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The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Boot - Men's

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21 Reviews


Funky looks, serious protection.

It would be nice to spend the winter in a sunny, temperate clime (with frequent trips to snowy peaks thrown in), but since most us us aren't that lucky, The North Face created the Men's Back-to-Berkley Boot. And while it may sport a retro West-Coast-y vibe, this is one boot that's ready for old-school, nasty northern winters. Between the PU coating on the ballistic mesh upper, the waterproofing on the suede mudguard, and the Hydroseal waterproof membrane, your feet won't be getting wet this winter. Thanks to 100-gram PrimaLoft Eco insulation, they'll be warm, too.
  • Gusseted tongue keeps out debris
  • Ortholite sockliner and EVA midsole cradle your foot in comfort
  • Tacky Winter Grip rubber and temperature-sensitive Ice-Pick lugs help you keep your footing on the iciest surfaces
  • Item #TNF5453

Tech Specs

Upper Material
[upper] PU-coated polyester ballistic mesh, suede
hydroseal waterproof membrane
100g PrimaLoft Eco
TNF winter grip rubber (40% recycled), ice pick lugs
Claimed Weight
[pair] 2 lb
Recommended Use
winter casual
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited

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Falling apart after two months.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12

I was absolutely stoked when I received these, but the stoke quickly turned to disappointment when the sole and heel of the shoes began to peel away from the body after only 2 months of wear.

Do not buy these if you plan on wearing them outside in any conditions. They are poorly constructed and they will let you down.

Falling apart after two months.

Makes your feet look small :)

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 14

For the size I wear, I like the fit, look and style. Soft Leather for easy stretching. Great to wear with jeans for casual comfortable look. This is my first pair and so far so good.

Cool looking hiking boots for the city

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Very stylish and comfortable, I use them everyday one I get home from work on weekdays & weekends and they feel great on my feet and they get a ton of looks and compliments from the ladies. With this said I would not wear these boots for any of my out door excursions because I dont feel they have the necessary support & durability I like for hiking boots so I stick to my asolos & scarpas for out door activities but from a style stand point and doing stuff around the house they are badass boots and I am very happy with them and I bought these boots with the plan to not use them for hard technical hiking activities!

Cool looking hiking boots for the city

So Far, So Good, So Comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I haven't had any of the quality problems (KNOCK WOOD!) that others have reported. I've worn these a dozen times or so, and they are light, comfortable, warm and the soles really do well in snow and ice. I bought them for NYC winters, trudging around in the park with the dogs, etc., not serious backcountry use.

They are so warm that I agree: they may not be 4 season boots. I typically wear size 11 in Vans and 10 in Converse, and I went with 11 in these and they are just about perfect.

Great boot for the price.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I find issue with the gussets. They don't grab the laces at all so you really have to maintain pressure so that the lace doesn't slip out of the first gusset before you can get it in the second gusset. I might try to pinch the gussets with some plumbing pliers but for this price I really shouldn't have to modify them.

Light weight city boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have had these for a month now and have wore them almost everyday now. Here is what I have observed:

These boots feel like shoes, they are not bulky and are very light weight. These boots are made in China and it shows. The stitching is not perfect on my boots and the pair I have also have a crease in the bottom of the tongue where they were not sewn very well. This is unfortunate seeing as I use to think The North Face made some of the best clothing and shoes around. Now you can tell these are made in China with little quality control. On the plus side however these boots are nice and toasty. The 100 grams of primaloft keeps your feet warm even when temperatures dip below 0. The boots look awesome with their retro design and you will get compliments about how they look. So far the boots have worn well and show very little signs of wear over the month of constant use they have seen. The tread is awesome in the snow and grips ice very well. I have not been wet in these boots yet but have only stepped in a few puddles so far. I wear a size 9.5 in almost all my boots and shoes and this fits perfectly in a 9.5. Overall I am happy with these boots but I would recommend The North Face pay more attention to quality control on these boots. Because of this I am giving these boots 3 starts where as if they were sewn better I would have given them 4 stars.

Just a pretty face?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I got these to fill the weather gap between my summer shoes and my Sorel winter boots. They're warm/water-resistant/good on ice/really comfortable.

