From former employee and current Alpenglow Sports Ambassador Whitney Foehl….Selling shoes at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, California has exposed me to a myriad of options and opinions for outdoor footwear. However, little I’ve seen compares to the winter-season-woman looking for boots. The drunken girl wearing flip flops in the middle of a blizzard was probably a highlight, but more on par is the UGG tourist. They thought that since those comfy slipper-like boots worked in the suburban setting where hence they came, they would do for Tahoe. They quickly discover that they aren’t waterproof and they become a sloppy, wet mess in any snow deeper than your pinky nail. Ladies, UGGs are great for some things but being practical isn’t one of them.
Other women come in for the mountain-town famous Sorel. These boots will definitely keep your feet warm and dry but are also bulky and feel like you’re carrying around extra weight. When trying to snowshoe or walk the dog, Sorels can be cumbersome. Hey, don’t get me wrong, Sorels are perfect for those deep, wet snow storms, or as a quick slip on to go to the store.
So, where am I going with all this?
Let me introduce to you the Montara boot by Ahnu. It is billed as a mid-height, light weight hiker but what I discovered recently was its ability to be the perfect winter walk around boot. I haven’t worn a mid-height boot in over fifteen years and was skeptical at first, but after one day of breaking them in, I’m sold. They are fully waterproof using their own breathable material they call “eVent”. Please notice how cool it is to have the capital V stuck in there. V is for? Ventilation silly. Actually, I have no idea, I’m just assuming since that is what this fabric liner is all about.
Okay, waterproof and breathable, check. They are also very comfortable and have Vibram soles so I don’t feel like I’m going to slip and slide in the parking lots of life. I’ve been lacing mine up almost daily for dog walks, shoveling, around town, and just winter wear in general. The added advantage is that they are stylish and feminine so you could wear them for work, travel, or in the city. You have to consider what you’ll use them for since they are not insulated like true winter boots are, but I’ve had them out in the snow with warm socks and felt great. If you are looking for a boot to be out all day in a blizzard, these obviously aren’t your boots, but as a versatile protective layer for mountain life, I think you’ll love them.
To sum up, the Montara boot from Ahnu deserves a second look as an around town winter boot. The great bonus is that you have them to wear in the other three seasons as well. They have a multipurpose flare so you can wear them for a variety of life’s adventures. Take it from this local; if these were the last boots I had on my feet before the revolution began, I’d be ready to fight (like a girl).
For more information, please see: http://www.ahnu.com/womens-montara-stability-hiking-boots/AF2128,default,pd.html.
Technical specs include: padded collar, waterproof/breathable eVent bootie, nubuck upper, rubber toe protector, Vibram outsole, mid-cut for added security and protection, genuine leather lined collar and tongue.