Shoe Reviews: Duck Boots

Duck Boots Shoe Review

We’re talking Duck Boots today – a popular boot style in the early 1900’s making a modern day resurgence – that is always a favorite in the winter season. Our shoe experts here gave us the download on Duck Boots, so you’ll feel in the know too when shopping for these essentials.

Origin
As you’ve likely guessed by the name, hunters who waded through the waters of New England trailing ducks were the first to sport these weather proof boots. The first mainstream duck boot made its debut in 1912, when L.L. Bean, as the true-blue New England outdoorsman from Maine is now famously referred to, created a waterproof boot that he sold to hunters and outdoorsmen. The boots were made of waterproof lightweight leather uppers and rubber bottoms, to prevent cold and soggy feet. And these rubber-bottomed boots translate well to cold cities with rain and snow. Now, 100 years later, they are a cold weather fashion staple.

Features
Duck Boots remain largely unchanged, but in addition to the classics, today’s styles are infused with color and pattern too. Here are a few of our favorite things about these timeless boots:

  • Waterproof protection of rubber combined with the comfort of leather
  • Full-grain leather sheds the rain and snow
  • Good traction on slick ice or in the mud and they’re pliable
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Best of all, they’re stylish after all these years

Fan Favorites
ShoeBuyers can’t get enough of Duck Boots this season, here are some fan favorites:

“They keep me warm without excessive heat that can happen easily in the city.”
Sperry Top Sider Avenue Duck Boot

“Warm, durable, and comfortable”
Superior Boot Co. Pull On Duck Boot

Whoever says “they don’t build things like they used to,” doesn’t own a pair of Duck Boots. Permission to puddle jump.

Time to get your own pair? Here are some more Duck Boots to peruse.

Shoe Reviews: Kids Winter Boots

Kids Winter Boots: Warm, Waterproof, Comfort

When you’re shopping for the little(r) feet in your life in the winter, there are a few things to keep in mind. As a parent, you want something warm, durable and affordable. But, perhaps the biggest challenge is getting your kids excited about wearing the boots, we can help with that too. Here’s a quick list of features and styles to think about before you make this season’s purchase. After all, if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, you’ll need to keep those little toes toasty.

FUNCTION IS KEY
Here’s what to look for:

  • Waterproofing – whether it’s raining or there are snowbanks outside, you want to keep little feet dry.
  • Insulation – choose what makes sense for your winter weather. If you’re down south, a sturdy rain boot may get your kids through the season, but if you’re used to snowdays – or live in a region where the wind chill is nothing to joke about, insulation and room for warm socks is key.
  • Comfort – padded insoles, traction on the outsoles and lightweight styles will help your kids navigate the winter months without wanting to take their boots off.
  • Quality – this is important because you don’t want leaky soles or cold toes, but you should still be able to find plenty of options across all the price points to fit your budget too.

OUR PICKS
Now, when it comes to style, kids boots have come a long way, so your child can gear up for snowy days now with a range of colors and styles that fit their personality. While, not all boots are designed for romping in the snowbanks, there are lots to choose from that will fit both your wish list and your child’s! Here are our top picks for the season:

  1. Lightweight, water-resistant and easy to get on and off make this warm style a winner in our books. The North Face Alpenglow Boys & The North Face Alpenglow
  2. Every girl crushes on the ultimate cozy winter boots from UGG Australia. A fan favorite: UGG Bailey Bow 
  3. A winter boot to hit the snowbanks in that won’t break the piggy bank is also key. This is the boot for you: Tundra Teddy
  4. The classic rain boot is a must-have for puddle jumpers, and with a range of colors and patterns, there’s a good match for everyone’s little one. For your little trooper: Bogs Camo Classic & your little flower girl: Bogs Classic Flower Stripe
  5. When there’s just a little snow on the ground, this waterproof shoe can go right from the school bus stop to the classroom: Merrell Jungle Frosty

Bring on the snow angels!