Here are the two biggest things though:

1: These shoes look amazing. I get compliments every day. People, relax. I know these shoes look good. You can quit stopping me in the grocery store to let me know.

2: Like some other folks have said, the sole started splitting at the heel after I wore them three or four times. Maybe a problem with the adhesive or something.

They look so good and are so comfortable that I'll just gorilla glue these suckers and keep trucking. I'd be down to pick up a new pair next season if TNF fixes the sole separation issue.

Great boot's

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I bought these shoes a month ago, was very afraid to make a mistake with shoe size, compare with the required physical size of the foot in centimeters

Just do yourself a favour...

    and DON'T buy North Face shoes. I work at an outdoor retailer and have seen more pairs of TNF shoes fall apart or leak than any other brand. This model in particular falls apart at the heel so often it makes you scratch your head at how anyone buys them. If you are looking for a good shoe with a similar fit check out Scarpa or Salomon shoes.

    I also find it funny how almost everyone who has rated this shoe highly, hasn't actually used them at all.

    Poor Quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small

    Comfortable boot with good looks, it does run a size small. Terrible quality construction. I have worn these boots for 2 days and the sole on the heel is already separating. I would not waste your money.

    Cool looking boot

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    I was very happy about the look of the boot when it came in the mail. Once I put it on I quickly found out it REALLY runs small. I saw the other reviews and ordered a 1/2 size larger. For sure order a FULL size larger if you get this boot.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small


    typical chinese made garbage

      boots started splitting out on the sole almost immediately. Northface always seemed like the "wilderness chic" gear that isn't really gear at all, which ive found to be true on my first purchase from them. sure boasts a super duper return anything whenever for whatever,... ya, have fun trying to exercise that warranty, what a nightmare.... one sorry sir after another

      Great boots

        Lightweight boots with excellent traction in the snow. I've tested them on the Glacier at Mt Hood for 2 days in 70 degree weather and they held up quite well. THey were a bit wet after 5 or 6 hrs. I would call them water resistant rather than water proof. They are a great fit for me and I believe they should work out really well in the snow especially in colder temps.

        Cool, but Barely Water Resistant

          In brief: Cozy and cool for light, casual use. Expect cold wet feet for anything remotely beyond that.

          I got these boots to wear around town, walking to/from work and short hikes in the snow, rain and cold. For those purposes, they are fine and I do love the look. But calling these boots waterproof is absurd. The exposed foam soles and ankles soak up moisture and funnel it into the boot when flexed. On a recent hike in very light rain the boots soaked through in about an hour to the point that I had to wring out my socks and the insoles. The boots then completely soaked a change of dry socks in a matter of steps. With each step the foam squished water into the boot. I resigned myself to water-logged feet for the rest of my 2-day trip and wishing I'd worn my goretex trail runners instead.


            These are obviously a lightweight, city-walk, "boot-version" of a walkabout shoe. I'll definitely buy'em,... but according to reviews, they will not endure water, abuse, and hard wear. They're very cool looking which attracted me, and I expect them to deliver long hours of comfortable, casual wear, without problems, for a few years: naturally, with compliments! For $90 bucks (which is nothing nowadays) what do you guys expect?: these are $90 of cool.

            ive had these boots for almost a year with weekly multi mile hikes ive had no problems no leaks but like with any waterproof boot swet will build up and your feet may get wet but with the right sock there should be no problem any how id say they are the best lightweight insolated waterproof boot for the money seeing how these will more then likely last me another year and in the past when buying $200 boots a year of heavy use is pushing it

            Great Boots

              I am impressed with these boots. They are a perfect medium between shoes and boots - light, but warm. I live on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba and we have some serious winters. These boots have performed great in the 6-10 inches of snow for several hours walking the dogs. The top two sets of eyelets are shredding the laces which is disappointing. However, they did come with an extra set in another color. I prefer the red laces and contacted North Face and they sent me extra laces for free! Overall I am impressed with these boots.

              hey there im really interested in these...

              hey there im really interested in these boots, but im not to sure about sizes i usually wear a size 9 shoe but i know that boot sizes vary between companies. i was wondering if you guys would be able to help me out