Boots have been around for a lot longer than you might think. Research into Ancient Greece has revealed buskins, which were a type of boot worn throughout much of the Mediterranean region. The most famous users were Greek actors.

Though buskins are a thing of the past, boots are still going strong, and they're still being used for several different purposes. Some are designed to work year-round in almost any climate.

We are proud to design walking boots that can stand up to tough conditions and help relieve pain in your feet. We'll talk about what to look for in the best boots in this article.

1. Full Grain Leather

Leather is often thought of as a uniform material, but there are actually a few different kinds of leather, and they differ in how they're made and what part of the leather they're made from.

Some leathers are made from the inner layers of an animal's hide. These layers are used for insulation and tend to make for more comfortable layers. As important as comfortable walking boots are, it's often best to have something a bit tougher.

Full-grain uses every layer of the leather, which ensures that it can stand up to the elements.

Walking boots often use full-grain leather because walking and hiking often takes place in forests or other natural environments.

2. The Size

A more obvious factor to consider is the boot's size. Wandering around in the wrong-sized boots is bound to be quite uncomfortable.

They also put you at risk of injury. A boot which hangs loosely off your foot could move awkwardly and cause you to hurt your ankle.

Boots that are too small come with their own set of risks. These include hammertoes, a condition that affects your joints and sets your toes at a permanent bend, and bunions.

There's also the issue of pests to deal with. Many hiking trails are home to ticks, fleas, and similar things. Wearing taller bots, always with protective socks, might help with that a bit.

The good news is that we make boots specially designed for these conditions and many others. Better yet, if your boots aren't right for you, we'll be more than happy to do what we can, because we pride ourselves on putting our customers' comfort first

3. Midsole and Shanks

Shanks and midsoles of shoes don't get talked about a lot, but they're important when walking or hiking.

They make up a few layers on the underside of the shoe, and their purpose is to act as a shock absorber. Anybody who's ever stepped on a rock knows the importance of that.

This is especially true for hiking boots. You'll need something with shock absorption and traction when dealing with water, ice and snow.

What Makes for Good Year-Round Boots?

Finding the right boots for any season can be hard when you're first starting out. It's easy to miss things if you aren't sure what you're looking for.

We're here to help. Whether you need an orthopedic boot or just a boot, there are a few things to look into. We've talked about a few of them in this article, but you might want to look at our site to learn more about boots built for lasting comfort and therapeutic footwear.

Feel free to read more about us while you're there. 

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