Best Winter Shoes for Safe Walking
Walking your dog, commuting to work, and walking just for the exercise- you may be required to walk often during winter, even though the weather outside can be treacherous and conditions hazardous. With the right type of winter clothing that keeps you warm and safe, and the right and the most appropriate footwear, walking can be a distinctly pleasurable winter activity.
The key is to dress to be warm, and to wear winter shoes that don’t just keep your digits warm and toasty, but also reduce the risk of slips. Those risks are high during winter, even if you’re not working on ice. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that you get a break from daily activity, and the risks of slipping and falling are even higher, when you’re rushing to get to a meeting or to work on time.
Your winter boots must have deep grooves that give high traction, and reduce the risk of a slip. Ankle-high boots are ideal for walking on snow-covered surfaces.
Avoid high heels, and other types of inappropriate footwear, that do not protect your feet. Broadly, your footwear must be very comfortable so you can focus on balance and coordination, and not on the pain in your feet.
Make sure that your footwear is in good condition, and make sure that the ankle support and soles are in good condition. These are the parts of the shoe that are responsible for providing the maximum amount of support, and they need to be in perfect condition.
Inspect your shoes when you return to the house, and look for little pebbles, that may have slipped into the grooves. Over a period of time, these can actually damage your shoe, and lower traction.
Avoid rushing or running during winter, and leave the house with plenty of time to reach your destination.
Walk with your feet pointed outwards, and take short steps. During winter, avoid carrying heavy loads while walking, and avoid walking on areas that are not clear, full of snow or not meant for pedestrians.
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