Snow boots are a necessary addition to your footwear collection when it comes to braving the elements. Solid, robust and designed to keep your feet warm and dry with a super thick, cosy fleece lining, they’re an absolute life-saver during winter.
But how do you buy snow boots that you know are durable, going to fit well and look stylish? Sometimes buying snow boots can be confusing as they’re not your standard-style boot.
Here we take a look at how to choose the best snow boots for you, how they should be fitted and what to look out for when buying – among other frequently asked questions.
What size snow boots should I buy?
Choosing the right size of winter boots can be tricky business. You may be confused as to whether snow boots run big or small or tempted to go up a size larger to accommodate thick socks. However, this is unnecessary. Sticking to your everyday shoe size should be fine. Many winter boots are designed to just slip on because, more often than not, the sole of the boot and the boot upper are made from the same piece of hardened rubber. This ensures maximum waterproofing and protection against any hidden obstacles or debris. They’ll likely also have a neoprene, leather or waterproof textile collar too for added comfort. Because they slip on, show boots are generally made slightly larger than other types of footwear to allow you to get your foot in comfortably.
Is my boot size the same as my shoe size?
This very much depends on the style of snow boots you’re buying. winter boots are designed to be a wider, roomier fit to make room for the thick fleece lining and any socks that you may choose to wear. The idea that you should leave room to accommodate socks is totally unfounded when it comes to winter boots. Don’t be tempted to size up as too much movement of the boot can cause sores.
How loose should my snow boots be?
Loose fitting winter boots are a big no-no. Due to the change in how you walk when wearing winter boots, oversized boots are a potential tripping hazard. Any added unsteadiness is definitely not needed when it comes to winter weather. A one-finger width gap down the heel of the shoe is the maximum wiggle room you should leave. The same rules apply for fitting kids’ winter boots, too.
Are snow boots true to size?
This will come down to the style of snow boots you choose. For example, zip-up winter boots can’t be secured to the foot as easily as Velcro fastening winter boots or lace ups. There’s also a slight difference between brands. If you’re ordering winter boots online, the best thing to do is try them on with the socks you intend to wear the boots with. This will give you a better idea of how they fit and if they suit the shape of your foot.