And we’re back with part 2 in our discussion of the best winter boots for diabetics! You can find Part 1 of our discussion here, which focuses on winter boots for men. To recap, there are a couple of major differences that make diabetic winter boots different from normal boots which are the extra depth construction and removable insoles – standard features in diabetic footwear – allowing the use of prescription orthotics for a personalized fit.
Today, we’ll be focusing on diabetic winter boots for women. Standard features that winter boots need to have include a waterproof construction to keep feet dry and a heat retaining interior to keep feet warm; additional features that are of benefit are durable outsoles with aggressive tread patterns.
P.W. Minor Women’s Tribeca wins the competition! If you don’t mind spending a little more for a high quality boot, this is the go to choice because of its lightweight construction. These chukka boots have a waterproof, full grain leather upper to keep feet dry; it also has a Thinsulate lining for extra warmth and a Dri-Lex treatment to control odor and keep feet feeling fresh. The boot is available five different widths from Narrow (2A) all the way up to XX-Wide (4E) which is perfect for a variety of foot types. The full length insole helps to cushion each step and it can also be removed to use personal orthotics.
- Waterproof, full grain leather upper
- Thinsulate lining with Dri-Lex treatment</li
- Full length, removable insole with Dri-Lex cover</li
- Biomechanical rubber outsole that is slip resistant for everyday settings
Runner Up – Propet Women’s Madison Strap – $90
The Propet Madison Strap is a great winter boot for diabetics not only because of the price point at $90 but also because of the many features to keep feet feeling great during the winter season. The Sealtex waterproof construction keeps water from entering while the Vaporex lined insole helps to maintain a warm interior temperature. What’s also great is the extra volume construction that provides a deeper fit thanks to the removable insole and extra insole spacer. For people that have difficulty putting on boots, the adjustable hook-and-loop strap is perfect because it creates an extra large opening for easy on and off. The boot is also available as a lace-up.
- Nylon upper with Scotchgard treatment for salt resistance
- Hook and loop closure and faux shearling lining
- Sealtex Waterproof construction
- Extra Volume construction
- Removable, heat retaining Vaporex insole
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The Drew Glacier receives honorable mention as it’s created as a hiking/trail boot rather than strictly as a winter boot. It has a waterproof nubuck and textile upper and a waterproof lining, however now insulation to keep feet warm during the winter. The aggressive tread on the outsole provides excellent traction even on hard packed snow; added and double depth construction provides a very deep shoe to fit prescribed orthotics. The Drew Shoes Glacier is available in the Narrow (2A) width up to the X-Wide (3E) width.
- Waterproof nubuck and textile upper with waterproof lining
- Rubber outsole with aggressive tread pattern
- Firm heel counter
- Tempered steel shank
- Added and double depth with removable footbed and spacer
- Fits prescribed orthotics
This brings a conclusion to our review of the best diabetic winter boots for both men and women. I hope this two part series was informative and helps with future purchases.