Spring can be wet and gloomy - but that doesn’t mean you have to be. With a good pair of rain boots like Sweetpea by Bogs, you may just rediscover the joy of stomping in puddles. With a waterproof upper, an odor-control technology, a sleek silhouette, and a grippy outsole, these boots are much more practical than they may appear. They will keep you dry, comfortable, and stylish regardless of how miserable the weather may be. With that said, they still have their downsides: after doing our research, we’ve found some flaws in their sizing and identified a couple of inconveniences when it comes to their low profile and adjustability. Read on to find out more about the details and determine if this is the right pair for you.
Before getting into the Sweetpea rain boot, let’s first take a look at the brand that designed and manufactured it so that we know better what to expect. Bogs is a brand founded in Oregon, where the weather can really get wet and gloomy. As a result, you this is a brand that’s experienced with rain and snow, and that works to protect the feet from them in practical and effective ways. To do this, they put their boots through rigorous testing to ensure they provide high-quality protection. On top of that, they have some cute and stylish designs. Overall, Bogs is the brand to go to when exploring the outdoors
or just wandering around the city on a wet day.
Rain boots tend to come in lots of bright colors, like the classic bright yellow Wellingtons
that you see in picture books. The weather might be gloomy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! This pair may not be offered in such bold tones, but there are still plenty of options. Choices include red, royal, black, wine, and sage. They are all pretty neutral and versatile for a toned-down or semi-formal look. In addition, the uppers are not shiny or glossy like you might imagine them to be, but they actually have an appearance similar to that of canvas due to the textile partially used in them. This also makes them more neutral and modest-looking.
Like most rain boots, this pair is slip-on. There are no laces, no straps, and not even zippers for you to struggle with before going out the door. Thanks to the elastic sides, the shoe can be stretched enough for you to slip them right on and off. It saves time on busy mornings and makes them easy to kick off at the end of the day. With that said, the downside that comes with it is their lack of adjustability. If they’re just a tad squishy or roomy, you can’t adjust the straps or the laces to make them fit better.
Just like all other parts of your body, your feet need to breathe. When you wear shoes that are stuffy and not breathable, your feet may sweat, and the sweat will accumulate to not only become uncomfortable, but also create the perfect moist environment for bacteria growth and, as a result, nasty odors
. These boots prevent this with their DuraFresh organic bio-technology, which fights odors. Their footbeds are also lined with Bogs Max-Wick that wicks away sweat to keep the feet nice and fresh. Stay dry from the rain - and from perspiration!
Having the right size shoe ensures comfort and walking ease. Too-large shoes can be clumsy and heavy while too-small shoes may cause blisters and squished toes. Sizing
is tricky when purchasing footwear online because you can’t try them on for yourself. Unfortunately, this pair doesn’t make it easier. Reviewers have revealed that they run small in size, so they tend to be tighter and narrower than the reviewers expected, especially in the toe area. At the opening of the boot, the rubber was said to cause chafing unless you wore tall socks
. Because of this, it is recommended that you order a size larger than what you normally wear.
When it comes to footwear, style and protection don’t always come hand in hand. Rain boots can be clunky, manly, and just plain ugly - but we think this pair is definitely not one of them. For one, the ankle-height design makes them look more trendy than calf-length boots. In addition, their uppers are super simple and have only very subtle texture designs on the rubber. This gives them a refreshing appearance and makes them more suitable for everyday wear as well as semi-formal wear for casual work environments. You can pair them with jeans, leggings, or even joggers, and look nice while staying dry at the same time.
Our feet, particularly our arches
, must withstand a lot of pressure just from us being on our feet and doing our day-to-day activities. As a result, you should wear shoes that provide some form of support to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. In the Sweetpea rain boots, support is provided by the rebound cushioning in their soles, which absorbs the shock impact of your landing steps and reduces the stress put on the feet
. In addition, these boots have a steel shank that keeps the foot stable and supported. The flexible outsole, on the other hand, allows the foot to flex and move naturally when walking, ensuring a natural gait and minimizing foot fatigue.
In rain boots and all outdoor shoes, you always want to make sure that traction is provided. This prevents slipping on wet or uneven terrain, ensuring that you stay safe from injuries and also embarrassment. Traction for wet surfaces is provided in this pair by the wavy pattern on the rubber outsole. The fact that the pattern is open on the sides ensures that the water you step on is not trapped under your foot and making the ground feel more slippery, but can escape through the side via the pattern. This will help you stay steady on your feet, even on wet terrain.
As rain boots, it’s obvious that this pair must provide good water resistance. In order to keep the feet dry in wet or snowy weather, the uppers are made of 88% rubber, which is waterproof and guaranteed to keep water out. The remaining 12% of textiles just gives it that non-glossy look we mentioned earlier. During our research, we came across only a couple of reviewers that claimed this was ineffective at keeping water out. One thing to note, however, is the low profile of these boots. Being ankle-height, you have to make sure you don’t step in deep puddles or snow that will come up above that height and get in through the opening. For wading through streams
or walking in heavy snow
, we recommend you get calf-height rain boots.
Depending on where you live, your need for high quality, water-resistant footwear will vary. If there’s a lot of rain where you are, then investing in a good pair is a must. However, if your area is relatively dry, or if it fluctuates between dry weather and heavy snow, then rain boots aren’t as important. We would say that the price of this pair is decent - it’s not cheap but also not over-the-top. They would be a great deal for people who need to wear them often. However, if you want a pair of rain boots just in case you have to venture out into the occasional downpour, then we’d say it’s not really worth the money.
To summarize, these rain boots are both stylish and practical. They have a sleek, simple silhouette and many neutral color options that render them compatible with all kinds of outfits. They also feature fully-waterproof uppers, an odor-control technology, rebound cushioning, and a steel shank for support. Their downside is that they run small in size and have a narrow toe box, which might cause chafing or blisters. They are also not adjustable in size and have a low profile that’s impractical for deep snow or puddles. To counterbalance these flaws, make sure you order a size up from what you normally wear to ensure enough room for the toes. In addition, plan to wear them in places where the water or snow isn’t too deep. Overall, this is a great pair of rain boots for a decent price.