Women’s Boots: Comfort & Warmth

Women’s Boots: Comfort & Warmth

Nothing screams warm and cosy like a comfy pair of winter boots. Women’s boots can come in many different forms; from stylish and super flattering wedge boots to something a little more practical like snow boots, which will offer the ultimate in protection against the elements.

Buying boots can throw up a multitude of challenges, especially when you need them for a particular occasion or to suit a certain environment. Cold weather is more often than not going to be the reason you look for a new pair of boots, so what should you consider when buying?

Here we’re going to take a look at which boots are best for comfort and warmth as well as what you can do to add extra protection:

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What Are The Warmest Women’s Boots?

This is often a subject that can divide people, but we’ve come to the conclusion that any boots that are made using natural materials such as leather and wool, will be the warmest option for you.

That’s not to say that boots made from synthetic materials can’t be warm too.

Natural Materials: wool

Materials such as wool and cotton are great natural insulators, so any heat from your feet is stored rather than dispersed. They also have fantastic moisture wicking properties so are ideal materials for lining boots, particularly wellies, and snow and walking boots which make it quite easy for your feet to sweat.

Conversely, boots with synthetic fur or shearling linings can also be very snuggly. We would however always advise wearing cotton socks to help reduce sweating as this in itself can cause your feet to get cold.

If you’re looking for boots specifically for hiking or walking, one of the biggest concerns should be the weather. If the weather is likely to be poor, making sure your chosen footwear is waterproof is a must. Walking boots made from treated leather or PVC would be your best option, avoiding such materials as nubuck and suede. Nubuck and suede leather are generally softer and offer more flexibility but won’t stand up against wet weather and ultimately, the cold.

If you want to add extra insulation to your boots, there are ways to do this without breaking the bank. The first thing to consider would be boot socks; opting for cotton or natural wool socks will provide you with the heat you need as well as prevent sweating. In addition to this, you could also add some insulating insoles, these are often made from felted wool.

Another thing to consider when it comes to warmth is the fit. Other than causing issues with your feet such as sores and blisters, boots that are ill-fitting can also reduce how well they keep your feet warm. Boots that are too small won’t allow the warm air to circulate, an important part of the insulation process. If on the other hand they’re too big, they’ll likely let too much cold air in, not allowing the warmth from your body to remain in the boot. Use our handy shoe fitting guide to make sure you have the best fit.

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Women’s Boots Made For Comfort

As well as keeping your feet warm, it’s important to be comfortable too. So just like choosing the right fit, there are a number of different styles of boot that can offer you different levels of comfort.

One of the easiest and most comfortable styles has to be Chelsea boots, smart and versatile they’re also relaxed enough to wear with pretty much anything, as well as provide the warmth and protection needed. Traditionally, they have a low heel of approximately one inch and a solid outer sole for grip. Many styles also come with a cleated sole for added traction. The elasticated side panels will allow the boot to fit your ankle as needed without being too restrictive, this design feature also make them easier to put on and take off. Some Chelsea boots have higher block heels, but these aren’t always suitable for everyone.

Wedge Boots

If, however, you’re keen to wear heels but you feel you need something a little more supportive, wedge boots could be the choice for you. The great thing about wedge heels is that they offer full foot support. Each step that you take is fully protected, taking some of the pressure out of your heel and toes as well as reducing the chance of foot or ankle injury. Wedge boots can be bought with various heel heights; opt for a lower heel if you’re unsure.

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s important to make sure the boots fit correctly, not only for warmth but of course comfort too. This applies regardless of style. No two people have exactly the same feet, so boots that work for one may not work for another. Below are a few key points to look out for when choosing your winter boots for comfort:

  • Heel style and height - Boots that have a wider heel will provide the best support and stability when walking. Heel height will also play a big part, the higher the heel the more unstable the ankle becomes. Boots with a heel lower than two inches are best.
  • Firm heel support - When choosing new boots, always check how firm the heel counter is. A rigid heel counter (the plastic insert that reinforces your shoes’ heels) will prevent your foot from slipping around, reducing the chance of you losing your footing.
  • Tightness around the ankle - Always make sure the boots aren’t too tight around your ankles, As the day progresses, your ankles naturally swell which could cause numbness and pain if your boots are too snug.
  • Width fitting - It’s important to make sure your boots are wide enough for your feet for a number of reasons. Boots that are too narrow can cause bunions as well as blisters; boots that are too wide can cause sores because your feet will likely move around more. Try new boots on in the evening if you can, this will give you a more realistic idea of the width needed.
  • Allow for socks - It’s likely you’ll be wearing your boots with socks. Make sure you try on your new boots with the socks you would intend to wear, as trying on a pair of boots without won’t give you a true idea of fit.
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Conclusion

Buying new boots can be difficult, especially if you need them for a specific occasion or purpose but still want that touch of style. Taking into account the materials they’re made from, as well as fit and heel height will give you the best options for you. It’s easy to be blown away by the sheer beauty of a new pair of boots but follow our simple tips and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pair for you!

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