There are two types of girls, those who can wear full length boots and look glam, and others, who, well can’t. Unfortunately, this reviewer falls firmly into the second camp.
At least there may be a glimmer of hope here, as these are not ‘foxy mistress stomping’ stiletto boots intended for bedroom domination – although, if you want to wear them for this, don’t let us stop you!
Merrell Women’s Decora Prelude Waterproof are a far more practical type of long boot, the all waterproof winter boot made for serious use, and more everyday stuff like walking outside in the snow and rain this winter. Y’know, the sort of thing you might actually wear, like more than once.
With a price tag ranging from $86.00-$200, we are the first to admit that these are not the cheapest, and you may need some convincing to purchase these if you are slightly undecided, or maybe a tad reticent to spend quite so much on a single pair of boots. But the fact that these are a sensible pair of workday boots, which just also happen to look fabulous, should help tempt you in your decision.
The overall look of these boots is impressive. You could be forgiven for thinking they were merely a fashion accessory. These are calf length, or almost knee length (depending on your height) lace up boot with faux fur trim, but for ease of access they also have a zip, which may be a deal breaker, if you find lacing them up a bit of a challenge.
Materials are leather and synthetic, and the leather upper is actually described as being “pig suede”, so as long as you have no problems with pig products, or animal skin in general, this should be fine.
There is a breathable mesh lining, and lightweight insulation to keep your toes warm on even the coldest of days, without weighing you down. We don’t want to feel like we are walking around in concrete blocks after all!
Obviously, these boots are not completely flimsy, which is to be expected for something that laces up to our shins. It has a sturdy, firm, well made feel to it, and pretty much everyone who has left feedback for them, attests to this. There are relatively few negative remarks about the workmanship of these boots, and from a design standpoint, we feel they do justify their ample price tag.
As mentioned, these boots are made for walking, not just looking pretty. The sole is rubber and looks as comfy as a sports shoe would be, only with the added advantage of keeping your feet much warmer, and much drier, and covering your calves in the deal.
So far, we have yet to uncover any really serious problems with the longevity of these winter walking boots. They seem fairly well crafted, and there have only been one or two niggles, about broken or sticking zippers on a very small minority of products.
Are they really waterproof? Well, once again, by the vast majority of respondents, yes they are. Most customers are actually pretty satisfied that they are waterproofed well.
However tongues have been wagging about these boots, and not necessarily the ones you might want to! The tongue on this boot is a loose one, and sometimes, if it slips into the wrong position, it is possible for there to be a gap, whereby water could get in. In the actual majority of cases, most people stated this did not happen and they were 100% satisfied with the waterproofing.
Generally, these can be worn, not just for the odd rain shower, but actually in the ice and cold, and wet of a full blown winter. But you might be advised not to go jumping in any puddles all the same.
If you do find your tongue slipping with these boots, it shouldn’t be an issue to put it back in place, but you may want to check before you wade through muddy puddles in them.
Unlike a lot of shoe sizes on the internet, and particularly boot sizes, never mind long ones, these Merrell Decora Prelude Waterproof’s actually fit pretty good. In other words, you should be unlikely to need to order another size up, like is so often the case with boots. 77% of customers felt that these were the right size, the first time round, which, we feel is a good statistic .
But what about the all over comfort and wearing experience? How does that measure up?
What customers have told us, is that these are incredibly snug and warm, and are like a hug for your feet. You won’t feel cold with these on, and neither will you need to fall back on the dreaded thick heavy stockings.
They also have breathability which helps stop them going smelly, and keeps your foot nice and fresh.
In the vast majority of cases, wearers feel comfy and protected in them, all day long, no matter how long they are on their feet, and they are definitely a boot for walking.
However, there is a word of warning we would share about these boots, and it boils down to the type of leg shape that you have. To put it bluntly, if you have chunky calves, they are less likely to fit. In fact, you may be unable to get the zipper done up at all. This is sadly an issue for some of us, and is always going to be the case when it comes to calf length boots.
Having said that, there may be a way around this by unlacing the boots a bit, and then trying again with the zipper. Sometimes though, this won’t work and we have to admit defeat. Even if they are done up, it’s possible they may chafe you around the ankle bone. These are really a boot for someone with fairly slim calves, so be warned!
Overall, though, as long as these actually fit you properly straight from the get go, then you are pretty much assured that they will be fine. For the vast majority of people these are a highly comfortable boot that will keep you warm and dry this winter, in style.