Back in the summer I was sent a pair Strive sandals to try out. I wore them pretty much all summer long and they were my every day sandal. They went with pretty much everything and they were great to walk in (and I do quite a lot of walking around locally). So I was very excited to try out some boots from Strive this autumn. I’ve been reaching for them pretty much every day when I leave the house, so I can see them becoming the boots of the winter ahead for me.
My boots are called Roxby and they come in grey or black. This luxurious upper is built around podiatrist designed Biomechanical Footbed Technology™, which re-designs a classic flat footbed to the natural 3-dimensional contours of your feet. By mapping these unique contours, Strive’s footbed technology may help to improve posture and reduce harmful stresses placed upon your body and feet, which can be a contributing factor associated with many common aches and pains. This can take a bit of getting used to and you might need to build up the length of time you wear the boots for over a few days. I didn’t find that I needed to do this, but I was very used to wearing the sandals over the summer and they benefited from the same principles and I think this was one of the reasons I found them so comfortable to wear.
My Roxby boots are quite tall and come up well over the ankles. They are water-resistant – I haven’t worn them in a downpour, but they cope well with showers. They are lace ups, so they are easy to adjust to the width of your foot. The uppers a made from a combination of soft nylon and nubuck leather, which makes them look good, but it’s practical too. I love the faux fur around the ankles and I always feel cosy warm wearing these boots. I’ve worn them out and about on lots of autumnal walks in the woods with H and on my walks to the swimming pool and the shops too. They are perfect when you want something comfortable that you can walk longer distances in them, but you also want them to look good when you arrive at where you are going.
I’m really pleased with them and I’ve found that since I started wearing Strive footwear regularly, I haven’t suffered from some of the foot problems I’d previously encountered like plantar fasciitis. My feet don’t feel tired after long walks and I always feel comfortable in them.
Update: I’ve been wearing these boots from December 2018 to April 2021 (during the winter months) and they have lasted well. I’m thinking they will need to be retired this year because the soles have now split and I can’t see that they can be repaired, but I do think four winters of wear is a good amount of use. They are good for drier weather as you will get wet feet if you wear them in a downpour. A light shower wouldn’t be a problem though. I have been very comfortable walking in them and would certainly consider Strive for boots in the future.