It is a fantastic winter snow/rain boot in my opinion. That is what I bought it for, and it has already been out in it. The sole is as beefy as they come, so no problem there. I didn't size up to accomodate thicker socks, but the boot is comfortably roomy, and the leather is soft, so you could probably wear a reasonably thicker sock without changing your size. You'll have to try it yourself though.