Really really comfy boots for winter?

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minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 12:34:52

Hi all! Hoping to pick the collective MN brain once again.

I'm due to have DC1 in early December and am anticipating lots of long wintertime walks with pram.

I need some really comfortable boots to wear, mainly with skirts and black opaque tights.

My wishlist:
- Won't leak in the rain
- Leather or suede (prefer suede, but only if it stands up to the weather)
- Probably black to blend with tights, but will consider dark browns if lovely
- Knee length or ankle length best as I have quite short and chunky calves and would prefer to avoid being cut off mid calf
- Maybe a tiny heel for a bit of a height boost, but comfort is more important
- Warm - maybe sheepskin lined?

But the main thing is they need to be super comfortable.

I quite like the look of these Broome III by Ugg but don't know if they would be comfy, and they are vair vair expensive. And do they just look like wellies?

Any suggestions very welcome!

Hopefully Fri 05-Oct-12 12:39:47

I tend to buy a pair of Clarks slouchy boots every couple of years, usually in grey or brown suede. They seem to last really well and survive the hours of walking I do with the DCs every day. I have the Majorca Villa ones this year (classy name too...)

janek Fri 05-Oct-12 12:51:31

Merrell 'lifestyle' boots. Warm, waterproof, stylish, comfy, good.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 12:55:37

thanks! Will have a look at both.

grin at Merrell, I have my eye on a Wakefield coat so could end up pretty much sponsored by Merrell at this rate

janek Fri 05-Oct-12 12:58:48

The same thing happened to me two winters ago - i now have a merrell haven and some merrell boots, the name currently escapes me. I've never been so warm! Even dp noticed i was much more willing to go to the off licence than i've ever been before. School run in the rain? No problem for me!

In summary, mumsnet made me do it.

dexter73 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:03:46

I have just ordered these in brown for £45. They are always being recommended on here so I thought I would be foolish not to buy them!

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:03:56

Oh warmth, warmth. I am always slightly too cold, sounds like Merrell may be my lifesaver.

I can't find any called "lifestyle" but there are these called Chardonel and these called Captiva

what do we think? I like the fittedness of the Captiva (more flattering on my short and slightly chunky legs) but I like the suede and warm lining of the Chardonel...

Will all Merrell boots definitely be comfy, as I won't be able to try them on before ordering?

off to look at Clarks...

Lottapianos Fri 05-Oct-12 13:07:35

Clarks are dead comfy OP. I bought a pair of their 'Unstructured' boots three years ago and have worn them practically every day for 7 months of the year. They are light but sturdy, so comfy and still going strong after all that wear.

janek Fri 05-Oct-12 13:07:46

I don't think you'll regret your decision dexter.

Mine are tempest high, they are brilliant.

I just looked at the merrell website and they don't seem to do anywhere near as many as they used to. Perhaps it's not quite the tine of year yet.

But if you look up yarra, oslo, puffin (ie specific product names) on amazon and e-bay there is plently available.

janek Fri 05-Oct-12 13:17:48

Yes, you're right op, they used to be called lifestyle boots and now they're not!

The ones you've chosen don't seem to be waterproof, and you need them to list 'optiwarm' or 'polartec' (i think...) to be amazing and warm.

Look up some of the ones i've named upthread and look at their blurb. Although i will admit that i ignored the fact that you said knee-length, these are all mid-calf. Although mine come in a low version too (tempest).

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:20:54

I like the style of the Merrell Yarra but they are mid calfish (or will be on me), so would prefer something shorter or a lot longer ideally.

From Clarks, I quite like these Norley Wood but they are ankle so not so warm as knee

these (nettle leaf) are cute but are they really just too much like slippers?

Lottapianos Fri 05-Oct-12 13:23:20

I like the nettle leaf ones, they look warm and comfy smile

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:23:48

cross posted janek, ah ok, I will have a look at the tech spec, thanks.

I don't need them to be fully waterproof like wellies iyswim, I just need them to stand up to being caught in the rain... unlike my current thin leather soled boots (smart but totally pointless in the wet). So anything with a rubbery sole would prob work.

bunjies Fri 05-Oct-12 13:24:10

Yep, second Merrell Oslo too grin. They are the comfiest, warmest boots I've ever had. They don't have much of a heel though and they do stop just below calf on me (I do have short legs as well) so this may put you off.

I do like the Prevoz too

kiwidreamer Fri 05-Oct-12 13:39:17

I've just tried to order the Oslo boots but when I add to my basket it shows as £90 not £45 bahhhhhhhhhhh wonder if they are out of stock now, have emailed their CS for help

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Oct-12 13:40:55

I third Merrell Oslo! Have already got some miles out of them with all that rain recently. Love 'em.

