The first thing that I want to say about these Kamik Women’s Snowvalley Boots is that they certainly LOOK the part.
Just seeing them makes you long for a blizzard to break out of even the sunniest skies, just to give you the opportunity to stomp about in them like the Ice Queen.
These things totally ‘rock’ the part of winter goddess. We feel as though we should be getting transported along by a sleigh of reindeer just by putting them on.
Built for some serious snow action, these are surprisingly, not made of fur, leather or suede, but are nearly an all synthetic construction. This would be almost totally vegan approved, if it wasn’t for the small suede overlays on the boot’s front.
And yes, we know that’s a bit like promising a veggie sandwich “except for” the humungous strips of bacon inside, so we’ll stop trying. If you have any ethical objection to animals turning up inside your footwear, then this is not the boot for you.
But, if this is not a consideration, and you only want to know about the quality of the materials, then we can say, on that score, you should not be disappointed.
Available in at least half a dozen colors, some of which are quite vivid, you should find something to suit here. The faux fur adds a luxurious touch, and the D ring laces are long and strong. It might take a little while to tie them up, though!
As for the traction, these look sturdy and have deep grips for clinging onto the ice and snow.
In terms of appearance, these are, how can we put it, not dainty! They look big enough to fit at least two pairs of chunky wool socks, and still look as if you might have room to shove your dinnertime sandwiches down there.
But how do they actually hold up when being worn? 66% of respondents who left feedback said they fit well. This is a good statistic, but it could be slightly better.
As far as we can tell, these feel as big as they look. A lot of people report that they are quite wide around the ankle and calf area. If you look at the boot, that would seem to be true from a cursory glance at them.
If you are a gal with bigger calves and ankles, then all is good. If you have narrower ankle bones and are very slim in the calf, then you may want to wear thicker socks, or consider your sizing options a little more closely.
Having read all the feedback about appropriate sizing, we are not sure exactly whether you should be sizing up (some people think so) or sizing down, as the jury seems to be out on this one…. opinion being divided between the two camps. The only consistent warning would be about the thickness of the ankles and calves.
One or two people feel their heels are not supported well enough as a result of the wide heel, and also that the lining material bunches up a bit.
A lot of this will simply be down to your personal foot and ankle size. Boots, especially longer ones, can be difficult thing to get to fit, and not everyone is going to have the same experience with the same boot.
In terms of comfort though, there is happier news. These seem to be a very cozy, comfy pair of boots with no significant reports of rubbing.
They are very wearable, and also do seem to be genuinely waterproof.
Are they warm? Well according to Kamik, they can be worn at minus 40 degrees, which is pretty nippy in our book. Most customers report that they are reasonably warm, even in very cold, snowy, terrain. One or two say that their toes got a little chilly, but this was after standing around outside in very deep snow for quite some time.
We are wondering if it’s even possible that footwear exists that can withstand temperatures such as minus forty, in deep snow, for literally hours on end, without feeling a little bit cold.
Overall we conclude that these are very warm boots, but we cannot expect complete miracles. If you usually suffer from cold extremities, your feet will probably feel chilled, if you stand around long enough in arctic conditions.
Priced from $41.75 up to $189 at the time of writing, there is quite some variety in price here, with the smaller sizes costing less (typically around $60) and the larger ones being double that or more. These aren’t particularly cheap, especially if you are a bigger size, so it would be fair to expect a decent return on your outlay.
Apart from the odd complaint about an occasional defective pair, or D ring snapping off, we haven’t heard much concern at all about these boots in terms of wear.It would seem that they withstand being worn, time and time again, pretty well.
Overall, these are good news for the wide ankled, chunky legged girls among us, and possibly less suited to our slimmer sisters – but still wearable with the right socks.
These are epic snow boots just waiting for an epic snow storm to happen. If you live in cold climes, you need this boot in your wardrobe. If you live in a tropical climate, you will want to move somewhere snowy, just to be able to wear them!