HOW DOES A SNOWSHOE WORK?
The way a snowshoe works is a matter of simple mechanics. Just as the lynx and snowshoe hare’s wide feet allow them to cross deep snow, snowshoes allow humans to do the same thing by distributing the wearer’s weight over a bigger area. This weight distribution keeps the hunter, hare or lynx from sinking into the snow. The larger the snowshoes’ surface areas, the more weight they can distribute and carry.
Walking in snowshoes takes a little practice. While you walk as you normally would— one foot at a time—you need to spread your legs apart a little more than usual to keep the shoes from hitting each other when you take a step. The wider the shoe, the wider you need to spread your legs.