Wednesday 7 December 2022


We have finally hit minus weather here!, -3 this morning and absolutely freezing!. The boots have come out and I’m so thankful I can finally feel my toes again :), but when it comes to buying the perfect boots for winter, where do we start?.


Buying winter and snow boots is a crucial shopping task when the weather starts to turn, but boots come in all shapes, colours and sizes, you might find the shopping for them a nightmare!. 

I’ve put together an ‘all you need to know’ when it comes to picking up the perfect boot this winter :)

The four golden rules :)

  1. Try them on with the socks you want to wear with your new boots, as this can affect the fit. If you try your boots on with thicker socks, but usually wear thinner socks, you might find your boots feel a little too loose.
  2. If you’re trying on winter boots before buying them, arrange this for the afternoon if possible. This is when your feet are likely to be at their largest, as they swell over the course of the day, meaning you’ll be able to get the right size.
  3. Make sure you try on both boots – it’s normal for feet to be slightly different in size, so you want to be sure they’re comfortable on both feet.
  4. Take a walk around the shop (or your living room if trying on at home) to make sure your boots are easy to move around in.

What to look for when buying boots 


We lose most of our body heat through our head, hands and feet – so buying a pair of winter boots that keep your feet warm will help you prevent the winter chill. Traditional linings, such as shearling, are great for keeping your feet warm and cosy. A pair of sock boots would be so cosy and warm on a girls Christmas night out after work .


While going after the latest trends might be your go to, you’re best off prioritising comfort and fit. Struggling along in boots you can barely walk in is not a fashionable look anyway, right?. Think about how winter boots are supposed to fit: they should give your toes wiggle room, so they’re not pinched. It’s also worth considering if you want to wear them with thick socks for greater warmth and comfort. If so, buying a size up might be a good idea. Investing in a pair of knee high boots for the winter would be a great investment. They are really warm and cover most of your leg! :)


Not all winter boots are waterproof. However, there is a lot you can do to make sure those beautiful shearling boots do the job on slushy, wet days. Leather, especially when treated with a specialist spray, can provide durable protection along with classic good looks which last from season to season. There are also plenty of synthetic alternatives on the market which will fit the bill for a better price and not break the bank!.


Rubber soles are ideal for keeping out the rain and snow – but check the grip, too. Bumps and crevices provide traction to make sure you can stay on your feet on slippery paths and roads.Most boots have amazing grip these days so they don’t have to look boring!.


Different fastenings will affect how your winter boots fit you. Lace-ups will adjust to the shape of your leg if you are serious about walking in all weathers. Many winter boots, though, rely on zippers for getting them on and off quickly and easily. Zip them up and down several times so that you know the zips are smooth, reliable and secure. Pull-on boots are even more convenient to put on and take off. Look out for elasticated panels in the sides – these stretch for ease of access but provide a snug fit once on, and are a must-have for wider calves.

Best winter boots

Some winter boots have heaps of practical benefits, while others place a greater focus on style. Look out for:

  • Leather or leather-look uppers, which provide a degree of waterproofing while giving the luxurious appearance of dress shoes.
  • Subtle seaming or brogue styling on the toe, which gives boots more character.
  • Dark colours so they’re potentially formal enough for work, too.
  • Moisture-wicking linings, making the most of the latest boot technology.
  • Rubber soles with tread, which make the boots more subtle and less obtrusive.
  • Pull-on Chelsea boots– a classic style that are quick and easy to get on and off, providing a more casual look.
  • Lace-up and desert boots – these can provide a rugged, sporty look.
Let me know which boots you pick up for this winter or which ones you have in your wardrobe that are your essentials :)


  1. I love a good pair of boots! This is great information :)

  2. Where was these recommendations when I got into winter boots?! This would of helped immensely when I was out shopping for new boots that one year! Oh well! Now that I found it, I’ll be using it!

    -Whitney Stewart

  3. Waterproof is key for me for winter boots. It gets so snowy and slushie where I am.

  4. I do love boots, my go to everyday is flat black over knee orr flat brown depending on what I am wearing. Then I have boots for every other event or outing

  5. Comfortable shoes for me are a must...I do have boots for winter but even those can be very comfortable.

  6. I love boots honestly. They are the most comfortable form of a heel for me and I love ankle boots especially. Great tips for shopping for a pair!

  7. I need to buy new boots for this winter and these tips are great. Grip and waterproofing is a must for my needs.

  8. These are some important tips for finding a great pair of boots to wear. Trying on both boots is a must. I have had one boot fit differently from the other in the past after buying them.