Gear Review

4 5

Great boots - more for fashion than for snow/ice

These boots are really cute, but they are definitely more for fashion than trudging around in snow and ice. But that's why I bought them - I have plenty of snow boots, so I wanted something I could wear with tights and a skirt. The tread patten on the sole is kind of slick, so you'd have to be careful on ice. The boot is not lined or waterproof, but is made from thick, full-grain leather. It's fall now, so not super-cold, and my feet are overly hot in the boots just wearing tights.

I was looking at the Bern High Boots, but after measuring my lower leg (and how short it is), I think the High Boots (15.5 inch height) would have hit me painfully behind the knee, while the 13 inch height of these boots is more appropriate for my leg length. Also, it might be a good idea to measure your calves. I found the circumference specs on another website and the specs say these boots are 15.5 inches in circumference. That is an accurate measurement.

As for fit, I normally wear an 8 in Keens and most other shoes, so I ordered an 8 in these. They fit snugly, and there isn't much room for thick socks. After wearing them for a day with tights, I feel like the did stretch a little bit. If you want room for thick socks or orthotics, order at least a 1/2 size larger.