildlife and safety in your area to prevent any unnecessary harm to it or yourself.

Rattlesnakes

  • The timber rattlesnakes around here seem to enjoy solitude and tend to seek out wooded or rocky shelters and inclines.
  • The pygmy rattlesnakes are smaller than timber rattlesnakes and generally like wetter environments. You’ll likely see a pygmy rattlesnake close to (or in) wet fields and plains… but they have been spotted in rocky and wooded areas as well.

Cottonmouths

Around these parts, you’re more likely to hear cottonmouths called water moccasins. As the nickname implies, they enjoy being around and in water.

  • They prefer swamp-like areas and drainage ditches. They can be seen swimming in creeks, rivers, and lakes on occasion.

Wading in the creek is fun until you see something skimming the water and getting too close for comfort to you!

Copperheads

  • Copperheads can be found all over the place, with the exception of open fields and similar areas. You’re most likely to find them in forests, wooded, or rocky areas with plenty of hiding spots.
  • You might also see them around streams and wet areas.

None of these snakes are good climbers and you’re likely to see them on the ground, trying to stay out of our line of sight.

Isn’t it Easier to Do it Myself?

It is neither easier nor wise to take this matter into your own hands. While we’re living in the age of DIY projects and replacements for costly items, our health and safety come first.

When it comes to snakes, we don’t want to mess around. While all bites won’t kill you, they will surely hurt and require medical attention.

Money saved by creating your own snake proof gear will not guarantee your protection and could cost you more in the long run.

While we will briefly discuss some common materials used to create snake proof boots, we do not recommend making your own… if for no other reason than the fact that snakes have sharp fangs.

How do most people make clothing? By sewing. Needles and fangs are pretty similar. If your needle can go through your material, so can a fang, usually.

Materials Used in Snake Proof Boots

If you’re in a snake-infested area or you’re crawling under a house, it wouldn’t hurt to add some of these materials to your outfits and snake proof boots just in case one sneaks up on you!

  • Canvas – fabric that is durable and plain-woven. Backpacks and tents are some items crafted with canvas.
  • Denim – fabric used to create jeans and such. It’s thick and, used alongside other materials, provides surprising protection. Heavy denim is best.
  • Leather – tanned skin and/or rawhide from animals. Leather’s flexible and hard to puncture.
  • Nylon – strong, synthetic fabric created from petroleum and plastics. Resistant to moisture.
  • Other synthetic fabrics Cordura, Gore-Tex, Kevlar, polyester, Teflon, etc., are all heavy, hard-to-penetrate materials. They’re considered protective because they have tight weaves and are not super flexible or breathable.

In our search, we noticed that many snake proof boots combine materials. It might not be the cutest or coolest-looking article of clothing in your closet but your safety is worth it.

These materials alone will not guarantee your protection. Well-made items intended to guard against snake bites would be best combined with plate armor materials.

The main reason we’re recommending snake proof boots is because snakes tend to strike humans around the ankles, calves, or feet!

Another reason it isn’t wise to craft snake proof gear on your own is because it needs to be comfortable to be wearable! Most of us can make something bulky or comfortable. It’s about finding a good, happy medium for protection purposes.

Types of Snake Proof Boot Closures

There are multiple kinds of boots to choose from. With today’s technology, you’re able to find boots with all sorts of closures!

  • Do you like zipper boots? These will make it easy to take your shoes on and off… unless they get things stuck on the tracks. Zippers are notorious for getting caught on fuzz and all sorts of debris. They also tend to wear out easier than, say, lace-up boots. If you take this route, be sure to stock up on lubricant or wax for the zippers!
  • Lace-ups are some of the most common types of shoes. Whether it be running shoes, hiking boots, tennis shoes, or whatever, laces are easy to deal with. You can thread them in a way that’s comfortable for you. Unless you pull your laces with rage, you’re likely to be able to use the same ones for quite a while, too.
  • Slip-on boots. These free you from the worry of the closure getting caught on anything. They can be uncomfortable and not fit properly. If you have a foot that’s easy to fit and hard to make uncomfortable, slip-ons are a good option.

Choosing the Right Pair of Snake Proof Boots

It’s important to read about these boots thoroughly to ensure that they’re as protective as they advertise. Now that we know some of the most common materials used to make snake proof boots, we have an idea of what to look for!

Before we dive much deeper into our review, we want to point out the fact that there are additional accessories available to protect you from snake bites. Along with boots, you can easily purchase snake proof gaiters and chaps.

