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Compared to most of my female friends I really have very few pairs of shoes, I'm much more likely to dream about a new coat than a new pair of shoes. Once I do get a pair of shoes I tend to live in them constantly until the weather changes and then I swap to a more suitable pair. Last winter I was living in my rocket dogs (which I love) but then in January we got hit by some snow and my rockets were totally unsuitable as they are suede material which doesn't stand up well in the snow. At this point we were hoping to go snowboarding this year as well (sadly didn't happen), but with that thought in mind and the prediction of more snow to come over here I decided to invest in some new boots. I saw these boots on the Millets website and thought they were perfect, I like the way they look and they offer everything I was looking for - water resistant, comfortable, warm and with grips on the bottom so I took advantage of the Millets sale and purchased these for £45.
About the boots
These boots are available in 3 styles/colours - white with a brown fur trim, grey with a black trim and grey with a grey trim, which are the ones I have. I liked these the most as the other 2 looks like they are made out of a shiny plasticky material whereas the ones I have are made out of a grey soft fabric.
The boots have a fur trim which runs all the way around the edge of the lace and round the back at the top of the boot and is also on the inside of the tongue. I was a bit concerned at first that this fur may get ruined when they got wet but so I have not experienced this and the fur looks as good as it did when I purchased them. They are tied up with laces which criss-cross across the front of the boot and then tie at the top. Around the bottom is a rubber outsole which North Face state as being 'an abrasion-resistant mudguard and tough TNF Winter grip'. I am not entirely sure what this means but I do know that after having worn these for 3 months they have not scuffed at all and even if I do get a bit of mud on the outer sole it wipes off easily with a damp cloth so this part also still looks as new. Also on the bottom of the shoe are snowflake shaped grips which I have found to be very effective in keeping me stable and upright in the icy weather. The inside of the boots is a bright pink fabric but for those of you not keen on pink don't be put off as this is not at all visible once the boot is on.
The boots are extremely comfortable to wear which is good because they have barely left my feet since I purchased them. The inside of the foot is soft and well cushioned and I guess this is down to what North Face call 'a compression-moulded Northotic footbed. They are also really warm and since wearing these I haven't had to worry about getting cold or wet feet, even on our dog walks in the snow. This is due to the 600 fill power down insulation which is not only warm but soft as well.
The boots come up to roughly the bottom of my calf which is a good length for me as they keep the whole of my ankle and bottom of my leg warm and also I think that this height offers a bit more stability than shorter boot. Because of the down insulation the boots are soft to the touch but they still hold their shape and offer protection.
I love these boots as is probably evident by the fact that they have become my new shoe of choice and I have literally worn them every day since I bought them. I think that they are very well made and they are extremely warm and comfortable which is what you would want from snow boots. Despite the constant wear they still look as good as new and I am very pleased with that. A quick search on the North Face website shows this boots as currently retailing at £85 and they are not currently available on the Millets website, however I am sure a more thorough search of the internet would turn up more price varieties. To be honest I think I got a total bargain at £45 but if I had to buy them again I would definitely say they are worth the £85 price tag as I think they will last a long time.