New England Winters and The Shoes We Wear.

We were in shorts and golfing on Christmas Day.  Then a snow storm a week later.  Then it turned warm during the day and freezing rain at night.  Now it is just bitter cold.  Welcome to New England Winters!  We have sun, rain, clouds, and 36 different types of snow.  So how do you prepare for winter?

Me personally, I have a really good set of winter boots, they are fully waterproof, and have 1200 grams of Thinsulate insulation.  They are super warm and keep my feet nice and cozy.  They are a pain to get on and off, and yes I don’t  want to go run a marathon in them because my feet would be on fire.  When I’m out in the cold and for sure out in the snow you can’t beat them.

Sometimes you have to dress up for an event in the winter so you put on your dress shoes.  How long does it take for your feet to get cold?  2 minutes?  Ever stepped on an area of packed snow and slipped 5 feet?  If you are a gym goer during the winter and wear sneakers, have you ever had to run back out to the car in a snow storm and bit it?  Most of the time you are just trying to keep your feet warm, or get into that warm car, or get into those warm slippers in your warm house and keep those toes warm.

All that being said, let’s say you live in New England and worked outside all winter.  If you could only pick ONE pair of shoes what would they be?

I know that I would pick my waterproof, insulated, winter boots.  Yeah for the most part I may not need the crazy insulation, or that they are water proof, but if I had to be outside in one of our 20 degree sleet storms I would definitely want those boots!

So why in New England do people insist on not putting winter boots (Snow Tires) on their cars?  They keep their dress shoes (All Season Tires) on, which are fine when there are clear roads it a sunny warm day.  Would you want to walk home in a crazy snow storm in those dress shoes?  Then even worse some people keep their sneakers on (High Performance Summer Tires), which have no grip or insulation.

Here come all the people who own Trucks, SUVs, Crossovers, Wagons, 4x4’s, AWD’s, and 4WD’s, well I have no problem getting through the snow.  We know that you can all get your vehicles going even with your dress shoes on, but what stops your car, truck, or SUV?  If you said brakes that would be wrong!  The brakes only stop the tires, which are the only 4 points touching the road.  Do yourself a favor get yourself a set of winter boots for even those vehicles,  you'll see how much more comfortable and safe you are in our New England winters.

If you have any questions about snow tires, which ones, to purchase, why you need them, what are the best brands, etc. please feel free to contact me at andrew@ftbrgarage.com

Thank you for reading!



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  • Court says...

    Love this blog post!!

    January 14, 2016

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