  • Go for comfort. It’s important to find something that’s durable but you don’t want to sacrifice comfort in its place. If you can’t easily walk in them, you can’t easily run from snakes!
  • Make sure you find the right size. A little big might give you some extra room but it probably won’t give you much extra protection. It’s recommended that you wear loose-legged pants over any snake boots for added protection from a bite.
  • Stick to your budget. It’s hard to find a good snake boot under $100. That’s because the materials needed aren’t cheap. If you’re not too concerned about actually being bitten, don’t spend a lot of extra money. The more money you spend, the more materials are likely used on the boots.
  • Check for toe protection. If the shoes you like don’t have a protective layer around the toes, consider adding your own.
  • Check the weight. Anyone with back problems or arthritis knows how uncomfortable a heavy shoe is. If you don’t suffer from these problems (or just don’t care), the heavier, the better!
  • Do you need them to be waterproof? Not all snake proof boots will be waterproof. Depending on the material, some boots will be, though! If you don’t plan on walking in wet areas, don’t spend extra money on waterproof materials.

Top 10 Best Snake Proof Boots

Chippewa Mocc-Toe Pull-On 23909

  • Chippewa is known to make an outstanding boot. They’ve been around for decades and know quality.
  • The Phalaris boots (model 23909) are durable and comfortable.
    • This model consists of a bison leather exterior, leather lining, a triple-ribbed steel shank, Vibram outsoles, Texon Flexwelt insoles, and 4 iron rubber midsoles.
  • On most people, these will be knee-high.
  • The straps are adjustable.
  • These are designed to be worn in various places, including wet areas.
    • They are not waterproof but they can handle a little moisture!
  • Compared to most things we review, these are pretty pricey. The comfort and materials make up for it, though.
    • If boots alone could make us feel safe, these do a decent job!
    • It takes some walking around to break these kinds of boots in. Once broken in, they’re hardly noticeable!

Irish Setter 2875 Vaprtrek

  • The Vaprtrek boots offer impressive technologies like UltraDry, Realtree Xtra Camouflage, ScentBan, RPM technology, and SnakeGuard.
    • UltraDry technologies ensure the boots are water resistant
    • ScentBan helps fight against bacteria and the odors they cause.
    • The SnakeGuard technology helps protect against penetrative forces like thorns and fangs.
    • RPM technology allows the boots to be durable without being ridiculously heavy.
  • These boots are mostly leather with additional, synthetic materials.
    • As with our last option, these are a bit pricey, but we’re comfortable spending that money on these since they’re waterproof and odor-resistant.
  • The outer material is abrasion resistant.
  • As with most snake boots, these aren’t insulated. They still keep feet surprisingly warm.
  • Tall boots seem to be a bit snug around our calves. Not much of a concern for us, but we recommend trying some tall boots on to see if they fit your legs.
    • These actually fit pretty well!

LaCrosse Adder

  • These LaCrosse Adders are composed mostly of leather and nylon.
  • They’re advertised as waterproof but we don’t recommend trekking through bodies of water in these without additions.
    • Spraying a protective, waterproof coating on the outside can help make most boots repel water.
    • Scent Dry does help with water resistance but it’s best at not letting your boots become stinky!
  • The rear gusset is adjustable.
  • They are equipped with Mossy Oak camouflage.
  • These are pull-ons.
    • We personally love pull-ons but these are a little loose-fitting around the sides for our liking.
  • The Adders fit well and aren’t easy to pull off your feet!

LaCrosse Venom Scent APG HD

  • The Venom boots are mostly leather and nylon.
  • They zip on the side so you can easily take them off or put them on.
  • This features 360° Snake Guard technology, which has a protective fabric that is placed between the exterior and liner for added protection without excess weight.
  • The low outsole lets you move quietly on most terrain.
  • The camouflage is Realtree APG, which is ideal for spring and (early) fall hunting or trekking.
  • These are more waterproof than the last LaCrosse boots we discussed.
    • As we briefly mentioned, most shoes cannot stand in water for extended periods of time and stay “waterproof.”
    • Though able to trek through water, these do not grip wet stones or slippery surfaces very well.

Chippewa Pull On 23913

  • The Chippewa Tussock boots are stylish and durable. (It’d be hard to find a flimsy pair of Chippewas!)
  • It features Vipercloth, a triple-ribbed steel shank, Vibram outsoles, 4 iron rubber midsoles, and 5 iron Texon Flexwelt insoles.
  • These are heavy compared to some of our other options, but still relatively lightweight overall.
  • They can be worn in different conditions but they are not waterproof. They’re water resistant.
    • Models sporting Gore-Tex are better for anyone looking for extreme water resistance!
  • These are simple, efficient, comfortable, and stylish, as with most boots made by this company.

Danner Jackal II 45764

  • These are some serious hunting boots with snake bite protection!
  • The Jackal II laces up, consists of Denier nylon material, and is waterproof!
    • This boot is lined with Gore-Tex so you can stomp through mud, water, and more.
    • It has Realtree APG camouflage.
  • The Phantom outsole lets you creep around quietly if you’re hunting.
    • A thin, rubber shell encases your foot and allows you to be aware of the feel of your environment.
  • These are comfortable and lightweight since they are not leather.

