What Are the Best Women's Winter Boots?
How to Choose the Perfect Pair Women's Winter Boots
Winter season can be tough, and you need to gear up. It should be your priority to have your apparel ready before winter comes. Most of the time, choosing women's winter boots and clothing can be tricky and time-consuming. Especially if you still do not know what to look for.
With jackets and coats, you can just invest in some quality and easy-to-match pieces if you are on a budget. But as for your footwear, you need a pair of winter boots that are both reliable, studry and suitable for all weather.
If you can't figure out the best type of winter boots for your needs, or you're worried about getting the wrong pair, here is our on-point buying checklist.
Boots come in all shapes and sizes, but there are our five top tips for Winter Boots:
Warm and Comfortable
First of all, boots should be comfortable to wear and should keep you warm and toasty. Some winter boots may have excellent flexibility but have poor lining and cushioning. Some even have poor arch support that can be uncomfortable. The perfect pair is a mix of excellent lining, good arch support, and breathable insulation.
Winter, in case you didn't know, gets pretty cold and pretty wet. That is why it is so important to make sure that you get a waterproof pair. Absolutely nobody wants to walk outside under the rain with their feet soaked! Pro-tip: the boots should have waterproof lining as well as the outside material. This increases its effectiveness in keeping moisture out.
But alas! Accidents do happen, and not all systems are foolproof. Sometimes water does find itself inside your boots which can be a complete bummer. That is why aside from being waterproof, a good boot should be quick-drying as well. Go for boots that have a removable quick-drying—usually synthetic—lining. Just pop them out, leave to dry for a few minutes and you're ready to strut in no time.
Check out the Goujon Collection here. They have excellent rubber soles perfect for the winter season. It also features EVA insoles, short plush lining and microfiber.
Heel Shape & Sole Grip
The boots' outsole is often the most overlooked part of footwear despite being an important part. The grip of the outsole is what helps you stay on your feet and keep you from slipping on wet pavement.
When looking for an outsole with good grip, there are two things to look out for: material and spike pattern.
A high-quality rubber sole has more grip than leather. They are more flexible too, which helps them "grab" on to most surfaces. Spikes prevent water and other liquids from forming a thin layer each time you step. This layer is what causes you to slip in the first place.
This is an easy feature to remember, we all want versatile footwear that can be used not just for a short time. For winter boots, consider investing in durable, solid pair that can be worn throughout cold and wet seasons.
Best Materials for Women's Winter Boots:
As mentioned above, the material used to make the boots is something to consider. It plays a huge part in your whole experience and can either make or break it. That is why it is important to choose good materials both for the inside and outside of the boots.
For the inside, you must always go for something warm and flexible. Aim for greatest comfort. In contrast, the outside of the boot should be tough to protect your feet from the elements.
Here is a list of things you must consider:
Lining: The lining is a vital part of your winter boots. The lining provides the insulation for the boots, it will define how comfortable it is while keeping your feet warm. There are many lining materials you can choose, such as fleece, wools, cotton, synthetic fur. There are even specialized fabrics designed to be great insulators. Always remember that linings must be easy and quick to dry as well as warm, so choose your lining wisely.
Here are the Effleurer Boots. They feature a ridiculously comfortable short plush lining to keep your feet toasty:
External Material: Treated Leather, Rubber and PVC
Treated genuine leather, rubber, and PVC are generally the top choices. They are waterproof, tough and easy to clean. Other alternative materials also include suede, pleuche fabric, and synthetic leather.
Here are our favourite Broadway City leather winter boots, with rubber outsole and Genuine Leather to keep the wet weather out:
Soles: Non-slip Rubber outsoles
Years ago, we were limited to rubber or leather outsoles. However, recent advances in technology have given us more materials to choose from. Nitrile is a material known for its resistance to heat and temperature changes. It is also very durable and able to resist abrasion and any small damage. Thermoplastic Urethane or TPU is a rubber variant that is popular because it is quite lightweight yet sturdy.
Our Irma leather ankle boots combine comfortable real leather uppers and rubber outsoles for stylish winter performance:
Which Length to Choose for Winter Boots:
A good way to help you decide what boot length is perfect for you is to look at your daily routine. If you stay mostly indoors and don't get exposed to rain then ankle boots are a great choice. If your priority is to keep your feet dry and stop the rainwater getting in, you can always go for a calf length boot. But if you feel like adding a little extra "oomph" to your outfit knee-high boots are the perfect addition. These bad boys will make any outfit extra elegant and sexy - while keeping you safe from all those puddles!
Check these different lengths of boots for inspo:
The Ferry Collection are Genuine Leather Ankle Boots which have plush lining and short, stable heel.
The Bethune Street Knee High Boots are one of our favourite choices. These stylish and sturdy winter boots are perfect for looking your best and feeling indestructible - no matter how bad the weather gets!
Best Heels to Choose for Your Winter Boots:
The type of heels is pretty easy when choosing your women's winter boots. You just have to consider the comfort, functionality, and style. But here's a quick pointer for you in choosing your heels:
Go for shorter heels. Instead of 6-inch high heels, relax with 1 to 3-inch heels. It will help you to have a grip on stability on wet or icy surfaces and slippery puddles.
Choose flat boots or sturdy platform boots. The thicker your heels, the better balance, and support you will have while walking during the winter season. If you choose stiletto heels for your boots, you will have a hard time keeping your balance.
Opt for round-toe boots because they can be paired with any other type of heels. This is the same concept with thicker heels, the wider the tip of your boots the better balance and stability. Rounder toed boots offer more space for comfort, and they're perfect to pair with the reliable thicker heels for balance and support.