Owning good quality pair winter boots is essential when you live in a country known for its legendary snow weather.
What features should you look for when shopping for the perfect winter boots? Here are my five recommendations:
- Outersole: slipping on ice – black ice in particular – is not fun or safe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up on my butt thanks to wearing shoes without good outersoles. Look for ones with think lug treads and are made from rubber, it will increase the likelihood of you staying firmly planted on solid ground.
- Waterproof (not water-resistant): nobody likes having cold and wet feet. The words “water-resistant” does not guarantee that you feet will stay H2O free for long. Any winter boots I buy are waterproof guaranteed.
- Temperature rating: do you remember when the polar vortex was a thing in 2013? I do. The thought of bone chilling winds and subzero temperatures make me recoil in fear. Nobody wants to get frost bite on their feet, so protect them by looking for boots that have a temperature rating. Keep an eye out for ones that specify protection at -20 °C or more.
- Height: I’m not talking about heel height, I’m referring to shaft height. Ankle boots are cute and chic to wear, but they don’t prevent snow (at knee height or higher) from seeping into your shoes. Purchase a pair of boots that are calf height or higher.
- Heel: high heels are great to wear indoors and during the other three seasons of the year. Winter is a time to be sensible and practical; heels, snow and ice do not mix well for shoes and its wearer. Go for a pair of flat boots or ones with a really low heel.
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