Zoomer-Friendly: Olang, The Winter Boots That Grip

Derick Chetty | December 30th, 2017

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that winter 2018 will be as equal parts snowy and warm for certain provinces and wild for others, such as Ontario.

Whatever the outlook says, every Canadian knows that when it comes to the winter months, it pays to be properly prepared for every scenario.

But one of the problems with crazy swings in the weather, it can make a simple walk outdoors a dangerous thing—particularly for seniors—with melting snow, icy patches and slippery slush. This is where a good winter boot is a necessity—not just for warmth, but for traction and grip, think snow tires for your feet.

Despite being made in Italy, Olang boots seem a perfect fit for our harsh Canadian winters. Besides offering all those must-have features — waterproof, breathable, warmth and not too heavy — the boots have a unique feature on the soles: A set of foldable cleats made of stainless steel that offer extra grip on slippery surfaces.

The cleats swivel or fold-over depending on the conditions on the ground. If it’s all clear of snow and ice, flip the cleats over to avoid walking around with the clicking sound of steel on concrete. The boots also have an insulating insole made of wool and covered with reflective aluminum film. This innersole is removable for those winter days where it might not feel so frigid.

Perhaps because they are Italian, the boots are not only practical and comfortable but stylish, too.

Available for men, women and children. For a retail location close to you, visit their website.

Scroll through our slide show below for a sampling of Olang styles.

The Monica Antracite for women by Olang, $234. The upper part of the boot is cemented to the sole, ensuring the waterproof factor.

The Sound Viola for women by Olang, $200.

 

The Tatra Nero men’s boot by Olang, $230.

The Alabama Nero for men by Olang, $270