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Earlier this year, we published a blog post discussing favorite summer footwear options. It got a fairly good response. But now, with Halloween come and gone, thoughts turn to winter. So it’s only reasonable that we follow up that earlier post with a new one discussing favorite winter footwear options.

This post might be a bit more challenging for the simple fact that there are certain parts of the country that don’t see much by way of cold temperatures, snow, ice, etc. Nonetheless, we will press on. As you read, bear in mind that ShoeFresh is a foot deodorizer and shoe odor remover that works with virtually any type of shoe.

1. Insulated Boots

A core group of consumers in the Northeast and Northern Plains states swear by their insulated boots. Insulated boots are the favorite winter footwear option from early December through mid-March. Not getting caught without them is a priority for people who prefer them over all other choices.

Insulated boots are fantastic for lots of reasons. It goes without saying that the insulation helps keep feet warm on those brutally cold days. In addition, insulated winter boots tend to be waterproof. That is a crucial factor in keeping your feet warm and dry.

2. Combat and Hiking Boots

As long as we’re talking boots, two more popular options during the winter months are combat and hiking boots. Combat boots are those black leather boots styled after military footwear. They aren’t insulated, but they do tend to be waterproof. They are almost always made with black leather.

Hiking boots tend to be leather as well. However, they may or may not be waterproof off the shelf. Hiking boots tend to have rugged souls, built-in ankle support, and a combination of eyelets and hooks that keep the laces tight.

3. Bulky Sneakers

If boots aren’t your thing, maybe you are a fan of the old-fashioned sneaker. During the winter months, sneaker fans tend to turn to their bulkier sneakers rather than wearing those thinner running shoes. Bulky sneakers are a bit thicker and warmer. They tend to offer thicker soles as well.

This may be the best choice if you spend a lot of time walking downtown but you don’t like the extra weight that comes with boots. Sneakers still let you lift your feet effortlessly with every stride. But beware. They are not waterproof.

4. Deck Shoes (in the South)

We cannot forget readers in the Southern states. They may have no need for insulated boots or heavy sneakers. Still, winter weather is a bit cooler. December through the end of February is perfect for a classic pair of deck shoes and ankle socks. No worries. You’ll be able to break the flip-flops back out while your friends in the North are still wearing their boots.

5. Sandals and Flip-Flops (also in the South)

We wrap up with those readers in the South who never cover their feet completely. Even during the coolest parts of the winter, their footwear consists of nothing more than a good pair of sandals or flip-flops. Kudos to you. We are happy for you; that you live in a place where you don’t have to worry about the snow and cold.

Regardless of your preferred winter footwear, always remember that shoe odor problems do not take a break when temperatures turn cooler. In fact, some people with shoe odor problems notice they get worse with the cold. Your shoe odor problems don’t have to ruin your winter though. Invest in a good foot odor spray¬†and you’ll be ready to go.