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Cougar Boots, Not Waterproof At All

Reviewing: Cougar Winter Boots  |  Rating:
Tanya Pecora By Tanya Pecora on
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I purchased the boots for my daughter at the end of last winter. I have purchased Cougar boots for her before and have always been quite satisfied with the quality. My daughter loves the design and the colour of the boots. She also says that they are very comfortable (and she is incredibly picky about her footwear!) The boots are not all rubber, like the cougar boots I usually buy, so I sprayed them with 2 coats of Tana fabric waterproof spray. I have been using this spray for years and have been quite happy with the results.

Th boots were fine until yesterday. I picked my daughter up from shcool and she complained that her feet were wet. I assumed she meant damp, as it was very wet and slushy in the school yard. When we got home I discovered that she was not exagerating, her boots were in fact soaked, totally waterlogged! So much so that even a night on the heating vent and a tumble in the dryer has not dried them out. I am going to attempt to contact cougar to see what they say. I didn't keep the tags, but I am sure they were water resistant

Pros:

• Fashionable design

• Boots are high to keep snow out

• Dual Velcro closures make it easy to get the boots on and off

• Good tread on the bottom

CONS:

• Not waterproof or even water resistent

• Expensive for a boot that doesn't keep feet dry

Verdict:

A cute, fasahionable boot that keeps feet warm, but not necessarily dry. Advise your child not to play in the water in the spring. Would I buy these again, likely not...

Update On Jan 27, 2010: I just wanted to update and say it took over 24 hours on a heating vent and 6 hours in the dryer to dry them out. Now DD is complaining that they feel funny on her feet. I've emailed Couger and am waiting to hear back.

Update On Mar 01, 2010: I wound up having to buy my daughter a new pair of winter boots. These began falling apart at the seams, literally! They now have holes on the side where the velcro closures are sewn on. Very disappointing!