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 Summit Trex™.

All of Ruffwear’s boots 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 guide.

Each boot 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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Grip Trex

  • All-terrain paw wear
  • Great for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, trail running and hot 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 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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Summit Trex

  • Weather-resistant paw protection
  • Everyday use
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Summit Trex on High Desert Trail

The Summit Trex offer wet weather protection – moisture and debris stay out with the weather-resistant ripstop boot upper, while the non-marking outsole offers traction and paw protection from abrasive surfaces and snowmelt chemicals. Plus, the hook-and-loop cinch closure system is reliable and secure for keeping boots on your pup.

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Polar Trex

  • Winter traction and insulation
  • Great for skiing, snowboarding
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Millie wearing polar trex and cloud chaser in the snow.

The Polar Trex is our winter-specific 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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