This winter I’ve amassed about 4 pairs of boots to add into my rotation, in hopes of keeping my feet warm and dry.
The first boot I bought was probably over the summer/fall. These were the Sperry Shipyard Rigger, the 3rd installment of Sperry shoes. I have the two pair of the original boat shoes right now, which I love. And I also have a pair of oxfords I got for a decent price which are way to big and have sadly lost there shape.
I picked up the Shipyard Rigger for a decent price, if I remember correctly, they’re an 8.5 and definitely run big, they’re super light, not exactly waterproof and are awesome white soled boots which get dirty really quickly. I think they provide good traction, with the siping and tread, have a great quick lace system and all around comfort. I have definitely put these through their respective paces, I hope I can continue to wear them, possibly thinking about getting them resoled for the right price if need be in the future, as all my walking has really taken a toll on the heels.
The next pair of boots are the classic LL Bean Boot. I had always heard good things about these and did not own a proper pair of snow boots. So after hearing of the quality of snow boots from Sorel and the Bean Boots, I decided to get the original American duck boot, backed by LL Bean’s outstanding warranty and customer service. I got the Thinsulate 8″ Boot. These run extremely big! I bought an 8(N) I can wear them with thick wool socks, not to much toe movement room. But they’re still pretty roomy. They are overall pretty comfortable and COMPLETELY waterproof. I purposely walk in puddles when I have these on. Unfortunately they haven’t seen as much snow as I’d like them too. But they seem to keep my feet dam warm to the point where my feet can get pretty sweaty after a long day with them on. They are perfect for the rain and snow, and ever since I’ve got mine I’ve been seeing just about everybody wearing them. Coincidence… I think not! I only wish that these had a quick lace system.. oh well. I plan to have these for a couple more decades if they live up to their reputation.
The last pair I bought on a whim after I had seen the low version at a store. These are the North Face Back to Berkeley Boot 68. These are also completely waterproof, really comfortable with these awesome ortholite insoles that come with them and provide great traction. The purple stars on the bottom freeze and get hard when it’s cold enough to gain more traction. I bought these on eBay for a pretty good deal, they were apparently to small for the original owner and he wanted them off his hands. Got a 9.5 and they fit like a glove. They came brand new in the box, but there’s a slight discoloration on them if you look closely. Came with a pair of purple laces and grey laces. My only complaint is the quick lace system has a hard time with the fat laces.
Last but not least, I cannot neglect my trusty Clarks Desert Boots. I think I’ve had these for maybe a year or two. I used to wear these about everyday and I’m falling in love with them again. I am highly interested in getting these resoled and am deciding what I should I do. And then recently my dad gave me a pair of his desert boots he barely wore because he didn’t like the way they fit. Mine are the Oakwood Suede. The ones I’ve acquired, which are basically like brand new, are a lighter color, Sand suede. On my wish list are the Beeswax Leather desert boots, I would love to have those. Desert boots are a classic piece of footwear, I always get compliments on mine.