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Choosing the right footwear for different seasons is crucial for maintaining foot health and comfort. Summer and winter bring unique challenges for our feet, and selecting appropriate shoes can make a significant difference.

This article will guide you through essential tips for selecting the best walking shoes for summer and winter, ensuring your feet stay comfortable and healthy all year round.

Topic Key Points
Summer Walking Shoes Breathability, Lightweight Materials, Sandals, Wide Toe Box
Winter Walking Shoes Insulation, Waterproofing, Traction, Wide Fit Shoes

Let’s delve into the specific features and benefits of summer walking shoes.

Summer Walking Shoes

Breathability and Lightweight Materials

During the hot summer months, your feet can easily become sweaty and uncomfortable. To combat this, it’s essential to choose shoes that are breathable and made from lightweight materials. Mesh fabrics and ventilated designs help keep your feet cool and dry, preventing issues like athlete’s foot and blisters.

Sandals with Proper Support

Sandals are a popular choice for summer walking, but it’s important to select ones that provide adequate support. Look for sandals with cushioned footbeds and adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit. Brands like Apis and Orthofeet offer sandals that combine comfort and support, making them ideal for long summer walks.

Best Selling Sandals:

Men's Sandal | Drew Wander

Men's Sandal | Drew Wander
Get ready for summer adventures with the Drew Wander men's sandal, a versatile design crafted for all-day wear.
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Color:

Black, Brown

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Width:

D, 2E, 4E, 6E

Women's Sandal | TravelActiv™ Sport by Propet

Women's Sandal | TravelActiv™ Sport by Propet
The TravelActiv™ Sport by Propet is a women's triple adjustable strap comfort sandal.
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Color:

Black, Navy, Silver

Size:

6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12

Width:

AA, B, D, 2E, 4E

Wide Toe Box for Comfort

A wide toe box allows your toes to spread naturally, reducing the risk of blisters and bunions. Shoes with a wide toe box are particularly beneficial for those with foot conditions such as bunions or high insteps. For more options, explore our wide toe box shoe brands.

  • Breathable materials
  • Lightweight construction
  • Supportive sandals
  • Wide toe box

Breathable Summer Shoes:

Men's Athletic Shoe | Tour Knit

Men's Athletic Shoe | Tour Knit
The Tour Knit by Propet is perfect for those who spend long hours on their feet.

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Color:

Black, Dark Grey, Navy

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Width:

D, 2E, 3E, 5E

Men's FITec 9735-5L Walking Shoe

Men's FITec 9735-5L Walking Shoe
The 9735-6L is a men's athletic court shoe crafted with your comfort in mind.

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Color:

Grey

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E

Women's Casual Shoe | Propet TravelActiv Slip-On

Women's Casual Shoe | Propet TravelActiv Slip-On
Propet's latest travel shoe, the women's TravelActiv Slip-on, is the ultimate adventure companion, providing all-day comfort.

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Color:

Berry, Black, Black/White, Blue, Silver, White, Black Heather

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12

Width:

AA, B, D, 2E, 4E

Now that we’ve covered summer shoes, let’s move on to the essential features of winter walking shoes.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Seasonal Footwear
Climate Choose waterproof options for wet climates, breathable shoes for hot areas
Terrain Opt for shoes with good traction for uneven or slippery surfaces
Activity Level Select shoes with appropriate support for your walking intensity
Foot Type Consider arch support and width options for your specific foot needs
Comfort Prioritize shoes with cushioning and a comfortable fit
Durability Invest in high-quality materials for long-lasting wear

Winter Walking Shoes

Insulation for Warmth

Winter walking shoes need to keep your feet warm in cold conditions. Insulated shoes with materials like Thinsulate or shearling lining provide excellent warmth without adding bulk. These features ensure your feet remain comfortable and protected from the cold.

Waterproofing for Wet Conditions

Wet and snowy conditions require shoes that can keep your feet dry. Waterproof materials, such as Gore-Tex, are essential for preventing water from seeping into your shoes. This helps maintain foot health and prevents conditions like trench foot.

Traction for Icy Surfaces

Walking on icy or slippery surfaces can be hazardous. Shoes with good traction, such as those with rubber soles and deep treads, provide stability and prevent slips and falls. Brands like Drew and Propet offer winter shoes designed for optimal traction and safety.

  • Insulated materials
  • Waterproof construction
  • Enhanced traction

Boots and Winter Shoes:

Men's Waterproof Hiking Shoe | Vestrio

Men's Waterproof Hiking Shoe | Vestrio
The perfect lightweight waterproof men's hiking shoe for wet and muddy trails - the Vestrio by Propet.

