Though winter hasn’t quite yet arrived, the chill of autumn is knocking louder and louder every day sternly reminding you that winter is coming.
The first “knock” that you will undoubtedly notice (even before the weather sufficiently cools off) is that more and more people around you are wearing boots!
Can I ask you a personal question?
There was a time when fashionable shoes meant pain and discomfort, but today there are enough options so that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or warmth for fashion.
How can you be a part of this seasons boot trends without sweating in the heat and freezing in the cold?
If you want to stay warm this winter and be a part of this seasons fall/winter fashions, the trick is to wear the right type of boot for the weather.
So how can you select the perfect pair of boots from the myriad of boots on display in department and shoe stores?
For the sake of my valued readers I have divided fall and winter climates (and proper boots) into three categories:
- “Cool-Chilly”: 50˚F-65˚F
When you think of “Cool Chilly” picture the first days of autumn when the weather cools off but it is not yet cold enough to wear much more than a sweatshirt. This is the time of year when boots crawl out of their closets and shopping bags and make their “first appearances” of the season.
- Leather boots
- Ankle boots
- Wellington’s/rubber boots
For the “cool-chilly” season your toes (and outfit) will be happiest in trendy leather boots (preferably waterproof) . If your leather boots are not waterproof you might want to preserve them by purchasing a secondary pair of rain boots also known as “Wellington’s”.
This time of year boots are more of fashion statements then a necessary means to fight the cold, so if you are itching to wear those ankle boots this is the time of year to do so.
Though it might be tempting to take those furry boots out of hibernation, it is not yet cold enough for them to walk the streets. Wearing “furry” boots in this season will cause them to deteriorate faster by exposing them to excessive sweat and an extra month or so of wear and tear than is necessary.
- “Chilly-Cold” 35˚F-50˚F degrees:
When you think of “chilly-cold”, picture the time of year where it’s not below freezing, but a sweatshirt is no longer enough to keep you warm. As you head out to the coat department of your closet and/or local department store take a look at your feet and think good and hard:
Will your thin leather boots and goloshes will keep your toes warm enough to enjoy spending time outside this season?
Unless there is enough space in your boots for a liner the answer is no.
So what will keep you warm this season?
- Boots with a furry inner:
“Boots with a “furry inner” include a range of varieties such as UGGS, Merrell, and NorthFace. Generally speaking boots can be insulated in different ways: lined with fur/fleece, seam sealed stitching, and weatherproof construction.
- Water Proof Boots:
In wet weather, the best way to stay warm is to stay dry. When the weather dips to the 30˚’s and 40˚’s rubber boots will no longer provide enough warmth and protection. Though the stores are stocked with boots for all purposes, you will notice that it is challenging to find a single pair of stylish boots, that are water proof, and warm.
So how can you find boots that will keep you dry and warm this winter?
- “Tall Boots”: Exactly as they sound, “tall boots” are boots that measure to the calf and above. The extra height will give extra surface coverage and will protect the upper part of your legs from the elements.
- “Cold-freezing”: 32˚F/0˚C and below:
When you think of “cold-freezing” think of the biting cold that numbs fingers, toes, wind shield factors and in certain conditions frostbite. Choosing the right boot for temperatures such as these depend on your lifestyle and how much below freezing the temperatures will dip. This category varies drastically and encompasses climates such as winter in New York City to more extreme environments such as Arctic and Antarctic environments.
Before spending time in the great outdoors with sub-zero temperatures, be sure to do thorough research and consult experts to make sure that your feet and body are properly clothed to withstand the freezing conditions.
Some things to consider:
- How much time will you spend outside?
If you plan to spend extensive time outdoors with temperatures below freezing choosing the right boot can literally make the difference between enjoying the great frozen outdoors and losing your toes/feet to frostbite.
If you plan on spending any amount of time in outdoors in freezing conditions it’s vital that you select boots that are “temperature graded”, meaning that they have been tested and proven to keep your feet warm down to a specific temperature .
- Boots that are made of breathable materials:
Be sure that your boots are made of breathable materials (wicking moisture away from your body) so that you don’t end up freezing in your own perspiration.
- Is there spare room in the boot?
It is very important that there is extra room in your boots for the following reasons:
- In order to leave spare room for extra socks
- In extreme subzero conditions having spare room in your boots will allow you to keep and insulate the natural heat that your body produces. If there isn’t sufficient room then the warmth will escape and your feet will not benefit from the warmth that is created by your boots and socks.
Though winter hasn’t quite arrived, the chill of autumn is knocking louder and louder every day sternly reminding you that winter is coming. Whether you are winter window-shopping on the streets of New York City, or venturing onto the Greenland Icecap, its vital that you understand the environment that you will be entering and what footwear is right for it.
Please let us know which boots are your favorite to wear this winter ,share your personal stories and/or comments in the “comment field” below.
We look forward to hearing from you 🙂