As we begin the transition from February into March, the weather seems to take a tone of winter to wet. Proper footwear during this time can make all the difference between happily embracing all the joy and fun that winter still has for us or taking the form of that curmudgeon groundhog and holing up until June. Here are two pairs that my feet have been loving lately and have kept me out and about.
Don't be fooled: Winter still has a lot of life left in her here in Aspen. The Arcata Stripe boot from Bogs footwear is a hefty boot that will ride out the rest of the season with aplomb. With a beefy lug outsole, the Arcata is great for everything from snowy days in town to backcountry snowshoeing jaunts. I have particularly appreciated the monster traction on those warmer days when conditions get extra slushy in the afternoon and then turn to crusty ice as soon as the sun goes down. These boots do a great job of keeping my stability in check.
The Arcata is 100 percent waterproof and has a fluffy, high-pile lining for insulation. Bogs also includes their Max-Wick technology to keep the feet dry. The outer has a striped wool upper that not only adds to the warmth factor but gives the boot some extra flair. Topping them off is that quintessential Bogs feature of the pull-on handles.
The second boot I've been sporting is OluKai's Pehuea Hulu boot. In Hawaiian, pehuea means "a rising wind" and hulu means "fleece.” These boots fall more under the casual category, but I have found they are durable enough for these seasonally transitional days.
The full-grain leather Pehuea has a zipper on one side for easy on-and-off and a metal buckle on the other for some class. As with all Olukai shoes I've tried, they are extremely comfortable due to an anatomical footbed with a gel insert for cushioning and support, but I do think they run on the narrow side. The high-pile shearling lining makes them warm, and the grippy rubber sole with fun, Polynesian-inspired artwork makes them great for walking. These have become an everyday staple for casual activity, and they're great for après ski.
Enjoy yourselves out there, and as spring shows herself on the horizon, keep your feet happy.