The ABC of winter shoe soles and how to choose warm and stylish shoes.
The best way to beat the cold is to make sure you have the proper footwear beforehand. We also draw your attention to some essential aspects that will help you make the right choice of winter footwear from the Dolita collections:
- the sole;
- the external and internal materials of footwear;
- the constructions and design.
When choosing footwear online, pay attention to the size you choose. Models with fur inside are often made smaller. Some were tailored exclusively for Dolita for our winter weather! DOLITA presents the most popular fur models every season.
And we also want to remind you of an important rule! Do not dry wet shoes on or near radiators. Dry at room temperature and use natural wood clogs, which will absorb moisture and keep the shoe's shape.
The material of the sole is essential for winter footwear. Winter shoe soles: treads, next-generation BASF's elastopan® and SUPERGRIP, rubber foam, crepe rubber, Vibram and St.Moritz.
Soles with treads
One of the most important aspects when choosing footwear for cold weather is the sole. Often, the sole of the shoe is the highlight. Its lightness gives freedom of movement. Rubber foam soles are not only lightweight but also provide shock absorption and thermoregulation. Warm + comfortable + stylish!
This type of footwear is probably the most suitable for winter, not only because of its physical properties but also because of the sole's excellent grip. With time and innovative technology, the heavy, massive sole has evolved and transformed. Therefore, traction and resistance to abrasion, frost, and moisture are the most critical features of treaded shoes! Protect your feet! Comfort and design have become vital challenges for footwear designers to change the original look of stout militaristic footwear without changing the essential functions and features.
Winter footwear with this sole:
- prevents slipping due to its excellent adhesion to the surface;
- guarantees comfort and thermal properties;
- guarantees durability.
The next generation of soles! Perfect for our winter weather!
The Jog Dog brand offers the next generation of soles. The soles protect even as low as –30 °C! They protect not only against slipping and sliding but also other environmental factors such as salts, acids, oils, or other corrosive substances. They have been very welcome and popular with customers for many seasons.
These soles are used not only in everyday footwear but also in boots for winter expeditions. And that's one indicator that you'll feel like you're on warm seaside sand in winter.
Winter footwear with this sole:
- protects even at temperatures as low as –30 °C;
- it's ultra-light and durable sole;
- the sole helps absorb the shock of walking, which is crucial for all our joints;
- has ideal thermoregulatory properties, so your feet will always stay dry.
Footwear with light rubber soles
EVA or EXTRA LIGHT — a flexible, soft sole made with a unique technology that reduces rebound, cushioning, and stress on the feet.
This type of sole:
- ensures moisture resistance;
- provides stability;
- ensures maximum comfort;
- guarantees warmth;
- guarantees resistance to friction;
- is extremely stylish!
Crepe rubber soles
South American Indians dried the sap of the rubber tree and used it in a very familiar way: they made huge balls and played with them for fun. This was the original use of rubber.
The Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea) is native to South America, the Amazon region and South-East Asia. The bark of the Brazilian rubber tree secretes a white liquid called latex. It is processed to produce natural rubber.
This type of recycled rubber becomes the product used to make vulcanized crepe rubber soles. Crepe rubber footwear not only has unique physical properties such as friction resistance, hydrophobicity, or thermoregulation but is also highly stylish and resistant to changing trends and times.
Comfort and quality. Footwear with a crepe rubber sole offers comfort by distributing the weight evenly over the exposed surface area so it doesn't put a strain on your foot and reduces the feeling of fatigue. The rubber soles are made of vulcanized rubber and plasticizers, making them resistant to temperature variations and abrasion.
Initially, this type of sole was used only for mountaineering shoes. Later, this type of sole was used for mountaineering footwear and the design and manufacture of winter and water sport, fishing, running, and casual footwear. And for some time now, it has been rapidly being used by designers in footwear design, not only because of the technological properties of these soles but also because it is possible to create uniquely designed soles using moulded sole technology. This sole is a guarantee of durability and quality.
Benefits of Vibram soles:
- 100% resistance to friction and impact;
- resistance to cold and temperature changes (rain, snow, ice, etc.);
- traction (anti-slip);
EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL MATERIALS OF FOOTWEAR
Choose footwear made of sustainable but not strictly thick leather. Most of them have been soaked in oil, giving them an additional layer of impregnation. Don't be afraid of technical nylon and textiles, either. Their technical properties are often compared to leather!
FOOTWEAR WITH WOOL OR FUR
Sheepskin has excellent cold resistance as low as –30 °C! It is one of the best heat-retaining materials. It warms at shallow temperatures and prevents overheating at high temperatures. Sheepskin is excellent at absorbing and evaporating moisture. Most sheepskins are coated with lanolin, which protects against bacteria and soothes our skin.
We don't think it's necessary to harp on and on about how fur-lined footwear is ideal for our winter weather. Fur has always been used to protect against the cold. It is the oldest means of protection used even in the harshest parts of the world.
This is particularly important in times of high humidity or direct precipitation. Italians use tried-and-tested shoe-making techniques combined with innovative ideas and design solutions. Here it is vital to pay attention to the seams. Even the warmest and thickest layer of fur may not keep your feet warm if the sole is not sewn with monofilament nylon stitching. Only a well-made shoe with strong seams will guarantee resistance to the cold. And with fur or insulation inside, it's the perfect option for our winter weather.
Ultra-warm footwear with fur inside that is also stylish?! It is an oxymoron, often applied to winter footwear for men and women. Designer footwear, modern materials and production technologies make warm footwear high-quality, lightweight, durable and highly fashionable.
Welcome winter in style and warmth with DOLITA footwear!
Unique design and quality are part and parcel of Italian shoemaking. All you need to feel warm and stylish is our range of winter footwear.
Choose the warmest and the most stylish styles.