Are you having a hard time finding a pair of snow boots that can properly support your flat feet and prevent pain? Do your flat feet cause you pain and limit the shoe choices that you can wear? Women with flat feet are very limited in the number of shoes that they can wear, as they need shoes to provide a certain amount of support and structure to prevent pain. When it comes to snow boots, the number of boots that they can wear is very limited, but the good news is that I will help you find them. I will show you a list of the best snow boots for women with flat feet in 2023 based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.
My Experience Fitting Shoes for Women with Flat Feet
I am a shoe fitter who has been fitting children’s and women’s shoes for over a decade. My shoe fitting experience started by fitting children’s shoes, but over the years I also became familiar with women’s shoes.
I have helped hundreds of women with flat feet find the perfect pair of shoes at the shoe store that I work for and virtually as well. The correct types of shoes can be life-changing, as they can significantly reduce and in some cases fully eliminate foot pain.
When it comes to snow boots it can be very tricky, as most boots tend to be heavy and have a rigid outsole that might make your feet unsupportive and tire easily.
Are Insulated Hiking Boots a Better Choice Compared to Snow Boots?
When it comes to women who have flat feet and experiencing pain, insulated hiking boots are a better choice in terms of support.
Most women don’t know that they can wear hiking boots as an alternative to snow boots for those really cold and snowy days. As long as the hiking boots are insulated and waterproof, you will be able to wear them in the snow.
Snow boots are often bulkier and heavier than regular hiking boots, and the main reason for this is that their outsoles are generally thick with deep treads to add increased traction in icy and snowy conditions. The material and interior that your winter boots are made of also play a role in how heavy they are. The hiking boots that I recommend provide an ultra-thin insulated interior to keep your feet supported and warm without adding any weight.
What Makes the Snow Boots that I Recommend a Good Choice for Flat Feet?
After having fitted and tested several different shoe brands and styles, I became familiar with the best snow boots for women with flat feet. Most of the snow boots that I recommend in this article are waterproof and insulated hiking boots that can be worn in the snow for long periods of time. Before I show you a list of these boots, I want to help you visualize what makes the snow boots that I recommend ideal for helping treat flat feet.
1️⃣ Supportive Outsoles
The snow boots that I recommend provide supportive outsoles to help support your feet without making them easily tired. Notice that the boot on the left has a more supportive/substantial outsole compared to the boot on the right.
2️⃣ Firm Heel Counters
The back part of the boots provides targeted cushion and support right below the heel area. Some women’s feet collapse from having flat feet, which means that their heels deviate from the midline.
3️⃣ Adjustable Closures
Some of the boots that I recommend have laces or buckles which will give you more control over fixed zips and pull-on styles. Laces or buckles will provide you with more security and stability, and will give you more control over how tight/loose you want the boots to feel.
Should Women with Flat Feet Wear Snow Boots?
Even though the snow boots that I recommend are the most supportive ones in the market, you should limit the wear to no longer than 4 hours a day. Women with flat feet should wear their everyday sneakers (walking/running shoes) for most of the day, as that’s the most supportive type of footwear that they can wear. If you are unsure whether you have a good pair of everyday sneakers I suggest that you take a look at the resource below:
The list of boots that I have put together showcases insulated hiking boots as well as snow boots. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best Snow Boots for Women with Flat Feet in 2023
Take a look at the description below each boot to check if that specific style can fit narrow, medium, or wide feet. You will also find out the additional features each boot provides and the size you should order to prevent your longest toe from rubbing against the front part of the boots.
Are You Unsure About Which Boot Will Work Best for Your Unique Foot Shape?
If you don’t know what snow boot to choose or can’t seem to find your correct size I suggest that you email me so I can send you specific boot recommendations:
Read this Before Ordering Your Shoes Online – Get the Full Support from Your Shoes
To get the full support that the boots have to offer you must wear them in the correct size. This means that you must wear the boots in the correct length and width.
Did you know that your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss? Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
Don’t insist on getting your shoes in a specific size simply because that has been the size that they always wore. I usually have to insist to women who visit the shoe store that they need to at least try the shoes in a different size to see how they feel.
If you have a good specialized local shoe store, make sure that you check it out to have your feet properly measured. If you don’t have a shoe store that you trust, you can take advantage of this awesome free resource that I created:
Can You Fit Your Orthotics Insoles the Boots I Recommended?
All of the boots that I recommended above are capable of accommodating your orthotics. Of course, it depends on what type of orthotic you were prescribed. If you wear 3/4 length or full length orthotics, you will most likely be able to fit them inside the boots. If you wear AFOs or SMOs, it’s highly likely that they won’t fit inside the boots.
If you don’t wear orthotics but believe that you might benefit from wearing them, there are two specific insoles that I recommend that provide excellent arch support. The insoles below can be easily fitted inside the boots.
Don’t forget to remove the original insoles of the boots before placing your orthotics/insoles inside the boots.
I hope you found this resource helpful! I want to emphasize that foot pain is not normal. It’s not normal for women to feel like they can’t walk from being in constant pain. Please let us know in the comments section below if you have found a specific boot or shoe that worked well in helping treat your flat feet.