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With autumn upon us, I decided it was time to put my hand in my pocket and buy a decent pair of waterproof shoes or boots for my depressing daily commute to work. I live on the coast, so I get the ferry to work, and this is followed by a thirty minute walk to the office, by which time I'm usually soaked through, dejected, and completely demotivated for the day ahead.
After some recent purchases which turned out to be very much not waterproof, I was prepared to pay around £50 for a pair of waterproof boots. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the Trekwear website that they were actually much more reasonable than this, and I ended up with these boots which cost £24.95, compared to the RRP of £40. They are also available from the likes of Amazon and other online retailers, where I've seen them for as little as £19.
The boots are black with pink stitching and although they're built to be sturdy and weatherproof, they're also quite cute looking. They have an artificial fur lining which peeps out a bit at the top, making them lovely and snug and also add to the charm and make them relatively stylish as well as functional. The zip is at the front instead of the side, which is unusual, and a thick chunky sole which gives reassurance that no rain is getting into these boots. They are available in sizes 3 to 8, and I chose my usual size 6 which was the right decision overall, although I will comment on the comfort aspect later.
The most important thing I can say about these boots is that they are definitely waterproof, and the fur lining keeps your feet warm. The last couple of weeks have been pretty treacherous in my neck of the woods, with the rain and wind beating down every day, giving me a good chance to put these boots to the test. Although they feel quite heavy on the feet, they are very comfortable inside and keep my feet lovely and warm and dry.
The first time I wore these boots, I found they were slightly big and my socks kept falling down. Also, the zip at the front started to dig into my leg as my socks weren't long enough. I decided to go out and buy some proper long boot socks (last of the big spenders!), so that my feet would fit a little better in the boots, and the zip soon stopped digging into my skin.
The boots are slightly heavy to get used to at first, it feels like you're walking with bricks attached to your feet. Driving was also an issue until I got used to them, as I found I was heavy on the pedals so kept randomly accelerating and slamming the brakes on. After a week or so I got used to wearing them, and can now drive perfectly well, and also walking is more natural and less of a workout for the calves.
I have been wearing these boots daily because the weather has been so bad, and also you can't always tell when the weather is going to turn in this country so even when it starts off sunny you can end up getting soaked on the way home. As they are black and have a rounded toe, I find they look reasonably smart with my work trousers, so it doesn't look like I've been hiking on the way to work. I tend to keep some work shoes in work and get changed when I get there, though, because I think if I wore these all day they'd be a bit tiresome on the feet due to the weight.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these boots for the worst of the British weather, and they are sure to keep your feet warm and dry during the winter months. They're a little on the heavy side for wearing for prolonged periods, but for anyone who commutes they are perfect.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)