With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a particularly hard winter full of lots of up and down “polar coaster”-type weather, snow, and biting cold temperatures for 2020, there’s never been a better time to invest in a pair of good winter boots that will keep your feet nice and toasty.
But not all snow boots are created equal! When choosing the perfect pair, there are several important factors to consider.
Factors to Consider When Shopping for the Best Winter Boots for 2019
Material: Taking the materials your winter boots are constructed from into account becomes essential when dealing with puddles of rain or snow piles that are sure to melt. Since wet feet quickly translate to cold feet, you'll want to opt for waterproof or rubber materials, which work well in such situations. Those that live in areas where salt is regularly used to keep snow at bay also want to avoid suede, which tends to stain easily.
Insulation: Different brands use different methods of insulation. Many favor primaloft — a waterproof, polyester lining — while others, such as Columbia and The North Face, use their own Omni-Heat (a heat-reflective technology meant to put heat back into your body) and synthetic Heatseeker insulations, respectively, to make sure their boots' interiors are warm enough on even the most frigid of days.
Comfort or temperature ratings: When it comes to the inside of your boots, there's a rating system you'll want to pay attention to — particularly when it comes to colder climates. Most boots are ranked with an insulation rating of 100 to 200g, though some may go as high as 400g for those with poor circulation or for tundra-like conditions. Others still will specify temperatures that boots are rated safe for venturing outdoors in by degrees of Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Style: Now that we’ve got all of the functional requirements out of the way, it’s time to talk about style. If you’re not a fan of bulky, lumberjack designs, not to fret. There are plenty of modern winter boot brands that manage to integrate traditional warming features into cute, compact footwear you’ll be dying to show off to the world.
Other things to take into consideration when shopping for winter boots include insoles, which can be replaced for warmer versions, moisture-wicking materials that keep you free of sweat, and molded footbeds for maximum comfort while walking.
We've gone ahead and chosen a selection that rank high for most of these key features. Keep scrolling for Woman's World's picks for the 16 best winter boots for women!
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