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Kit review: Merrell Decora Chant boots

Written by Fiona November 26 2013

Apparently we’re in for a snowy winter. Forecasters reckon the UK can expect the highest snowfall for 60 years. But even if this doesn’t arrive you can be sure that there will be a fair amount of snow, ice and cold weather around over the next few months. So what will you be wearing on your feet?

Merrell Decora Chant winter boots

Merrell Decora Chant winter boots

I usually review full-on walking boots or running friendly trainers because I like to hill walk and run. But I also do other more “normal” activities, such as walking the dog, going to the shops or heading to the pub. So what do I wear on my feet then?

For years I have worn Keen boots, but I have worn them so much they are now too shabby for anything other than scruffy dog walking. Now my newest casual-but-practical winter boot wear is the Merrell Decora Chant.

Waterproof, insulated and with grippy soles, the boots have so far proved to be a great find. In fact, they have kept me feet so toasty warm that I have been wearing them instead of slippers in the house while I sit at my desk. It gets cold when you sit down in a non-heated house for too long! On cold and wet days outdoors the boots kept my feet warm and dry.

The Merrell Decora Chant boots are comfortable to walk about in – Merrell call this “natural flexing comfort” – and look great – Merrell have added a “sassy faux fur collar” and two buckles. They also boast Merrell’s “winter-specific traction and protection”.

At £140, the boots are a bit of an outlay but they look like they are made to last and I would definitely pay good money to have warm and comfortable feet this winter (especially if the forecasters happen to be right).

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