Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best women’s winter boots with arch support.
Are you looking for a pair of supportive and waterproof boots to wear during the winter season? In addition, are you flat-footed and need the boots to provide extra support to your feet? If you are experiencing overpronation as well as foot and leg pain from having flat feet, you should be aware that the shoes you buy play a key role in keeping your feet and legs healthy!
I have been working at a specialized shoe store for over 10 years where we evaluate women with foot issues and “complicated” foot shapes. I have helped hundreds of women find the correct type of shoes. Over the years I became familiar with the best women’s winter boots with arch support.
It is a fact that snow boots and rain boots don’t provide any type of arch or ankle support. The only type of boots that I know provide arch and ankle support are hiking boots. So, if you live in an area where it gets really cold and it snows, you can always wear a pair of insulated, waterproof hiking boots (which will keep your feet dry and warm).
There is a small selection of insulated hiking boots that provide good arch support and help prevent foot and leg pain, allowing you to walk comfortably during the winter. I have fitted these types of boots on several women before and they told me how their pain was significantly reduced and in some cases fully eliminated.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best women’s winter boots with arch support, I want to first show you what features these boots will provide to your feet.
Give Your Feet the Right Support During the Winter Season!
When a woman is flat-footed, her feet tend to collapse every time she is standing or putting pressure on her feet. This will make her feet and legs turn in, which will lead to putting pressure on parts of her body where she is not supposed to. This has a direct impact on her walking gait and overall posture.
For example, if you buy a pair of supportive shoes that provide arch support, you will prevent your feet from collapsing and you can align your feet and legs, allowing yourself to walk and run straighter. Watch the before and after of a flat-footed woman standing barefoot and then standing in a pair of supportive sneakers:
Keep in mind that in certain cases (when a person has severe overpronation for example), you will need to fit an orthotic inside your shoes for extra support.
The great news is that, in case you need to, you will be able to fit an orthotic in all of the boots that I describe in this article since they are all available in wide and extra wide widths and come with extra depth, which means that you can fit the orthotic deeply inside the boots.
Why are the Boots I Recommend Effective for Women with Flat Feet?
I have fitted a small selection of boots that provide arch and ankle support, and they are great if you are planning to wear the boots for more than 5 hours a day.
These are the 6 most important features that the winter boots I recommend provide:
☑️ Supportive Outsole: The boots I recommend provide a substantial supportive outsole with arch support, which will help minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
☑️ Anke Support: The boots come with a firm heel counter that provides ankle support. If you are not sure about what the heel counter of the shoe is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:
☑️ Good Traction: The boots provide good traction that helps prevent you from slipping and falling, especially when walking around wet and slippery surfaces.
☑️ Extra Depth: The boots provide extra depth, meaning that if you need to fit an orthotic inside the boots for extra support, the orthotic will sit deeply inside the boot and it won’t raise your feet. This is a very important feature since deep shoes won’t give you the impression that your feet are coming out of the shoes every time you walk. In addition, this feature is also important for women who have high insteps.
☑️ Available in Wide (W) and Extra Wide Widths (X-Wide): The boots are available in wide widths, which allows you to fit an orthotic inside the boots and will guarantee to fit the shape of your foot, no matter how wide your feet are.
The good news is that we will find a pair of winter boots for you that provides all of these features and that is also available in your size!
Before I provide you with a selection of the best women’s winter boots with arch support, I want to make sure that you know your exact foot size. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know your exact foot length and whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. In addition, do you know whether you have a high instep or not?
I help women determine their exact foot size and shape from home. Take a look at the article below:
You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know your exact foot size to begin with. I will help you identify your exact foot length and whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I will also help you figure out whether you have a high instep or not.
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
So, now that you know more about which are the features a good supportive boot should provide and how to make sure that you are wearing the correct shoe size, you can find here a selection of the best women’s winter boots with arch support. These boots are also available in wide widths.
The Best Women’s Winter Boots with Arch Support ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Take a look at the description below each boot to check if that specific style can fit narrow, medium, or wide feet. Click on the image to see all the available colors that these hiking boots are available in.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below each boot to find out what boot size you should order.
All of the boots described above are also waterproof and insulated.
If you try any of these boots and decide you need more arch support I suggest that we fit an orthotic inside the boots. All of the boots I recommend provide extra depth which makes them ideal to fit an orthotic.
The orthotic needs to be made of a lower profile to fit inside the boots but provide excellent arch and heel support at the same time. Below is the most effective orthotic for women with flat feet:
If you happen to have a child that needs a pair of winter boots with arch support, I wrote an article where I describe the best winter boots with arch support for children and you can find it here:
You might also find it very helpful to know which are the best type of socks to wear with boots.
Which Are the Best Type of Socks to Wear with your Winter Boots?
I always emphasize the key role that socks play in maintaining your feet healthy since they act as a barrier between your feet and the shoes.
Moreover, socks prevent the formation of bacteria inside your shoes and help prevent your feet and shoes from getting smelly.
Sweaty feet are nothing to be ashamed of and it is something that has a very easy solution. However, I always explain to women how when our feet sweat a lot, this sweat goes in direct contact with the shoes, and this can lead to wearing down the shoes faster.
Since hiking boots don’t breathe as well as sneakers, it’s important to get a pair of socks that will allow your feet to breathe. The socks should also cover your ankles, that way the boot won’t rub against your ankles and create blisters.
If you need a good pair of breathable socks for you to wear with hiking boots, you can find the best type of socks that I have fitted before here. The socks described below are made of merino wool, an ultra-soft, naturally anti-microbial, breathable material.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to fit the shape of your feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it: email@example.com
Have you tried any of the boots styles that I recommend? I hope you find the article helpful and if you don’t seem to find a winter boot in your shoe size, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it!