Like many people living in Aspen, I gave up on the “real world” a long time ago, which included maintaining a respectable wardrobe in the workplace such as suits, ties, and loafers.
In regards to the latter category, I’ve come to enjoy wearing my bedroom slippers at my desk while working. They keep my feet warm and comfortable, and who knows, perhaps make me more productive. However, I spend the bulk of my time outside away from the office and can’t very well wear my slippers in town during the winter (although give me another two decades here, and who knows what will happen).
After years of searching, I’ve finally found a pair of winter boots that rival my indoor footwear. Enter the Salomon Deemax 2 Dry boots. They are fully waterproof and are made from some sort of space-age material that is soft and molds to your foot. The boots are practically seamless and incredibly lightweight, perhaps lighter than a pair of sneakers. Lined with Thinsulate, these boots have easily kept my feet warm and dry as temperatures have hovered near 0 degrees.
As for traction, the bottom of the boots are equipped with something called “Contagrip technology.” I have no idea what that means, but it works great on snow and icy sidewalks. The lacing system is a quicklace, topped off with a velcro strap at the top of the boot, so you never have to worry about the boot coming untied.
I had initially purchased these boots to use with snowshoes, but the softness of the material makes them a bit impractical for extended use, considering the snowshoe straps tend to dig into your foot. Otherwise these boots are so comfortable that I recently did a 12-mile hike in them. And when I got home, I didn’t even feel the need to put on my slippers.
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Salomon Deemax 2 Dry boots
Ute Mountaineer, $150