Kit review: Merrell Decora Chant boots
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?
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).