I have to admit when the p.r. rep emailed me asking if I wanted to review a pair of Bog Boots I was skeptical. Well, not just skeptical but amusedly so. I mean these are the kinds of things you read on other blogs, not a nursery-guys blog.
But, never having been a fashion maven, I accepted the challenge.
Disclaimer: This is the official statement that I reviewed these boots from a pair provided by the company and did not purchase them myself.
But then I went to the website to check out the styles of boots this company made.
I normally wear one of three things in my garden. Work boots for the heavy slogging days. Big tall, felt-lined farm rubber boots with ties at the top for those cold, wet, muddy days when you want your feet warm. And an ancient pair of deck shoes I toss on (without laces) to run out there for something quick. That’s it. Big old work boots and farm rubber boots.
But these folks produce fashion-conscious boots. And the rep said she’s ship me a pair of their most popular boots. Fair enough said I.
What happened to the other half?
She only shipped me half a boot.
Oh, there were two of them for sure but they lacked tops. No tall protectors for wading into manure piles. The fact I hadn’t had to walk into a manure pile in twenty years hasn’t quite gotten through to my feet and fashion sense I have to admit. No laces. I hadn’t realized they made rubber boots without top laces to keep the drips out of your feet. Who knew?
But I unpacked them gamely, and put them by the front hall where the big work boots and rubber boots turned their toes up at these interlopers.
I even decided to pull them on (easily done without all those funky felt liners to crunch up at your heel) one wet day to walk down to get the mail (our laneway is about a hundred yards long). Feet were warm and dry when I got back – who knew this insulated lining thing really worked? Kicked them off and they flew quite nicely into the cupboard which is yet another plus in my mind.
Some folks may not know the fine art of boot-kicking. You see, the objective is to get the boot as close to the boot storage in the cupboard as possible so you don’t have to listen to somebody ask you to either 1) put your boots away or 2) do it properly. Professionals such as myself can hit a closet from 10-feet away on the full power walk. But I digress…
Look, the long and short of all this slow windup is I wound up wearing these swanky boots all spring through all kinds of mud and cold weather. I even wore them to town and didn’t feel out of place. My feet stayed warm and dry. They were quick to train to the boot flick (the lack of a top was a decided advantage) and became my go-to boots for spring. Really! I left my old farm boots in the cupboard and became a style maven.
The only disadvantage I found was that when the weather turned hot, I stopped wearing them because they got too warm on the feet although that may not be a problem for “certain people”. That lining is a warm delight on a cold day and I can appreciate that for sure. Mind you, I haven’t pulled out the farm boots since I got these (and the old boots are really neatly stood up in the corner sulking,)
So here’s the bottom line. Great boots! I like them. I can only suggest you check them out for yourself because while they’re now my go-to boots gardening boots for spring and fall (not to mention wet summer days) and I suspect my boots for winter driving around in the snow and slush of the city.
The problem now is as soon as I upgraded my wardrobe at the boot end of things, a certain person decided some of my work t-shirts (the super ones I’ve had for 7-10 years or more and were nicely broken in) needed to go.
The Bog Boots snuck out of the closet when the weather turned nasty two weeks ago (October). Sigh. Those big old boots really do lack a certain je n’sais quoi now.
One year later. These bog boots have indeed become my go-to winter boots for quick winter walks in no-snow conditions. They’re warm and dry enough for my regular walking adventure. But clearly not tall enough for deep snow.
Still like them. 🙂 You can see them here (Amazon link)