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winter walking boots

We all want the perfect pair of boots: winter walking boots that are also lightweight, waterproof, super warm, attractive, comfortable as a slipper, and durable as steel. We want casual hiking boots that we can also wear to the office and then take on a snowshoeing trip in Canada. We want the “wonder boot.”

Unfortunately, a true all-in-one style of footwear doesn’t yet exist.

Try as they might, shoe manufacturers just haven’t been able to reach that level of versatility. This means that if you want a pair of boots for all occasions, you’re going to need more than one style. Ultimately, if you live in a cold climate, you will want to have at least two pairs of boots to get you through a rough winter.

Winter Pair #1: Winter Walking Boots
For your first pair of boots, you will need an everyday pair of walking around boots. This should be an everyday snow boot that you can wear for shorter periods of time, like when you’re running errands or walking from your car to your office door through a substantial layer of snow. They don’t need to be super heavy-duty, but they should be a solid pair of comfortable walking boots that will keep your feet warm and dry.

Winter Pair #2: Heavy Duty Boots
Your second pair of boots will depend on your lifestyle and your geographical location. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter, you will need a pair of heavy-duty, extra-warm, waterproof boots that will protect your feet for more than a few minutes at a time. If your climate produces more ice than snow, you will want to invest in a pair of boots with extra traction to keep you from slipping and sliding around. If your winters are especially damp and rainy, your boots should include strong insulation and should definitely be waterproof.

According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, you should replace your shoes every six months or when you’ve reached about 350 to 400 miles. But if you buy the right winter walking boots, they should certainly last at least that long. The key is figuring out what kind of boots are right for your lifestyle.

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