words & images // Sara Accettura
In Northeastern Ohio, it’s still cold. In fact, it even snowed just last week. Between the cold weather and soggy ground, I’m still sticking close to boots. These North Face Abbey Chukkas are the most comfortable boots I’ve found, plus I think they are extremely fashionable cold-weather boots.
The North Face Abbey Chukka‘s upper is not only waterproof, but it has a beautiful velvet nubuck that is rimmed by full-grain leather around the bottom. What initially attracted me to these shoes was the PrimaLoft™ Eco insulation. Whenever I purchase something new, I always feel better if it has at least some element that is green. According to PrimaLoft’s website, their Eco insulation, “blends 50 percent virgin fibers with 50 percent recycled materials to create a resilient, performance insulation ideal for active outdoor footwear.” And it seems they got the blend just right, because my feet were warm with every step I took, but never sweaty or uncomfortable. These shoes were both breathable and insulated in the right amounts.
While the D-ring closures at the back serve the practical function of allowing you to adjust to the most comfortable fit, they also add a great style element when coupled with the dip in the foot opening and faux fur lining.
And while all of these things are wonderful, it’s the sole that I really loved. Even with the TNF Winter Grip™ rubber with Ice Pick™ temperature-sensitive lugs, it didn’t feel like I had anything between me and the ground. These are the most comfortable boots I own, but they’re so cute, I know I’ll wear them even when it’s not snowing.
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