The Best Winter Boots for Women with High Instep – Extra Deep, Waterproof, and Insulated!


Are you having a hard time finding a pair of winter boots to accommodate the shape of your high instep? Do you feel like every single pair of winter boots that you try feels too tight around the top of your feet (instep)? Women with high insteps have a really hard time finding winter boots that are deep enough to accommodate their foot shapes. The good news is that I have been fitting women’s shoes for many years, and I have put together a list of the best winter boots for women with high instep.

Finding a pair of winter boots for women with a high instep can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience since most boot brands tend to be too shallow. The instep is the bony top part of the foot:


If you have a high instep and decide to settle for any type of winter boot, you might end up with calluses and blisters on the top of your toes as well as red marks on the top of your feet. The constant pressure on the top of your feet will make your feet go numb.

This means that the most common problem of having a high instep is the continuous friction between the instep and the shoes. The other most common problem is the constant friction between the toes and the top part of the boots.

One of the most common mistakes that I see women make is to assume that boots that are labeled as wide (“W”, “EE”) will automatically fit the shape of their wide feet and instep. In addition to finding a winter boot that is available in wide widths, you need to find a winter boot that provides extra depth. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:


The issue is that most women’s shoes don’t come labeled as extra deep, and the only way to tell if a shoe provides these 2 features is by having tried or fitted the shoes before. This is when I come into play since I know exactly which winter boots are deeper than others.

Don’t settle for any winter boots thinking that they might stretch with time or that you will only wear them for a couple of hours and once in a while. It actually takes only a couple of wears in the wrong shoe size to develop foot issues such as blisters, calluses, or corns.

In addition to accommodating the shape of your high instep, the winter boots that I recommend provide the following features:

1️⃣ Fully Waterproof: This feature helps keep your feet dry when walking through rain or snow. You need to know the difference between boots that are water resistant or water friendly and waterproof boots. Boots that are water-resistant will keep your feet dry as long as you don’t step into a puddle.

2️⃣ Insulated: This feature helps keep your feet warm during cold or snow days.

3️⃣ Traction: This feature helps prevent women from slipping and falling, especially when walking through slippery surfaces.

4️⃣ Lightweight/Flexible: This feature helps prevent the feet and legs from easily getting tired.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best winter boots for women with wide feet and high instep.


I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before since that is the best way to tell the amount of support that the shoes provide, how durable they are, and most importantly how they fit.

The Best Winter Boots for Women with High Instep ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The winter boots below have been worn by hundreds of women with wide feet and high insteps, and they have reported being happy with how these boots accommodate their high insteps and keep their feet dry and warm at the same time. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases. 

Just like every woman is different, every foot is different, which means there is no such thing as a perfect shoe brand or shoe style that will work for everyone. While these boots have worked really well for many women with high insteps, there is no guarantee that they will work well for your feet. Our feet are like snowfalls, no two alike.

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

Winter boots that are too short can cramp your toes and make them overlap one another or rub against the side of the boots. On the other hand, winter boots that are too long will allow for too much foot movement inside the snow boots and create foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

To buy any of these winter boots in the correct size, you need to be 100% sure of your foot size first. I don’t want you to end up wasting time and money by having to return the boots.

Refer to the article below if you need assistance figuring out your exact foot size:

How to Measure Your Foot Shoe Size – The Most Simple and Effective Way!

If you are still unsure of what winter boot size to order or you have a foot condition that makes it harder to find shoes that fit, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will help you find them:

Do You Also Need a Pair of Everyday Sneakers?

If you also need a pair of everyday sneakers to accommodate your high insteps there is a different resource I created called:

Best Sneakers for Women with High Insteps – Prevent Pain on the Top of Your Feet!

Have you found another particular winter boot that has worked well in accommodating your high instep?  Please share your findings below so other women can benefit from your experiences.

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  1. I have been trying to find a stylish boot for my wife that is fashionable but wide enough for her feet. I am glad I came along this article. I also wanted to ask you whether you now which running shoes are good for women with high insteps?Thank you in advance.

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