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Frankly even in person the aesthetic leaves much to be desired. As others have said, if you're looking to handle what a Montreal winter will throw at you and look good, you're SOL.

 

Agreed. Montreal winter is so difficult to handle with. I'm also one of the members that are desperately looking for a pair of perfect boots for severe winter. That's why I'm here in this thread. UGGs(I posted previously) are not terrible looking boots though. What do you think?

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I dunno, my Timberlands are doing OK and I am in Montreal. Unless you're climbing Mont-Royal or something it should be OK.
post #588 of 598
Normal 7" or?

I've always found mine to be incredibly cold unless I wear a 2 pairs of socks.
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Originally Posted by TheMangelo View Post

Frankly even in person the aesthetic leaves much to be desired. As others have said, if you're looking to handle what a Montreal winter will throw at you and look good, you're SOL.

 

Agreed. Montreal winter is so difficult to handle with. I'm also one of the members that are desperately looking for a pair of perfect boots for severe winter. That's why I'm here in this thread. UGGs(I posted previously) are not terrible looking boots though. What do you think?

 

All last year, and so far this year, I wore Ugg Montgomry boots (got them on sale at the Ugg Canada site for CAD$150):

 

 

With a pair of thick, warm socks I was fine for much of the winter, as they're waterproof. The leather is extremely delicate, though, and will scuff if you look at it funny. Otherwise the boots are well made, and Ugg customer service is top-notch. I e-mailed them asking where I could buy replacement laces (as the originals had started shredding through) and they mailed me a free set. I considered buying a pair of Ugg Hannen boots for colder weather (they're handsome IMHO) but I wanted something a bit more rough-and-tumble for shovelling, kicking the car free of iced-over snowbanks, and dealing with the careless folk on the subway.

 

It may be an unpopular opinion here on SF but frankly I don't quite get why everyone has a hate-on for Uggs (the ladies feed-bag models excepted—those are vile).

post #590 of 598

My wife got these boots. I personally hate this style because many wears them(really does) & that they look ugly to me. However, thanks to the tweed shaft I find hers way better than other colour combo of the same style.

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I may have to buy those boots for myself. It is too cold outside(-25°)...

post #592 of 598

 Put screws in your winter boots!

 

Small screws keep falling out and they're pain to replace but nothing beats spiked boots on snow and ice.

post #593 of 598

No worry. I have some anti-slip shoe grips. I use them when sidewalk is icy. However, they make big noise in subway stations. So I believe that your spiked boots do that too.

 

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No worry. I have some anti-slip shoe grips. I use them when sidewalk is icy. However, they make big noise in subway stations. So I believe that your spiked boots do that too.

 

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The screws have a clickety-clack sound on dry asphalt. But their serrated edges dig deep in snow and ice. Sliding on slick patches isn't my idea of winter fun!

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I have one pair of german felt-shafted hunting boots "filzstiefel", like the ones made by Trabert:

http://www.trabert-schuhe.de/media/k2/items/cache/a27a3b73d355048c6bab885897085f62_M.jpg

I've recently aquired a pair of all leather, shearling hunting boots from Hungary. They look very similar to the trabert "tradition" model.

http://www.trabert-schuhe.de/index.php/en/products/hunting-boots/item/56-tradition-hunting-boots-alutherm.html

Both "zwiegenaht" (doubly stitched) goodyear welted with vibram soles.

They can be had very cheaply from the right sources, especially from ebay and many german hunting/workwear suppliers. Highly recommended as  winter boots if you do not mind tucking your pants in (the shafts are too wide to hide under the pants).

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Hi bafe, I don't mind at all tucking my pants in as I don't want them to get dirty with winter slush. I checked the website Trabert. Some products are really nice. I like this style a lot.

 

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post #597 of 598
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Hi bafe, I don't mind at all tucking my pants in as I don't want them to get dirty with winter slush. I checked the website Trabert. Some products are really nice. I like this style a lot.

 

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Hi pasteurisation, I agree on the tucking, I think it can look good with the right trousers and, after all, when it is really cold style is of secondary importance. Yes, Trabert produces really nice boots, the only problem being the price. If you look carefully, you can find lots of smaller german manufacturers which have products on par with trabert and are more than happy to sell their products for half the price. For example, if you like the "Klassik" model by Trabert,  I reccommend looking for the model "Praktiker" by Reck (another german hunting boot manufacturer) which is very similar but is much cheaper.

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Vinegar apparently works on salt stains as well.

Yes and no. If you catch the salt early enough, before it's had a chance to do much lasting damage, it can certainly help. However, if you wait, the damage can end up being permanent, even after washing and cleaning with vinegar. I lost a pair of white Comomon Projects Achilles this way - I didn't see the salt on the leather until after it had already begun to crack and peel.

I have a couple questions of my own that I was hoping people could advise me on:
-How does nubuck fair in wintry weather? Since it's formed from the outside of the hide, I'm guessing it'll survive a little better than suede, but how does it do with salt, muck, etc.? (I'm looking at these from upthread.)
-Thoughts/opinions on these Sorels that the guy in the foreground of the picture is wearing?
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