When it comes to choosing our footwear, we often consider if they look good and feel good. But winter boots are a whole other story. Sure they should keep our feet warm and have plenty of traction for walking on icy surfaces, but what else should we be looking for in a winter boot? Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County share the main features you need to look for when shopping for winter boots.
There are six key features to consider, and while some are must-haves, there are some traits that depend on your personal style.
Water Proofing and Weather Resistance: This is one feature you can’t overlook. Even if there isn’t rain or snow in the forecast today, walking through melting frost or old puddles can leave your toes susceptible to frostbite. If moisture collects inside your boot, it creates an ideal environment for fungi and bacteria to grow.
A Small Heel: Winter boots that have a small (less than ¾”) heel are better for you than those that are flat because it removes the stress on the Achilles tendon. Reducing that stress will improve your balance and make falls less likely.
Good Arch Support: Look for a boot that doesn’t bend very easily in the mid arch. It will absorb shock better and result in less foot pain in your arches or heels. You should be able to point and flex your toes but not reach your full range of motion.
Provides Traction for Slick Surfaces: Don’t choose a boot that doesn’t have a rubberized lug sole. While it may look good, you won’t be happy when you begin slipping.
A Higher Boot Shaft: Ankle support is also a key feature. Just about everyone is at risk of potentially injuring their feet or ankles if they slip. Choose a boot that is at least two or three inches above the ankle joint to reduce the risk of potential injury.
Adaptable Laces: Lace-ups are adjustable and can accommodate thicker socks, and shoelaces can be laced and knotted in different ways to provide additional support in some areas and relieve pressure in others.
If you are shopping for winter boots and have questions, contact the office of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County and we’ll be happy to help. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.