What To Look For In Winter Boots

 

Quality Materials

Good winter boots shouldn’t be dirt cheap if you want them to last, and you should.  The quickest way to spot quality in a boot is by the quality of the upper material.

A well-made boot will always be made of quality leather because no one would go to the effort of making a great boot in cheap leather.  Quality leather always has soft creases and usually is hand polished so you can see the patina and dark and light patches.  It isn’t always uniform.

Alternatively, look for tanned leather, which tends to be thicker than painted leather and shouldn’t need as much weatherproofing.

Soles Are Important

A solid footing in the winter means a pair of boots that feature the famous Goodyear welting technique to stitch the sole firmly to the upper via a rib-like strip of leather or canvas.

The stitching of the welt can be seen above the welt and the sole stitch (through the welt) underneath the sole.  Be careful though, if you cannot see the continuation of this stitch through the sole you could be looking at a pair of cheaper, cemented boots using an imitation welt.

Practicality

Recognising that most of us only wear our boots to either the office or the pub, shoemakers have, in recent years, fitted their designs with comfortable and practical soles.  Combat-style treads will make you even more sure-footed while contrast white rubber soles offer some smart-casual hybrid styling.