Chippewa Back Zip Mocc Toe Pull On 23922

  • The Chippewa Sedge boots zip up in the back. The zipper is concealed by a velcro flap.
  • It doesn’t have Gore-Tex and is not waterproof. With the Vibram outsole, though, you can use these in most environments.
    • They are water resistant.
    • They have good traction and won’t make you slip and slide on a slope!
  • These feature Vipercloth, a triple-ribbed steel shank, 4 iron rubber midsoles, and 5 iron Texon insoles.
  • These are lightweight but they are leather, so they may be heavy to some.
  • They have moccasin toes.

Wood N’ Stream Snake Bite Leather Cordura

  • The Wood N’ Stream boots we’ve selected are composed of leather and Cordura.
    • Cordura is resistant to everyday wear and tear.
  • The camouflage is Mossy Oak.
  • These feature a 3M Scotchguard coating, which repels most stains.
  • They zip up on the side.
  • They are waterproof, or at the very least, very water resistant. (We couldn’t find information on the materials used to make this fully waterproof, though).
  • These did not need much breaking in right out of the box, which is impressive for a leather, snake proof boot!
  • The insoles are made of polyurethane and help you take heavy steps without hurting your body. (Transitioning from water to land can be painful in the wrong boots!)
  • The uppers and soles are bonded by cement.

Rocky Lynx

  • The Rocky Lynx boots are waterproof, Gore-Tex and all!
  • Rocky Lynx boots are made of Cordura and leather.
  • Your toes will be protected with a Tech Tuff shell, which is also abrasion-resistant.
  • Unlike a lot of snake proof boots, these feature a little insulation.
    • The insulation used is 3M Thinsulate Ultra.
  • These boots are good for working, walking, and hunting as they’re relatively lightweight and flexible.
    • They are designed to be worn in most terrains.
  • These need a little breaking in before wearing them all day. Once broken in, they’re comfortable beyond belief!

Chippewa Pull On L23913

  • These Chippewas are designed for women. We’re not fond of gender-specific shoes but we like Chippewas and were excited to see these.
    • They are shorter than many of the men’s models, reaching about 15 inches in height.
  • As with most of our other Chippewa choices, this model features Vipercloth, a triple-ribbed steel shank, Vibram outsoles, and 5 iron Texon insoles!
    • They’re leather, too.
  • These are pull-on boots.
  • They are not waterproof.

Our Favorite 3 Snake Proof Boots

When it comes down to it, we have to pick some favorites. For this particular topic, we’re going to do things a little differently.

  1. Our first choice would be any of the Chippewa boots. They aren’t cheap but they made us the most confident when it came to feeling protected and cautious. It’s hard to go wrong with leather and Vipercloth materials if you’re looking for protection from snake bites. They are, however, a little heavy compared to some of our other favorites due to their composition. Once you get used to carrying around the extra weight, though, they’re ridiculously comfortable. Have we mentioned how stylish most of their models are, too? We’d be comfortable wearing these out in public if we needed to and that’s saying a lot.
  2. The Irish Setter Vaprtrek boots are next in line. They’re almost as pricey as Chippewas but are meant to be laced up and aren’t unbearably heavy. They are equipped with odor control, abrasion resistance, a comfortable tongue, and Realtree camouflage. These are good if you’re mostly interested in hunting and want to avoid snake bites in the process. They’re relatively waterproof and are available in wide sizes.
  3. The Wood N’ Stream boots are versatile, shock-resistant, and lightweight. They’re also water and slip resistant. They zip up, which can be a problem for some, but with wax on-hand, we don’t worry about zippers. The soles have cement in them, which also helps with water resistance. The tread on these allows you to trek through most areas without fear of falling. The 3M Scotchguard was the final selling point for us with these snake proof boots. The fact that we can wear these and get them dirty without worrying about stains makes the cost absolutely worth it to us. (Who likes wearing stained shoes all the time? Not us!)

There are many other types of snake proof boots on the market and we encourage you to browse through many options before choosing one or two.

If you don’t live in a wet area or don’t plan on using your boots when it’s wet outside, then water resistance and waterproof technologies probably won’t matter as much to you! It mattered to us because we live in an area that is scattered with woods, fields, and swamp-like conditions. It also rains quite a bit here and we wanted to be able to use these on rainy days.

When it comes to ease of access, pull-on boots are definitely the easiest to use but they also felt the loosest to us. If you prefer pull-on boots but don’t like the way your feet slide around, try wearing extra socks or adding an insert!

We hope you found what you were looking for and we wish you luck on your own hunt for the perfect pair of snake proof boots! Thank you for learning with us!

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