During winter sports such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, there is a lot of high-speed forward motion, jumping, and rapid lateral movement involved in the sport. So, it is essential to have shoes that fit properly and can help absorb some of the pressure put on your feet and ankles as well as reducing the risk of injury.
When purchasing winter sports shoes it is helpful to go to a specialty store where the staff can measure your feet and recommend the appropriate size. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. If you are buying shoes for winter sports such as cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, or ice hockey, be sure to find shoes aren’t too tight. If the shoes are too tight they can cut off circulation or cause cuts and blisters; if they are too loose they can irritate your toes or lead to falls and sprains because of lack of support. These types of shoes should feel snug but not unbearable. Remember, you can use orthotics to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.
Be sure to pick out the right shoes this winter season before you go shredding the slopes!