For many years I have lived in Canada where all snow and ice is treated with salt to make driving possible. A secondary effect of this is to make all walking areas awash with brine. Until last week, my approach to this this was to wear leather boots that soak up the brine, rot the leather, and make sure that your feet are both wet and cold. In a eureaka moment, I convinced Mrs. MEF to buy boots that have molded rubber bottoms - she cannot believe that it has taken this long to discover warm, dry feet during winter. In a fit of common sense, I did the same thing! Wow! It works - warm dry feet regardless of the winter weather. SO, why did this move take 50 years?????????
The boots sound very sensible indeed. Here on the West Coast of Canada we rarely get ice and snow or bitter weather like the rest of Canada. We need rubber boots to slosh through puddles, though, and we are so used to rain that we don't bother much with umbrellas for the usual "heavy mist" -- we save 'em for when it's really pelting down.
In the mild, damp, maritime climate of the UK, rubber boots are pretty much standard requirements.
Looking at my atlas it appears that theorectically I could be closer to the east coast of Canada than CAM. Now that's wierd.
When I wrote that I had taken to wearing winter boots with moulded rubber bottoms, I may have given the impression that I had merely bought wellies. Not so; here is a description of my weather conquering wonders:
- 5" high boot with waterproof nubuck or full grain leather upper.
- Seam-sealed waterproof construction.
- Gusseted tongue.
- Rustproof metal D-rings and nylon speed hooks.
- 200g Thermolite® keeps warmth in and wicks moisture away.
- Rated -25°F/-32°C.
- Heat reflection frost plug insole prevents cold from penetrating from the ground.
- Injection molded rubber shell with snowshoe binding lip provides lightweight, durable protection.
- Die-cut EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning.
- Non-marking Omni-Grip® rubber compound outsole with minimal-loading lug tread pattern provides increased traction and stability on slippery ice and packed snow conditions with minimal outsole loading.
Being ridiculously vain about what others may be thinking about my feet, I feel compelled to repeat CAM's query:
- "But are they cool?"
related page: They look sort of like this http://www.topsellingbrands.com/Shoes/L ... rown).html
They look quite cool. Much cooler than those black rubber boots with the red soles and the red ring around the top.
See the related page for boots that look something like the ones MEF has.
I don't think mine are as cool, but so far they have kept my feet dry and warm. Hurrah!
related page: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/1207712/c/4491.html
: They look quite cool. Much cooler than those black rubber boots
: with the red soles and the red ring around the top.
Hmmm, while these may look cool with jeans, I'm afraid that (on my stupid scale, anyway) they just wouldn't do under a dress-suit and coat. (But yes, they do look much cooler than gumboots.)
I had a pair of completely waterproof faux-leather dress boots that lasted for about 4 winters. (They looked sort of like those on the related page link) My feet were warm and dry until the boots got a puncture right near the end of the 4th winter, which was at its slushiest. Was I smart? Did I replace them? No. I returned to wearing my leather boots that are treated with mink oil to keep them waterproof. Vinegar wipes away any salt stains.
related page: Scary boots. http://www.pennangalan.co.uk/boots/All.html
Some of the boots on this related page look as though they keep one's entire leg dry. I assume the spikes are for extra grip in icy conditions.
Oh to be young and foolish again.
Well, if this is were you shop David, it must be murder to make a selection with all those cool styles to choose from! Myself, I think I would give the very practical looking "Ring Rubber Thigh Boot with Platform" a go.
related page: http://www.pennangalan.co.uk/boots/FW56.php
I'm not sure that the Ring Rubber Thigh Boot with Platform is as practical as it seems on first glance.
Cool, yes, but the concern is that the boot is not completely waterproof because of the fastening "via laces/D-Rings set into a patent leather strip at the front". That patent leather would crack in no time at the first introduction to salt and slush.
I think that David might be better off with the "Fantastic knee-high Storm Elevator" boot. Yes, it is patent leather as well, but 10cm platform should keep the foot high and dry - well away from the slush.