Different kinds of boots are appropriate for different kinds of snowshoeing: leather hiking boots are great for long hikes and treks, while trail-running shoes are for running or more aerobic snowshoeing. Snowboarding boots also work well for most kinds of snowshoeing.
Hiking boots or snowboarding boots are a safe bet for a first snowshoeing trip and are compatible with most kinds of snowshoes. Runners looking for a more aerobic experience should go with trail-running shoes. Regardless of the kind of shoe chosen, snowboarders should make sure to always wear wool socks and that their boots are waterproof or water-resistant to withstand the snowy conditions and keep them comfortable.