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- FOOTWEAR TYPE: RAIN BOOT
- SIZES: 6-11 (B) M
- HALF SIZES: NO
- WEIGHT: 2.3 POUNDS
- DIMENSIONS: 17 X 13.5 X 5 INCHES
- HEIGHT: 13.5 INCHES
- HEEL: 1 INCH APPROX
- SHAFT TO ARCH: 13.5 INCHES APPROX
- PLATFORM: 0.5 INCHES APPROX
- BOOT OPENING: 15 INCHES APPROX
- MATERIAL: SYNTHETIC RUBBER
- OUTER SOLE: SYNTHETIC RUBBER
- ALSO: REMOVABLE COMFORT FOOTBED
- WATER RESISTANT: YES
- COLORS: CHARCOAL WITH PINK BOTTOM, BLACK, BERRY, GREEN, CHARCOAL WITH GREEN BOTTOM, NAVY, BLUE, BLACK WITH BRICK RED SOLE, BLACK/INK BLUE, CHARCOAL/AMBER,CHARCOAL WITH GREEN BOTTOM
- BRAND: KAMIK
- COUNTRY: CANADA
- MODEL NO: OLIVIA-W
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 43% APPROX
- OUR RATING: 4 OUT OF FIVE STARS
- PRICE GUIDE: $19.99-$99.99
Why oh, why did God create winter? It must be perfectly possible to live in a world with summer time all round, surely.
Unfortunately, without having to live in a desert or somewhere like that, it is a sad fact that fall follows summer, which is inevitably pursued like a fox by a rabid pack of hounds by winter.
And when it happens, it ain’t gonna be pretty for your tootsies.
Because in order to keep your feet warm and dry it has traditionally been necessary to wear foot gear that looks, shall we say, less than glamorous.
Yes, we all know there are any number of sex boots out there, all vamped up and ready to go to make you look scrumptious and in some cases just a little bit scary.
But in mostly, they either break your big toe, get you soaked to the bone or unwittingly you find yourself cast as Cruella de Ville in someone’s experimental interpretation of 101 Dalmations.
In other words, fashion boots come with drawbacks, usually off the throbbing big toe variety, but trust Best Walking Shoe Reviews NONE OF THEM ARE GOOD.
So, when a boot does come along that is practical and stylish we sit up and notice. And if we can wear it more than once without our toes falling off, then we buy them quick sharp before someone else gets there.
These Olivia rainboots are definitely not some clumpy frumpy doom boots. They look sleek and super cute. If they fit one bit as good as they look, then we will be very happy indeed.
Made from synthetic rubber, these are made in Canada. When you are finally done with them, it is good to know that they can be recycled.
From the overview, they appear very narrow and quite stylish. These should not be something that you feel embarrassed about wearing at some posh restaurant or other trendy spot.
A lot of times, rubber boots like this, which are meant for battling the rain drops, are things that you want to take off as soon as humanly possible -when you arrive at the office or theater. Even if they are comfortable enough to walk in, you would usually wish that you had brought a pair of shoes to change into.
With these we are reasonably content to be seen in public wearing them. You would have to look fairly carefully to realize that these hail from planet practical rather than glam-land.
The large array of pretty colors these come in help give them a sleek and fashionable appearance. Some of the models are two tone – i.e. the soles are different colors to the boot. We like this.
Popular with customers especially are the berry and blue colors.
The biggest problem with full length boots, or at least ones that cover your entire calf area is getting them to fit properly all over.
A lot of times, this is just one of those things and it really isn’t down to the manufacturers. If getting a shoe to fit well is hard enough, then getting one that can also accommodate the ‘average’ ankle and calf makes things even trickier.
The Olivia Rainboot by Kamik is no different in this respect.
There is no way that Best Walking Shoes can do a review of this rainboot without pointing out what nearly everyone has said about it in terms of the fit – it runs small. You will need to size up by one size and possibly a bit more, if your legs are muscular or you plan on wearing thick socks with these boots.
Once you know this, though, we feel you should not be unduly disappointed.
In terms of comfort, the news is rather better. As long as you have managed to get the right size, these should not be an uncomfortable wearing experience.
Rubber boots are not always known for their ultra-lightweight feel. These weigh approximately one pound each. This is not the heaviest that they could be.
And, if you have secured the correct fitting, they are not an uncomfortable wearing experience. Whether you decide you want to wear them indoors, once you have got to your destination, is more a question of wardrobe or maybe work place etiquette than one of desperate need. In other words, we think these are a decent pair of boots for walking in.
Obviously, as a rainboot, the first and most important thing that these boots need to deliver is a protection against water.
Ideally, you need to be able slosh through muddy puddles, icy slush and a whole slew of things you’d probably rather be better off not thinking about.
The good news is that in these Olivia Rainboots, you should be able to all this and more and still stay nice and dry.
Are they any good in the snow? Technically, they are entirely practical and should crunch nicely through the snow and ice. From a warmth point of view, they may get rather cold if you’re planning on wearing them for any length of time in standing snow.
These don’t come with warm lining, so you will need to wear nice thick socks if you are going to wear them in the cold.
Also, there are encouraging signs that these should totally last longer than one season and keep on powering through all your rainy-day blues for many a year. Not forever, mind, but pretty good going all the same.
THE OVERALL VERDICT
We like these Olivia Rainboots by manufacturer Kamik.
Price wise, they vary quite a lot depending on which color and size you pick, but in many cases, these are very reasonably priced indeed.
They are stylish, strong, not too heavy and won’t slip or trip or leak. This is just about all we can really ask of in a modestly priced rain boot.
The only real downside to these boots is that they may not fit anyone with wider calves and definitely run a size small.