|Sperry Top-Sider Quilted Shearwater Boots|
The boots are currently on sale for 30% off and Shopathome is running 10% off cashback. To tell you the truth I always thought that all those 'duck boots' are extremely ugly but somehow, in the last year or so, I started to see their appeal and decided that maybe they are like those wrinkled face dogs or hairless cats, so ugly that they become cute.
They only come in full sizes and they recommend to size up if you are in between, so this is what I did. I think this was a right call and the boots fit me well with thick socks.
They are a bit loose without the socks but given their purpose, I think I would always want a pair of thick socks when wearing them. I am a small 8.5, Many times I wear an 8 and almost never 9. I ordered 9 in these.
As for comfort, they seem pretty comfortable but I did not get that super comfy, don't-want-to-take-them-off feeling.
The color is pretty and versatile and the boots look great with skinny pants tucked in. I even tried them with a skirt and they were kind of cute too (in hairless cat style). They have relatively slim profile for snow boots, and this helps imo.
The slim profile may be a disadvantage if you want to wear them with trousers (or any non-skinny pants). You would not be able to quickly tuck them in (say on your way from the car to the office or store) to protect them from getting wet. And I am not sure if quilted shaft is practical, as far as keeping clean and dry in a wet snow.
The lining is not a true shearling but it is some kind of wool and it is full. This is great news because I hate when boots are only lined in the shaft area. My feet is the part of my body that gets cold the most, so I like to have some toasty lining there. That said, I don;t think these shoes would be very warm in extreme temperature. There is something about the rubber and having your feet so close to the ground that makes me think that I will still freeze if the temperature drops below 25F.
I do like the shape of them and the quilting and shearling look very nice. I like the look of the leather laces but I don't like to manipulate them. They are hard to adjust since they are so thick and kind of stiff. It would be easier if you would lace them using the hooks but they are threaded though the loops except for the top pair. This is a problem for me because I like to have boots that I can easily pull on. I would want to use them after skiing and when you are dead tired and cold you just want to change quickly.
My other issue was color. I love navy but my Wintress puffer and my ski jacket are both charcoal, so I think I would prefer black. For a moment I was contemplating a pair of black and white Sperrys, but I think the white will scuff too easily and look huge.
|I have talked myself out of keeping them...|
Overall, I think they are great looking boots, but for me they are not practical. If your coat is navy or camel and you don;t mind fussing with the laces you may like them better. Writing this review convince me to return them and look for a pair of North Face pull-ons.
My apologies to any hairless cats owners out there, I do think they are sweet, in their own way...
That's all folks!
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