What Are Pac Boots?


A pac is a soft, moccasin-like shoe that is designed to be worn inside an outer shoe or boot. A pac boot can be defined as an boot with a removable lining. However, most people associate pac boots with cold-weather footwear that is treated on the outside to be waterproof, with a warm inner lining to keep the feet warm. Although the concept has been around for a much longer time, the contemporary style with a rubber sole and leather uppers is only about 50 years old.


  • The contemporary pac boot was introduced by Sorel in the 1960s. The company's pac boots were the first to offer removable felt pacs with a boot that had rubber bottoms and leather uppers.


  • Pac boots come in a variety of styles that are customized for different winter activities such as snowshoeing or ice fishing.

Fun Fact

  • For maximum warmth and comfort, most manufacturers recommend wearing a high quality fitted sock, covered by a thicker wool blend sock prior to putting on the pac, or liner.


  • Contemporary pacs, or liners, can get damp from foot perspiration and should be removed from the boot and allowed to air dry before wearing again.


  • Most manufacturers recommend owning two pairs of pacs, or liners, and rotating them if you expect to wear your pac boots on a daily basis.

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