Hey, just wondering what boots do you like for early spring travel? I figure that now is the time to start looking for deals on boots. What do you like for keeping your feet warm in, say April, for perhaps some rain and temps in the 50's?
I live in my Blundstone boots from about mid-Oct until it's hot enough to live in sandals. Unless we have snow higher than my ankles, I wear them all winter, with a warmer sock, never had cold feet and I've walked thru the worst wet slushy messes and have never had wet feet (I'm on my 3rd pair). The go with me on holiday every time.
BUT - they are pull on, so if you have wider feet or a high arch, they may not be for you. And they take a little breaking in - you have to make sure you don't get them too small or too big. I bought a pair a half size too small because it was a discontinued style and they were on sale - I thought - oh, they'll be fine. After wearing them about 9-10 times for a half hour or so, I conceded that they just weren't going to work. (Luckily, I sold them on ebay and got about 75% of what I paid for them).
I sold shoes for 12 yrs and when we first started with Blundstone, I didn't get the big deal. They sold like crazy. Then after a few years I got a pair - never looking back. And personally, they look great with jeans, don't look too bad with a dressier pant (but not super dressy) and gals even wear them with long (and shorter) skirts (I wouldn't but I don't do skirts anymore).
I've got horrible feet so default to athletic shoes for everything. Last March and April I spent 3 weeks in Paris and on Rick's Belgium and Holland tour. I did fine with Altra Lone Peak RSM low cut athletic shoes. (RSM - Rain, Snow, Mud and they are waterproof)
It was not all that cold to me altho in Paris the locals were still wearing their wool coats and wintry type scarves while I had on 2 long sleeve layers and a down vest. The highs were probably in the 50's. There was a lot of wind. I didn't feel I needed boots to keep my feet warm but I would look for a thicker sole to keep your foot up off the cold pavement. Even with an athletic shoe you've got your foot more insulated from the ground than with a leather shoe with a thin sole.
To me, any shoe that has built in "waterproofiness" with some kind of membrane fabric like gortex or whatever they use on the RSM's are going to be warmer as they don't really breathe.
Where are you traveling to?
I’ve had good luck with Clarks boots for years. I have them “waterproofed” before leaving the store and have never had a issue with damp shoes for urban wet and cold walking. That said I’m going to be in Tasmania this winter and I see Bluntstone is manufactured there so maybe I’ll buy, but not break in, a pair there... Thanks for the idea Nicole.
I've traveled in EUROPE late March and early April and wore my athletic shoes, which I had sprayed with waterproofing. My feet stayed dry and warm.
Mona...I’m not sure if Blundstone is still made there. They used to be, but a few years before I stopped selling (2011) they were making them in Vietnam or somewhere like that. I thought the quality of the leather seemed less (a bit stiffer) but I still find them to be quite comfy and they generally last me about 3-4 yrs even wearing them 8 mos or the year. I’ll have to check the info on my boot and see where it was made, perhaps they’ve taken production back there.
Edit to add...yes, mine were made in Vietnam
Pam, I’m looking at Venice and the Veneto and Slovenia. Blundstones are an option. I was thinking of something a little classier than my normal waterproof athletic shoes. Thanks for all your ideas.
For Venice and the Veneto you'll not really need anything very warm, I wouldn't think. No idea about Slovenia.
I'll also add that even though I had waterproof shoes for both my March/April trips and my recent Sept/Oct trip where I had a LOT of rain at no time did I experience enough wetness that I needed the waterproof feature. The only time on my travels I've every really needed it was a walking tour in England in the Fall where we were out on country trails every day and experienced wet and mud.
TBH, I'd forget "classy" and go with what your feet will do well in for 6-8 miles a day! However, it's your trip not mine, so do what makes you and your feet happy, lol!
So true, Pam. I am the practical one that usually is very casually dressed. Yet, I see pics of people living in these areas always looking well put together and they are always walking everywhere and would like to do that too. Being a Californian, I live in flip flops and Ecco tennies. My boots are "vanity" boots- cute ones to wear out for dinner. Would like some walkable, not too sporty, practical leather boots (not lined-don't need winter boots). I could always buy boots there but I wear a size 42 (so hard to find) and don't want to break in shoes on a trip.
I'm amazed (but really shouldn't be considering I know how many we sold) by how popular Blunds are. I was at a craft expo today and was sitting waiting for my husband. There were 6 people in line waiting for food and three of them had on Blunds. Also recalling a photo on twitter of a house party in Halifax - the person thought it was funny to take a snapshot of the footwear - 8 of the 10 were Blunds...lol.