Columbia Boots: The Indoor-Outdoor Boot for all Men (Part 1 of 2)
“It’s perfect, now make it better.” This is the line the makers of Columbia boots were told by their mother, Gert Boyle who has been the Chairman of Columbia products for over 40 years. The Boyle family was born and raised in the Pacific northwest. They spent hours outside in the elements, exploring the coast and all of the rugged beauty it has to offer. What began as a small hat business has grown into what we know Columbia to be today: an outdoor apparel mega brand. Columbia products are well made, warm, and built to withstand whatever the elements throw your way. That’s the Columbia promise, and they’ve been around for 70 years to prove their worth.
Columbia boots are known for their ability to keep your feet blister-free, warm and cozy even on the coldest of days. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to me. One of their biggest selling features is that their mens boots are perfect for easily moving from indoor to outdoor wear while still looking appropriate. We have a few favorite models that we’re really excited to tell you about!
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00KWK8SJS” locale=”US” tag=”workbootcritic-20″]Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II WP Hiking Boot, Black/Black, 9.5 D US[/easyazon_link]
My fiance hates to take his shoes off inside the house (weird, I know). However, many of his work boots are clunky and uncomfortable for him to wear once he’s inside. These [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KWK8SJS” locale=”US” tag=”workbootcritic-20″]Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus boots[/easyazon_link] are exactly what he wanted: an easy boot to transition from outdoor to indoor.
These boots have a rubber sole to keep your feet dry in the rain. They feature a leather upper with a mesh tongue so your feet can breathe as you work or play. They’re easy to lace up and the 5″ shaft gives excellent ankle support. Designed for the hiking trail, these boots have the traction and grip you need whether you’re actually hiking or working outdoors. The traction on these boots is designed to repel mud. You won’t end up at the end of the day having to pick the mud out of your boots with a stick. I have way too many childhood memories of doing that!
One of the best features of this boot, beyond the all-over leather which keeps your feet nice and dry, is the supportive arch. It’s comfortable, padded, and the perfect height for all-day wear. They’re light weight, not weighing much more than your average running shoe. This is pretty unheard of for a hiking boot![easyazon_image align=”center” height=”371″ identifier=”B00KWK8SJS” locale=”US” src=”https://workbootcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/41gC9zwDL.jpg” tag=”workbootcritic-20″ width=”500″]
When determining what size to order, be sure to consider what kind of socks you’ll be wearing. If you’re going for thick hiking socks, you might want to order a half-size up as these boots are designed to fit snug. If you think you’ll just wear normal thickness socks, you should be fine with the shoe size you typically wear.
These boots are truly designed to take you wherever you need to go. They’re popular on construction sites and other outdoor jobs because of their reliability. The price is great too, as it’ll only run you $60-$90.00 depending on what size and color you order. Not bad at all for a boot that’ll last you a long time.
If you’re looking for a boot that wears like a shoe, this is the one for you! There’s just so many things to love about it, and this isn’t the only boot we love. There’s so many great Columbia boots that we couldn’t limit ourselves to just this post. We’re coming back next time to give you a couple more reviews of amazing Columbia footwear.