It’s cold outside, and wet. It snowed about six inches overnight, and I’m at a ski area. This is the kind of weather that sinks into your bones and doesn’t let go. My best defense are my feet--which is why it’s a good thing they are toasty warm in the Forsake Patch boots.
But to say the Patches are boots feels like a misnomer. I mean, they check all the boxes for boots. They’re built with waterproof leather. Molded EVA soles keep me upright on slick staircases. I’ve jumped into puddles of frozen slush and my socks stayed dry. I’ve pulled them on to shovel my driveway, and had plenty of traction to back up the toss and throw of snow to the bank. But they’re so low profile, with a lace-up design like a pair of hiking shoes, they don’t feel like boots at all. And I really like that.
(I’m not a boot person. I also swear by the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE.)
The women’s Patch come with a waterproof/breathable membrane, taped seams, an anti-microbial footbed, and moisture-wicking lining. I credit my currently warm and cozy feet to the Hydroguard internal membrane. The EVA cushioning in the midsole turns these slippers into all-season mountain footwear. They’ve served me well this winter, and I imagine that would ring true on a muddy trail this spring and summer.