It’s almost spring! Not really. In Alaska, it’s almost breakup – that’s what we call the time other places call “spring”. Ours isn’t heralded by sprouting flowers, little baby bunnies, and greening shrubbery. Nope, ours is marked by rivers of meltwater wending their ways down the tire-worn ice ruts on the roads, shattered windshields from the rocks loosening from their icy perches and flung from speeding tires, yards full of muddy dog-poo soup, and a chronic case of low wiper fluid due to the hundreds of times a day one must clean one’s windshield to see out of it. The snow and ice are breaking up and it’s not a amiable parting.
Other people might get to wear flip flops and cute little Mary Janes in spring; in Alaska we need boots. It gets a little old wearing clunky snow boots all winter so I was very stoked to get a shipment of fashionable, presentable, WATERPROOF boots to try out this season. I’m now addicted to tall boots and I see no reason to ever do a pedicure again if I can continue to just cover up my nail-polish failings with tall boots.
Patagonia Addie Rider Boots
These Patagonia boots bring me back to my youth spent riding horses. We teenage riders couldn’t get our boots tall enough. We’d order them two inches above our knees and endure months and months of painful back-of-knee blisters as we fought to break them in, all to avoid that dreaded dorky gap between the knee and the top of the boot. The Addie Rider is nice and tall and has a convenient gap to allow your knee to bend so you don’t have to suffer like we did. This is a great, trim, nice looking boot for dressing up. I love it in the two tone “Chimney” color shown above; it’s very versatile and flattering with knee-length dresses.
Merrell Vera Peak Boots
You can’t go wrong with these, either – they’re a nice, classy boot with a versatile appearance and a stable platform that will help you stay safe as you traverse still-icy parking lots. I like the lengthening detail in the front and the grippy sole. I was also pretty impressed with the waterproofing and the ice-grippiness (a technical term). The detailing on this one makes it look much more expensive than it is. This boot is a little wider at the top so if you want to tuck in your pants or have super-buff calves, look at these first.
Merrell Martina Boots
And then we have the Martina. This one has a special place in my heart because it’s just so cute! I love the knit detail on top. I wear them with my favorite grey dress and it’s just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen (unless you’ve seen puppies, kittens, baby deer, or ridiculously adorable calico bunnies). Anyway, I like the boots. I’ve worn these enough that I can tell you that the antimicrobial treatment really works.
Go forth and stomp puddles! Your feet will be dry and happy in all these lovely, waterproof boots – and you won’t bust yourself on the ice like you would in slick-sole boots. Be safe and fashionable – everyone’s a winner.