Muck Boot Hale Review

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The Original Muck Boot Company are not new to the realm of boots – they have been around over two decades, and have over 60 styles of rubber and leather footwear. Every pair is designed to stand up in tough conditions and their purpose is to build the most comfortable, reliable and protective boots they possibly can.

After reading an intro like that, you can safely say that that’s a lot of pressure to put on a boot, but the Muck Boot Hale Snow stands up to the challenge. Between its Flex-Foam insulation, its funky and quirky colorways, its self-cleaning outsole (yes, you read that right, self-cleaning) and waterproof structure, this boot is a big player in a tough industry, built for some tough weather conditions but with a lot of character.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Waterproof

Self-cleaning outsole

Breathable mesh lining

Flex-Foam insulation

Pull-on tab

Cons

Leg/foot sizing varies

Run a little large

Comfort

Comfort

Comfort, comfortable, comfy… the funny words you seem to see flying around a lot when people try and describe something. How’s your new coach? Oh, it’s comfy. How are your shorts? They’re comfortable. It can be used to outline so many different things, but in the case of the Hale Snow, it talks about how awesome of a boot it is when the weather isn’t so kind outside. The neoprene offers a lightweight and flexible fit, and the pull tab helps you pull up the 13” shaft to ensure your calves are all levels of dry and cozy by not letting any snow down their sides. The breathability of the lining means your foot stays happy and healthy all day long, and the rubber self-cleaning outsole offers just another waterproof, dirt resistant component for those muddy days or messy rainy afternoons. So, I guess there isn’t much else to say besides… the Hale Snow is comfy.
Shaft Height

Shaft Height

The shaft height of winter and snow boots can be a strange thing to consider, but depending on where you are located it can be a big one. If you live in an area that gets large dumps of snow or rain during the colder months, having some calf protection from the elements is a big component to consider. If you barely see an inch of rain during the whole winter season, well you probably won’t need the same level of protection. So, the Hale Snow has a tall shaft measuring approximately 13” from the arch, which means different things to different people depending on your height (if you are 6 ft 1, these boots are obviously going to fit you differently than if you are 5 ft 3). They reach high up your calf but can be a little tight, depending on your leg composition. The shaft is completely constructed out of neoprene and is therefore waterproof and flexible… but remember, 13” is a lot of neoprene so sit down when you put them on!
Breathability

Breathability

Sweaty feet in snow or winter boots is one of the worst feelings, and if your boots don’t offer a sufficient level of breathability and air flow, your feet can get colder than ever. The construction of the Hale Snow is geared towards the highest breathability possible, with a combination of materials being used. These include Flex-Foam with a PK mesh lining, which draws sweat away from the skin (especially on warmer days), with a single layer of the lining used to improve air circulation around your foot. Since they are targeted for use from sub-freezing weather to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (around 18 degrees Celsius), the level of breathability is an important target to meet and the Hale Snow surpasses it.
Waterproofing

Waterproofing

So, the Hale Snow is waterproof. Every shoe that The Original Muck Boot Company constructs is marketed as being 100% waterproof and this shoe stands up to its name and title. The majority of the shoe is made of neoprene, making it a flexible waterproof option for anyone wanting something a little less rigid, and the self-cleaning outsole is rubber and sturdy for those snowy and slippery days. The quality of materials also means that consistent use in less-than-ideal environments won’t make the boot any less durable, and it will remain waterproof throughout its life. The only trouble you’ll have is figuring out which pair to wear out the house - they all offer the same, awesome level of waterproof coverage and dampness protection.
Outsole

Outsole

Outsoles are important when it comes to choosing a shoe. Some shoes place more importance on outsoles than others, and boots fall squarely within that category. And you know what fits even more squarely? Snow and winter boots. Snow and winter boots require waterproof and durable outsoles that offer a high level of traction, even if it means that they may be a little chunkier than most other shoe styles. The material usually chosen for winter boot outsoles is rubber, and for good reason. Rubber is waterproof and sturdy, making it the perfect choice for shoes that are coming up against rain, snow, sleet and all kinds of puddles, as well as any other unsavory winter weather that may choose to pop up. The Hale Snow has been designed with this in mind, with a built-in rubber ribbed outsole, providing versatility and an extra layer of practicality with a self-cleaning outsole. What is a self-cleaning outsole you may ask? It is a ribbed outsole that is constructed to prevent dirt and grime from sticking to a shoe, offering maximum protection and also an extra level of stability on slippery surfaces. The Hale Snow’s outsole is a little chunky, but considering what it offers, how can you be mad?!
Terrain Protection

