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Columbia Minx Shorty III Winter Boot - Women's

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Minx Shorty III Winter Boot

Being the pint-sized version of Columbia’s popular Minx boot, the Shorty III Winter Boots offer the same warm, waterproof protection in a fun, stylish package. Pair them with your favorite jeans or leggings and be ready for whatever winter throws your way.

  • Warm, waterproof winter boots with stylish flair
  • Heat-reflective lining help increase warmth
  • Non-marking sole offers excellent traction on wet surfaces
  • Insulation and faux fur collar add warmth and comfort
  • Columbia comfort rates this boot to -25F
  • Item #COL027E

Upper Material
synthetic, suede
Waterproofing
Omni-Tech
Insulation
200g synthetic
Lining
Omni-Heat reflective
Temperature Rating
-25F
Closure
lace
Footbed
polyurethane
Sole
Omni-Grip rubber
Shaft Height
5.5in
Claimed Weight
11oz
Recommended Use
casual
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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>Rating: 4

4.5 stars and a second chance

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
8
Height
5` 4"
Weight
130 lbs

Let me start by saying that I spent about 3 months, maybe more if you include last winter, researching cold weather boots that I could 1. comfortably wear on longer walks, 2. wear in the snow/cold/rain/wet, 3. look moderately cute in. And, on top of that - I prefer zero-drop footwear, thus canceling out my secret crush, the Sorel Whitney short lace bootie. I came across the Minx in myriad natural movement blogs, all of which champion zero-drop shoes, the effect of which you can get with these boots if you remove the insole. However, that is exactly the reason why I almost returned these otherwise awesome boots: with the insert gone, the fit was terribly off, with too high a space from ground to top near the toes, and too much room at the heel. I felt like I was clunking around in potato sacks, though it was nice to feel the ground, and also like an idiot (why did I remove the tags and wear them outside if I was on the fence? Ugh). And, with the inserts gone, the shoe gets hot - so much that my normally chilly feet were sweating, then cold again in swampy socks. Then, I reasoned with myself, as rational, adult women do: put the inserts back in and try again. That's when the game changed, and my new boots (in elk/cedar, which looked more elevated than the nori color I'd ordered from and returned to Amazon) went from looking and feeling clunky to, "Ahh, this is pretty comfy." Definitely feel more like sneakers than, say, a Bean boot or something more structured. A half point docked for the shape: yes, it's great to have room for toe splay - but the heel still looks really blocky/wide, insert in or no - and because the laces come untied almost every time I wear them. They so far feel very water resistant (haven't jumped through puddles, but walking through slush/snow has been fine), though won't have a verdict on how dry my feet stay till the end of the season. As far as that furnace-like quality I mentioned before: for some reason, wearing the inserts offsets some of the excess heat, so they're toasty, not unbearable. I've gone with standard gym peds and SmartWool knee socks on colder days, and both fit/feel/work fine. Last, but definitely not least: Backcountry's excellent customer service team deserves a shout. When I was still on the fence, the person who answered the phone to process my return tried to help me find a replacement, and even offered a solution to help waterproof my older snowboots that had since shed their DWR layer. Other style I like for comparison: Merrell Vapor Glove; Saucony Bullet; Allbirds Tree Runners.