If you need a new pair of boots, here are some factors you should take into consideration before buying them.
1. How long you want the boots to last
It's important to consider how long you need the boots to last, as this will help you to determine how much money you should spend on them.
If for example, you're going on a one-off trip, during which you will be doing quite a bit of hiking, but you don't plan on partaking in this activity when you return from your trip, then there is no point in spending a few hundred dollars on a high-end pair of hiking boots. In this situation, a pair of inexpensive, non-branded boots made from cheaper materials should suffice.
Conversely, if you need a pair of boots for your daily commute to and from your university or place of work, and plan to wear this footwear on a regular basis for the foreseeable future, then it might be worth purchasing higher-quality footwear, such as a pair of genuine Ugg boots, for example. The reason for this is that real Ugg boots are designed to stand the test of time, and will not lose their shape or become threadbare, even after several months of being worn on a regular basis.
In short, while they are a bit more costly than boots made by other brands, they are an excellent investment, and buying them will spare you the expense and inconvenience of having to replace your footwear a few months from now.
2. The climate of the area where you will be wearing the boots
It is also important to take the climate of the area in which you will be wearing the boots into consideration. The reason for this is that if the boots will mostly be worn in a very cold region, then they will not only need to be lined with a warm material but will also need to be roomy enough for you to fit into them while you are wearing thicker thermal socks.
Additionally, if you will be opting for calf or knee-high boots, you will also have to ensure that there is plenty of space in the upper part of the boot so that you can comfortably fit your legs into them while wearing thick leggings or jeans. If on the other hand, you will be wearing your new boots in a place with a warm climate, it's best to choose an unlined pair so that your feet do not perspire when you are wearing them.
Furthermore, you may also need to choose a pair made from a natural material, like leather, as this is a breathable fabric that will help to minimise foot perspiration.