It’s time to break out a pair of boots for a winter walk! Winter is looming over Toronto, dusting the city with snow and making your commutes chilly. Winter can affect people differently, which means when it comes to footwear, many of us have different needs to get us through the winter.
With different needs, come different footwear options. That’s why there is such a variety of winter shoes to choose from: They each have different purposes, advantages, and disadvantages. Which one you go with will depend a lot on your priorities, needs, and activities. Suppose you’re someone who loves the winter – more power to you! You’ll probably want to embrace it and suit up with some warm, protective winter gear. In contrast, you might be someone struggling with a foot condition who just wants to get through the winter with something recommended by a Toronto foot specialist, whereas the fashionista may skip the authentic “winter experience” in favour of winter style.
With that, here is part one of Feet First Clinic’s Walk Into Winter series! We’ll feature some top-notch winter boots and pair them with the winter persona that suits you and your winter activities best!
(Want to learn more about what makes winter footwear unique? Check out our winter footwear guide!)
Not everyone treats the winter like something that needs to pass; some Torontonians embrace it! If you enjoy hitting the GTA winter trails, you’re going to need extra traction for those icy surfaces. That’s where the Saucony Peregrine Ice from their Trail series might pique your interest.
This shoe lets you enjoy the benefits of a lightweight sneaker, combined with protection from the slippery ground. Thanks to the fantastic Vibram Arctic Grip Technology in the rubber outsole, you can run through various trail conditions without slipping, and therefore reducing your chance injury. Furthermore, the waterproof Gore-tex fabric and water-resistant upper guard your feet from wet winter conditions, like slush, water and trail debris.
The Peregrine Ice is also quite comfortable. Made with PWRRUN foam and an extra layer of topsole cushioning, you can continue exploring your favourite trails without tiring quickly. The cushioning also gives you an extra boost and keeps you on your feet for long periods without the annoyance of foot pain. It also has a removable footbed to accommodate your custom orthotics. These perks combined are perfect for physically active people who keep up with their running routines all year round.
Winter boots from Mephisto are an excellent choice for people struggling with foot pain. The water-resistant Mephisto Zelda winter bootie is lightweight compared to heavy-duty winter boots, and laces up so you can adjust the fit and opening. The luxurious, soft faux fur also keeps your feet toasty when those temperatures start dropping in Toronto. Chiropodists note that Mephisto is one of the best shoe brands in terms of foot pain management. The following technologies work together to make Mephisto footwear shine:
If style is your thing, the knee-high Ara Paula might be the way to go. Although you’d be missing out on the faux fur that some winter boots provide, the Paula is still a great choice for nights out with light rainfalls and a dusting of snow. Thanks to the Gore-tex fabric, this trendy staple is waterproof and breathable while giving your winter looks some modern flair.
The slight wedge gives you some height and that extra boost of confidence for your stylish winter looks. They’re also pretty comfy: The Ara Paula comes with a cushioned footbed and built-in arch support – an excellent base for your foot that can help with onset foot pain. The footbed is also removable so you can insert your custom orthotics or Superfeet insoles for extra, customized support.
Sometimes, Toronto winters just aren’t enough for the winter connoisseur. For those who like to trek up north and immerse themselves in a winter wonderland, the Sorel Joan of Arctic is the way to go. Designed for heavy snow use, this boot protects your lower legs and feet entirely while you enjoy your winter walk – even through deep snow.
First, this boot is all about being toasty. With a temperature rating of -32 degrees C, you can say goodbye to numb toes. The faux fur shearling cuffs help lock in warmth, along with the removable 6 mm washable felt inner boot. The thick sole in this boot also contributes to insulation and prevents heat from escaping.
The entirety of the Joan of Arctic boot protects your feet and lower legs from the snow and slush, thanks to the waterproof suede design. This boot’s rubber sole is also suitable for gripping the icy ground during your winter adventures.
It’s important to know what footwear you’ll need for the wintertime. If you’re looking for more, be sure to check back for part two of our Walk Into Winter series! We’ll add more shoes and channel some other winter personas. Be sure to consult our footwear product catalogue and social media for a glimpse of what’s available at our Bloor West foot clinic! Our Toronto chiropodists are also on hand six days a week to tend to your foot health.
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