27 Nov What to Look for in Snow Boots
Give Winter the Boot
When we were kids, we didn’t worry about finding the right winter boots. When a snow day beckoned and a long hill called, we shoved our plastic bag covered feet into rain boots, and headed out the door with a sled and a plan. Some frozen toes and fingertips were a small price to pay for all that fun.
Even as an adult, you may have found yourself swooning over a pair of fur-trimmed boots that looked adorable but fell apart the minute a drop of snow touched them.
Now that winter is settling in, it’s time to revamp our cold-weather footwear and find boots that are warm, well-made and comfortable. Here are five features you should keep at the top of your list when shopping for new snow boots.
1. Fit for a King
We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it. Shoes and boots should feel good on your feet the minute you put them on.
- Make sure there’s room in the toe box for your toes to wiggle.
- If you’re planning to wear thick winter socks with your boots, go up a half size.
- Since you’ll be wearing them frequently, make sure they slide on and off easily.
- If you need arch support, look for boots with insoles or ask your podiatrist about custom orthotics.
2. Stitch in Time
Is the boot well-made, with tight stitching and waterproof materials? For total protection from wetness, look for details like these.
- A cuff or closure at the boot top.
- Sealed seams.
- Rubber heels that are firmly attached.
- Traction grooves in the sole.
3. Warm Wishes
Keeping your feet dry is the first step to keeping them warm. For the ultimate in warmth, look for features that will make your feet feel cozy no matter how chilly the day gets.
- Insulated padding will keep your legs and feet extra warm.
- On really cold days, add thick socks and foot warmers.
- Some winter boots come with a rating that tells you what temperature the boots are designed to be worn in.
- The higher the boot shaft, the better it will protect you from wetness and cold.
4. Snow or Winter?
Keep in mind that both winter boots and snow boots will keep you warm and dry, but there is a difference between these types.
Winter boots are fashionable boots that are lined, insulated and waterproof, meant for light winters or for infrequent walks through rain or snow. They’re available in a wide variety of styles.
Snow boots are designed for heavy-duty use in situations where you’ll be walking or standing in snow for hours. They tend to be bulkier than winter boots, with more rigid construction.
5. Fabric Facts
The best winter and snow boots are made from waterproof materials like nylon or rubber. If you’re a choosing leather or suede boots, make sure they’ve been treated with waterproofing.
Some boots have removable linings and insoles, but if you need extra support for your fallen arches or other foot conditions, ask your podiatrist about the right orthotics. With today’s technology, Dr. Shuman’s Podiatry & Sports Medicine clinic can create custom orthotics that will keep you comfortable while your feet stay warm.
Now that you’ve got the right boots, get out there and enjoy the winter without fear of slipping, sliding or falling. Your feet will stay dry and toasty and you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors. At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we’re happy to see our clients enjoy good foot health no matter what the weather brings.