It is now our second cold-weather season living in YYC. And yes, people here do refer to Calgary by its airport code. In Montreal, you’d never hear people using YUL as short form for the city’s name, but here in Cowtown it’s totally normal. Calgary weather has been a pure delight compared to the two other Canadians cities I have previously called home. Compared to Vancouver, it basically doesn’t rain here. (Except for the week when my Vancouverite brother was visiting, and I was trying to convince him of our superior climate.) Compared to Montreal, it does not reach 40° C with 90% relative humidity in the summertime. Fall and winter are curious here, thanks to a phenomenon known as a chinook. It can be freezing cold one day and downright balmy the next. Last winter I was shocked to discover that the city was not permanently covered in snow from November through March as is the case in Montreal. Thanks to these spells of warmer weather, the snow would melt periodically to reveal the asphalt and brown grass beneath.
One of the many things I definitely enjoyed about winter in Montreal was the fact that for at least four months of the year, I never had to wonder what shoes to wear or to put on my toddler. Winter boots were the only option. Here in Calgary, I find us needing a sort of in-between solution. Something warmer and more weather-resistant than a sneaker but not so heavy-duty as a winter boot. As usual, I turned to Skechers to find the solution!
In Montreal, Cub went from sneakers to snow boots. Here in Calgary, sneakers seem insufficient on colder days or when it has snowed but not stuck, while snow boots seem like overkill. These boys’ Mecca-Brazenly boots are perfect for my active boy this fall: memory foam insole to keep him comfy; Velcro closures so he can get them on and off on his own; sturdy and water-resistant construction for a bit more warmth and support than his sneakers without being overly hot. Perfect for the babywearing mini-dad on the go this season!
Little Miss is just starting to take a few steps outside, so her shoes are more fashion than function. She is rocking a pair of black infant Lace-Up Booties that are from the boys’ section, although they are very gender neutral. They were on her feet the very first time she ever took steps on the pavement, with her brother holding her hand!
They’re perfect for scooting around on her ride-on toys outside and for taking some tentative steps while sagely holding mommy’s hand on the way to the car.
As for me, I’ve long since abandoned my desire to be cool and have fully committed to practical attire no matter how untrendy that may be. I have been shoving my thermal socks into my Skechers slip-on sneakers because I don’t have time for laces these days. Thick socks and leggings with slip-on sneakers is not an awesome look, but it’s how I’d been showing up at daycare and preschool pick up until my Descender-Denali boots arrived. Boots that are totally fashionable AND have handles?! If you’ve ever tried to lace up your boots with a baby in your arms or in a baby carrier, you will understand the brilliance of these boots. Papa Wolf insisted I get on a swing to take pictures in my new boots, and I think it was a good call.
Not to be left out of this Skechers boot camp, Papa Wolf opted for some sweet hiking boots. Cub’s and my boots are well-suited to the kind of casual hiking we get up to on the weekends in the many parks in Calgary and beyond. Papa Wolf dreams of getting back to the kind of off-the-beaten-path exploring he enjoyed in his youth, and his Relaxed Fit Relmant–Sandor hiking boots will take him there. These boots offer the memory-foam comfort of his Skechers sneakers in a high-performance, rugged and waterproof package.
Just as for me and the kids, Papa Wolf’s new boots are bridging the gap until it’s time for snow boots. (And they’ll likely be put to use each time a chinook chases the snow away.) He needs the warmth and waterproofness of these hikers since it’s his job to follow Cub to the edge of any and all bodies of water we encounter to throw stones or sticks.
As for me and my cool new boots, we’re ready for a sudden drop in temperature or freak hail storm (#YYCWeather!), but we’re also ready to be caught off guard by a desperate street-fashion photographer with a deadline to meet and no other prospects. Work it!
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Stefanie / The Monarch Mommy says
I *almost* got the same boots as you! I tried them on in the store and they were SO COMFY!
Chelsey Gike says
Ohhh I would love a new pair of boots to wear this winter! As a soon-to-be new mom, I definitely think something easier than my lace up boots is in order!
Andrea H says
I lovedSketchers for my swing dancing sneakers – I had no idea they made boots too. It’s snowing here today in “YUL” btw.
jodi Armstrong says
Love that they have such a variety of options from off trail technical to lounging Comfort.
I didn’t know Sketchers made boots. They are beautiful!
Florence Cochrane says
I love Skechers products but have not tried the boots yet. I do own a pair of Go Walk sneakers.
Esther Abel says
Love Sketchers shoes now there are fantastic boots with memory foam ! Need me a pair of these Xx
Thanks I would love to win shoes for me
Candice Kerling says
These look so warm & comfy! Are they easy to take off? 7+ months pregnant with twins and that is my current issue lol
angela m says
I absolutely love Skechers shoes. They are very well made and they have great styles.
Wanda Tracey says
I love Skechers shoes so much.I have a pair of D’elites clogs and really want to try the runners. I don’t have
any of their beautiful boots but would love to try a pair because of their comfort and durability.They make
the best quality footwear.
Shirley Tang says
Glad I’m not the only one who wears thermal socks, leggings and sneakers (actually, moccasins in my case but equally fashion-backward) as a combo in public… And yes, I suppose that means I could really use some practically fashionable boots 😉
janie vezina says
the boots look awesome for this weather.
Kirsten L. says
You’re completely awesome for this giveaway and all of your giveaways! It’s truly a blessing you are able to help out families like this! <3
Blessing to you and yours,now and for the coming year.
