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Okay for a cheaper boot
January 2, 2019
I was willing to pay up to $200 CDN for a good pair of women's winter boots that actually fit. I was in desperate need of a winter boot that would keep snow out, as my 10+ year old Icebugs are literally falling apart and I was resorting to gluing them back together. More than half the boots I've ordered and tried are too narrow and fit like children's sizes despite supposedly being for adult women. I couldn't find anything that worked for me, so I'm going with these cheaper boots by Kamik until I can find my dream boots again.
PROS: They fit comfortably, keep the snow out of my socks and stay dry, and look decently feminine. They have better traction than a pure fashion boot or running shoe.
CONS: They do not have the best traction and will slip on ice. They do not keep the cold out (it was -10 C air temp when I went out) over a longer period of time. If you are walking on ice or snow for a while you will start feeling the cold coming up through the sole, even when being active and wearing wool ski socks. Do not count on these for doing winter sports or for giving you traction on slippery sidewalks. They are not rubber boots meant for walking in deep puddles, but you could walk through shallow slush or a puddle and stay dry. They are certainly not as warm as they claim.
They also have a design flaw in the heel. Where the soft part of the boot meets the hard bottom there is a harder piece of suede the back of the heel that can start jutting inward if the soft part starts slouching down. If it does that it will start poking you in the heel/bottom of your calf until you pull your boots back.
Other notes: It's easy to get these on and off. There are no ties, only a drawstring. If you leave them loose you can slip them on and off. I like to tighten them. The stretchy rope can be pulled pretty tight and that will leave you with about a foot of excess stretchy rope which is best tucked in. It's kind of annoying with the string flapping around. I would have preferred a regular tie up boot.
I'm keeping these because I'm tired of looking for something that fits.