Snow Shoe Shopping


You’ve dug to the depths of your closet and pulled out all your scarves, hats, jackets, and gloves for the winter, but you’re missing one integral part of winter attire: your snow boots! Snow boots are an incredibly important part of having a safe, enjoyable winter. Despite their obvious addition of being fashionable, they also need to be warm, comfortable and waterproof. We’ve put together some good suggestions to make the best snowshoe purchase.

Follow these shopping tips to keep your feet protected this winter:

  • While you’re at the store, try on the boots with socks you would typically wear on extra cold days and doing this will ensure the best fit when you’re wearing your thickest socks.

  • Wait until the end of the day to shop for snow boots. At this time, your feet will be a bit more swollen than they are at the beginning of the day. This way, you’re ensuring your size will fit no matter when you’re wearing them.

  • Check the inside of the boot for the extra lining. Ensure that it is made from waterproof or water-resistant material.

  • At the store, take the boots for a spin. Take some practice steps to make sure there’s enough support and that they have a grip for when you encounter any icy patches.

  • If you’re shopping for kids’ boots, you should know they grow at a rapid pace! Even if you feel like you just bought them new boots, have a professional check their size each winter.

Here in Maryland, cold temperatures can be made even harder by blistering winds. These conditions can add up to cause conditions like frostbite if you’re not careful! That’s why it’s always best to buy new winter boots and not even risk wearing old, worn out ones.

If your current winter boots have left you out in the cold, or if you slipped on some ice and twisted your ankle, It’s time to pick up the phone and call us. Dr. Stuart Snyder, and Dr. Sara Sharma, here at Maple Springs Foot Center are board certified podiatrists serving the Gaithersburg area with extensive experience diagnosing and treating any foot or ankle condition. To get in touch, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.