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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!

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'

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!).

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.

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!

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?

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.

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

have we said these ?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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 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!

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 10:35:26

Ooh a few contenders at Jones. Thanks

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.

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!

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

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.

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