Here’s why dog booties aren’t just a winter thing

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Dog booties protect paw pads from abrasive and hot surfaces. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Scherzberg

To the uninitiated, dog booties look like something suburbanites enjoy spending too much money on. But they have some very legitimate purposes — and not just in the winter time, when ice and salt can damage paw pads.

Hot pavement, sharp rocks, dune balls, burrs and slippery surfaces — summer brings a whole new set of environmental factors that might hurt your dog’s feet. So, if you want your four-legged adventure buddy to stay comfortable and protected on all of your outdoor hiking, biking and running adventures, it’s time to invest in some all-terrain paw wear.

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Ruffwear’s Grip Trex all-terrain booties give dogs traction and protection for accompanying you on all your hiking and biking adventures. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Scherzberg

Ruffwear recently redesigned its popular Grip Trex dog boots ($74.95 for four) with new features that mimic all the things we love and expect from our own outdoor footwear.

For starters, the four-boot set is made with a breathable mesh that ventilates feet while blocking dirt and rocks. Each boot has reflective trim for low-light visibility, and hook-and-loop closures that won’t loosen up mid-run.

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A hook-and-loop cinch closure keeps dog booties from going missing mid-run. Photo: Courtesy of Brand Scherzberg

Then there’s the rugged and slip-resistant Vibram outsole — made from the same rubber composite that’s famous for providing traction on everything from mountaineering boots to trail running sneakers.

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You have booties, and now your dog does, too. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Scherzberg

And, in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes: Your dog is probably going to do the “dog boot dance” the first few times you put them on. But, stick with it. Soon Fido will be more excited to see his boots come out of the closet than his tennis ball.

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