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Teva, maker of some of the best sandals in the world, was kind enough to hook me up with a pair of Chair 5's at the start of this winter, which is the flagship boot from their brand new Lifty Collection that was featured in The Life of a Lifty video series that we produced in conjunction with Teva (click here to check them out).
Ever since I started covering events and traveling with film companies on shoots, I've been a big, big fan of using winter boots, as prior to being in this line of work I found that I never had a ton of use for them, because they always seemed bulky and unpractical to wear around town, even if it had snowed a ton. This is not the case with the Chair 5, as isn't too tall and is extremely light (unlike a lot of winter boots out there), to the point that I was initially skeptical about how waterproof, warm and tough they'd be in wet and/or cold conditions. After using them a couple of times though, all of my skepticism was put to rest and then some, thanks to how durable, warm, waterproof and easy they were to walk around in, which was a huge bonus for me in a winter boot.
My favorite feature on the boot is the removable liner, as it's a great option to have, because after a long, cold/wet day of trucking through snow, it's nice to be able to remove it so it can dry them out lickity split (because nothing is worse than having to wear wet boots the next day), along with not stinking up the room or your feet as you wear them again and again.
For all of you thunder foots out there though, be aware that in my opinion the Chair 5 fits a tad on the narrow side, and I only say that because I have a pretty narrow foot, and as a result (and much to my delight) my feet felt like they had been inserted into a cozy sleeping bag in these boots.
So next time you're in a shop and you see the Chair 5 on the wall, pick them up to marvel how light they are, then slide them on your feet to see what I mean, and don't be surprised if you walk out with a pair. Because if you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors throughout the winter, you'll be glad you did.