Product Type: Hi-Tech Hunter Original
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Worth the investment!
Hi-Tec St. Moritz Boots
Member Name: Li11ibet
Hi-Tec St. Moritz Boots
Advantages: So warm, dry and cope in any weather and amazingly comfortable
Disadvantages: Need breaking in - Buy blister plasters!
Having never owned a pair of walking boots, and with winter fast approaching these boots seemed like the perfect mix of walking boot with winter warmness so I bought them for around £45 so I could walk the dog in comfort! It is definitely worth shopping around, as I noticed that prices vary hugely between retailers, and also different colours vary a lot in price too.
Its pretty obvious that there is an element of function over fashion with these boots. The walking boot aspect is there with the thick soles, plastic shell over the toes and generally looking pretty big and wide. However they more than make up for it with the masses of faux fur and deisgn details. I originally wanted the black ones, but ended up going for brown/ cream as they were considerably cheaper - And I'm so glad I did. They are two tone, with lighter coloured fur, and a sand coloured suede leather which looks much better in real life than in the pictures (plus it really doesn't show the dirt).
The boots lace up, but don't come apart (quite hard to explain - there is no 'tongue', the laces just tighten up the fur) so can be quite tricky to get on and off unless you really loosen the laces, but this isn't too much of a problem really. There is also a toggle to alter the shin diameter at the top which means that they look great over skinny jeans, but are not so chunky that they can't be worn under straight leg jeans too. The only complaint here is that the laces are reeeeeeeally long, and I found that they caught on each other when walking (embarrassing!), so now I tuck them in to the top of the boot and problem solved.
I'm not going to lie - These need a couple of wears in before they feel truly comfortable. To begin with they feel very rigid, and they did rub slightly on the back of my heel. However this doesn't last long and they are now so incredibly comfortable I feel I could walk for miles in them! Also they have the faux fur lining throughout, and they just feel so snuggly and soft.
The sole is fairly stiff, so there's not much flexibility when walking which does take a bit of getting used to (also took a bit of getting used to driving in them so this is worth bearing in mind).
I found reviews to vary hugely in the sizing for these boots. I'm roughly a 5.5, sometimes taking a 5, sometimes a 6 depending on the make of shoe. Some people recommended to go a full size up (half sizes are available in this boot), but I plumped for a 6 and they fit perfectly. Large enough that I could wear chunky socks without feeling cramped, but not so large that they feel huge with normal socks. So my recommendation would be half size up, or if between sizes like me just go for your normal larger size.
Cold, rain, snow, and ice:
These boots claim to be waterproof, and so far they have lived up to this claim! I have walked in torrential rain in them, through puddles, been splashed by cars and not once have I come back with wet feet. Or cold feet. These are just so warm its untrue, and I tend not to wear thick socks with them either. The furry lining helps with this too.
I've held back from reviewing these until I'd tested them in the snow, as this was one of the reasons I bought them before winter set in! In the snow, as with rain they are fab. Still toasty, warm and dry tootsies when I got back! These boots have a chunky sole with good grip, and on fresh snow, or slightly compacted snow/ slush they are outstanding and give you that confidence of walking in these conditions and was pounding around when others were cautiously tiptoing.
However, when the snow gets really compacted, and is pretty much ice they suffer just like any boot and I did slip around a bit on really icy patches. To be honest though, no amount of chunky sole would cope in these conditions and its silly to expect them to without the use of those spike things so I'm not marking them down because of this.
In all, I think these boots are fantastic value for money and I'm so pleased I invested in them as they have had so much use in the 5 months or so that I've owned them and would recommend them to anyone as a sturdy pair of weatherproof winter boots.
Summary: Fantastic value for money, look good and feel even better!