Originally Posted by MSSneaker
1000K boots are no good for snow. Somebody from the 1000 mile thread might chime in and say I am wrong, but let me just tell you my experience. The leather sole soaks up moisture. Now, that moisture won't leak into your foot - your foot won't get wet if the upper leather is sno-sealed or otherwise treated, but the moisture in the sole will make your foot cold - especially when it is 20 degrees out. Imagine wearing a sole in the cold weather that is essentially wet as insulation against the cold ground. Besides that, there is no traction at all with the slick leather sole. You will have to be very careful on ice.
1000K mile boots are incredible outside of these conditions. I love them. They can work in rain or snow. If you want to wear them out in the rain or snow, you will be alright, I guess. Just don't size down too much on them so that you can wear thick wool socks. They are not an option for "winter boots," but they can work in the rain or snow if you want.
I agree, 1000k's - beautiful, stylish, well made though they are, are not designed for snowy conditions. I know you can waterproof the hell out of them and make them functional in snowy weather, but smooth leather soles are the worst possible choice on snow, or rocks or wet grass.
I have an older pair of Timberlands insulated boots (made in the USA, btw) that have kept my feet dry and warm in cold, snowy. slushy weather. Not the most stylish boot as of today, but not ugly either. For 12" and more snow - fairly rare here in NYC/NJ, I wear knee high Sorrells - totally waterproof and warm to about - 40.
As an aside, for those who read my earlier post regarding my 1000 k's getting soaked through after a rain, Wolverine graciously offered to send me a new pair in exchange. I will use a waterproofer - Montana Pitch Blend or Ob and will be happy if they retain a decent amount of waterproofing - won't stand in puddles or ditches, but hopefully will be able to retain water repellancy walking around in some rain. Having said that, these shoes will lead a slightly more sheltered (not babied) existance - no heavy hiking, no use as a knock the crap around, skuff the hell out of them, workboots. I already have boots for those activities and these 1000 k's are just too nice a boot for that.