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Choosing the Right Dog Boots

Our dogs are our everyday companions, joining us on frosty morning walks, snowy mountain missions and hot summer hikes. Yet some of these adventures might pose challenges to paws – from snowmelt chemicals to hot surfaces to frozen trails. For those seeking paw protection from the elements, Ruffwear offers three styles of dog boots – the Grip Trex™, Polar Trex™, and Hi & Light™ Trail Shoes.

All of Ruffwear’s dog boots & shoes are available in eight sizes and in sets of two. Many dogs have wider front paws than rear paws. With sets of two, you can order the appropriate sizes for a good fit on both the front and rear paws.

To learn more about which size is best for your dog, check out our sizing video:

Each boot & shoe is designed with features geared toward assisting in different environments. Here, we’ve broken down these key features to help make choosing the best boot for your activity a snap.

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Want to know more? Read about each of our options below.

Hi & Light™ Dog Shoes

  • Lightweight and flexible paw wear
  • Grippy rubber sole
  • Great for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and hot surfaces

Hi & Light Trail Shoes in River Rock Green

Dog wearing boots running on dirt path

The Hi & Light™ Trail Shoes elevates the paw wear experience for dogs (and their humans) seeking a minimal and flexible solutions to paw protection. Those paws get both protection and exceptional ground-feel with the soft, flexible rubber outsole.

The engineered knit upper adds comfort and breathability and limits trail debris from getting in the shoe. The hook-and-loop closure opens wide for easy on and cinches around the narrowest part of the dog’s leg to provide a secure fit.

Grip Trex™ Dog Boots

  • All-terrain paw wear
  • Non-marking Vibram® Sole
  • Great for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and walking on hot or rugged surfaces
    GripTrex in Obsidian Black
Woman runs with dog on red rock with cooling harness and dog boots to protect dogs feet from hot ground

To protect paws in extreme environments and varied terrain, consider the Grip Trex. The tightly woven air mesh upper makes the dog boot breathable even as it keeps dirt and debris out. The Grip Trex also features a Vibram outsole with a rugged lug design, providing flexibility and traction on varied terrain. The hook-and-loop cinch closure system is reliable and secure, and reflective trim offers low-light visibility.

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Polar Trex™ Dog Boots

  • Winter traction and insulation
  • Non-marking Vibram® Sole
  • Great for skiing, snowboarding, and winter walking
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Millie wearing polar trex and cloud chaser in the snow.

The Polar Trex is our winter-specific dog boot, offering traction and insulation. They’re ideal for snow days, including skiing or snowboarding. The pullover stretch gaiter, with its zippered closure, keeps the boots on and weather out, protecting paws from the elements. This boot’s upper features a waterproof, windproof, breathable, soft-shell fabric. For the outsole, we’ve partnered with Vibram® for Icetrek® rubber in a winter-specific lug pattern to provide superb traction on frozen surfaces. The Polar Trex also features low-light visibility with reflective trim.

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