Dr. McDonald can be seen wearing cowboy boots both on and off the clock, so he knows a few things about buying the right type of boots. Whether you’re looking for hiking boots, work boots, cowboy boots, rain boots or a stylish boot to wear with your outfit, there are some common factors you’ll want to look for in any boot to help keep your feet injury free. We spotlight those factors in today’s blog.
Dr. McDonald’s Boot Buying Guide
All of these tips may not apply unilaterally to every type of boot on the market, but you should keep the relevant factors in mind when buying your next pair of boots:
- Choose Function Over Fashion – We know this may be hard to hear for some of you, but your feet will thank you for prioritizing comfort over fashion. We’re not saying that you can’t try to find the best of both worlds, but don’t squeeze your feet into an uncomfortable boot simply because you like the way they look. If you have to spend any significant amount of time in them at all, your dogs will be barking by the time you take your boots off. First and foremost, your boots need to be comfortable when you’re wearing them.
- Try Before You Buy – It’s always a good idea to head into a store and try on some shoes in person so that you can see how they fit before you commit to buying them. Not all boots will fit the same, so you may have to go up or down half a size depending on the brand, which again stresses the importance of trying a boot on before buying. Although many online stores allow returns, there’s a possibility that you’ll have to pay shipping and restocking fees, and you may be more likely to keep a pair that doesn’t fit quite right because returning them seems like a hassle. Our advice is to buy from a place where your boot can be professionally fitted before you buy.
- Read Reviews – Take a moment to do a quick Google search for the specific type of boot you are considering buying. See what others who have already bought the boot have to say. Also take a look at what some of the most frequent complaints are about the boot to get a better understanding of whether or not someone else’s issue may become a problem for you. We advise only buying boots that are well reviewed.
- Avoid Pointy Toes – Some boots have a pretty rounded toe area, while others come to a pretty abrupt point. Beware of the pointy toed shoes, as they can force your toes into an unnatural position and put significant stress on your big toe joint. These types of boots can greatly increase your risk of developing bunions or hammertoes, so make sure that your toes have plenty of room to lay forward and flat in whatever type of boot you buy.
- Break Them In Slowly – After you’ve bought your boots, break them in over the course of a few days or weeks. New boots can put additional stress on different muscle groups in your feet, and that can lead to injury if you go from never wearing boots to wearing them for an entire bachelorette party weekend in Nashville. Wear your boots around the house or in short stints when you are outside so that your feet get used to them before you need to wear them for an extended period.
We’d be happy to provide more individualized advice depending on the type of boot you’re interested in, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. And if you need help with a foot or ankle issue, give Dr. McDonald and his team a call today at (860) 244-8889.