My winter trips have been shelved the last few years because my hiking/climbing partners, my sister and her husband, have been growing their business. I don’t think it’s safe to hike the NH Presidentials or Adirondack High Peaks solo in the winter, so i stick to local/mid-Atlantic winter day hikes and weather that are tame by comparison.
Still, when the mercury in Maryland dipped into the teens recently, i unearthed the Scarpa Invernos and Smartwool expedition socks to stand around for an hour while our dog ran around like a maniac on a local field with other dogs.
They’re old school. Separately lacing up the inner and outer boot is a pain, they’re heavy and clunky for walking, and below -30f, i feel like they need an overboot for more insulation (i have an old pair of Mountain Hardwear absolute Zero over boots i have used on a few particularly cold days - really only useful with strap crampons, but fine for snowshoeing). On the other hand, they’re a lot less expensive and more durable than today’s high-end mountaineering boots made for extreme cold, which all have integrated fabric outers and lighter-grade soles to save weight.
Overkill but super warm for hanging out with the dog!