Terrain Protection

When you talk about the ‘terrain protection’ a shoe offers to its wearer, it can mean a few different things. Are you referring to the shoes ability to protect the foot from cold weather? Wet weather? What about heat or snow or smelly feet? Slippery sidewalks or stormy weather? Well, the Hale Snow is pretty good at protecting you from it all (except perhaps extreme heat!). According to The Original Muck Boot Company, these boots are suitable for sub-freezing weather to 65 degrees and are 100% waterproof, and for the most part, it seems that the Hale Snow hold up to this description. As the majority of the boot is neoprene, which is waterproof and flexible, it offers a ‘sleeve-like’ protection mechanism for the wearers' foot and calf when it comes to snowy, wet and dreary conditions. The self-cleaning outsole also allows complete protection to your toes from the cold - it’s just an all-around protective good boot.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility of snow boots can be a little bit of a sore spot when it comes to some brands, but the Hale Snow does pretty well. It is sporty looking and quite stylish for a winter neoprene boot, meaning everyday usage is a perfect option. There is also pull on tab, making getting ready so much easier than lace-up alternatives, and the breathable mesh lining and self-cleaning outsole mean that consistent wear in different weather conditions won’t be a concern. The colorways are also a bit of fun, so if the weather is going to be a little tricky you may as well have some fun whilst you attack it!
Traction

Traction

Traction on a snow boot is important - that probably goes without saying. If it’s cold, wet and/or snowy outside, you don’t want a boot that is going to mean you spend more time on your butt after slipping over than on your feet going about your day. The Hale Snow is pretty efficient when it comes to the aspect of traction though, with thick traction on the bottom sides of the outsole that carry on up the toe and heel for ultimate effectiveness. This means that you can have peace of mind in slippery and snowy conditions knowing that you can go about your day on your feet, not falling over all the time. Due to the level of traction, the Hale Snow offers though, some may consider the outsole to be a little chunky (but that’s being a little harsh, isn’t it?) but it is a completely necessary addition to the boot. It offers way more benefits than downfalls and, considering its efficiency in stopping you from falling on your behind whilst grabbing your morning bagel or taking your dog for a walk, you may want to give it a little bit of leeway.
Colorways

Colorways

The colorways for the Hale Snow are quite quirky, from ‘winter knit’ (kind of like an ugly Christmas sweater) and purple plaid to blue flowered and a black/hot pink hybrid. They also offer black boots with colored outsoles, such as blue or green, if you’re looking for a something a little less vibrant and more straightforward. Either way, these boots are a lot of fun if the weather is dreary outside. If you aren’t a huge fan of the colorways though, don’t let this put you off purchasing a pair. You can easily pop your jeans or pants leg over the boots and still get all the benefits of the boot without having to look at them - there’s nothing wrong with that!
Fit

Fit

The fit of snow boots can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to putting them on or taking them off, and how snugly they envelop your foot. And when it comes to the fit of the Hale Snow, it is a bit of an interesting one. Firstly, they are offering a level of comfort that is lightweight and flexible, which is a great start. The neoprene shaft is an ingenious addition, meaning an adaptable fit around the calf with a flexible material that ensures no sneaky snow makes its way down to chill your tootsies. It is also adaptable enough that it can allow you to either put your pant leg either inside the boot, for even more snow protection, or over the top if you want to hide them from view. The neoprene does offer some problems though… namely getting the Hale Snow on and off. Sure there is a pull tab to assist with the process, and the boot opening measures approximately 13.5” around, however, if the boots are tight, to begin with, this can be a really tricky task to complete. In saying this, the general thought is that they are still easier to put on than traditional lace-up boots, so they are definitely worth the struggle.

Additionally, the fit on your foot does not always correspond with the fit on your calf. The foot fit tends to run a little large, however, the calf fit is closer to being true to size, meaning people with larger calves or lower legs may find these boots are a little snug. They aren’t uncomfortably tight, just a little cozy in a few varying places. Once you get the right fit though, you won’t want to take these boots off.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

So, the bottom line is… buy these boots. Like, now. They are the best pair of boots for cold weather, wet weather, damp weather - you name it, they’ll help you out. They are pretty reasonably priced, considering the quality of the boot and its expected life span, and the winter boot options can get very pricey, very quickly if you’re not careful. Sure, they aren’t a pair of Louboutins to go to a gala in but they are the most practical snow boot that has popped up in a while (and, let’s be real, you don’t wear Louboutins in the snow). It should also be noted that The Original Muck Boot Company specializes in these kinds of boots, and you can see that in the construction style and material choice. Combine all of this with a self-cleaning outsole (still can’t get over that), the quirky colorways offered and the long shaft length, and the Hale Snow should be sitting at your doorstep as soon as possible for those long winter dog walks or the next snow day outing.