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Bunny Boots is the widely-used nickname for U.S. Army Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots (Type II). The bulbous rubber boots have no liner but retain warmth by sandwiching up to 1 inch of wool and felt insulation between two layers of rubber. The boots' appearance is somewhat comical, but they have moved well outside the military to become a staple item of equipment among those who work in extremely cold weather.



Bunny boots are normally worn with one heavy wool sock and are typically used for temperatures below 0 degrees F. The boots are available either in black (Type I) or white (Type II).


Type I

The black pairs, sometimes called Mickey Mouse boots, weigh 44 oz. for each boot and are rated for temperatures down to -20 degrees F. They are less common than the white pairs that give the boots their name.

Type II

The white pairs weigh 48 oz. for each boot (or 6 lbs. per pair) in size 9R and are rated for temperates below -20 degrees F. Some white bunny boots apparently are rated to protect an inactive wearer to -40 degrees F. and an active wearer to -60 degrees F. (U.S. Army Pub. "Cold Weather Injury Prevention" 2-8165).

Both Mickey Mouse boots and Bunny Boots have an air valve on each of the boots. These air valves must be opened prior to flying, to ensure that the air pressure differential between the walls of the boot and the outside air does not cause the boots to rupture–especially if the boots are being worn on the flight.

Use and cultural significance

The boots are a cultural phenomenon in Alaska, where they are recognized as one of the main symbols of Alaska and are often highly sought after from specialty dealers. Construction workers, police officers at wintertime events, and others use bunny boots, which are seen as especially useful when the wearer is required to stand for prolonged periods. (They are seen as too heavy and lacking in traction for outdoor sports such as mountaineering.) Alaskans do not recognize any commonly-available boot that is any warmer.

Type II (white) are currently standard issue for USAP (United States Antarctic Program) personnel at the Clothing Distribution Center at Christchurch, New Zealand.


Cold weather boots are specialized waterproof combat boots made of rubber, designed to protect the wearer's feet from cold injury and frost bite. They feature thick thermal insulation and can be either white or black in color, the white boots have thicker insulation and are intended for better camouflage in snow and ice. They are colloquially known as "Mickey Mouse boots".[1] They are also popular with hunters in cold weather.

In the United States Army Type I Extreme Cold Weather Boots are designed to be worn in wet or dry conditions down to -20°F (-29°C). Type II Extreme Cold Weather Boots are suitable for dry conditions down to -60°F (-51°C).



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