1. Be sure boots are insulated and waterproof. Even if the boot maker says the boots are waterproof, still treat the pair with a waterproofing product. The body has to work harder to compensate for moisture, so try to minimize as much foot moisture as possible.
  2. Select natural material, like leather, that allows proper airflow and keep feet dry.
  3. Although rubber boots will keep you dry, rubber does not breathe.  Make sure   that any rubber boots purchased are fully lined to help absorb foot moisture.
  4. Boots with rigid shaped soles limit natural foot movement and provide little, if any, arch support. Cushioned insoles and arch supports could be added.
  5. The best traction is received from boots with a rubber sole and deep grooves.
  6. Styles with narrow toes and high heels often cause pain and numbness. Select a lower heel or stacked style for additional support. Choose a style with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter and traction to ensure stability.
  7. To provide warmth, ski sock liners are a way to keep feet warmer without adding bulk.  Liners are  warn under regular socks.
  8. Above all – listen to your feet.  If a boot is not comfortable, the footwear selected is not the best.

Have a safe and healthy holiday season!