Field and Trek have got limited sizes for £45. I got mine for £115 this time last year.

I reckon a lot of the shops are clearing last year's stock to make way for new winter stock - good time to grab a bargain!

kiwidreamer Fri 05-Oct-12 13:41:57

ahhhhh the size 8's are £45, nothing changes on the product page but the amount in the basket changes by size - that was confusing!

forevergreek Fri 05-Oct-12 13:46:08

Try sorrel also. Tad expensive but warm and waterproof

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Oct-12 13:46:32

Hmm just worked for me kiwi (although not buying, just checking!). The size 8s went into the basket no problem, and I could get as far as checkout.

Perhaps clear your cookies and try again??

kiwidreamer Fri 05-Oct-12 13:54:07

If you add a pair of size 6.5 to your basket what price is it when you go to the checkout??

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Oct-12 14:11:33

£90 - it looks like only the size 8s are £45.

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Oct-12 14:13:43

.... and by randomly adding more and more pairs of size 8s to my basket, I think they have 9 pairs of size 8s left - probably why they're only £45!

ATourchOfInsanity Fri 05-Oct-12 14:20:16

I just got these in black and now (typically) awaiting the downpours we had last week to try them out...

HullaBalloo Fri 05-Oct-12 14:25:14

What is the sizing like on the Merrill Oslos, especially round the calf ? Can you turn them down and make them shorter if you are athletically challenged in the calf area ?

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Oct-12 14:26:18

Ooh I like those, insanity. A friend of mine has something similar, and they look great.

I NEED more boots

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:40:55

Thanks, had a look at the Sorel website, think they are a bit technical looking for me iykwim. Ideally I don't want lots of laces or hikery bits.

Toying with the idea of two pairs - something like the Clarks nettle leaf ones for really cold/snow days and v casual (also for wearing with trousers) and maybe the Merrell Captiva for slightly warmer/smarter occasions?

Any views on the Ugg ones?

Jaeme Fri 05-Oct-12 14:47:29

Might be a wee bit too low but I have these in chocolate and love them they have full sheepskin lining so they're super warm

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:47:40

Humph. The Merrell Encore Flurry boot (top left here would be ideal but I can't find it anywhere.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:49:12

Ooh, hadn't thought of Kurt Geiger. Will have a look, thanks

monkeysbignuts Fri 05-Oct-12 14:50:40

I have these in black

they are by far the comfiest boots I own, very hard wearing and look gorgeous on too smile

suburban Fri 05-Oct-12 15:01:08

Hi Millie.
I bought the ugg Broome II last year. Almost identical to the ones you linked but with a chunkier heel.

I love them, got them reduced on amazon to £150 well worth the investment. I have the chocolate, they have a more suede like appearance in real life and def don't look like Wellies. They are completely water tight and just so comfortable. I walk everywhere (don't drive) and the treads have hard,y worn down since last year.

My favourite thing is that they don't look like walking boots/snow boots. I happily wear them with skinny jeans and dresses. They have had lots of compliements.

Timberland also do lots of practical but don't look it boots. I like these

I have these on my Amazon wishlist. As they lace up, you shouldn't have any problems with chunky calves, and they come in black and dark brown as well as chestnut.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:16:46

thanks all!

suburban you may just have sold me on the Ugg Broomes, though wish I could find them cheaper! i can only find them in brown at reduced price in my size and I think I want black.

Will have a look at timberlands too - your link goes to an asos parka though?

monkey I like the DMs but think they will be mid calf on me, fire I prefer not lace up in theory, though that may change if I find I can't wedge my calves into the other styles...

suburban Fri 05-Oct-12 15:22:03

Oops! Was meant to go here

suburban Fri 05-Oct-12 15:23:27

Also I am large of calf too and had to wedge mine in the first couple of wears but they do give.

pinksummer Fri 05-Oct-12 15:27:28

They do the Clarks Norley in a long version too - and lined so really cosy.

Stevie77 Fri 05-Oct-12 15:29:17

I have these, bought last winter for walking outside when wet & snowy. They do the job.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:31:01

Sorry one more question suburban on the Broomes - how slim are they on the calf? My calves are not monstrous but reasonably chunky (eg hunter wellies are a pretty snug fit)... wondering if I will be able to get them done up...

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:35:11

cross posted on the calf question, thank you you read my mind grin

I am so slow! will look at everyone's links, thank you

suburban Fri 05-Oct-12 15:38:20

Have just measured mine, luckily for you Dd happened to be playing with a measuring tape and I am wearing the boots. They are 40cm around the top.

I also struggle with hunters and am fine, but have a friend who is a size 8 with freakishly big calves too and she couldn't get the Broomes done up.

