Now, before I get too far into a review, let me say that I did read the other reviews so I knew that these ran small. I wear a size 6 normally, so I ordered a 7 thinking they run small and giving me room for big socks. Perfect fit. So, when you order these, I would recommend you order them a size bigger than you normally wear.
When I saw these here on Amazon, I fell in love with them. I priced them in Tulsa at several shops/mall/etc. No one here has this style with the feather band. The ones that they did have were a LOT more and were nowhere as cute. I ordered them last week and they arrived today. I couldn't wait to get them on when I got them.
I have had them on all day now and I love love love them. They are really beautiful boots - I ordered them in white. The outside is really awesome, white fur - fake fur I'm sure, you PETA fans. (Although my chihuahua will disagree, he has been growling at them ever since I took them out of the box.) The inside is lined with wool, giving it extra padding as well as warmth. I have noticed that they aren't really heavy either, like those boots that weight a ton and make your legs tired after wearing them for a while. They are really lightweight, yet still really warm and comfortable - just what I wanted.
I do also like that the feather band on them is sewn in on the top of the band and the bottom. I was worried that this would be something that could snag easily or come loose. But I don't see that being a problem. The little leather straps that hang down on the side are perfectly matched to the color of the boot, and they are really cute. They don't flap enough to really be a problem either when you are walking.
I am curious to see how they do on the ice and snow, but so far, the traction is great. We have wood and tile throughout our house and I have other boots that I slip in constantly. I've noticed that the soles of these boots are rubber, they remind me a bit of Doc Martins. So I'm hoping that they do good on snow and ice.
It's in the mid-20's here today and I've been outside several times in the wind. My feet are still just fine and cozy. Having never owned a pair of Bearpaw boots, I wasn't sure how warm they would be. I'll be out more later and this week, I'm sure I'll wear them everywhere. I've gotten tons of compliments on them already.
While these are more than I would normally spend on a pair of boots - yes, I'm a cheapie - I am SO glad that I went ahead and ordered these. Although I've only had them a day so far, I am totally in love with them. My sister saw the ones I ordered and has ordered herself some in black. If you're looking for something really cool and unique to wear, yet will still keep your feet warm, I'd recommend these completely. Just make sure that you order them bigger than you normally wear so that you aren't mad that you can't wear them.