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The Boot Book: Sure Footed


As we head into the new year, demand for boots remains strong.  And, likewise, demands from consumers about what they expect in their footwear are equally strong. Innovation, style, comfort and sustainability are all top-of-mind. Oboz is developing footwear with more sustainable materials and is aiming for B-Corp status in 2022, says Rich Hohne, Oboz director of brand + consumer experience.  At Twisted X, Lee Lemon, VP of sales, notes that waterproof footwear is becoming a bigger portion of the brand’s year-round business. And he says, “Another key trend in 2022 is comfort. We are seeing a migration of generations moving out of athletic footwear into work or light work/light duty.” At Merrell, “Sustainability, versatility, and key franchise models moving into different seasons are all things we’re focused on,” Chris Hufnagel, global brand president, Merrell, tells us.


Kamik Brody

Brody is a winter weather boot with an eco-tilt, featuring Ortholite Hybrid eco insoles and leather from a tannery known for its sustainable water, energy and management practices. HEAT-MX sustainable thermal insulation keeps feet toasty down to -20°C and a flexible tread design offers superior stability. A multi-directional lug design offers great traction in winter conditions. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $159.99.

Baffin Ice Monster

Suitable for cold-climates where both wet and icy conditions may be present, this workhorse has four-channel hollow fiber insulation for high loft breathability and IceBite Grip for enhanced slip resistance on ice. Upper features include corrosion-resistant, non-metallic hardware and a catch-resistant speed lacing system. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $260.

LOWA Renegade Warm GTX Mid

This cold weather boot has Gore-Tex Panda insulation, a grippy new Vibram Evo outsole with Winter ICETREK compound and a cozy, winter-inspired cuff with the same fit and function elements that have made the Renegade a favorite in the LOWA Outdoor collection. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $275.

Muck Women’s Apex PAC

This performance outdoor boot offers a new adjustable closure system for a tailored fit, along with Muckskin, an upper material technology that is flexible, durable and waterproof. Muck’s new Thermal Regulating Fleece is an open-fiber technology that wicks away moisture. Available in men’s and women’s offerings. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $180.

Propet Ridgewalker Force

Offered in four widths up to size 16 for Propet’s men’s line, the Ridgewalker Force is built to perform. Ready for any adventure, on the trail or off, the Ridgewalker Force boot is waterproof and has a new heel anchor lacing system for a secure fit. Available Aug. ’22. MSRP $114.95.


Insulated and built for performance, this boot is a good choice for anything from winter hiking to walking around town, and is designed to offer a secure grip in cold, icy conditions. A taller ankle collar with a comfortable stretch fabric collar, a suede upper backed by Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort technology and Primaloft Gold Eco insulation ensure protection and warmth. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $299.

Rieker Sabrina

On the trail? On the town? This stylish hiker from Rieker will deliver in either situation. The Sabrina has a water resistant “TEX” lining and also features speed laces. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $145.


Taking inspiration from the technical functionality of the brand’s Women’s U.S. Ski Team boot, the weather-resistant Alana adds in fashion elements and features details such as a cozy Thermolite and faux fur lining, comfort memory foam insole, lightweight and flexible midsole and a grippy outsole. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $80.

Kodiak Comox

The Comox boot is a new modern utility boot for men, built to take on the urban outdoors. It features a 50% recycled plastic lining and 100% recycled plastic laces, PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation, and Kodiak’s Comfortzone ECO footbed. It also has is a slip-and oil-resistant Vibram TC4+ rubber outsole for trustworthy traction. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $170.

GEOX Zosma

A lightweight, breathable ankle boot with a fashion-chic wedge, the Zosma from GEOX has a convenient and stylish side zip to go along with an upper Velcro and lace closure. Designed with comfort and durability in mind, it also features a removable footbed. MSRP $175.

Twisted X 12” Tech X

Twisted X has infused comfort into a stylish, timeless, Western boot with the Tech X. The brand uses a patent pending manufacturing process to make the boot, which features CellStretch comfort technology. CellStretch ensures that every step taken has cloud-like comfort. Available Spring ’22. MSRP $219.95.

Oboz Bangtail Mid Insulated B-DRY

The Bangtail has the goods to beat the winter elements: A Vibram Arctic Grip outsole, PrimaLoft Bio insulation and B-DRY waterproof breathable technology. ACT+ rubberized EVA adapts to varying terrain and delivers a softer heel strike landing zone. Available Fall ’22. MSRP: $220

Merrell Women’s Bravada 2 Thermo Demi WP

The Bravada 2 Thermo Demi WP blends fashion and function seamlessly in a winter offering for women. A waterproof membrane is protective, while recycled components keep with Merrell’s sustainability message. A Super Rebound Compound offers durable shock absorption in a mountain-grade Quantum Grip rubber outsole. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $140.

XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boot ICE

The Bravada 2 Thermo Demi WP blends fashion and function seamlessly in a winter offering for women. A waterproof membrane is protective, while recycled components keep with Merrell’s sustainability message. A Super Rebound Compound offers durable shock absorption in a mountain-grade Quantum Grip rubber outsole. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $140.

Telic Apres-Ski

Built to be worn after training and competition, the Apres-Ski Boot helps the wearer relax and rejuvenate. This recovery series incorporates a Novalon Footstrike Technology with cushioning and an energizing propulsion that helps cradle and guide the foot. A contoured footbed evenly distributes body weight. This boot is 100% vegan. Available now. MSRP $149.

Dansko Karmel Rain Boot

Made from over 50% I’m Green Biobased EVA, this lightweight pull on boot, with double gore for adjustability, features a removable insole with Dansko Natural Arch technology for exceptional support and comfort. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $120.

Wolverine Rev Ultraspring Durashocks BOA

Built to deliver lightweight responsiveness and extreme cushioning, the Rev UltraSpring DuraShocks delivers energy back to the foot thanks to an UltraSpring midsole. The Rev absorbs shock for long days on your feet, and a micro-adjustable BOA fit system makes for a fast and effortless on/off situation. A nylon shank adds extra strength. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $185.

Thorogood Midnight Series 6” Black Moc Toe

Practical, versatile, and stylish, these USA-made work boots deliver comfort and durability. The boots have removable Ultimate Shock Absorption inserts on EVA comfort footbeds, plus a composite shank for support. The moc toe offers added flex and comfort. Goodyear storm welt construction means they can be restored and resoled when needed. Available now.

Chooka Bellevue Chelsea

Designed for those looking for a fashionable choice in wet weather, this functional, stylish Chelsea silhouette delivers on all fronts. The waterproof Bellevue Chelsea rain boot has a lightweight EVA outsole and a comfortable memory foam insole, too. Available now. MSRP $80.

Cougar Suma

Stylish and designed with tech for cold weather comfort, the Suma boasts a statement sole and mixed materials for a fashion-forward outdoor look. The boot has Primaloft insulation, a felt collar, polar plush lining and is temperature rated for -24 degrees. Available Fall ’22. MSRP $180.

Naot Maestro

An everyday water-resistant ankle boot, the Maestro has a removable, anatomic cork and latex footbed for comfort. Part of Naot’s Aura Collection, it features a 1.5” polyurethane sole with a metal shank which is lightweight, durable and abrasive to prevent slipping. This collection uses a hand-sewn Strobel construction making it strong and flexible.  Available Fall ’22. MSRP $230.