I would love to gift this to my daughter. She is going to need some warm, comfortable winter boots for walks in the snow with my grandson.
Lisa M says
I have always loved skechers running shoes, but I have never seen their boots! I would love to win a pair to try out. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
Jenny Major says
Love that they have such a variety of options
Sarah De Diego says
Love my Skechers runners. I get a new pair every year whether I need one or not. The Kids grow out of their shoes faster then I can buy them but I’d love to get them a pair.
Thanks for hosting.
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Melissa O says
Sketchers is one of my FAVOURITE brands. I’ve owned 4 different pairs of their shoes, but haven’t owned a pair of their boots yet. I’d love to though. I’m sure they’d be awesome too!
I have heard such good things about Skechers over the years. I guess it’s time to try them for myself.
joanne darrell says
I do a lot of walking and Sketchers are very comfortable.
Carolyn at Padded Tush Stats says
I bought a pair of Skechers slip ons when I was pregnant (I needed something I could get on without having to bend over that would be good for a day at Disneyland, and they were the unanimous suggestion!) and I still LOVE them, but I wear them without socks and lately it’s just been too cold for that! (Plus, after almost 2 years of wear, they’re starting to need to be replaced!) 😉 But THOSE BOOTS! I MUST HAVE THOSE BOOTS! If they’re as comfy as my other Skechers but they’d also keep my ankles warm they’d be SO PERFECT!
Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says
they have so many options for the whole family 🙂
Tina F says
I love Skechers products and I thank you for this wonderful giveaway
I really like Sketchers shoes, and I am looking for a pair of winter boots. I would love to win a pair of Sketchers.
I absolutely love the boots! Thanks for the giveaway! I love Skechers!
Katie Lawrence says
I was just telling my husband that we need new boots. We live in Vancouver but just got snow the other day and we’re slipping and sliding all over the place. We love skechers. I have my boots all picked out already! Women’s Burst in the colour Winter Lights ❤️
Those are some absolutely adorable pictures of the children.
Josee B says
I love Sketchers, always have!, Thank you for this giveaway, it’s fabulous!
Christy E says
I absolutely love Skechers! and love the boots you chose !
sara rai says
I have tried their shoes, but not their boots.
My husband desperately needs new boots. I would love to win for him.
These boots look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win some
l p says
we all love Skechers foot wear here. the boots sound wonderful – can’t wait to try them. thanks
New boots! Mom friendly and stylish. Win all around!
Great article! Your kids are adorable!
I have to admit, like you, I’ve found myself choosing comfort and practicality over style…So many days, I find myself totally mismatched and not caring! That said, I have a pair of Skechers Go2Walks and love them! Can’t say I’ve resorted to wearing them with socks just yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time! lol That’s why I need to get a pair of comfy (and stylish) Skechers I can wear with socks and not haveit be a fashion fail ASAP! 😀
Cheryl MacPhail says
They sure make super quality comfy footwear!! I just love Sketchers 🙂
Maegan K. says
Love the colour of your boots. They look great and I definitely agree that pull on boots are a mom essential.
Sarah Alexis says
Skechers are my favourite brand – they are so comfortable and have great styles – best of both worlds!!!!
I’d love these boots – my 5 year old boots are starting to show their age!
I would love some new boots!
Elaine Buonsante says
I need some new boots and would love to try some Skechers.
Theresa C. says
Skechers are the most comfortable shoes ever! I wore a pair to work for two years and they never wore out!
Jennifer Ann Wilson says
Thank you for the review. I love, love, love the little hikers and would love to be able to give a pair to my grandson!
Marlene V says
Thanks for the great giveaway.
Sherry Martindale says
Would love these for my granddaughter ?
Laurie Alain says
I hear so much about Skechers I have never owned a pair or my husband but the reviews are really great. I could really not afford to buy a pair right now but I could sure use them I haven’t yet got any for this winter yet. Thank You for the chance to win a pair and Merry Christmas from us to you.
Donna L. says
I love the quality of Skechers. My husband has 2 pairs of their shoes and I have one pair of their running shoes and we love them.
Jenna D says
My Skechers have been the comfiest pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned. I walk a LOT, and finally wore out my first pair of shoes ever and they held up fantastically. Years of walking, countless kilometers and still absolutely perfect. Typically a pair shoes meets its demise with a sole breaking or a seam splitting – not so with these!
I hope you and yours have a great Holiday season, filled with fun, family and friends. I love this season – people are more likely not to be selfish.
Rebecca H says
Thanks for the Skechers giveaway! I love everything about these shoes for me and for my girls, they are gorgeous and durable!
I bought my first pair of sketchers this fall and LOVE THEM!
Melissa L says
I have owned only 2 pairs of sketchers and both pairs I have loved. I initially thought sketchers was a trendy teenage brand that was medium to low quality but I have been mistaken and did not know they made boots!
We love skechers here. I like that their running shoes are so light weight.
I love those boots! All my favourite shoes have been Skechers, so I’m sure they are really comfortable too!
Krista M says
Our family has been wearing Skechers for years so I was very excited to see they now have boots! I don’t have a pair yet but I’ve asked for some for Christmas! Skechers are high quality & always comfortable and durable.
Caryn Coates says
I love Skechers. They make quality stylish footwear that I absolutely love. Thanks so much for the chance
I love Sketchers. They make one of the most comfortable shoes.
Laurie P says
Skechers boots look incredibly cozy!
Sandra Caballero says
I’m a big fan of skechers brand shoes. ?
Great Skechers! The Kids grow use the outdoor swing I’m sure they are really comfortable swing