“ Brand: Parallel / Type: Boots „
With an imminent week in Lapland looming, we have been frantically hunting out suitable clothing and footwear for the four of us, but an emphasis has been made by me on children's clothing. Despite the surprise and magic of it all (we aren't actually going to tell them until we arrive at the airport on Boxing Day - eeeek!), I'm getting slightly nervous about the temperatures, with estimates for December of between -30 and -50, I'm worrying that I'm being a terrible parent by even contemplating taking them somewhere so cold. I had been looking for snowboots for them, when I remembered that we had some snow boots for them last year (we leave in Queensbury which is the highest point in Bradford and Halifax and absolutely horrendous for snow) and they were absolutely brilliant. I immediately dug them out of the attic and set out finding them online again. I was delighted when I found them online at mountainwarehouse.com (my new best friend!) for £24.99, £15 less than the full RRP and £15 less than I paid for them last year! I only needed one pair as the ones that fit my eldest daughter last year, now fit my youngest (result). Unfortunately, they only had them in black, dark grey or light grey (unlike the pink ones that we managed to get hold of last year), but for the price I wasn't too bothered about this. The warmth and comfort these snow boots provide are excellent, they have a synthetic sheepskin lining inside so feet stay cosy warm despite the freezing temperatures, and there is also an isodry liner which allows the boots to stay waterproof while still allowing the foot to breathe. They had previously tried some snow boots on in Next, but they seemed to provide the comfort and the waterproof aspect but they didn't seem to let the foot breathe. There is also a padded outer nylon lining which gives the boot its padding and offers comfort and support. Although we have yet to travel to Lapland, both children did venture outside last year in some pretty deep snow, but their feet remained dry and supported. The elasticated lacing offers a nice little touch but also allows the boot to be adjusted to tighten to the feet, meaning that narrow feet (which my children suffer from) aren't a problem. They sit just above the ankle and are supportive to the foot. The sole of the shoe provides a sturdy grip, and we didn't have any slipping or falling in the snow at all last year (something that seems to happen every year, so obviously works). The extra touch of the reflective toe cap is a nice one, meaning they are seen in darker conditions (although where there is snow involved, they are normally heard before they are seen anyway!). The one thing I will say about these boots (as with any snowboots really), is that they are usually quite a tight fit once you have thick winter / snow socks on, so I would recommend opting for a size higher than is needed. Since the weather has turned this last week or so, I have been making my girls wear them as much as possible, just to make sure they are going to be okay for them in Lapland. They have been to the playground, on muddy walks, etc, and they can be used for so many more uses rather than just in snow, so they are quite versatile. The lightweight half a kilo weight are perfect for tiny feet.
With the recent snow I decided to buy some proper snow boots, I have been pondering the idea for a while, I am a skier and know even if you aren't on snow, the winter months can be cold for your feet and snow boots are a good way to help with winter footwear. I often use www.mountainwarehouse.co.uk so decided to take a look and see what they had in store. I bought myself and my daughter a pair of the Parallel Blizzard Kid Snow Boots purely because we have size 3 and 4 feet. Why would I buy adults at a higher cost? Perhaps I shouldn't shout about it but when you have small feet, shoes are often an issue and if I get a little perk then so be it. The boots come in 3 colours, pale pink, white or navy. Originally we decided on navy, both choosing navy we put the order in and the boots were delivered a few days later. The size 3 was too small for my daughter and the size 4 too small for me. My daughter then tried on the size 4 and said even that was tight. She likes to wear thick socks so we both decided to exchange them for size 5's but they only had white, which we liked even more. Also under the children's range. The website does state that the blizzard snow boots are half a size smaller than any other children's shoes. They cost £19.99 now reduced from £34.99, we paid £25.99 at the time of purchase. The boots themselves come up to your shin and look quite stylish in my opinion; they aren't over the top or bulky like so many snow boots. The sole is moulded and comes up over the edge of the boot, but again this isn't bulky and adds to the style. The boots are waterproof and very breathable, although with thick socks on your feet which is snug and with the imitation sheepskin lining it can get a bit sweaty. I would never say my feet have been cold in these, even with just tights on. On the front is the elastic drawstring for you to tighten the boot, although it doesn't really do anything and is more for image than practicality. The only difference between these boots and the standard Parallel Snow Boots that my other daughter has, is these are fur trimmed. The fur trim is nice and does finish the boot off but it isn't necessary and again I would say it doesn't do much than add to the image. These boots are very nice and for £19.99 I'd say are good value, the only thing I would say is if you are going to choose to wear them a lot, even not in the snow, I wouldn't choose white, it gets dirty quickly as my daughter learnt walking the dog over a field in hers. The white is very nice and looks good when it is crisp. The bright pink that they do in the standard boot is my favourite colour though.