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Pros:
  • Comfort and support: Features cushioned midsole and OrthoLite® insoles for shock absorption and arch support, reducing fatigue on hikes.
  • Waterproof: Seam-sealed waterproof bootie construction with suede and mesh upper keeps feet dry in wet conditions.
  • Traction: Vibram® Arctic Grip AT outsole with multi-directional lugs provides excellent grip on various terrains, including loose gravel, mud, and snowy or icy surfaces.
  • Protective features: Rubber toe cap and padded collar offer protection from trail hazards.
  • Durable construction: Combination of suede, mesh, and a rubber outsole ensures long-lasting performance.
  • Multiple widths: Available in medium, wide, and extra-wide (XX-Wide or 5E) to accommodate different foot shapes.
Cons:
  • Limited breathability: Waterproof bootie might not provide sufficient airflow in very hot weather, potentially causing sweaty feet.
  • Break-in period: The upper might require some time to soften up and conform to your foot shape.
  • Not ideal for very technical hikes: While the Vibram® sole offers good traction, the lower ankle cut might not provide enough support for extremely uneven terrain or scrambling.
Color:

Black, Blue, Orange

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Width:

D, 3E, 5E

Men's Waterproof Hiking Boot | Propet Ridge Walker

Men's Waterproof Hiking Boot | Propet Ridge Walker
Hit the trails in this classic waterproot hiking boot, the Ridge Walker by Propet.

BONUS Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
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Color:

Black, Brown, Grey, Tan

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Width:

D, E, 3E, 5E

Women's Waterproof Winter Boots | Dani Lace

Women's Waterproof Winter Boots | Dani Lace
Forget bulky winter boots and aching feet. The Propet Dani Lace Boots are a cozy escape for your soles and a stylish embrace for the chilliest days.
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Pros:
  • Comfortable and supportive: The faux shearling lining, Vaporex® insole system, and wide toe box make these boots comfortable for extended wear.
  • Stylish and versatile: The ankle-height boot and lace-up closure can be dressed up or down.
  • Waterproof and stain-resistant: The Scotchgard™-treated nylon upper helps keep your feet dry and clean.
  • Warm and cozy: The faux shearling lining provides warmth on chilly days.
  • Durable construction: The nylon upper and rubber outsole are designed to last.
Cons:
  • May not be ideal for hot weather: The leather upper and faux shearling lining may trap heat and make your feet sweat in warmer temperatures.
  • Break-in period: The leather upper may require some time to conform to your foot shape.
  • Not as supportive as some other boots: The boot is designed for comfort, not support for heavy backpacking trips.
Color:

Black, Bordo, Dark Grey

Size:

6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11

Width:

AA, B, D, 2E, 4E

As we look towards the final considerations for selecting the best shoes for both summer and winter, let’s explore additional tips for optimal foot health.

Year-Round Footwear Tips

Measuring Your Foot Size

Proper fit is crucial for both summer and winter footwear. Regularly measuring your foot size ensures you select the right shoe size, which can vary between brands and styles. For an accurate measurement, refer to our foot measurement guide.

How To Measure Foot Size

Importance of Inserts

Inserts can significantly enhance the comfort and support of your shoes. Heat moldable inserts, often provided with brands like Orthofeet, can be customized to fit the contours of your feet, offering personalized support. Check out our product category for inserts for more options.

Choosing Shoes for Specific Needs

Whether you have swollen feet, bunions, or require extra wide shoes, selecting footwear tailored to your needs is essential. Our comprehensive guide to wide shoes offers detailed information to help you make informed choices.

  • Measure your foot size regularly
  • Use inserts for added support
  • Select shoes tailored to specific foot conditions

Let’s wrap up with some final thoughts and a call to action to ensure your feet remain happy and healthy throughout the year.

Average Daily Steps by Season
7,500
Spring
9,000
Summer
8,000
Fall
6,000
Winter

Final Thoughts

Selecting the right walking shoes for different seasons is key to maintaining foot health and comfort. By choosing breathable and lightweight shoes for summer and insulated, waterproof shoes for winter, you can protect your feet from the elements and prevent common foot issues. Remember to measure your foot size regularly and use inserts for additional support, ensuring a perfect fit every time.

For any further questions or personalized advice, our Fitment Specialists are here to help.

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If you have any questions or need more information, don't hesitate to contact our Fitment Specialists. We're here to ensure your feet stay comfortable and healthy year-round. Happy feet are just a call away!

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