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Winter Footwear: Get Your Boots Sorted Out

Brace yourselves Torontonians, it looks like it’s going to be yet another snowy and cold winter this year! According to AccuWeather, Ontario, and specifically the Greater Toronto Area, is forecasted to encounter several significant snowfalls during the months of December and January. Yikes!

To make sure you are prepared for what’s to come, here is a list of things to consider when choosing the right winter boots for this season:

Weather appropriate

In any season, it is always important to wear appropriate shoes for the weather. When shopping for winter boots, opt for ones that are waterproof and insulated. This will help to keep your feet warm and dry while trekking in the snow and slush. Many snow boots are made with a waterproof membrane built into the design and incorporate leather and rubber materials in the upper and outer sole to further enhance this property. However, if you’re ever unsure, don’t be shy to ask a sales representative which specific boots are waterproof, and which are not.

Make sure the lining of the boot is also made of a material that will help to retain heat; fur, fleece, sheepskin are good examples. Finally, look for boots with a thick sole that has lugs or spikes for adequate traction. This will help to increase stability and balance when walking on icy, uneven surfaces.

Wide toe box

When looking for a winter boot this season, go for ones that have a wide and rounded toe box. Pointed or narrow toe boxes place unwanted pressures on the foot and reduce mobility as well as breathing room in the toes. They increase the risk of developing painful forefoot issues such as metatarsalgia, bunions, and neuromas. They also do not accommodate for thick and warm socks -an absolute winter necessity.

Removable insole

Removable insoles are great for two reasons: they create room in the shoe for your favorite custom foot orthotics and they allow for a more efficient way to dry the insoles if they ever get wet. If you were prescribed a pair of custom foot orthotics by a Licensed Chiropodist, it is ideal to wear the devices on a day-to-day basis, even in your winter boots. The orthotics are made to provide support, stability, and control where needed.

Height at the ankle and at the heel

Boots that enclose your ankle help to increase ankle stability, which is important when walking in harsh weather conditions. An inch or less of height at the heel may also be more comfortable than a boot that is completely flat. A short heel is known to reduce some strain on the muscles and tendons in the foot that are tight and may be causing pain.

The next time you are shopping for a pair of winter boots, keeping these guidelines in mind will help you to make the right choice for your feet. Make it a top priority to keep your feet healthy and happy this winter season. You won’t regret it.

Here’s to Many More Years of Foot Care!

At Feet First Clinic, we’re always excited to welcome new clients! After a successful 12 years of treating our amazing patients, we’re ready to continue offering only the best foot care services and products. Give us a call to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have! Our Toronto foot specialists are ready to help!

Call us at 416-769-3338 or Book Your Assessment Today!

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