- 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.
- Select natural material, like leather, that allows proper airflow and keep feet dry.
- 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.
- Boots with rigid shaped soles limit natural foot movement and provide little, if any, arch support. Cushioned insoles and arch supports could be added.
- The best traction is received from boots with a rubber sole and deep grooves.
- 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.
- To provide warmth, ski sock liners are a way to keep feet warmer without adding bulk. Liners are warn under regular socks.
- 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!