With that in mind, here are five essential factors to look for if you’re thinking about picking up a pair of winter kicks.As far as protection from the weather, traditional sewing techniques result in a seam with small openings and cracks for water to seep through. Bonded seams, also known as sealed seams, results in a sealed connection between two fabrics. This is particularly useful with laminated waterproof fabrics, where the seams are sealed for 100% waterproofing.Waterproof fabrics sewn together will allow small amounts of water to creep through the seams, while bonded seams prevent this. Bonded seams can also reduce bulk and provide a much cleaner aesthetic.
A good winter sole consists of a healthy distribution of rubber and lugged treads which are capable of clawing through wet, slippery and icy ground without collecting dirt.There are plenty of effective options when it comes to winterized soles. Welted mountaineering boots, such as those from Diemme, typically use a rubber-composite sole (often from a third party specialist such as Vibram or XL), which is stitched to the upper with one of many welting techniques, the most popular choices being Goodyear, stitch-down or Norwegian welt.
Welting gives you the ability to simply pick the stitch to remove/replace a shoe’s outsole, so you can spend years working in the perfect leather upper and just replace the sole after it has worn out.Because of the shorter product lifetime of synthetics, the popular option for sneakerboots and modern winter performance shoes is to glue the outsole/midsole to the upper with waterproof adhesives.Originally used in wetsuits to regulate body temperature in cold waters, Neoprene has become a popular choice for in-socks, linings and shoe collars in today’s sneaker industry.