So I got these Kamik
boots because my mom likes her Kamiks. She got hers from a different company last year, but they held up well in "Snowpocalypse" so now I get a pair. We chose to shop on Zappos this time of course because the free two-way shipping made these boots the best deal on the web. Yay Zappos! Anyway, I finally got my Kamik
Brooklyn snow boots. I have to say that I am already happy with them. And when I mean finally -- well Zappos got them to me overnight, after I returned the originals, which were a size 7. Let me be clear that I was torn on sending back the 7s, but they felt a little too small to comfortably wear with socks, and I had the experience of wearing too small boots of another brand, and I didn't want to do that again. So, I already love the boots! They are comfortable, and more supportive than my Uggs
(which although are doing fine, just don't give the warmth or protection from the elements to handle Pittsburgh this winter). However, to be fair, the arch support is supportive compared to Uggs
, which have zero arch support, but not quite as supportive as they could be! The boots also aren't hideous and still keep
my toesies toasty outside! Which is a big plus of course! The boot also has a roomy enough shaft to wear pants underneath. But yeah, the big plus is that for snow boots, they are pretty good looking. Also the treads are great on these things. No slip and sliding and falling on your behind. The fake fur trim, and the microsuede accents also draws attention away from the fact that these are obviously synthetic materials... and makes the boot that much less overly casual. So the shoes
come with two sets of laces, one black and one baby pink (which I can't decide if I like or not). The laces are pretty substantial though, which is good. Also good is that that the gusseted tongue of the boot can open wide enough that you don't have to lace or unlace your boots just to put you foot in. So they get on and off pretty easily. Also the quality seems pretty sound. The lace loops are metal and look attached pretty soundly. Also there aren't any loose threads or stitches on the boots as far as I can see, so it doesn't look like it will fall apart. The nylon outer is properly placed, with the weave matched up on the back seam on the weave on the front being properly aligned forward -- a quality that is rare with products that are produced outside of the Eurozone or the Americas... so these are likely made at factories with strict quality control guidelines, and decently paid employees (at least on Chinese standards) so the guilt factor for buying one of their products can also be relatively low (although I don't know this for sure).