I don’t love shoes. I don’t own a wardrobe of shoes and I hate shopping for shoes. I have a small number of durable pairs carefully selected because I think of shoes as an often neglected vital aspect of life. Take care of your feet and they will take you many places. Neglect them and all good things end in the pain and misery of sore feet.

Bogs make beautiful waterproof footwear that achieves the four things that matter the most when it comes to shoes: dry feet, warm toes, comfort and traction. We’ve worn them on muddy, wet winter walks jumping into many puddles, on more than one icy winter morning walk to school, for a day out on the paved hills and slopes bridges of Bristol, whilst cycling and to the pool. We’ve worn them camping in muddy fields and even during the wet summer months, they’ve taken us through woodland and on beaches, over hills and next to rivers and lakes.

They get bonus points for being ridiculously easy to put on and take off, hassle free to clean and for being superbly stylish, but it’s their comfort and durability that make them one of our favourite footwear choices.

Few things are as valuable as a well-worn pair of comfortable shoes for inclement weather. I used to keep my Wellingtons in the car boot to change over only when I absolutely require them, but my Bogs boots wait by the door and are infinitely more versatile and comfortable. The side-handles make them easy to quickly slip on and go. I appreciate all the little things that make them a good pair of waterproof boots, but most of all, as silly as it may sound, they pass my trustworthy test.

These aren’t boots I am going to slip and fall in, I won’t be getting any chilblains or blue oxygen starved feet after a winter’s morning walk and they’ve given me more freedom to choose to go wherever I please. Muddy riverside path? No problem. Icy pavements? Easy peasy. The best part? When I take them off on getting home, my feet feel fine. Not sore, cold or wet, just comfortable.

I always feel as if I am writing marketing copy when we love something so much that I can’t think of detractors, but these boots are so ridiculously comfortable, stylish and versatile that I don’t have a list of improvements. I’ve now worn a Crandall Tall Insulated Boots for almost a year and they remain as comfortable and stylish as ever. Highly recommended.

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Features

Bogs do not just make shoes, they design them. There is a long list of technologies on their website that illustrates how much goes into making each pair. It’s certainly an impressive list, but for me the two deciding factors are how shoes feel when I put them on and how my feet feel at the end of a long, active day.

I have circulatory problems as well as joint instability that lead to small dislocations in the bones of my feet and ankles.  I have both been wearing Bogs boots for almost a year and love them. I’ve worn them everywhere from muddy countryside paths to marble city steps, uphill and downhill. I’ve worn them to museums and adventure parks, on slippery pavements and polished floors. I usually stick to stick to walking boots and although the Crandall Tall boot is grippier than a pair of Wellies, I do slip in them when out for a walk in uneven, muddy terrain.

That said, they are the shoes most often worn in my wardrobe. I have cold feet and although heavily insulated up to -25C, I have worn them for most of the year and have gotten a lot of wear out of a pair of boots that’s showing no signs of wear and tear.

Features

  • 100% Waterproof with 3mm Neo-Tech waterproof insulation
  • Lined with DuraFresh, a “natural, organic bio-technology that activates to fight odors”
  • Bogs Max-Wick moves sweat away from your foot to keep you dry
  • BioGrip slip-resistant outsole
  • Rebound cushioning makes walking comfortable – they feel more like trainers than Wellington boots

Specification

Product dimensions: Variable
Men: Available in sizes 6-13 UK (40 – 47 EU)
Women: Available in sizes 4 – 10 UK (37 – 43 EU)
Children: 6 – 13 Infant and 1 – 4 Jnr,  (23 – 39 EU)
Colour: A large choice of colour and designs
Temperature rating: 3 ratings: up to -1°C, up to -18°C), up to -29°C
Made in China
Materials: Natural, high quality vulcanized rubber

Special considerations

  • PVC free, but some are made with latex.
  • Most Bogs boots are Vegan, although some contain leather (these are clearly labelled).
  • Anti-slip makes them ideal for anyone with some mobility challenges.
  • Easy on-off with handles makes them ideal for anyone with some dexterity challenges.

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About

Bogs was founded in Oregon in 2002 and specialised in insulated rubber boots designed for the ranch in the local adverse weather conditions. They soon discovered the demand for their design style was much bigger than they expected and expanded into kids boots and later into multiple other areas including leather boots, sandals and baby shoes. They were acquired in 2011 by the Weyco Group that also owns Brass Boot, Umi and Rafters but Bogs is still based in Oregon and now employs around 100 people.

We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 11 months of walking, wading and wearing the Women’s Crandall Tall Insulated Boots kindly provided by Bogs Footwear. This article was first published on 4 February 2017 and last updated on 8 January 2018.