Have you experienced any winter injuries so far? If so, were they enough to teach you a good lesson?
I know I had my fair share of misfortunes, but now I’m as precatious as ever.
Here’s the outcome of one of my mishaps, and what I’ve learned from it:
About four years ago as I was departing from my friend Morty’s place, just a few days before Christmas, he gave me the old “break a leg” saying to make sure I reach home in one piece.
My spouse, Patricia, and I were striding home through the biting cold of December.
We didn’t drive the car that night because a fresh layer of glazed frost spread all across the road.
I thought that walking on the sidewalk was the only viable option for us.
But, as we were having a heated debate about what we should be dining on Christmas, I slipped on the frozen alley and fell away from my wife’s gentle grasp.
I didn’t experience any injuries besides twisting my ankle, but the pain was excruciating.
I grabbed and squeezed my feet, and gave out a painful shriek.
My ankle turned the color and size of a turnip.
I was unable to move for the next week, and Christmas caught me stranded in bed.
It took about three weeks for the injury to heal, and for all this time, I had missed most of the holiday activities with my family and friends.
My mood was wrecked, but I soon got over it.
I had plenty of time to contemplate my misfortune, and soon realized what I did wrong that night.
I was in the WRONG footwear.
The outer sole of my boots was not fit to walk on the glazing sidewalk.
If I had known this earlier, it would have saved me a lot of trouble…
The only comforting thought is that I’ve learned useful lessons regarding my winter boots outfit.
First of all, you should never walk in shoes with leather outsoles during winter, not unless you’re driving to work in them.
If you cannot drop your classy office shoes in favor of a more winter-fitted footwear, you can always carry both pairs with you and equip them whenever the need arises.
Your car is more than suited to carry an extra pair of shoes. Remember that it’s best being cautious than sorry.
The second thing you’ll want to look at is if your shoe’s outer layer covers your ankle.
Most winter footwear cover this feature, but some people prefer wearing lighter shoes that don’t wrap your ankle.
Remember that this feature alone might save you some pain and keep your socks dry for a longer period.
You can find appropriate office footwear that covers your ankle and still remain classy.
You should opt for a rubber outsole to maintain the best grip on ice and snow.
As for the workplace, you can find great blends of rubber and leather outsoles.
You must always consider the pattern of the outsole.
While most winter models work well, make sure to avoid straight rubber soles, or else you’ll risk turning your shoes into sleds when on ice.
It’s true that rubber soles work well on frozen surfaces, but only if they’re dry.
If you live in an area where silver thaw forms often during winter, you might want to go the extra mile and buy some “arctic grip” footwear.
This is basically an enhanced rubber sole that promises to carry you safely on wet and icy surfaces.
Winter tires inspire the technology behind it, and it will offer you the extra grip, as they promise to stick on wet ice like nothing you’ve seen so far.
Another good thing about “arctic grip” is that it can be used on all footwear.
If you have plenty of boots for winter, you might even consider applying this special feature to your shoes with blunt soles.
This way you can keep your comfy shoes on and feel extra safe with the arctic grip.
I advise you to wear leather with waterproof coating instead of suede leather or textile material.
It will keep your feet dry and warm.
Last but not least, you’ll need an interior lining to do well in sub-zero conditions. It’s up to you to pick the appropriate inner lining.
While some boots have very light cloth liners to keep away moisture, others have animal fleece or synthetic padding for extra insulation.
I prefer going with lighter insulation to prevent my feet from sweating.
Whatever you’ll choose this winter, make sure it fits your style and needs.
Don’t attempt to walk in a winter environment while you’re inappropriately equipped!
Learn from mistakes made by others instead of mistaking yourself.
I promise you that you’ll save lots of trouble and pain this way.
If you’ve fallen victim to winter because of your footwear, I would enjoy knowing your story and the valuable lesson you’ve drawn from it.
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