Columbia Footwear Never Lets Me Down
The only dilemma I had was whether I should choose the Black/Black ones, or the Cordovan/Squash ones. I was absolutely sure that I would buy these boots, so why bother to check other ones?
From my past experience with wearing Columbia’s boots, I knew that I wouldn’t be let down. The quality they offer is always first rate, and the prices are fairly reasonable, making their boots worth every dollar. Of all the traits that hiking boots need to have, Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boots have them all!
What we have here is an excellent combination of durable and lightweight construction. Add the traditional hiking design, and you’ve got great boots. The design is pretty classic, with minimal adornments, which suits me just fine. I can even wear them at work!
I like to have boots that will keep my feet warm. No cold feet for me! Even though I am not the type to go into the deep woods in freezing temperatures, I do appreciate having well equipped boots for all my winter activities.
The Newton Ridge Plus II are made of PU coated leather, suede, and mesh uppers with waterproof, seam-sealed construction. All of these materials keep my feet well supported and dry. These boots have D-caps lace closure, which can be firmly (or loosely) wrapped all the way up to the ankles. Shoes that I wore as a kid, that had lace closure such as these boots do, were always my favorite.
The padded tongue is soft enough not to burden the upper part of my foot, and at the same time gives me freedom to tie the laces as tight as possible without actually feeling pressure or pain when I walk. The front part of the boot has the super important toe protection; the rear of the boot is protected with a rubber cap.
When it comes to comfort, at the end of the day we all look for boots that fit perfectly, and provide us with comfort. After all, if I’m wearing these all day long (even if I wear them at work solely) I want to feel good while walking in them. Their full length Techlite midsoles are the reason for the superior cushioning, support, and shock absorption. On the other hand, the Omni-Grip high traction, non-marking rubber compound outsole provides me with a safe step. The treads underneath are excellent grippers on any terrain, so I’m confident when I walk on wet, uneven surfaces, or snowy streets.
Inside there is spongy, almost cloud-like, thick EVA foam. It is about one inch thick, and gives the Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boots a well cushioned feel.
These boots can be easily classified as orthopedically correct. When I see the measurements of the outsoles (the heel and the platform) I know that I have made a good choice.
F.Y.I. When you observe the actual outsole, and see that there is minimal difference between the heel and the platform….an important ratio that assures me a more secure step….you know that you are buying quality!
Once again Columbia has proven to be an excellent brand.