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I wore these Northside rain boots for a week in winter weather

mySA logo mySA 1/28/2021 Joshua Sargent
a pair of blue shoes: Northside Men’s Lincoln Waterproof Rubber Boot © Northside

Northside Men’s Lincoln Waterproof Rubber Boot

Rain, puddles and sleet are facts of life and will continue to be so until the day comes when we finally conquer weather and banish all water and air from the planet once and for all. Until that day comes, you’re going to have to deal with getting wet when you go outside sometimes. I’m so sorry.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been mitigating this tragedy by wearing Northside rain boots, walking all over my city in all kinds of weather to try and get a sense of whether or not they work out.

Northside Men’s Lincoln Waterproof Rubber Boot

The short version is this: These boots will keep your feet dry as a bone, and I get the distinct impression they’ll last a decent while when compared to other boots in this price range.

The all-rubber soles are my favorite type of comfortable: Squishy-soft, almost to the point where you can feel the ground beneath your feet. I have pretty high arches, but they’re delightfully snug and keep my feet supported while they’re keeping them dry.

One drawback is that the boots are somewhat tight around the calves. If I wasn’t a comically skinny person, I might have trouble slipping them on and off. This is largely unavoidable with a high boot, and the payoff is that there’s little-to-no-chance that you’re going to get any water in there – which is, of course, the point.

Since there’s not much ankle support, I’m not sure I’d recommend the Northside boots for hiking or any kind of strenuous labor. The lack of fur shearling insulation means that they won't be replacing your favorite winter boots any time soon. But if you’re looking for a boot for working in the garden or slipping on during heavy rainfall, this is a great (and budget-friendly) option.

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