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Our best boots for the toughest winters
December 26, 2018 0 comments
It's beginning to get cold and blustery out there, folks, and every single one of us will eventually need a high-quality, comfortable pair of boots, right?? Righty-o. When shopping for boots, you'll most likely be bombarded by varying styles and models and popular brands and, quite possibly, gimmicks -- but we here at Mar-Lou Shoes KNOW shoes and boots, and one brand of boot that's at the very top of our shortlist is ... drumroll, please?? ... Toe Warmers!! We LOVE the Toe Warmers brand and I'm super happy to tell you why.
Toe Warmers is a subsidiary of the TTGroup, a Canadian company that specializes in selling all sorts of great footwear -- especially boots!! The TTGroup is an employee-owned company with approximately 200 employees. Founded in the 1940's, the TTGroup and its subsidiaries originally began producing cozy socks and slippers for soldiers returning home from war. They were so successful that they began expanding their repertoire to include shoes and boots. Now, the TTGroup is Canada's largest supplier of footwear -- they sell over 2 million pairs of shoes and boots per year in Canada alone!! Wowee!! The Toe Warmers line is actually MADE in Canada, too, and we know that Canadians need great boots to brave their big-time winters. The TTGroup does a brisk business in the United States, also -- in fact, they only distribute to Canada and the United States at the present time. Their headquarters is in London, Canada, but they also have offices in New York and Missouri. Such a cool company!!
Enough history!! Let's talk specifications, shall we?? Toe Warmers boots feature some pretty sweet specs -- from thick, rugged, ultra-durable outsoles (with great anti-slip tread) to fuzzy, cozy linings to waterproof construction to tons of options in terms of style, Toe Warmers have it goin' ON. ALL of their boots are temperature rated as well, which means, essentially, that you're guaranteed to have warm feet (and toes!!) in any temp that Mother Nature throws your way. In addition, Toe Warmers boots are specially constructed to offer activity-specific insulation ... in other words, the insulation within the boots actually responds to how much heat your feet are generating ... the more standing and sitting you're doing, the MORE heat your feet will need ... the more movin' and shakin' you're doing, the more heat your feet are creating and, thus, the LESS heat you'll need the boots to capture -- and that's exactly how it works!! Neat!! Let's discuss some of our very favorite models of Toe Warmers next -- THESE are boots that work hard for YOU!!
1. The "Active"
An adorable ankle boot but with a slightly higher profile, the Active features a gusseted tongue that opens beautifully for easy access to the interior of the boot AND keeps all sorts of wintry debris out — slip your foot into this luxuriously fleece-lined boot and then tuck the tongue gussets in and secure the generously-sized Velcro strap across your instep for the ultimate fit. You’ll feel snug as a bug in a rug in this awesome boot … or, perhaps, you’ll feel as perfect as a pea in a pod … either way, you’re gonna fall in love with the Active as you’ll experience that custom, adjusted-just-for-me fit EVERY time you put the boot on.
2. The "Trek"
If boots had cousins (which, of course, I would like to think they do), the Trek would absolutely be the Active's cousin in many ways -- the Trek features a very similar shape and profile as the Active ... but it fastens with laces instead of Velcro!! Woo!! This boot gives you ankle-boot styling with a more "outdoorsy" vibe -- it's lined in lusciously soft fleece and has a bunch of eyelets, so you're sure to be able to snug up the laces in any fashion you desire in order to obtain a secure fit and feel. The Active and the Trek are supremely well-made boots that fit everyone fabulously as they come in many sizes and tons of widths to boot -- ha!! Pun intended!!
3. The "Shield" and the "Shelter"
If you're seeking a boot with a higher profile, your search ends here!! The Shield and the Shelter are lined in glorious, super soft fur AND feature the ability to be cuffed!! You can roll down the tops of the boot to create a cute, casual, and furry cuff -- it's a great look, for sure. The Shield and the Shelter feature deep, wide toe boxes and a generous, roomy fit -- they're beautiful AND functional as they're totally waterproof and, of course, temperature-rated.
4. The "Michelle"
This sleek, streamlined, and feminine boot boasts a bit of a wedge heel and a velvety-soft microfiber exterior -- not only is it waterproof, but it's also spot-treatable!! The Michelle hits at mid-calf and features an uber fuzzy fleece lining and a long zipper up the front. It's a beaut of a boot with a slightly squared toe and a roomy calf shaft. It's incredibly easy to get on and off and comes complete with a full gusset behind the zipper to keep you seamlessly warm and debris-free. One of our go-to boots!!
I've only highlighted a handful of Toe Warmers here -- we have loads more to choose from and tons upon tons of sizes and widths IN-STOCK!! Remember, if you're going out and about during the cold times, you'll absolutely, positively require warm toes, dry socks, and happy feet -- to accomplish these goals, shop Toe Warmers -- the made-in-Canada brand that satisfies everyone's desire to stay comfy!!