Giv­ing the boots to win­ter

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Southern Alberta -

When it comes to choos­ing a prac­ti­cal pair of win­ter boots, it’s im­por­tant to think about more than style.

Look for a win­ter tem­per­a­ture rat­ing to en­sure the pair you pick is warm, and shop for a com­fort­able pair with anti-slip soles, too.

Cathy Har­bidge, Cal­gary Fall Pre­ven­tion Clinic co­or­di­na­tor with Al­berta Health Ser­vices, says it’s im­por­tant to look for boots with:

• Ad­e­quate sup­port through the sole and around the an­kles

• High-trac­tion anti-slip soles

• The cor­rect size. If they’re too big, you may twist an an­kle or even have your boots fall off when you’re walk­ing

• Ad­justable laces or laces with a zip­per. Some­times peo­ple’s feet swell, Har­bidge says, so laces al­low you to ad­just the boots for com­fort.

Har­bidge also rec­om­mends shop­ping for footwear later in the day, when your feet are likely at their big­gest.

Have de-icer on hand for side­walks and steps to re­duce the risk of fall­ing, and try at­tach­ing anti-slip shoe grips to the ex­te­rior of your boots to in­crease trac­tion if you’re walk­ing on a lot of ice. For in­de­pen­dent third-party rat­ings on spe­cific win­ter boot brands, go to www.rate­mytreads.com.

Ex­cerpted from the Fall 2018 is­sue of Ap­ple mag­a­zine, on news­stands now. For a free sub­scrip­tion, email ap­[email protected]

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