You might as well give them a go, just make sure you have a good returns policy in case.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:42:05

Hadn't spotted those other Clarks ones, they look good subject to working out where they cut on my calf!

Seems like a visit to Ugg and to Clarks is in order. Merrell website does free returns so I might order the two contenders from there too.

Timberland boots look good but don't come in black...

Thank you all!

I bought some of these a few winters ago and I love them. They are the comfiest boots I own and are still going strong after lots of wear.

bigpants103 Fri 05-Oct-12 19:38:02

I bought some of the Clarks Norley Cedar boots last week and LOVE them. Nice with tights and skirts as well as leggings and skinny jeans. £89.00 in shop but £71 online with the code BOOST. I've walked miles in mine today and they were so comfy!!

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:08:58

Back from a trip to Ugg and Clarks. Well, embarrassingly I couldn't get any of the knee high uggs done up over my calves blush. (I would like to blame being 7 months pregnant but I suspect I might have had the same issue pre pregnancy).

In Clarks I liked the two Norley options and the Nettle (soo comfy) but DH vetoed the Nettle which I might ignore

I have also ordered these by Rocket Dog and I'm considering ordering quite a few from Merrell.

Thanks all!

mrsconfuseddotcom Fri 05-Oct-12 22:18:45

I have [ these] in black and brown.

They are rather wonderful. Goretex so warm if it's cold and cool if it's warm. Very very comfortable. I could walk miles in them.

mrsconfuseddotcom Fri 05-Oct-12 22:19:19
minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:21:43

Ooh, they look really good mrs! Do they have a zip on the inside, and will they fit my big calves?

BensonBunny Sat 06-Oct-12 00:01:32

Can I just ask what Merrell sizing is like? I love the Captiva boots linked to up thread but feel very anxious about ordering without trying them on.

Peeenut Sat 06-Oct-12 01:07:23

Someone linked to the CAT caribou (sp?) I got some a couple of years ago, they're lovely and warm. I've worn them in fresh snow or for many a cold winter day, they did last a 3 hour walk in deep snow before they got wet, it was wet snow! It I wouldn't say they are waterproof but good boots.

SilverSixpence Sat 06-Oct-12 07:38:07

Merrell wilderness remix look lovely - leather with removable liner and waterproof

QuiteOldGal Sat 06-Oct-12 07:55:36

Looking with interest at the £45 Merrell Oslo in size 8. Anyone know how the sizing is though as I am size 41 European which is usually a 7 but occasionally an 8. Do they come up big or small?


notjustamummythankyou Sat 06-Oct-12 10:30:26

quite - I've got the oslos. I reckon they are true to size for a winter boot, in that they are roomy enough to wear thick socks.

Having said that, they are very warm anyway, so you can get away with thinnish socks if you don't like hot feet. So, in that case, they probably run a touch large.

Have I just confused the issue?! grin

QuiteOldGal Sat 06-Oct-12 11:01:51

Thanks Notjustamummy, it does sound like I would need my usual size 7 then. Unfortunately it is the size 8 which is only £45 the 7's are £90! So was hoping they would come up small.

notjustamummythankyou Sat 06-Oct-12 11:03:28

How about a size 8 and thick insoles?

minipie Tue 09-Oct-12 15:59:01

Humph well the Rocket Dog ones arrived and I'm not that keen. They have a big square toe which I'd stupidly failed to notice on the online pictures.

The hunt continues... think I will order some of the Merrell ones next.

3nationsfamily Tue 09-Oct-12 16:04:06

Thanks for starting this thread- after getting wet cold feet standing by the side of the rugby pitch watching my DS on Saturday I decided I needed new footwear for the winter. Having read this thread, I ordered some Merrell Oslo boots from Sports Direct on Monday and they arrive tomorrow. Good price at £75

SilverSixpence Tue 09-Oct-12 20:30:29

I got my Dune Polar boots the other day, they are really comfy and warm although haven't tested them to see if they are waterproof enough for the school run!

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 09-Oct-12 20:41:48

e just bought a pair of Gabor boots from Jones. The style is Valero, £160, in brown or black, comfy to walk in, flat but not completely flat, and smart. I woudl 100% recommend.

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 10:35:26

Ooh a few contenders at Jones. Thanks

HardlyEverHoovers Wed 10-Oct-12 10:53:39

Got lovely boots from Crocs last year, not the welly type ones, they are suede. Not too expensive at £70, sooo comfy and look nice, although they are pretty flat.

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 11:25:37

Thanks, there are a couple I like at Crocs, hadn't thought of looking there.

