It’s not just postal workers who have to brave the elements. Canadians have the largest wardrobe of any country in the world because of the different kind of weather we have to contend with. We bundle up from tip to toe in hopes of keeping warm while looking stylish.
With the summer days of barefoot bliss behind us it’s time to take the chill off with some new boots. Whether you’re buying them for yourself, your kids, or your spouse, here's what we at Tender Tootsies believe to be the top five features on what to look for when buying winter boots
1. Keep The Heat In Your Feet
Warmth is probably the No. 1 reason most people purchase winter boots. Many boots have a tag that lets you know what temperature range the boots work best in. If you’re going to be out in the cold, look for boots with a lining and/or insulation to help keep you warm.
2. Get Comfy
Like any other type of footwear, make sure the boot is comfortable and fits properly. Walk around in them in the store, and bring the socks you’ll be wearing with your boots. There should be enough room in the toe that your feet don’t feel pinched. How easy is the boot to get on and off? Does the zipper zip smoothly? You’ll be putting on and taking off your boots hundreds of times over the winter so it’s important that it’s not a big chore.
If you are someone who needs extra arch support, the best types of boots are ones that have a rigid, low heel and are not too flexible. Buy separate arch supports if your favourite boots don’t have built-in support.
Your feet are more tired and possibly swollen by the end of the day, so it’s best to go shoe shopping in the afternoon to ensure they’ll feel comfortable even after a full day of walking.
3. High and Dry
Eventually snow turns to slush and wet feet don’t make for a happy person. Waterproof leather or waterproof laminate boots are two good options for keeping your feet warm and dry.
If you love the look of leather, opt for a waterproofing treatment that can be found online or at shoe stores. It will help to protect the natural leather.
The soles of your boots should also be waterproof—rubber is ideal as it’s also a non-slip material.
4. Get A Grip
Nobody wants to go slip slidin’ away on an icy sidewalk. Look for a sole that has enough tread to prevent slips and falls, paying particular attention to the heels. Grooves will also help support you in steep snow. Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR) soles are softer than other rubber compounds and like rubber winter tires grip well under adverse winter conditions.
With the wide variety of fashionable boots
that have good grip there’s no reason to choose style over safety. You can look good and still be safe. Save the slipping and sliding for sledding with your kids.
5. Is The Workmanship Worthy
A high price doesn’t necessarily equal high quality. When buying boots make sure:
The stitching is neat and tidy.
You have inspected the outside and inside of a boot for any possible problems.
Insoles are in place properly.
Soles are attached securely to the boot with either glue, stitching, or both.
By following these tips you’ll be able to warm up this winter with quality boots that will walk the distance.