Originally a utility footwear, today boots are one of the ultimate fashion items. There are all kinds of boots. High, low, wide, tight. You name it, there’s such a pair of boots out there. This makes some boots more suitable for winter than others.
With winter incoming for the Nothern Hemisphere where most of the fashion capitals are, boots are starting to pop up on the streets more and more. When it is just cold, choosing the right pair of boots comes down just to personal preferences and taste.
But when the streets and pavements are covered in snow and ice, things get a lot different. Despite their look, most boots are actually not quite ideal for winter conditions. Let’s take a quick tour around the types of boots (booties included) and see which of them are suitable to wear during the winter.
You probably won’t be surprised that the height of the boots shafts doesn’t really matter. This can be left up to your own preferences. Naturally a higher boot will keep more of your leg warm.
But what about the fabric? If the weather is dry, only cold, then you can go with any type of fabric, including suede, denim boots and so on. But if it’s raining, snowing or already deep snow and ice, go with leather or lack/pvc. They are more durable and will keep your feet dry.
Take good note of the way the boots fit on your feet and around your ankles. You want the fit to be nice and snug but not too tight. So you want to be able to rotate your ankles for example but you also want to feel the boot wrapping around them nicely the entire time. This will give you extra support when you walk and you will need all the support you can get if you’re going to walk on snow and ice.
The most important things to consider are the height and type of the heels and the soles. First the heel height. It’s better to go with lower heels obviously. Especially if you don’t have much experience. If you’re confident enough, you can go with proper stilettos but be careful.
There are two schools of thought about the type of heels. The obvious one is to go with a chunky one. It will give more support to the foot and has more area to step on. Others though say you can use thin heels like spikes and poke them into the snow and ice a little and use them for extra support. That could work on compact snow and not too hard ice, but it will also require some extra effort from your feet.
Next the soles. Often designer boots actually use leather or plasticy soles that have little grip. They would do nicely indoors on the carpet or when it is dry, but they will be near impossible to walk on snow and ice. There are stylish boots that feature thicker and/or rubber soles that would be nicer. Choosing a platform can also make you more confident when walking on snow and ice but don’t go with a too high platform because you risk slpping.
If you do want to wear your designer boots out, you may apply anti-slip soles to them. They are usually thin stick on rubber pads. They give more grip and will even protect the actual soles of your boots.