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Top 5 dog shoes

Virginia Chavez is a Phoenix-based freelance writer covering pets and lifestyle in the Southwest. In addition to regular contributions both online and in-print, Virginia locally owns and operates two pet care and supply businesses. For t...

Take a walk in their shoes

Every dog could use a pair of new shoes. If you think your pet is too tough for booties, think again. Fido's paws can handle more than our bare feet could ever withstand but in extreme heat, cold and terrain, Fido's old dogs will be barking. We've selected the best and most practical dog shoes any pup could ever ask for (and they're cute to boot!). Spare your pup's paws with any of these top five hand-picked booties for dogs.

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Outdoor enthusiasts

Your hiking buddy will be ready to conquer Everest with these Bark'n Boots grip trex by Ruffwear. These all-condition, all-terrain, all-season dog boots are made specifically to fit the needs of active dogs. Featuring a high-performance design inspired by human shoes, your pet will have the utmost in pet shoe comfort for long days on the trail. Now your best friend can enjoy running, biking and hiking by your side without worrying about his delicate paws on tough terrain.

Golden Years

Golden years

No need to cover your house in slip-proof yoga mats anymore. With Power Paws traction socks by Woodrow Wear your elderly pet will navigate slick flooring with ease. Nothing is more frustrating than watching your lovable pet slip, fall and lose ability to navigate his way around the house. Power Paws provides aging pets that suffer from dysplasia, arthritis and other neuro-skeletal issues the ability to regain confidence and control. Young and rambunctious pets can use them to prevent potential injuries caused by slipping and sliding across the floor.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs

Your pup needs protection from the blistering heat of the dog days of summer. Protect his delicate paws from getting scalded with cool dog boots by Ultra Paws. These heat-deflecting boots are made of breathable mesh to provide the utmost protection and comfort. The expandable inseam make these little booties easy to put on while the Velcro straps keep them in place for long days of dock jumping, sand trotting and even simple leisurely walks on the block.

Simple Sole

Simple sole

For the minimalist, environmentalist, on-the-go pet parent, we've found some equally caring slip-on booties for your pet. These natural rubber dog boots by Pawz cover all of life's essential needs. Disposable, reusable, waterproof and 100 percent biodegradable, what's not to love? These no-frills booties are quick and easy to slip on and simply toss them in the recycling bin when you're done. Your pet will feel good and you'll both enjoy keeping the planet clean.

Ice queens

Your canine diva needs shoes that match her haute personality. What are all the trendy paws on the street wearing these days? Boots with the fur of course. These Sherpa Dog Boots by Eastside will protect your princess' feet from cold weather, while keeping her precious paws soft and well-manicured. Apple bottom jeans sold separately.

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