Willamette

Willamette

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Beaudoin, Kate

When the snow is melting and rain fills the gutters, Keen’s Willamette boots are on my feet nearly every day. They’re part of the company’s BLVD collection, meaning you’re meant to wear them on streets around town and not on the trail—a lesson I learned the hard way. The boot is made of waxed suede that can withstand all the mud in the world, but the rubber outsole is a different story, and makes wearing the boots in slippery conditions pretty dangerous. They’re very comfortable because of the memory foam footbeds, but can get cold quickly in wet, sub-40 degree situations. And as with most of my preferred gear, there’s an aesthetic element to the Willamettes that makes wearing them fun (though I did once get asked how business was in the cranberry fields). Overall, remember that these boots were made for walkin’—not hikin’ or runnin’—and you’ll be happy with this fashionable, practical pair of kicks. Available at Shedhorn Sports, Northern Lights, and Timber Trails; $130. keenfootwear.com.

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