When it comes to winter essentials, you really cannot make it through the season with a pair of trusty and trendy boots to cover your feet. There are so many different styles, sizes and silhouettes available that making the right choice can be difficult and confusing. Over the years, I have picked up a few tips from friends, family and my own experiences, which make the experience of purchasing the perfect winter boots much easier. Keep these tips in mind for the next time you hit the shops!
Take Your Body Shape Into Consideration
It is not about buying a pair of boots – it is about buying the right pair of boots for your body. Ladies who are short should opt for styles that hit below the knee because anything higher will make you look shorter. Ankle boots and knee-high boots are always a good bet. If you are on the curvy side, stay away from calf-length boots, which will essentially cut your legs in half and make you look wider.
Think About Practicality
Your winter boots have to be stylish and chic, but they also have to provide your feet with grip and warmth they need during the winter. Look at buying boots that are lined with a material that will keep your toes warm when you are out and about – wool linings are always my favourite as they keep my feet really toasty, even in sub-zero temperatures. The grip is very important as well, because you don’t want to be slipping and sliding on the pavement.
Explore The Range
Even within a particular type of boot, there are so many different colours, materials and styles available. I would strongly suggest that you take out the time to browse the entire range that is available, both in stores and online, before making a purchase decision. Boots, when bought correctly, are great investment pieces that can last you for seasons you come, so spend your money wisely and on a pair that you are one-hundred-and-ten-per-cent happy with.
Look At More Than Just Size
Obviously, you need to buy your boots in the right shoe size for them to fit, but there are a few more numbers that you need to look at before picking them up. The first is the circumference. This will tell you just how easily the boot will fit your calf. Also look at the length of the boot shaft, which shows you how high the boot will come up to on your leg.