Big R’s Guide to Buying Winter Boots

Winter boots from Big R covered in snow


As the streets begin to line with snow and the temperature drops to single digits, there’s one thing that needs to be done: dig through your hallway closet for the boots that make your feet feel twice as big and warm all over. But let’s be honest, these are the same ol’ winter boots you’ve been wearing since the dawn of time. So maybe this is the season to treat yourself by replacing those old winter boots with a pair of brand new ones!


There are two main types of winter boots and these simple buying tips will help you perfect that winter attire. Your warm feet and toes will thank you – trust us!


Insulated Pac Boots

Insulated Pac Boots are classics. These boots are among the most popular options in the market for those who deal with snow every winter. Their thick insulation and comfort are a sure-fire way to prevent frozen feet when engaging in icy activities.


If you enjoy short walks in deep and plush snow, then these are the right fit for you. Luckily Big R stocks the finest Pac boots on the market. Itasca Pac Boots are the way to go for both men and women because they offer a waterproof boot that is comfortable and modern in addition to being durable. What more could you ask for in a winter boot?


Rubber Boots

If you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in deep snow, a simple and comfortable boot to get is the traditional rubber boot. These are perfect for both men and women who enjoy rainy walks and puddle jumping escapades. Rubber boots make it easier to walk through mud and shallow packed snow without a care. They are, of course, 100% waterproof with some models even having traction rubber outsoles that are great for longer walks through wet weather conditions. A closet would not be complete nor would the winter season feel right without having a pair of rubber winter boots.


Simple Buying Tips

When purchasing winter boots there are 3 key things to keep in mind: breathability, support, and you! If you are in the market for new boots, come into any Big R store and try on a pair to make sure they’re a good fit. Consider the breathability of the boot and avoid getting too snug of a size so you can still wear thick, warm socks. Additionally, make sure your boot has ample support for your ankle and good traction to minimize the slipping and sliding. Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind before purchasing new winter boots is YOU! Make sure you get a pair of boots that matches your lifestyle.

You’ll love the boot selection at Big R. Replace your old boots for a new pair that’s perfect for the winter season and brave the snowy winter conditions “feet first” with Big R!

About Big R

Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964 opening the first store in Watseka, Illinois. To date 20 stores have been opened in Illinois and Indiana; 2 stores in Ohio and 1 store in Wisconsin and we are still proud to be family-owned and operated. Our 12 Illinois stores are located in Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Pekin, Washington, Rochelle, Homer Glen, Streator and McHenry. Our 8 Indiana stores are located in Warsaw, 2 locations in Elkhart, Rochester, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, and Marion. Our 2 stores in Ohio are located in Lima and Findlay. And 1 location in Wisconsin in Burlington. The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name "Big R" to convey the "Ranch" identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with store locations throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.