“ Brand: Karrimor / Type: Boots „
I do a lot of walking in the hills of Dartmoor and Snowdonia so need a boot that gives me a safe tread in all weathers. These boots have the added bonus of giving ankle support - essential for clambering over rocks and uneven ground and the fur feature gives an elegant and feminine touch to a practical boot. The re-inforced area over the front of the toes gives even more support and protection whilst walking, especially useful whilst ascending/descending rocky terrain - prior to having these boots I often stubbed my toes, badly, and lost toe nails - a horrible situation that I haven't had with these boots due to the super solid front section of the boots.
I've had these boots for over a year now and have used them over and over - they are so well made and such good quality that they look hardly worn.
I've seen that these boots are available from retailers such as Amazon, M and M Direct at a cheaper price than the retail price, so you can snap up an absolute bargain - they are seriously good quality and suitable for all types of walking.
These are definitely a must buy for those that love country walks, hiking and caving in snow stricken areas. I am mountain climber, do a lot of cave exploring plus I enjoy walking in the snow so I needed a pair of boots that would not only keep my feet warm but also be as comfortable as possible. The Karrimor fur boots are ideal for cold seasons in that the fur inside is so warm and has cushion support which helps in making sure your legs don't exert a lot of pressure. They're also very firm so you won't easily slip and fall unlike most boots out there. The leather straps on the side of the shoes as well as the very strong rubber base provides excellent mobility in that you wont have any sore toes or aching ankles. I bought a pair in September and they still look like I bought them yesterday. Very strong, long lasting and just awesome to wear. Plus you get to look fashionable too as their design is fashion friendly. They're also suitable for rock climbing.
Even if you don't do a lot of country side walking or mountaineering, you can slap a pair on to go shopping in the freezing cold on the high street! yesterday we were down to -22 degrees and I had to go down to the pharmacy so I slipped a pair on. I usually wear three pairs of socks but with the Karrimor, I didn't need a pair of socks as it was awesomely warm!! get yourself a pair no matter what!!
At the beginning of November I spotted a pair of Karrimor snow boots in my local outdoors shop at a reduced price of £40. As the R.R.P of these boots is apparently over £80, I felt they were a bargain. By the end of November the North was covered in a thick layer of snow and the temperatures had plummeted to an all time low and I was really happy I had made that purchase!
What you get for your money.
The boots look as if they are made in two halves, with a rubber type lower part, soft synthetic upper and faux fur top. The pair I have are shades of grey; a lighter shade at the top and darker at the bottom. I think they look quite stylish. Inside they are well lined with thinsulate so keep your feet very warm. They have a waterproof membrane that is designed to keep water out, whilst allowing moisture from sweat to escape, ensuring your feet stay warm and dry.
The boots fit to just above the ankle and give good support; important when you are walking in slippery conditions! They have metal D rings for the laces to fasten.
The boots have a phylon mid sole to cushion your feet and thick rubber Vibram sole to give good grip.
I have been wearing these boots constantly now since the end of November so feel able to review them. The most important aspect of any snow boots for me is that they have good grip and help me to stay upright when it's icy. These boots pass that test with flying colours. They have a really thick rubber sole that helps me to walk with confidence. The phylon mid sole cushions you as you walk, making walking in these boots feel a bit like walking in cushioned trainers.
Comfort is another very important factor for me and again these boots pass that test. They are well padded on the inside, making them warm too. I would advise you try a pair on before buying as I found I needed a size larger than I would normally take due to the padding inside. I find I don't need to wear these with thick socks as the padding is more than adequate to keep my feet warm.
I like the fact that these boots come above my ankle as I feel they give me extra support. They fit quite smugly too, another important support factor.
These boots have metal D rings for the laces to pass through. I have experienced boots with plastic rings and have found that these can be prone to snap off.
I really love these boots and hope they will give me years of service. They are comfortabe to wear,stop me from slipping and keep my feet warm and dry. If I had to find any negative comment to make I would say they are a bit heavy, especially when you first start to wear them.
I bought my pair of Karrimor Women's Snow Fur Boots from TK Maxx nearly 3 years ago for the absolute bargain price of £19.99. Karrimor are a well respected ourdoor activities brand, so to pay just that amount for a very sturdy and good looking pair of their snow boots was a great deal I think.
I do a lot of walking, hiking and general outdoorsy things, and when my old hiking boots became uncomfortable, I chose this pair as my replacements. Aside from the excellent price, the boots are both functional and decent looking.
My particular set of boots are actually brown and black, as opposed to the grey and black boots in the photo but aside from that, they look identical. The top outer part of the boot is made from a tough synthetic material that has a slightly suede-like feel to them, but more rugged. The lower outer part of the boot, as in the bit that's going to get wet, muddy and snow covered in poor weather, is made from thick and very durable moulded plastic. The bottom of the boots has a very good grip design, and having worn these in snow and ice and never fallen, I can vouch for their good grip!
Having trudged through snow, ice, mud and rain in these boots over the past 3 years, I can also vouch for their waterproof abilities - I have never, ever got even slightly damp feet from wearing these boots in wet conditions. The rubber completely keeps all the outdoor conditions outside and stops any leaks into the inside of the boots.
The inside of the boots is lined with a fleecy, fake-fur lining that's soft, comfortable and overall keeps my feet very warm. At times, if I wear these out when it's not bad weather, my feet can actually get a little too warm so I just wear thin socks with them. At least the fur is effective and does it's job though.
