While not every dog owner gets shoes for their pet, it’s something that everyone should consider. Think about all the things your dog walks on in a day: slippery floors, rocky dirt paths, hot pavement, icy sidewalks covered in salt. Dog shoes protect their delicate paws and pads from damage and infection. To help you find the right shoes for your pup, we researched some of the top-rated options available. Let’s look at some of the key features you should consider when shopping.
Waterproof: Pay attention to this closely because it’s a little tricky. Of the shoes we found that are waterproof, most of them are referring to the soles. Some do have water-resistant uppers, too, which is not the same as being waterproof.
Size Range: Most of these shoes come in a variety of sizes but each brand is different. Some use number sizing, some simply use S, M, or L. Make sure to check each sizing chart so you know you’re getting the right one.
Breathable: Breathable shoes are especially important in the hot summer months. The pavement is hot and your dog will love the extra air circulating around its feet. Some of these options are breathable and waterproof, with a water-tight sole and airy upper.
Season: A lot of these shoes are great for any season but there are a few that are not suited for winter or summer. For example, sherpa lined boots would be great for winter but a little too much for summer.
Anti-Slip: Anti-slip shoes are great for slippery sidewalks and icy streets but they also come in really handy indoors. If your pet can’t keep their footing on your hardwood floors, anti-slip shoes will do the trick.
Color: Some of these designs come in a lot of color options while others are plain black or gray. No matter how stylish you want your pet to be, you’ll be able to find something here that works for you.
Now that you know a more about the important features, let’s move into our reviews. Here’s how it works. We put our top and budget picks at the top of the list so they’re easy to find. If you’re in a hurry, that’s the best way to see the variety that’s out there. Stick around as long as you can, all of these shoes are great and you never know which one will be the right one for you and your pooch.