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Altitude IV
Altitude IV Posted: 1/24/15
Reviewer: Phil B from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had these shoes for seven years. I wore them at work for two summers straight, I would throw them on for quick errand runs around town, and I took them traveling from Alaska to Antarctica and everywhere in between. They held up great. The reason that I got rid of them was that the rubber sole started getting a little worn (after seven years who can blame them) and I did not have room in my luggage to bring them home from Nepal. I came online to buy a new replacement pair, and I have already started breaking them in!

Cornice
Cornice Posted: 1/13/15
Reviewer: Devin Leftwich from Wheaton, Illinois
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Bought this for my 11-year-old daughter who already wears a size 11 shoe. I knew from the reviews that it would be a little smaller, but it was by far the best looking boot I could find that looked like it would protect her feet while playing in the snow. As the other reviews have said, it fits a full size smaller, but it is well cushioned and insulated inside, and completely protects your feet from the wet and cold, so you can actually wear thinner socks if necessary. Perfect for playing in the snow, yet stylish enough to normal wear.

Trooper Mid 200 I WP
Trooper Mid 200 I WP Posted: 1/13/15
Reviewer: from Denver, COLORADO
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Cool and light weight. Sole is made from a sturdy material that grips well. There is a lot of cushion in the boot so it fits small. Had to return the boots due to that.

Cornice
Cornice Posted: 1/12/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I normally wear a 7-7.5. Based on other reviews I ordered the 8, but my toes touched the front. Even so, when I laced the boot up tight, my heel lifted when I walked. I have wide feet with an incredibly high arch, and could get these on no problem. (Sorels are always too narrow and tight on my instep). But they are very lightweight compared to other boots I have tried.

Logan WP
Logan WP Posted: 1/8/15
Reviewer: from Napalese Himalayas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

When our rains of Monsoon ease into the most beautiful snows of winter (your summer), my Hi-Tec Logan WPs are with me. My feet are happy; my heart is happy. On a recent journey to Lhasa, the path was true, my soles loyal, my pneuma enlightened. Entreaties to you Zappotistas for delivering with haste, dependable as the Southern Cross.

Altitude IV
Altitude IV Posted: 1/7/15
Reviewer: Kendal Smith from Marion, IL
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These are narrowly made, even the WW version. I tried going up a 1/2 size, still not good. They are good looking otherwise, but too narrow for a wider foot.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 1/7/15
Reviewer: Aretha Kahlo from Paonia, CO
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These look very cute in the photos, but in larger sizes (I ordered a 10) they just aren't cute at all. They're long and narrow and the toe part looks huge...the "chunky" factor is only in smaller sizes. They're heavy and stiff and clunky. Too bad, because the look of the fleece is awesome.

Cornice
Cornice Posted: 1/2/15
Reviewer: Sarah from Denver, CO
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Cute, lightweight boot but my toes were jammed up against the front of the boot. I wish these came in half sizes. Seems like they'd be great in the snow but I didn't even make it outside in these. Definitely runs small.

Avalanche
Avalanche Posted: 12/22/14
Reviewer: from Chicago
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

We are having such a hard time finding the right size for my son (age 11) who is sandwiched between the boys/men sizes. This is a fabulous boot, lovely quality, but unfortunately this size 8 was too tight.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 12/19/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these boots for my daughter. As a college student, she is doing a lot of walking around campus and too and from the light railway in Minnesota. She absolutely loves these boots. They are warm, are good walking through snow and icy sidewalks and aren't clunky looking for a snow boot. I would like a pair myself. I consider getting these boots a half size larger considering thick socks, but got her regular size 9. They fit great.

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted: 12/17/14
Reviewer: Chris D from Naperville, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable boot I use to walk to train every day. Had to go half size up for fitting purposes.

Cornice
Cornice Posted: 12/15/14
Reviewer: from Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are comfortable and look very durable. I haven't tested them in snow or rain yet but they look very waterproof. I ordered a half size up and they fit fine. The purple color is cute.

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted: 12/14/14
Reviewer: from Wisconsin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these for my 13-year-old, who isn't into wearing chunky winter boots anymore, but still goes out for recess and walks home from school throughout the winter. These boots are a good compromise, as they make me happy by protecting from cold and snow, but are acceptable to him appearance-wise.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 12/8/14
Reviewer: Autumn from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

