Last week, an alert on my phone from the New York Times read, "The wind chill could hit 100 degrees below zero tonight in New Hampshire. (Not a typo.)..." Luckily, for those who were unfortunate enough to be at the summit of Mount Washington on this brutal night, the temperature only fell to minus 36 degrees Fahrenheit -- with the wind chill bringing it down to a balmy minus 90.
Most of us curse cold weather once the temperature gets down in the teens, when freezing air seeps through your boots and makes your toes feel chilly, no matter how thick your socks are. No longer! A new boot design from the family-owned eco-friendly footwear company, Kamik Footwear, is here to save us from winter.
Their Starling boot (retail price $119.99) is tall but easy to slip into -- like those "moon boots" you might have enjoyed in a 1980s childhood, but much more fashionable. These boots feature plushy foam and fleece insulation, and a waterproof "Dri DEFENSE" exterior. Their luxurious "fur" interior is vegan, and completely sustainable. Even better, the boot liners are made from recycled water bottles and the company justly boasts about its 100% waste recycling manufacturing program.
This dual commitment to style and sustainability make Kamik's products particularly noteworthy. Reducing Kamik's corporate carbon footprint is a core value of the Kamik brand. In these days when so much product manufacturing is being outsourced to China, they still make 73% of their products in North America, reducing CO2 emissions created by shipping long distances. They use hydroelectricity, reuse water, and have a planned 100% material waste recycling program with a "0 waste target". Clearly, Kamik takes corporate responsibility very seriously.
Starling boots are simple and stylish. They can be worn over skinny jeans or under a pair of normal pants. Their height allows you to wade into deep snow banks without getting wet, and all that insulation means your feet stay toasty warm. I have never loved winter, but now I get a smug sensation when it snows, knowing that my feet and calves will be invincible to the elements. It makes the "new normal" in snow events less traumatic.