I’m not an online shopper, as I prefer to buy things, especially shoes and clothes, the old-fashioned way – go to the store, try it on, think about it, and either reject the item, or buy it.
In my efforts to find good winter hiking boots, ‘I shopped until I dropped.’ No luck! So I simply had to sit down, and search online for the crème-de-la-crème.
I am in my mid forties, and ever since I was a teenager, I’ve had mild problems with my arches (flat arches), and after I injured my calf muscle during a rock climbing adventure five years ago, I seriously can’t just wear anything.
I don’t buy boots that often, because when I do, I usually end up wearing them for a couple of years.
That means the boots I wear, must have stable arch support, comfortable cushioning, and only a gentle snug pressure around the ankles.
Recommended Hiking Boot
I decided to get my pair of Northside Women’s Snohomish Waterproof Hiking Boots after receiving several good recommendations from friends.
One of them said, that I would never go back to wearing any boots but Northside’s.
I was a bit sceptical, until I decided to check them out.
The design was better than I expected. I do love the sporty look, and the earthy colors, but I didn’t know whether they were as good as the description was saying.
After a one week dilemma, I decided to ‘go with the flow’, and order a pair.
I did get the right size, and thankfully, there were no problems with the width or length, or boot design.
Immediately I tried them on, just to see whether they were as comfortable as my friends said.
I have to say that they were absolutely right!
When I first put my feet inside, stood up, and took a few steps, I immediately felt that ‘famous comfort’ that my friends were talking about.
Bring On The Snow!
The uppers are made of a nice combination of suede and light nylon fabric.
The suede covers most of the boot, while the nylon fabric covers the tongue and around the laces, in order to provide the boots with the necessary airflow to keep feet dry.
This is a seam-sealed waterproof membrane, that will keep my socks dry. Waterproofing, for me, is the first, and most important quality for winter boots.
Both the front and back parts of the boots have solid rubber bumpers, especially important for hiking across rough terrain.
The heel and platform have good balance when comes to their height – the heel measures approximately 1.5 inches, while the platform goes up to one inch.
The shaft is 6 inches from the arch, and rises high enough to keep the ankle snug and safe.
Another great design feature is the removable insole. They are washable, so that takes care of smelly feet. I prefer to wash my insoles ever few weeks during the winter, just to keep my boots fresh and clean.
Next on the list of good qualities, is Molded TPR midsoles that offer great support. Whenever I walk in them for hours on end, my feet are no longer tired after I take my Northsides off.
The out-soles have a tight grip on any possible terrain. All the better to keep me from slipping, when the going gets tough.
Northside’s Women’s Snohomish Waterproof Hiking Boots proved me wrong beyond any of my initial doubts – these really are the best boots I own, and I actually bought them online.
So yes, I have absolutely no problem recommending them to anyone else looking for a great women’s winter hiking boot.