winter shoes should hug your foot comfortably, providing both support and insulation. A looser fitting boot will offer greater warmth and comfort but will cause problems when walking longer distances. Snow boots that are too tight will lead to circulation issues and problems walking.
To find the right balance, always fit snow boots while you’re wearing appropriate socks (as in the socks you’ll be wearing when you wear the boots). Make sure you have enough room to wiggle your toes comfortably.
Snow boots come in a variety of height fittings, from ankle length to above the calf. They should always go over your trouser hem to ensure full protection – some winter shoes will also come with a drawstring pull around the cuff to help seal the heat in and keep the cold out.
All winter shoes should have a supportive insole for comfort. This is useful when walking long distances as it will help keep your foot in place while walking – offering you extra support. For more information, check out these fitting guides for men’s shoes and women’s boots.
How can I check my new winter shoes fit correctly?
There are a few ways to check to make sure your snow boots fit correctly.
- The kick test. Once your winter shoes
- are on and securely fastened, gently kick a wall. If your toes hit the end of the boot, you may find they rub while walking. This means there’s too much room, so consider a smaller size.
- Check your heel space.
Before fastening your boots, push your foot forward and see how much space you have around your heel. One finger should fit comfortably. If it doesn’t fit, they’re too tight. If you have extra room, it may be worth considering a smaller size. Your heel should also stay in place if you rock the foot up and down, movement of the heel can cause blisters making it uncomfortable to walk.
- Wiggle your toes. Once the boots have been fastened, stand up and wiggle your toes. You should be able to do this easily. There shouldn’t be any pressure points on the toes or widest part of your foot. If there is, you might need a wider fitting pair of snow boots.
How do I choose winter shoes for wide and narrow feet?
When buying snow boots for narrow feet or snow boots for wider feet, always make the effort to shop around and try on a large range of different styles to find your perfect fit. Be sure to walk around in every pair your try on to give you a feel for how the shoes will fit when you’re on the go. This will ensure you can comfortably rely on your snow boots when you need them most.
To find the best pair of winter shoes, it’s always best to know what you’re looking for and what type or style will suit you. Following our easy snow boot sizing and fitting tips, you’ll definitely be set for anything the weather throws at you, come ice rain or the fiercest of blizzards.
The extra insulation in snow boots means you can wear them in cold temperatures too, even when it’s not snowing, making them a great investment for all kinds of chilly winter weather.
Check out our guide to winter-proofing your shoes or our top tops for buying winter boots for more cold weather footwear advice from Shoe Zone.