There are lots of different types of winter footwear, so it can be difficult to figure out which pair is for you. Our shoes go through a lot of tough winter challenges that they need to protect your feet from. There are different factors to consider when choosing the best winter footwear, from how much you walk, to which ones are the warmest and what offers suitable winter protection whilst still being suitable for work? Here is our advice on how to choose the best winter footwear for you.
Which Winter Boots Are the Warmest?
Snow boots are the warmest winter boots you’ll find. They have a rubber sole, this is to make sure the boots are waterproof without adding any waterproofing treatment. This also means the boots are super easy to clean, you can just rinse them down. Either leather or nylon is used on the upper part of the snow boot. The insoles usually have layers of faux sheepskin or other soft warm fabrics. If you’re looking for affordable men’s snow boots or women’s snow boots, check out the Shoe Zone range.
If you simply need a pair of boots to keep your feet toasty in the winter, there are other winter boots that are not as bulky as snow boots. There are certain factors that winter boots have to make them warmer.
Faux fur helps keep your feet warm, therefore it’s very often used in the making of cosy winter boots. Some boots have a fur insole, or a fur lining and others just have a fur collar. There are also various different heights of boot: ankle, calf, knee high and over the knee. The higher the boots are, the more of your leg they will keep warm.
The materials used on the insole and on the upper part of the boot should also be focused on warmth. Look out for insoles made from a warm, comfortable material. When it comes to the upper half of the boots, leather or suede help to keep feet toasty.
Which Winter Boots Have The Best Grip?
Once again snow boots are winners when it comes to traction. They have a rubber sole that has a good grip so they are safe enough to walk on ice and snow. This is because they are made for people that are constantly in the harsh winter weather. This often means there is ice too, so these boots need to provide warmth and protection as well as traction to keep the wearer safe and warm.
If you’re just looking for everyday winter boots, there are a few ways to add traction to your shoes. The first option is to buy some city crampons. This is essentially a rubber band that wraps around the sole of the shoes and have little metal coils running across the sole of the shoe. These are great when you’re dealing with icy conditions as the coils stick into the ice, giving you a firmer grip. If these aren’t for you, look for a pair of winter boots with a strong rubber tread, almost like wellington boot soles. Then these shoes will have a good grip in all kinds of snow. The rubber will be waterproof too.
Winter Boots For Walking
If you’re looking for winter boots that you can walk long distances in, you’re better off going with a pair of walking or hiking boots. Winter boots are there to keep your feet warm and dry throughout the winter period, not to look after your feet on a long walk. Walking boots are made to keep your feet safe and look after your ankles while you’re on long walks. Sometimes you can find the walking or hiking boots that are waterproof too. Most of these boots keep your feet warm. Although, winter boots are perfectly fine for everyday shop runs, or for short walks with the dog.
Winter Boots For Driving
When driving, you don’t want big bulky snow boots on. This is one occasion where snow boots don’t come out on top. When you have large boots on it’s very easy to catch two pedals or get your feet stuck under the pedals which can be very dangerous. When looking for winter boots for driving you will need something that doesn’t enlarge the size of your feet, so you can control the pedals as you would do normally.
If you’re going to be driving in your boots often and don’t want the hassle of changing your shoes every time you get in the car, have a look around for a smaller, narrower pair of boots. You may have to look at walking boots that are better for colder climates. However, if you need snow boots when you get out of the car, then we suggest swapping into your shoes when it comes to driving.
Which Winter Boots Can I Wear To Work?
There are many pairs of winter boots that you’ll actually want to wear throughout winter and will go perfectly with your outfit to work. You need to look around. You’ll find boots that you love and may not think are water resistant, but some are.
If it’s snowing, or so cold that there’s ice, then heels are out of the equation. Heels and ice are never a good combination. Although, there are boots that will replace your normal boots. Flat ankle boots can be smart enough for your work wardrobe if you choose carefully. Look for leather or a leather look boot with smart detailing like buckles or laces. Some of your favourite shoe brands will also sell water resistant shoes. So be sure to look around before you decide that you can’t wear classy winter boots to work. There are lots of ways to add stylish winter boots into your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to explore!
If you cannot find any of these boots that you like, then you can always swap into a smart pair of shoes when you get to work. Or, you can consider waterproofing your current work boots. There are lots of different sprays for different materials and ways to waterproof your boots. This means you can wear your favourite footwear all year round!
Make sure to look around before you buy your winter boots, and find the pair that suits your lifestyle. Whether that’s narrow boots for driving, heavy duty snow boots for a snowy day or something to get you to work and back. You can wear a lot of different shoes during the winter months, it’s just down how you style them. Have fun and stay dry!