Well, it’s winter, and I hate it. Sadly, that does not mean it’s going away.
Last year my 10+ year old Muck Boots finally wore through and I was left with wet feet. I replaced them with Ovation Mudsters, and they’re just not for me. They fit fine, but I have to literally wrestle them off, and the next time I put them on and find myself ten minutes into removing them and still trapped, I’m going to take scissors to them and be done. (No, I will not be buying a boot jack.)
So, what are people wearing for winter mud (and snow) boots that are easy on/off? Not interested in riding in them. I want boots that keep my feet dry when I walk through the muck to catch my horse, boots warm enough for shoveling snow, preferably boots sleek enough that I can walk without fear of heavy, wide boots tangling me up and tripping me, as I do an easy weekly hike and would like to trade out with my Ariat Terrain H2Os. Easy clean is a big benefit.
I’m not particularly interested in zippers, because I find they tend to stop working long before the rest of the boot. Lace ups seem the way to go.
I was looking toward leather and fleece, versus getting a boot full of plastic parts, but I bought a pair of L.L. Beans and I’ll be returning them. Very uncomfortable, slightly too small but not so small going a size up would help (too big then), and frankly the quality for the price seems low. The liner on one boot doesn’t stay, it’s very obvious that boot is smaller (both by fit and visual inspection), and the seams are large and obtrusive, made worse by the one liner slipping and removing protection from that seam.
Looks like Sorel makes some decent lace ups? Any other brands I should look at? If they’ll last as long as my Muck Boots did, I’m willing to spend a chunk of cash, but I need more work boot than fashion boot.