How to choose your winter boots?

Are you already dreaming of winter sports and snowy landscapes? To fully appreciate winter and its many joys, you must be well-equipped from head to toe! Winter boots are essential because they keep us warm while also providing comfort and stability. However, how can you know which boots are ideal for your feet and activities? Here are some things to think about before making that purchase.

Choose comfortable winter boots

When it comes to winter footwear, comfort comes first no matter what sort of activity you engage in. To avoid any pain, the model you pick must be a good fit for your foot, neither too big or too small. To minimize injuries caused by friction, make sure you have adequate room behind the heel (you should be able to fit your index finger through it) and in front of the toes.

When wearing thick socks, a shoe with greater space in the front will allow you to wiggle your toes more freely.

If you have hallux valgus (also known as bunion or hammertoes), a winter boot with a soft, flexible top will make you considerably more comfortable.

Choose good insulation

When you’re accustomed to winter, as we are in Quebec, you can’t overlook need for insulation. Winter weather may be unpredictable and harsh, ranging from freezing rain to heavy snow, necessitating extra precautions.

The type of winter boot you pick should be dependent on the type of activity or use you want to undertake. Choose a boot that will keep you warm while wicking away extra heat if you love activities like hiking or snowshoeing. The boot should be cut high enough to support your ankle in addition to being breathable.

On the other hand, if you plan to spend a lot of time outside without moving, such as riding a snowmobile or ice fishing, choose boots with the most insulation. These boots are meant to keep heat in the foot and are more insulating.
It’s important to pick a boot with adequate strength and a thick, cushioned insole if you have heel pain or plantar fasciitis. This will provide your foot arch and heel with extra support.

Try before you buy

Although the convenience and accessibility of internet shopping cannot be denied, it is essential to try on winter boots in person before purchasing. The reason for this is simple: depending on the brand and model, sizes might vary significantly. Nothing beats a trial run to thoroughly assess the size, as well as the support and comfort that a model provides.

In fact, if you wear foot orthoses, you should always try them on with the boot model(s) you’re considering. You’ll be able to select the style that best matches your feet this way.

Take care of your feet in winter

Winter is the ideal season to be active and enjoy the fresh air for those who are not frightened by the cold. To accomplish this, you’ll need to be well-equipped as well as maintain good foot health.

During your outdoor activities, make sure that your feet are well-protected and ventilated. Having excellent socks that keep you warm while wicking away sweat is a smart idea. Remove any damp clothes and immerse your feet in a warm bath once you come back inside. This will relax your muscles and joints while also cooling you down.

FootNetwork: podiatric advice throughout the year

Don’t hesitate to contact our podiatric specialists if you need pain relief or to safeguard the health of your feet before winter.

Our network of over 40 clinics around Quebec provides you with the best foot treatment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Consult our network to find a clinic near you.