When you’re shopping for winter boots, you must consider function as well as style. You need a pair of reliable boots that can withstand the elements, but they should be comfortable and attractive enough that you’re likely to wear them. Winter boots that support your feet without too much bulk are often the best bet for daily use. The following tips will help you choose the best pair as the weather cools down.
#1. Make Sure They’re Roomy Enough
If you wear thick socks in the winter, make sure that your boots will accommodate them. Shoes that are too snug can cause or aggravate a wide range of problems, including:
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage loss
SAS boots come in slim, narrow, medium, wide, double-wide, and triple-wide sizes. You may end up wearing a different size in winter boots than you do in regular shoes, so keep that in mind.
#2. Prioritize Water-Resistant Materials
Insulated boots and thick socks won’t do much to keep wet feet warm. The best winter boots are made of water-resistant materials to protect your feet from rain, snow, and slush. Non-breathable materials may be waterproof, but they trap moisture inside the footwear. Look for a natural yet durable material.
When shopping for boots at SAS Shoes, look for water-resistant leather. It’s treated to minimize absorbency and keep water out while encouraging airflow and allowing sweat to escape.
If you live in an arid area, you might want to update your wardrobe and keep your feet warm without worrying about moisture. In that case, the Jade women's low-ankle boots would be ideal. They feature TRIPAD technology, which minimizes compression at the three primary pressure points, and a Supersoft sole, which absorbs shock and reduces foot pain.
#3. Seek Out Slip-Resistant Soles
Even the most comfortable shoes can leave you in pain if they cause you to slip on slick winter surfaces. However, it’s not always easy to find winter boots with high-grip soles that still look fashionable. Our designers at SAS aim to create a variety of styles to suit your way of life.
Some of our slip-resistant boots feature SAS X-tra Grip Sole technology. The rubber outsoles are embossed with a distinctive hexagon pattern, which channels liquids and helps you maintain contact with slippery, wet, and oily surfaces. The midsole is made of polyurethane, which is flexible enough to help you keep your grip while providing ample support.
#4. Decide Which Rise Is Right for You
Winter boots with a high rise may keep you warm, but they could be bulky. If you can’t wear them comfortably without scrunching up your pant leg, they’re not very convenient. Ankle boots support your joints without interfering with your clothing. A lace-up option lets you customize the fit. A bootie with a low collar and zipper is also easy to slip in and out of when you’re wearing heavy socks.
#5. Find Medicare-Approved Shoes (If Needed)
Diabetics can develop neuropathy, a condition that affects nerves and blood vessels in the extremities. Slowed circulation and nerve damage may cause tingling, numbness, or burning sensations in the feet.
In the winter, cold temperatures further restrict circulation. If your feet are cold, your neuropathy symptoms may intensify. Stay active in winter weather by choosing the right SAS boots.
Some of our SAS boot styles, such as the Gretchen slip-resistant boots for women, are approved by Medicare for diabetics who require therapeutic shoes to manage their condition. These can help promote circulation and allow room for orthotics.
Keep your boots in good shape by allowing them to air out between uses. Drying them completely after wearing them can keep mildew and odors at bay. With the right care, your winter boots will keep your feet warm and comfortable through a few years of cold snaps.