Traditional snowshoes were made out of wood, but nowadays they are typically aluminum or plastic. Oval-shaped frames provide the greatest flotation, whereas snowshoes meant for running are more asymmetrically shaped.
The decking is the part of the snowshoe that keeps you afloat. The decking creates the snowshoe's surface area and is typically made of vinyl or nylon.
Not only are snowshoes designed for flotation, but they also feature traction devices or crampons that help you grip snow and ice.
Bindings are what fasten your boots to the snowshoes. You do not need special boots to go snowshoeing; most hiking or winter boots will fit into the bindings.
Snowshoe Heel Lifts
Some snowshoes come with heel lifts, an added feature that lies under the heel of your boot. Heel lifts can be flipped up to support your foot in a more natural position during long ascents.