In the Amy Maclean Podiatry clinic, we talk a lot about foot conditions and common ailments caused by the change of season.
The cold weather does of course have an impact on our feet, particularly if we aren’t paying much attention to them and the type of shoes or boots we wear. We are very good at choosing a new winter coat or some cosy gloves for those cold hands but our feet tend to be at the bottom of the list when looking to winter!
By wearing appropriate footwear, this can help prevent some common foot ailments seen in the colder months and keeps your feet in the best condition possible.
Top tips for choosing winter shoes.
- Ensure that she shoes have enough room to be able to wear a couple of layers (either two thin pairs of socks or a thicker pair on top of a usual pair)
- The soles of the shoes should be thicker than usual – this lifts your feet off the cold ground more than thin soled shoes.
- The soles are made of rubber and have a good grip – this will prevent slipping and rubber is cushioning.
- Buy shoes that are made of leather or Gore-tex as this will keep the feet warm and dry.
- Do not scrimp when buying new winter shoes – good shoes will last you a good couple of years and may only need resoled before next winter.
The ideal types of shoes for the cold weather.
- Brogues with a thick sole are great for men and women, plus they are very on trend which makes them easy to find in most shoe stores.
- Chelsea boots are great to wear as we head into winter and can be worn to work, or casually out of work.
- Ankle boots with a chunky heel are great for us girls – not too high a heel but very comfortable and often they come with a fleecy liner that keeps feet warmer.
For those of us who have winter shoes and boots from last year, it is key to take them to your local shoemaker and get them a wee MOT. This could involve them getting resoled or scuffs in the material being repaired.
Any questions regarding how to choose a good shoes to get you through the winter season, get in touch with me! #amymacpod