Information about Merrell Arctic Fox Winter Boots - Waterproof, Insulated, Pull Ons (For Women)
Closeouts. Proof that cold-weather footwear can be both stylish and high performing, Merrell's Arctic Fox winter boots have a sleek design joined by zoned insulation for warmth and a waterproof breathable membrane to keep feet dry.
Reviewed by Tater Hater from Idaho on Monday, December 9, 2013
I purchased these and haven't even received them yet. But I wanted to let folks know something that may help them choose this boot. I have a pair of size 8.5 Merrell Tiaga boots that had the same issue.
Merrell puts in a VERY thick removable insole in these winter boots that is about 1.25" thick at the heal/arch area and goes down to about 3/8" at the toes. To top that off the insole has a stiff plastic arch stiffener. I removed the foot bed/insole and had no issues getting my foot in them they were even sloppy loose! I briefly contemplated buying different insoles direct from Merrell but the DIY Diva in me and my frugal nature got the better of me. So I fixed the offending insole. How? The bottom of the insole is this dense rubber like material... so I fired up my bench grinder (yes a woman with her own bench grinder) and sanded and sanded, until I had a thickness that would work for me. I ended up taking about 5/8" off the heal and arch area of the insole... slightly past the stiff plastic stiffener piece. I measured to make sure they were the same size and slipped them back in the boots. Now they are comfy warm boats that I got a good price on.them!
If you are afraid to take the DIY leap, just go to the Merrell site and get different insoles. $12 or so additional will fix your problem and let you keep these awesome boots!
Reviewed by Walks with her dog from Minnesota on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The top of the boot hit my mid-calf. Every time I took a step, the top of the boot pressed into my leg. The problem was so bad that I didn't even wear the boots outside. I knew that even walking one block in them would be torture. They were so stiff that I couldn't walk with a natural gait. There is a serious design flaw in these boots. I bought them because my last pair of boots were made by Merrell and I love them. They're comfortable, warm and great on Minnesota icy sidewalk. I've had them for several years, so it was time to buy a new pair. I was sorry I had to return the new boots, but I would have been even sorrier if I'd tried to walk in them.
Reviewed by Nature Girl from NJ on Monday, December 2, 2013
While these boots seem well made, they are tight in the forefoot. I usually wear a 9 1/2 or 10. Worse is that the top opening digs into my shin. I thought they were cool looking at first but kind of remind me of a splint boot. This is my first Merrell product and I gather they run small and narrow.
Reviewed by Nature Girl from NJ on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Nice light boot. Soft on the inside and not that bad getting on/off. I usually take size 9 1/2 or 10 but this boot in size 10 is too tight for the small toe and even worse at the leg opening. I do not have skinny shins but not fat either. So I'm sending these back if anyone needs a size 10 (smoke) look out for them.