One of the best pair of boots I own. I live way up in the UP of Michigan so its important to have something warm and water proof. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is the laces, they're long and the tighten lace always just sticks out. I also wish they were a little taller for walking through those big snow banks. Other than that they're very grippy, warm, and waterproof.I haven't slipped yet which is good.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 12/5/14
Reviewer: Emilee from Colorado Springs
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Based on other reviews and my knowledge of snow boots, I ordered a 9 which is a half size larger than what I normally wear. It was slightly too big - I could tell when I walked that there was too much room in the toe area. It took forever for me to lace them because the laces kept slipping on the fur and wouldn't stay tight. The fur was just too much for me. I couldn't fit my jeans over it and expect them to stay there when I walked. They seemed like they would be pretty comfortable if I had the right size. Looked big and clunky on my feet. Treads felt slippery to the touch, and I don't ever like treads like that, they just never stick on slippery surfaces. I compared them with the Vasque Pow Pow Ultra Dry, and the Vasques were more comfortable and warmer, plus the treads were better and they fit more what I was looking for - a versatile boot to wear everywhere in rain and snow, while camping or hiking or walking through my backyard or from store to store. I also tried the Merrell Polarand Rove Peak, and I love those! They have great treads and they're warm too.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 12/3/14
Reviewer: Tammy from Indiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I work outside and needed something waterproof, light weight and warm. These are all that and cute. I do not think that I am going to have to buy foot warmers this year. I am very Happy with my purchase.

Valkerie I WP
Valkerie I WP Posted: 12/1/14
Reviewer: Tim White from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The most painful pair of boots I've ever worn. Both of my feet were bleeding after wearing them hiking the first time. The boots have a hard plastic liner that go halfway up the inside. Its top edge will rub the bottom of your ankle bone with every step. I would've returned them if they didn't have my blood on them. A lawsuit would probably be a more appropriate course of action.

Bandera Mid WP
Bandera Mid WP Posted: 11/29/14
Reviewer: Matthew Valentine from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have bought 13w for boots for years and these are just too small. I tried a 13R and ordered 13w and 14r and none fit that great. Both are going back, they just ache after an hour sitting in the chair. I was trying on with lightweight Timberland outdoor sock.

St. Moritz 200 WP
St. Moritz 200 WP Posted: 11/29/14
Reviewer: Mo from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Could've been the perfect winter boot, but had some issues with the fit...I first ordered a 7 (I wear 7-7.5 usually), and they were pretty snug -- I intended to wear thick socks, so returned for the 8. However, once the furry liner gets matted down, the boot got a lot bigger and worsened the issues I had with the boot rubbing under my ankles. However, lacing up real tight helped with the size issue (not so much the ankle stuff). Living in MN I wear my winter boots nearly half the year. This was the year I was going to splurge and buy "real" boots. I had the perfect opportunity to break them in, spent 4 days hunting along Lake Superior in them, temps ranged from 6-37 F, snow on the ground for several days, melting the last day (aka slushy, wet conditions). So, not as cold as it gets, but I was outside for up to 10 hours at a time in them, sometimes walking/hiking, sometimes sitting and standing for awhile. The good: Attractive boot, good height. Quite warm (granted I wore 2-3 pairs of wool socks + toe warmers) but wasn't miserable outside for hours on end. I like that you can lace them up tight or leave really loose and sort of slide them on. I have rather flat feet and didn't have any problems with the soles of these boots. The not-so-good: The boot is stiff, and caused me problems. It may be me, I've had issues with shoes/boots rubbing my ankles wrong. But these were painful, even through all my layers. I was on a lot of uneven terrain and hills and before long I couldn't ignore the discomfort. I'd recommend wearing these around the house all day, try some uneven surfaces, I guess. They were a tiny bit slippery on the snow (but maybe I was just not stepping right to relieve some of the pressure on ankles). Also, kind of squeaky rubber. I'd suggest ordering your regular size, as it gets a little roomier, and taking the time to break them in. On the plus side, can't beat the customer service at Zappos! I so was impressed and grateful they'd accept this briefly worn return that I intend to give them my business for a different pair, even if some local stores offer 30 day 'real-world' trials. I really appreciate how dedicated to customer service they are!

Thomas Boot 200 I
Thomas Boot 200 I Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: Kat from Delaware
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I really liked the style, but they were about a half size too small in the foot and then too large around the leg/calf. Wearing a thin sock, my foot was squished inside. Meanwhile, I had to lace up the boot so that all the loops were touching and you couldn't even see the tongue. The cushion felt good, but the boots are pretty thin and I can't say how good they would be in snow/wet weather. I will be returning these and getting a different pair. Why is it so hard to find a fashionable pair of winter boots?

Altitude IV
Altitude IV Posted: 11/24/14
Reviewer: Joe from Kansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just bought my second pair of Altitude 4s, and I couldn't be more excited. Hiking has been my favorite form of recreation for most of my life, and I purchased my first pair of Altitude 4s back in 2007 (actually, they were a gift). They lasted 3 years, and I hiked all over the Ozarks and in many places in Upstate New York in that time -- many many miles of rugged trails are beneath those boots. The waterproofing never wore out (I still use them in them in the snow) and the support didn't give out until the third year -- and I have low arches and permanently damaged big toe joint. Then I had a gift card for a store that didn't carry these and I met someone who raved about Timberlands, so I bought a pair of Timberlands with that gift card, which didn't fit well (way too big) and hurt my toe joint. The Timberlands have gone on maybe half the hikes my old Hi-Tecs did and I already am going back to the Altitude 4. They're the best boots out there.

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