Finding the perfect pair of boots is like winning the lottery. If you can score a pair that not only looks elevated but is also insanely comfortable, you will have no problem wearing them every day. Since we are no experts on the matter, we decided to reach out to people who actually are—podiatrists! From the correct heel height to details you might not normally pay attention to while shopping for that perfect pair, these foot doctors give you the lowdown on the qualities to look for.
Keep scrolling to see doctors' tips and shop ankle boots that are sure to look and feel amazing!
“Boots with a heel that is wider and less than two inches is ideal, as it provides the most stability.” — Dr. Bobby Pourziaee, podiatrist and owner of Rodeo Drive Podiatry & The Spa on Rodeo
“The higher the heel, the more unstable the ankle will become, which will lead to more ankle injuries.” — Dr. Sean S. Ravaei, podiatrist at 866-866-FEET
“Choose a boot with a firm heel counter. Just because the fabric covers your ankle doesn’t necessarily mean it provides adequate support.” — Dr. Pourziaee
“Make sure the fabric around your ankle isn’t too tight. As the day goes on, your ankles swell, and if that area is too snug, numbness and pain of the ankle and foot can occur.” — Dr. Ravaei
“Buy boots that are wide enough for a comfortable fit to prevent blisters and corns.” — Dr. Pourziaee
“Try on boots with the socks or stockings you are planning on wearing with them to ensure proper fit. Also, shop for shoes at the end of the day. Feet tend to swell throughout the day, and it’s best to try on shoes while your feet are in that state.” — Dr. Pourziaee
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