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Winter is just around the corner, and perhaps the most important purchase you will make this year is buying extreme cold weather boots.  As you may already know, your feet have a big impact on regulating your body’s overall temperature. So, this season we feel it is important to discuss water proof boots and other cold weather boots.  With the help of this guide, you can find the insulated boots that will keep you warm all winter long.

The first thing you should consider when looking for the ideal pair of warm winter boots is temperature ratings. There are several boot manufacturers that offer extreme cold weather boots providing warmth up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Please keep in mind that not all boots will perform to the exact specifications of their ratings. Temperature ratings on cold weather boots may fluctuate depending on a person’s activity, clothing and even perspiration.

Warm winter boots also come in a variety of lengths, so you can vary your choice of boot depending upon the activity for which the cold weather boots are intended. For instance, insulated boots for hiking are usually no more than eight inches long where as extreme cold weather boots designed for snow are usually between eleven and twelve inches.

Since snow and slush usually accompany cold weather conditions, water proof boots may be high on your priority list when shopping for warm winter boots.  Keeping your feet dry during wet weather conditions is essential to staying warm. Most water proof boots are made with either leather or rubber upper shells to keep your feet dry and warm. Most water proof boots also feature interior linings that are made with breathable materials which will quickly absorb perspiration.

Removable linings are another excellent feature to have in extreme cold weather boots. A removable lining allows you to add or remove the interior lining to your boots, so you can adjust your level of comfort and tailor your warm winter boots to suit your needs. Also, should your cold weather boots become damp or wet, removable interior linings make for quick and easy drying by simply removing the interior insulation.

One final thing to keep in mind is the type of activity you will be doing most in your cold weather boots. For instance, if you are looking for fashionable warm winter boots, then you could probably get away with minimal insulation. If you are searching for extreme cold weather boots that can stand up to snow and sleet, then the taller the better and look for some sort of water proof protection, too. If you are looking for hiking boots, water proof boots and snow boots may be too heavy and fatiguing, so it would be wise to consider insulated boots that are no taller than seven to eight inches in height. Remember to always read the manufacturer’s temperature ratings and suggested use to find the optimal warm winter boots for your needs.  Shop around and get the boots that are a perfect fit!