KEEN Betty Boot 11

By Lamia Hossain

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They Say - Snow bunny meets snow Betty in KEEN’s Betty Boot II. The essential winter boot features a technical outsole for advanced traction in slick, wintery weather.

  • Weight: 16 oz/454 g
  • Type: Rain & Snow
  • Fit Tip: We find this style runs about a 1/2 size small
  • Lining: Moisture wicking textile
  • Upper: Abrasion resistant textile, Waterproof nubuck
  • Rubber: Non-marking rubber outsole
  •  200g KEEN.Warmâ„¢ insulation
  • - 4mm multi directional lugs
  • - EVA midsole
  • - Faux shearling lining
  • - KEEN.DRY â„¢ waterproof breathable membrane
  • - Medial side zipper for easy on and off
  • - Moisture wicking lining
  • - Non-marking rubber outsole
  • - Torsion stability ESS shank
  • - Waterproof nubuck leather upper

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We Say –  Truly non-slip winter boots are a hard thing to come by. So many winter boots I’ve worn came with the label of non-slip but none truly lived up to its name when there’s ice on the road or lots of snow in the path, which there always is outside my house and down the street towards the bus stop (a route I walk every day, and which before I had these boots I frequently slipped on). These Betty Boots aren’t like that; they’re very warm, extremely waterproof and completely non-slip!

Dave added “Super Feet” merino wool insoles to the boots so I’m sure that added to their ability to feel so warm and comfortable. I’ve gone on long hikes recently and they’ve dealt extremely well with the -20 degree Celsius temperature excellently as well as handling snow treks really well. The wetness from the snow didn’t even change the temperature of my feet, let alone seep in and make my feet wet. That was great, to have dry and warm feet after a 3 or 4 hour hike in deep snow.

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KEEN do say these boots run about a half size small but I paired them with winter Sealskinz socks and my size UK 6 boots didn’t feel tight at all, even with the addition of the insoles, so I’m not sure what that advice is about. Perhaps visit a retailer and try on in person or call KEEN if you’re concerned about this. I had no issues though.

Considering they’re hiking/cold weather boots they look cute. I get a lot of compliments from friends when wearing them out to work or when we meet up downtown, where rebuffing snow isn’t as important as looking good :)

Aside from being comfortable for long walks and town-wear alike they also handle different surfaces like broken tarmac (pavements aren’t great here you see) and indoor tiles/flooring easily. They don’t squeak on my indoor floor or make as big a puddle as I’m used to by the door when I leave them there after a long walk – I guess this is due to the outers not soaking up as much water, or the soles ability to rebuff debris.

These boots don’t stink up easily and that was great because after a long, busy day when my feet have worked up a sweat it’s nice not to drive the family away when I take my boots off (I usually suffer from this issue you see!). The inside lining feels warm and soft and there’s a faux-fur trim going around the top of the boots that keeps wind and snow from going into the boots and soaking the feet, and also helps to add to the boots good looks.

So, I think that these boots are really a great find and I’d recommend them for all types of use. If you’re looking for warm, non-slip winter hiking boots or a nice pair of boots to wear everyday in the winter and keep your feet cozy and comfortable, these are well worth checking out!

To discover more about KEEN boots, please see http://www.keenfootwear.com/

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