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Last Update: November 21, 2016
 

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Winter Boot Report

Winter boots are a must when ice and snow are a part of life during the colder months.  Like dress boots and booties, shopping for more practical warm footwear in larger sizes can be challenging.  On-line opens up many more possibilities, but hard-to-find sizes can sell out very quickly even there.  The record breaking snowstorms in the Northeast during 2014 - 2015 have many hard-to-fit, curvy fashionistas boot buying in preparation for the upcoming season as early as August and September.  Women living in cold northern climates such a Minneapolis, Chicago, and Madison have long known that early shopping is essential.

Characterized by good treads on the sole, insulated interiors, and waterproof exteriors some of these boots can be large and clunky but the advances in modern materials often make them much lighter to wear than they look.  Sprays and wax treatments can be used to enhance both the ability to repel salt and stains, and further water proof leather, suede, and textile boots.   Many plastic based synthetics do not need further treatment. 

This is the time of year when practicality often trumps style, and even so many women do love the look.  Currently, trends are playing with fun boot socks, cuffs, and leg warmers to turn winter boots into personal style statements.

 

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17.75" Calf
Women's Size 7 - 12 W

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Men's Size 7 - 15 M, W

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Women's Size 6 - 10 M, W

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Women's
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Those with wider calves and ankles have several tricks at their disposal in this shopping category.  First, lace up styles can add much needed inches in spots, adjusting for perfect fits.   For those that need just a little bit of extra room compared to norm, this can be the perfect solution. 

Wide and extra wide foot sizes will usually give more ankle width, but calf widths sometimes do not increase. Those with that problem spot should either look for measurements in the product listing, or consider men's boots as an alternative.  Since many winter boot styles are unisex, shopping the men's department simply means understanding size conversions between men's and women's shoes. 

 

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Women's Size 7.5 - 10 W

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Women's Size 4 - 12 M, W

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Women's Size 5 - 12 M, W

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Women's Size 5 - 12 M, W, WW


Men's (Unisex) vs. Women's Boot Sizing

Men's boots are generally constructed with a wider ankle and boot shaft than women's, and men's medium foot width usually equals a women's wide or D width.  A men's wide will equal a women's extra wide (EE), and so on and so forth.

European and UK widths tend to fall closer to men's medium C/D, and are a good option for those with wider feet.  Others may simply want to add a thick sock for extra warmth. 

The conversion table below should help. It includes the most common sizing seen on-line at American retailers: European Unisex sizing, UK sizing,  and North American sizing for men and women.
 

Europe (Unisex) 35 35½ 36 37 37½ 38 38½ 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46½ 48½ Europe

                     Average Width = C / D Width, Italian Sizes run Narrow

U.K. M 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13½ U.K. M
W 3 4 5 6 7 8 10½ 11½ 13 U.K. W
U.S. & Canada M 4 5 6 7 8 9 10½ 11½ 12½ 14 U.S. & Canada M

Men's Medium = C / D Width

W 5 6 7 8 9 10 10.5 12 13 14 15.5 U.S. & Canada W

Women's Medium = B Width

 

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Women's Size 5 - 11 M

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Internet Shopping Resources for Wide-Width & Plus-Size Boots and Booties

Many of the large plus specialty chain retailers have begun carrying women's wide width shoes to complement their full-figured fashion.  They will also often finish their size range in either a 12 or 13 women's in order to accommodate specialty customer sizing needs as well.  The winter boot selection is often small, but this can be a good resource for those looking for trendy, moderately priced options in hard-to-find sizes.  The best selections tend to be with Torrid and Lane Bryant.

 Sierra Trading Post is another excellent resource for outdoor sports styles with higher quality brands at discount and limited overstock pricing.  The men's / unisex selection will be more useful for those needing wider or larger calved boots, but occasionally wide widths do appear in the women's department.

 

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The big on-line shoe specialists such as Shoe Buy have the deepest inventory of brands in a large variety of sizes.  Here is where shoppers can reliably find many of the most popular brands such as Dr. Martens, Merrell, UGG, Timberland, Bearpaw, Propet, David Tate, and many more.  Zappos carries these, in addition to some of the much harder to find European, UK, and Canadian boot specialist and higher end designer winter boot brands.  Inventories at all of these can be overwhelmingly large, but the search tools are top notch helping customers sort through easily to find the appropriate sizes and styles that fit their needs.
 

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Size 6 - 12 M, W

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Size 5 - 10 M, W

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Women's Size 6 - 9 M, W

 

Home shopping network QVC also carries a large inventory of women's shoes and boots.  Not only do they offer extended sizes from many well known brands, they are very popular with those looking for extended, pay over time payment plans that don't require layaway.  Easy pay plans are available for many brands and styles, although not all, and specials come and go. This is a plus for those needing to prepare for bad weather now who might not have enough to make the purchase until later or would otherwise need to wait for clearance sales.

Of the department stores Nordstrom is the go-to source for hard-to-fit feet.  If a designer makes extended sizes, they are the most likely to carry it.  Their early business was as a shoe retailer focused on customer service and they've never forgotten their roots.   The deepest and trendiest winter boot selection is at Macy's, but wider widths and extended sizing is much more rare there.

 

 

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