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Practical & Pretty
on January 24, 2012
Sizing: Normally I'm a size 9.5 in a sneaker. Even though most felt this boot fits true to size, my personal experience was to go up half a size due to the fact that I have a medium width foot, as well as to accommodate socks, & I'm glad I did. In my case, I can see that if I would've went with my true size, they most certainly would've been a little too narrow in the sides for me. Not foot-crushing, but not exactly comfortable either. Chose your size based on how you like your sneakers to fit. If you're going to be wearing dress socks, go with your normal size or half a size up if you prefer a little room. If using thicker socks, you might be better off going up a full size. This all depends upon your foot anatomy & comfort preference.
Fit: They fit perfectly, just like a sneaker. Especially like how they still allow me to be nimble in the snow without sacrificing normal maneuvering. I have just enough room in the toe box as well as the sides to move comfortably without any pinching or rubbing but also allow myself some extra wiggle room if needed. Even after wearing them around for a full day, they were still comfortable with enough support for my medium arches. Were a little stiff when I first tried them on due to the leather & canvas needing to be broken in but fit was still correct. Had no problem slipping in or out of these boots even with my muscular calves, but did find that I had to wear skinny jeans or leggings with them because my normal flair legged jeans bulged awkwardly & just looked ridiculous regardless how I tried to tuck them into the boot. If you're skinny, you probably won't have this problem.
Lining & Waterproofing: They are lined from the top of the shaft all the way down to the toe bed with soft sherpa & Thinsulate & are rated for temperatures between 10 - 40 degrees (temp info courtesy of another online retailer) - so if you need boots for more extreme conditions, these are not for you (Sorel Joan of Arctic or Snowlion are for those who need a more hardcore winter boot. I also own the Snowlions but they are a bit much for a couple inches of snow). I wear my Tofinos with lightweight merino wool socks that keep my feet warm without added bulk & my toes stayed nice & comfy. Tried wearing them without socks for a quick jaunt with my dog while the temperature was around mid 20's & was still pleasantly comfortable. The entire boot, foot to shaft, is waterproof. The tongue is stitched into the shaft halfway up (about 8 inches up), acting like a gaiter, to prevent any snow/water from entering.
Traction: I'm a very physical person who mostly walks or bikes everyday so I'm inured to trekking through various terrain/weather conditions. Didn't have any problems going up snowy inclines or through snow drifts with them. Found them to have excellent traction in slushy, snowy conditions & didn't have any issues navigating over ice.
Durability: Only had these since December but haven't noticed any cracks, split seams, etc in them yet. I only use these boots for what they were created for, walking in snow/slush/cold weather, so I can't attest to their durability else wise (sorry). They're too warm to wear for temps over 40 degrees so these are definitely winter only boots.
Style: I have a color not listed here (Bracken/Estate Blue) that I purchased from another retailer. They're much prettier in person than online. As with all of the colors listed, these are definitely eye catching & sure to get numerous compliments. The styling & brass accents give these boots a really classy look that goes well with almost any outfit.