Thanks to Krysia Hepatica for this awesome guest post for Boot Month. Boots are a bigger deal to us ladies than I thought – lots of people weighing in on the invaluable tall boot. This leaves me wondering what guys do for footwear in the fall. I suppose most guys don’t worry about what to wear with their kicky autumn skirts, except for those Utilikilts, which go pretty well with Timberlands.
I love these boots. Love them. So much, that I have two pairs, one in brown and one in black. One of the reasons I love them is because Michigan winters tend to get sloppy, nasty, and cold. It is really a good idea to have boots, yet, unless I am going sledding or spending a lot of time standing still outside, it is really not necessary for me to wear big, insulated winter boots. If I am just going to work and back, or taking my kids to school, this is the perfect solution. The leather is waterproof, they have a Polartec footbed, and they are cute!
I am not a heels kinda gal unless the occasion calls for it. [Ever see women in stilettos hiking through the airport? Yikes. I just don’t get it – it’s got to hurt. WHY do they do that? Who do you need to impress in the airport of all places? -HG] These boots do not have a heel, but a rubber, grippy bottom and they don’t have a really high rand, which I don’t like on boot like this anyway because I think it makes them look too sporty. These features make them perfect for wearing to work or even out to a casual dinner. They are stylish and functional.
Another great feature for me is that they are tall, but not too tall. Being 5’3 and some change, a boot that is too tall dwarfs me even further; I look like I am playing dress-up. The 12” height is just tall enough. Another reason they work for me is because the shaft fits. I find a lot of boots are too loose and sloppy on me. I have a definite ankle and defined calf, but on the smaller side. This is probably the first pair I have tried on that have a nice snug fit that I can wear with my pant legs tucked or un-tucked (the reason I bought two pairs!)
The Merrell Tetra Launch boot retails for $160. Definitely a good investment if you live in a region with winters.
Krysia Hepatica is a climber, blogger and goal-setter, who thrives on adventure, harbors a love for social media, and has a secret obsession for skin care products. You can read more about her adventures at venturesomekrysia.com or follow her on Twitter @ventrsomekrysia.