Is September too soon to be thinking about snow boots? It may seem a little early, but now is probably the time to be stocking up your winter wardrobe, and not wait until you are caught unawares by either a freak blizzard or flash flood.
Although (depending on where you are in the world) it may seem as if summer is going to last forever, it most decidedly will not, and those in chillier climes will be looking for the ideal winter boot this season.
Now, a winter boot is a difficult thing to get right. So many are designed just for show, and look adorable, but sadly are not a great wearing experience. Particularly for those of us based in more northerly parts, we do not want to risk frostbite on our tootsies for some elegance.
Likewise, while it is nice to look fashionable on the ice, you don’t want to go skidding and land on your arse.
Broken bones are not what we want this winter season, and neither is the embarrassment of going flying in public and revealing your lacy thong to all.
But for some reason, it seems that safety and warmth seem to be sacrificed on the altar of fashion. We do not wish to look like a frump in something that looks like it was built for a man, or possibly even bigfoot to wear!
We want a snow boot that keeps us snug and dry, won’t make us slip up and still looks cute. And at a reasonable cost too. That’s not asking too much is it?
To take a look at some winter boots, we would think it was like asking for the moon on a stick. But when the boots in question are these delightful things, Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden 2, then we are pleased to say otherwise.
This combines an elegant, cutesy design with the more practical considerations of not slipping, and not freezing our toes.
With a ton of reviews online, most of which are five star verdicts, we are fairly confident that we aren’t the only ones who will choose the Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden 2 for winter.
But first let us look at the design of the thing.
First up, these are genuine leather boots, although there is also textile used in their construction as well. The sole is made from rubber. It boasts waterproofing and a Techlite lightweight midsole to provide ample cushioning.
On the outersole there is a solid rubber Omni-Grip sole, which will keep you upright and free from slippage.
So far, so impressive. But what do they look like on?
These are a cute little pair of winter warmers, with a good weight to them (16 oz per boot), but not so heavy that you feel like your feet are stuck in concrete blocks.
They do not give the wearer the impression of having giant’s feet, and sport a lovely fur trim, that not only completes the look, but helps keep you toastie warm.
For the shorter gal, the small heel (1.25 inches) is a welcome boost, and it will leave you feeling feminine, but crucially not fragile, as you crunch the snow this winter.
We are happy to report that these are a snug and cozy fit that hug you tightly. In terms of which size is right for you, the overwhelming majority of women say buying half a size up from your usual fit is the way to go, as this should leave just enough room for the all important winter socks.
It is possible, that if your feet are extra wide that you may want to scale up a little further, as one of the small criticisms with this boot is that it is not so accommodating for the wider fit.
There have also been one or two dark murmurings about them maybe lacking the amounts of support for arches that some people would require, but this is only a minority we feel.
In terms of warmth, these are an extremely warm pair of boots that treat your feet kindly, and can be worn for serious walking and practical use.
There are very few damning verdicts on the longevity of these boots as actual functioning footwear. This means that any reports of them falling apart, or disintegrating, haven’t reached us yet, and can only be an issue in a very small percentage of faulty goods.
With over a thousand positive comments, this boot has garnered a lot of fans! If you have purchased these winter boots, you will definitely get plenty of wear out of them.
The waterproofing seems to do what it says on the tin, and although we have heard some concerns about feet staying warm in the snow, it must be said that these were generally from people who have indicated they were out for hours. In the vast majority of cases though, people do feel that they live up to the hype of keeping feet warm in the extreme cold.
THE OVERALL VERDICT
The general feeling of this boot lover, is that these are cute, stylish and practical, and come in well under $100.
And if you fall in love with them, as many customers have, you just won’t be able to wait for the snow and ice to come this winter!