Stylish Orthotic-Friendly Men’s Winter Boot Fitting and Style Guide
Posted by Orthotics Direct on 2020 Dec 4th
Have you ever struggled to find a pair of winter waterproof boots that are comfortable as well as supportive? Many standard men’s boots are bulky, with warm insulation taking up space that would otherwise allow for supportive insoles. This insulation and the shape of the boot itself make it difficult to insert any orthotic device, leaving you out of luck if you’ve recently purchased a custom orthotic device out of pocket.
If your boot itself is not supportive, and you struggle to fit an orthotic inside, it can make winter a cold and miserable experience. Sliding on ice and tromping through slush can aggravate any foot, back, and ankle condition you may already have, making it even more challenging to get around in poor conditions.
Today, let’s explore some of our favourite comfortable boots for men. We’ll delve into our most comfortable and supportive brands and show you which features to look for to ensure your feet stay supported and protected through a long, cold winter.
Why Men Should Opt for Orthotic Boots This Winter
If you live anywhere that dips below freezing (and let’s be honest, that’s most of North America during the winter months), you’ll know how hard a simple task like walking to the car or the store can be when the weather is poor.
As soon as slush, snow, or ice accumulates on the ground, walking gets more cumbersome. Many of us spend much more time indoors in the winter, leading to a seasonal onset of tight hips. We may sit for long periods, so many men have tight hip flexors. When your hips are tight, it puts an unusual pull on your pelvis, straining your back.
Tight hips may cause you to make minute gait changes to compensate, putting you at risk for further injury. One of the most common foot injuries in men is plantar fasciitis, an overuse condition exacerbated by walking on uneven surfaces in unsupportive shoes.
The Best Boots for Men Who Need Custom Orthotics
Instead of wearing the same old boots that you’ve been sporting for years, opt for a new pair of supportive and lightweight winter boots this year.
We stock a variety of men’s winter boots on our website. We evaluate all of our brands to ensure that they have the right supportive features and accept an orthotic device. We prioritize comfortable boots for men with a wide toe box, deep heel cup, and low heel for traction. All of these features ensure that they support a variety of foot shapes and conditions.
Here are some of our favourite supportive winter boots for men.
1.Merrell Moab Polar
The design of the Merrell Moab Polar snow boot allows for support and warmth while still being lightweight. It has a sticky rubber sole to keep you on your feet even in the iciest weather, with a fleece lining that’s soft and warm without being too bulky. We love it for all these internal features, plus the fact that its EVA insole is easily removable to accommodate one of our custom orthotic devices.
2.Lacoste Esparre Winter Chukka Boots
Are you looking for a lightweight boot or pair of men’s winter sneakers? We love the Lacoste Esparre Winter Chukka because it looks great while offering all the features your feet need in cold weather. It has a water-repellent leather upper, combined with chunky metal D-ring eyelets to ensure that no water penetrates even on the slushiest days.
3.Rockport Essential Detail Chukka
One of our favourite waterproof dress boots is the Rockport Essential Detail Chukka. This stylish boot looks fantastic paired with a suit but is durable enough to withstand a long and snowy walk. Plus, it has all the supportive features you’d expect from a reliable brand like Rockport, including an adiPRENE® by Adidas, a foam pad for under-heel cushioning and a padded tongue and collar that is gentle on sensitive feet.
If you have ongoing ankle issues, look for a boot with strong support at and above your ankle or a high top. The Sorel Conquest boot is durable enough to keep you on your feet through the snow, ice, and sleet, thanks to the traction-enhancing, multi-directional rubber lug outsole. Plus, this boot offers unparalleled ankle support, thanks to the Achilles adjustment strap, which supports and stabilizes the Achilles tendon.
5.Timberland Chillberg Mid Shell-toe WP
The Timberland Chillberg Mid Shell-toe WP is a classic winter boot made with a sophisticated full-grain leather upper. Feet stay warm and dry thanks to 400 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, combined with an injected TPU shell that keeps feet off the cold ground. The interior footbed is super supportive, and the EVA midsole offers all-day anti-fatigue cushioning.
Walking around in deep snow requires a supportive insole, as well as thick and robust ankle and leg padding. The Baffin Northwest boot has all of these features, along with a Gel Flex anti-fatigue midsole to keep feet comfortable all day long. The nylon upper also comes with a padded snow collar to keep high snowdrifts out.
Nervous About Sizing? Opt for an Orthotics Direct Package
You can find tons of different options for winter boots that will work for any style and budget on the Orthotic Direct online shop. To make things easier for you, we only stock reliable brands that we know will accommodate our custom foot orthotics and maximize foot function.
Still worried about getting the right fit? Purchase a custom orthotics package that gives you a great deal on both the custom orthotic insole and the boots you need. Before your new orthotics leave our manufacturing facility, we’ll fit them securely into your new pair of boots. That way, you don’t have to get the delicate fit right yourself – just leave it to our trained technicians.