For my daily commute I wear some Shimano shoes with the cleat embedded in the sole so when I am not on my bike I can walk around without sliding and slipping, but cycling shoes are not the most comfortable for walking around. The soles are stiff which is good for riding, but not so much for walking.
When running errands or washing my bike, I typically wear some old running shoes, but they have no defense against water. Thus, when finished splashing water around everywhere my shoes and feet are soaked. I have also dropped a tool on my foot before while making some repairs which led to me hopping around like a cartoon character for a minute.
Thanks to the fine folks at Bogs footwear, I now have a pair of boots that are perfect for washing and maintaining my bike, along with running errands. I was sent a pair of their Jamison model to review. There are two colors, this colorway . . .
The boots are quite comfortable, and this model has one of those tongues that is sewn into the body of the shoes so water and grit cannot seep inside. The sole would be good for a hike and they have good cushioning. Toe caps are also a great way of making shoes durable.
The best part for me is that they are waterproof, and I put them to the test by running them under water in my sink for a few minutes.
I felt around inside and they were 100% dry, even after a few minutes of being drenched. Bogs has a wide selection, and my wife also got a pair of the McKenna rain boots.
My wife noted that her boots are flexible and soft, but not "plasticky." She felt the boots were a bit loose fitting, and I think this is what Bogs is after. Niether her boots nor mine are what I would call "sleek," like for example running shoes which are basically form fitting. Her boots have buckles that can help with the fit.
My wife noted that the leather is styled well, the cushioning is nice, and they are comfortable to wear. Bogs does not sell half sizes, only whole sizes.
When it comes to being waterproof, her boots, like mine, get an A+. Just check out this video.
Bogs offers a wide selection and there is something for everyone, even some cool camouflage patterns for hunters. If you are looking for a solid pair of boots that will help keep you dry and comfortable, check them out.