These lace-up boots are fairly easy to get on and off, but I do find I have to loosen the laces right to the very bottom in order to get them off without a fuss. There's a little 'ledge' in the back of each of the boots so when you're taking one boot off by pushing down on the heel with the other boot, it's easier to find purchase and kick them off.
Overall, I love these boots. My pair is still going strong after 3 years of fairly regular use, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair if my current ones ever packed in. They still look pretty good too after a lot of wear, and for the price I've paid, they have been exceptionally good. Very highly recommended.
Karrimor Women's Snow Fur Boot
I am sure everyone will remember how cold, snowy and wet it was last winter. I live up in the north east coast of Scotland and it was freezing here, much harsher than we have been used to. I found that I was sliding and falling on ice whenever I stepped outside of the flat and walking around streets was becoming a bit treacherous. I wanted to feel a bit more secure and I wanted to keep my feet warmer, in a hope to get something that day I headed to a local sports/shoe shop and luckily they had these Karrimor women's snow fur boots in stock. These were by far one of the best things I bought last year and I have just started to wear them again this year.
These boots are waterproof, warm and they have quite a good sole tread to help you walk around in icy and snowy conditions. They are also breathable so won't make your feet too uncomfortable or sweaty. Overall, these are really fantastic winter boots.
These boots have thinsulate material on the insides to keep your feet cosy and warm. The outside of the shoes almost look like they are two different boots, the lower part is a waterproof material to keep your feet dry, it is thick and made of sturdy material. While the upper part of the boot is far softer with a cosy fur trim that will support your ankles, which will come in handy if you do accidentally fall on the ice.
Despite being quite heavy shoes these are pretty comfortable to wear. I was wearing mine all the time last year, I think they were basically the only shoes I wore for months at a time during the worst of the weather. Although using them loads last year they are still in pretty good shape and they are ready to go again this year when the weather turns bad.
Karrimor are also a brand that I have been buying more and more from. Overall, between the items that both my husband and I own they deliver a great deal of quality for a pretty good price.
I paid about half of the recommended price for mine, about £40. These can be found anywhere from £90 downwards. I picked mine up from a local sports shop, but I have seen them available online. I think for £40 these were a great bargain, but I would have still been thrilled to have these even if I paid the full £90 price tag.
Although being thick and heavy these boots are surprisingly comfortable and last year I would wear them all day everyday when the weather was particularly bad. I even wore them on a few nights out because the weather up here was really just too bad for nice shoes that wouldn't have lasted minutes. They are quite a nice dark and lighter grey colour that doesn't really make a great fashion statement but they win every time for practicality.
These boots get a full five out of five stars from me. If I see these boots again I would be tempted to buy a second back up pair, these have been a great winter boot and have saved my bum from quite a few bruises by making me that bit sturdier on ice. I don't think I can really recommend these enough, they are warm, comfortable and practical for even the worst of the winter weather.
==Karrimor Snow Boots==
I like to do a lot of country side walking especially living on the Isle of Wight as there are tons of wonderful walks to do but my footwear was leaving a lot to be desired and my lovely white trainers we getting stained either brown from the mud or yellow from the sand which I had had enough of. This was the reason last November I took myself to Sports Direct to buy myself some nice walking shoes.
I came away with these Snow Boots from Karrimor. I head heard of the make before so knew I was buying something from a good brand but I was a little apprehensive that I had bought a boot far too big and too chunky for my needs. I worried more so when both Himself and my mother laughed at me for buying Snow Boots instead of walking shoes or boots.
However they were laughing on the other sides of their smug faces when the snow fell and everyone was slipping around in less than adequate footwear but I was trudging for miles in my fabulous Snow Boots which were clearly ideal for this weather condition and it was as if I knew the weather was going to be snowy!
The boots have already had their monies worth as at £19.99 pence they were cheaper than some of the smaller proper walking shows I looked at but appeared much more sturdy. The grey and black colour tones of the boots look particularly good and don't stand out too much or look too garish. The fact that the boots are fur lined made them extra warm through those cold snow days and kept my feet dry, snug and utterly comfortable.
The contrast between the fur lining inside the boots to the hard wearing touch material which makes up the outer part of the boot couldn't be more different but works so utterly well. The boots are totally waterproof and have taken a fair bit of bettering but still look pretty much as good as new. The soles on the shoes are made from a very thick and tough rubber which hasn't seemed to wear down even with all the walking and sliding on snow and ice I have done in them.
The laces are made of strong stuff too and the eyelet holes and hook type fastenings that hold the laces in place you can tell are made of good stuff and hold everything in place and work just as they are meant to.
Even after the snow melted and the ice drained away I was able to use the boots as I initially intended and that was to wear them on long country or beach walks and this they have done with utter comfort and ease. They have kept me clean and dry and not a blister has been in sight since the day I began to wear them. They are both practical and comfortable at the same time whilst not looking like a old ladies walking boot. I do feel however that they wouldn't be suitable for everyone although my sister in law saw them and had to order herself a pair from the Sports Direct website but when mum tried them on she did look a little silly as the boots were far too chunky for her and her 58 years to get away with.
Of course with this warmer weather I won't be wearing the boots at all but come the winter I know that I have a brilliant pair of shoes waiting to walk some miles! They will probably last me many years to come as they are made to such a high standard and look as good as mew now that I couldn't imagine having any problems or much in the way of wearing on them.
Overall, I have to say that these Boots were such a good buy. I definitely bought them at the right time so have used them for their true snow purpose but they are still a great pair of walking boots too. They don't look too bad for walking; they are comfortable, warm and waterproof! What else could you need from a pair of boots such as this!
I have to awarded a brilliant score of 5 out of 5 stars and an exceptionally high recommendation!
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