Though we have recently been enjoying a second summer of sorts, the cooler weather will be here and before we know it we’ll be looking for different footwear. Most footwear stores will be seeing an influx of winter boots over the coming weeks. Here are some tips on shopping for a new pair of perfect boots.
Be sure to get your feet measured, especially if you haven’t been measured in the last year and take the socks that you will be wearing most often with you when you try on new pairs of boots to ensure that you get the best possible fit. Remember that each boot will fit slightly differently, so it is important to try on each boot. For more tips on shoe fitting, check out our blog post here.
If you use custom foot orthotics, ensure that the insole is removable and that there is plenty of toe room for your toes to move around.
Dress and casual boot styles are integrating orthotic-friendly features. These include removable insoles, dual closures (lace up front with zippered sides) and more volume to allow for more room within the boot.
When shopping for your next pair of winter boots, look for features that will withstand the cold, wet weather ahead and are most suited to your lifestyle. Water-resistant features are key for snow, ice and rain and will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry. A durable outsole designed for ice and slippery conditions will give provide much needed traction and stability, while a secure upper will ensure that the elements don’t get inside your boots.
If you have any questions regarding winter boots, or fitting your custom orthotics into your winter boots throughout the season, feel free to reach out to your SoleScience pedorthist for help!