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With temperatures dropping lower every day, it’s time to start prepping your wardrobe for winter with cold weather staples that will stand up against the elements. One mistake I made when we moved from NC to NY was buying cheaper winter gear for our family. There were already a lot of costs associated with our out-of-state move, so I was trying to do everything on a budget and save where I could. But I quickly learned that this was one area where it pays to spend more for quality essentials that will keep you warm & dry. Living somewhere that gets around 100 inches of snow each year, it’s crucial to have well-made boots for navigating through the icy, slushy conditions.
Kamik is an outdoor footwear brand that’s been around for decades & is focused on making sustainable & versatile styles for the whole family. I was thrilled to be introduced to them as we were needing to upgrade our winter boots for the coming season. I put this classic pair to the test during a day trip to Letchworth State Park (one of the most beautiful spots in upstate NY). We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family and hiking is one of our favorite activities to enjoy together. So, it’s essential for us all to have footwear with good traction that will hold up well.
We spent the day hiking on rugged muddy trails, through creek beds & up some pretty steep hills…and I didn’t slip once! Other outdoor boots I’ve tried in the past feel overly bulky and heavy, but these have a RubberHe shell that’s surprisingly lightweight (and waterproof!). They also have warm Thinsulate insulation that will keep your feet toasty all day long. A few of the reviews stated that these ran small, so I ordered two sizes, but I ended up keeping my usual size and found I still had enough room for a thick pair of socks.
Another one of our favorite things to do on Saturday mornings in the fall (now that soccer season is over) is to go for a family walk along the Erie Canal. We usually head down after breakfast & grab coffee on the go – the kids love feeding the ducks, watching the boats go by & collecting rocks along the way. Even though it’s pretty chilly now, we like to bundle up and head out before the path gets too crowded – it’s so beautiful & peaceful first thing in the morning!
For those who may not need heavy duty boots (based on where you live), this style is the perfect option! They are still waterproof & insulated, but they have a lower shaft that makes them more wearable for every day. Many of you have mentioned that you don’t care for knee-high rain boots, so these would be a great alternative to slip on when you’re out running errands on a stormy day. I chose the black/gray combo so they would pair well with all of my winter neutrals, but they also come in tan & dark brown. And the best part is that they’re under $100, they come with a 1 year warranty, and, as with all Zappos products, shipping & returns are free!