I have ordered a few off Amazon (incl a couple of Merrells) so will see how those turn out, then investigate other options!

aquavit Wed 10-Oct-12 11:57:36

I lived in my CAT Annas last year, they are not so technical as some of the others suggested but they are fur lined, leather (mine have never leaked and I've worn them in heavy rain and snow), and I like the way they look. They do knock a bit on my skinny ankles (though fit my much larger calves fine, don't think they would be tight on you) but I just wear extra sockage to avoid rubbing.

In fact I am wearing them today over skinnies as I've conceded it's no longer summer...

minipie Tue 16-Oct-12 17:54:35

Right, of all the ones I ordered from Amazon, the best by some distance are the Merrell Yarra.

So, they are staying and all the others are going back.

The Yarras are quite small though, I bought half a size up from normal and they are snug (though hopefully less so in a few months once I am no longer heavily pregnant and the sheepskin's flattened down a bit).

I still like the Clarks Norley Wood/Norley Cedar, might get some of those as well if I can justify it.

Also going to check out Crocs as they have a shop near my office.

Thanks all for the recommendations!

janek Tue 16-Oct-12 18:46:31

You won't regret your choice! Warm as toast!

MorrisZapp Tue 16-Oct-12 19:13:41

I got merrell Taigas last year. Unbelievable warmth, comfort and style. Boots for life smile

Wowserz129 Tue 16-Oct-12 20:27:37

Asos have river island biker boots down from 80 to 20 and I love them!

anniewoo Tue 16-Oct-12 21:02:54

FitFlop boots are the business!!! I have the furlined Mukluk and the knee length suede ones. Can't rate highly enough for comfort. Uggs are lovely too but too flat (for my feet) for walking outside in.

minipie Wed 17-Oct-12 12:34:32

I like the Fitflop Mukluk ones annie but my mum has a pair and the seam has started to come apart, which put me off a bit as I do tend to treat shoes pretty badly so I need something robust!

anniewoo Wed 17-Oct-12 17:27:14

Celtic sheepskin do a beautiful full length boot. Sorry can't do link.

TheBirdsTheBirds Wed 17-Oct-12 17:56:00

I tried these on at the weekend in Ecco and they remind me of the Ugg Broome IIIs. Very comfy, fur lined, really simple sleek design (unlike most Ecco shoes), hardy suede. They come up on the large side.

Also Camper boots are good.

Pseudonymity Wed 17-Oct-12 18:32:32

I think the Merrell boots are vile, only acceptable for a country walk.

minipie Thu 18-Oct-12 10:15:33

Lucky it's us that's bought them and not you then Pseud

PerryCombover Thu 18-Oct-12 10:27:51

have we said these ?

minipie Thu 18-Oct-12 10:38:51

Bit too stompy for me Perry, I'll stick with the Yarras, but good addition to the list.

LarkinSky Thu 18-Oct-12 23:07:13

Thanks to this thread and the many other mentions of them I was about to spend £80 on Merrell Oslo boots (sold out in size 6 at most other outlets mentioned in this thread but I found them at: USC.

However, I've just been told by a friend that Merrell are (a) narrow and not good for people with bunions/wide feet and (b) the soles are renowned for not being very grippy.

What I'm looking for: waterproof, grippy winter boots for outdoor wear. I live somewhere that has snow on the ground for at least 8 weeks each winter, and will want to use them as snow boots in the mountains too, as well as for rainy/cold/frosty/windswept days doing the school run. And I don't want them to look too much like walking boots. And they need to be black to match my lovely waterproof coat.

Can anyone please advise?

dexter73 Fri 19-Oct-12 07:26:31

I have those boots and I think they come up quite large. I have wide size 8 feet and the size 8 are a bit big for me. The soles are very grippy! I think your friend is mistaken!

minipie Fri 19-Oct-12 12:00:22

I think it varies from style to style with Merrells Larkin. For example the reviews of the Yarra style say they come up small (I agree, I ordered half a size up and it's a snug fit) but that doesn't apply to all styles. So you need to look at reviews of Oslos specifically I think.

janek Fri 19-Oct-12 14:19:29

Yea, my tempest fit in a size 6 and thanks to my post-pregnancy clowns feet i very rarely fit into a size 6.

And they are grippy in my experience - not on sheet ice, but on common or garden snow then yes! But i haven't tested them for 8 weeks straight (than goodnes!).

LarkinSky Fri 19-Oct-12 16:14:52

Thanks for the feedback all - I have ordered them so can at least try them on and see. I'm 38 weeks pregnant so it's all got to be done online: no chance of me getting to the shops to try them on!

I did look at the North Face snow boots, but they all look very synthetic and walking shoe-y, while the Oslos are not so obviously 'sports wear'

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