Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Buying The Appropriate Winter Boots
Winter boots come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from padded and bulky like galoshes to streamlined and light like hiking boots. Choosing the right pair for you depends on how much time you are going to be spending outside and what activities you plan on doing this winter. Here are some things to consider, that I learned from Muck Boot Company, when shopping for winter boots.
Lining - Some boots have a removable lining that can be slipped in or removed to adjust your boot to the temperature. Liners are generally made out of felt or another lightweight and comfortable material.
Temperature Rating - Some boots offer temperature ratings that indicate how cold the weather can get and the boots can still be worn comfortably. Some boots are tested for as chilly as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Material - Cold weather boots can be made out of a variety of materials. Rubber, leather, and nylon are the most common. Each offers a different degree of warmth, comfort, and water resistance.
Resistance to Water - If you plan on doing a lot of walking in snow and ice, waterproof boots are a must. These boots do not let water seep in, keeping your feet dry and warm even if you are walking through standing water or slushy snow.
Traction - Traction is an important consideration during the winter, since you may find yourself walking on ice or slick snow. Boots with textured soles provide additional traction, while those with metal studs are even safer to wear.
To clarify, I am discussing winter boots and not snow boots. Please see the difference explained easily here.