How to choose winter boots?

Buying boots is a snap. But when a woman comes to a shoe store and begins to wander between the rows of all kinds of models, trying on one or the other and not deciding on a choice, everything seems different.

To reduce the time spent in markets in aimless searches, it is possible only with a clear statement of the problem. Decide what you are buying for, in what price category, from what material it should be. We will assist you and advise on key issues.

What outerwear do we choose?

Think about what kind of clothes your boots will wear. If you wear a down jacket, pick up comfortable casual style models. For a winter coat and fur coat, more stylish and elegant boots are selected.

Girls who prefer skinny jeans in winter should consider the width of the bootleg when choosing. Shoe models with rhinestones, chains, and other decorative elements should support the image. Otherwise, a more neutral finish should be chosen.

What material to choose?

To determine the best material for women's boots, we define the criteria that they must meet:

  • heat storage ability;
  • life time;
  • resistance to low temperatures;
  • breathability.

The material that meets these qualities is genuine leather. Its thickness should be medium. A thin layer will not warm in winter, and thick material is inelastic, uncomfortable to wear and looks cheap.

Genuine leather boots are durable . With proper care, they are in fair condition for several years, so there is a saving in money. Skin substitutes crack after a while, letting in moisture and cold. They can fail very quickly, but well-known brands of high-quality eco-leather, which is guaranteed to last 1-2 seasons.

Suede boots look very elegant, have all the positive aspects of natural materials, but require constant complex care . In addition, ugly white stains remain in the slush and dirt. These boots are chosen if there is another, more practical pair.

The buyer must decide which is more important: buy genuine leather and pay a large amount right away or purchase annually a pair of leatherette boots, which in total will still exceed the cost of natural materials.

Women's boots made of artificial materials have one advantage - the price is much lower than that assigned to the skin . But some fashionistas prefer to buy several pairs of different boots for the winter, choosing the most current models from the substitute, and for the next season, change everything for shoes that are in fashion.

Important! The choice is made by the buyer, measuring their needs and financial capabilities. Models made of artificial materials will be suitable for residents of Siberia only in anticipation of cold weather. It is more practical to focus on genuine leather options.

Which fastener is better?

The options for fasteners on boots are limited to only three types:

  • lightning;
  • lacing;
  • Velcro (Velcro).

It is more convenient to wear boots in which zipper is sewn . They very quickly and without extra effort not only put on, but also fasten. It is more difficult with laces: donning is not so convenient, tying it longer.

Lacing is a more reliable option in terms of breakdowns : a broken lace is easily replaced with another. If this trouble happened on the way, then, having tied the ends, you can get to the house or the nearest store and buy a replacement part. But with lightning there are more problems. If she parted, urgently need to look for a shoe repair point, somehow magically get to it, wait for a new one to be sewn in, pay for the urgency of work.

Velcro closure is very convenient and practical . It is used on sports-type shoe products - uggs, dutiks - in combination with natural or artificial external and internal material.

If you stayed on women's boots with a zipper, carefully inspect the stitching points. There should be no crooked seams or creases. To preserve heat from the inside, the seam must be closed with a valve. So the lock will not damage tights or socks.

The right choice of soles and heels

It is not difficult to choose a good, warm version of the sole; you just need to pay attention to the thickness, which should not be less than 1 cm. A thinner layer will not warm in the winter cold, legs are frozen even in boots made of natural fur . The best version of the sole is made of the following materials:

  • from rubber;
  • from polyvinyl chloride;
  • from polyurethane.

Such a sole, which is chosen for warm winter boots, does not let water pass, does not release heat outside, is stable, and is not prone to slipping. Choose boots where the sole has a good tread pattern . He will help out not only in the ice, but also in the snowfall to go to the house along the uncleaned path in them is easier.

The heel for winter shoes should be durable, thick, comfortable. It is good if he will form a whole with the sole. This increases stability, and therefore your safety. It is better to immediately refuse plastic heels. They are unstable in snow and ice, easily break.

Important! Stiletto heels are the most disadvantageous choice of boots for the winter. They are uncomfortable walking in the snow: the heel falls, and the toe lifts up. In addition, such shoes are traumatic, even the slightest icing can lead to loss of stability on the legs.

Take a look at wedge models. They are convenient, practical, relevant. The foot from the side of the sole will not freeze, the heel or arch support will not break, and the heel raised by a few centimeters will give the desired harmony to the silhouette.

Lining: fur, euro, bike?

Each of these materials has undeniable advantages:

  • real fur always accompanies real leather. This tandem warms and holds heat, without letting it out. In this case, the necessary air exchange is carried out;
  • faux fur - it warms up well in light frosts, but legs become sweaty when overheated. In a big frost with this material you are facing hypothermia;
  • euro fur - a combination of the lower part of the boot (to the ankle) of natural fur and the upper - of fleece, flannel or thin fur lining. A very warm and hygienic option for small frosts, up to a maximum of -10-15 degrees;
  • bike (fleece) - they warm their feet well only in warm winter, at minimum temperatures around zero.

How to choose the size? How to understand that I chose the right boots?

Pick up boots slightly larger than your real size. This is necessary so that the air layer between the toe of the shoe and the toes can maintain the desired temperature inside. With a snug fit, such a layer does not form, the skin is excessively stretched and cold air penetrates inside.

It is best if the pair is selected with a sock, which will be used during winter operation. Do not forget about the free space for air .

If the chosen model in the foot area sits too tightly on the foot, do not expect that genuine leather will stretch. Yes, it will happen, but not so fast. You will have time to freeze in your boots many times before the size increases to the desired size.

Properly selected boots will sit comfortably in both length and fullness. The fingers will not rest on the sock, and the leg will not squeeze the leg, disrupting blood circulation.

Tips for buying boots online

  1. When choosing shoes, give preference to well-known brands.
  2. If the same model is available for sale in the store, try it on, determine the desired size, and then order it online. So the purchase will be cheaper.
  3. If the online store provides boots for fitting, take this opportunity, order a few pairs and carefully inspect the lock, the joints of the sole and leather (not only gluing, but also firmware), the quality of materials, seams before buying.

When ordering on foreign Internet sites such as Aliexpress, focus on the reviews. If you have at least one negative comment on the purchase, refuse.

The best purchase option is in the store of your city, where you can try on different pairs, choose shoes in length, fullness, taking into account the anatomical features of the foot and the rise . Online shopping is cheaper, but it’s easy to miss out on size or quality. In order not to have to spend extra money on other boots, remember the folk wisdom: the avaricious pays twice.