M New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
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We prefer shoes and boots that are all synthetic, no leather. Although leather components in a hiking boot seem to communicate quality and durability to consumers (therefore consumers "demand" leather, according to manufacturers), we see no advantage to leather. It's heavier, absorbs water, and stiffens and cracks when it dries out. Many manufacturers would argue that modern leathers are treated to avoid these problems, but we much prefer synthetics because they are lightweight and perform better (boot manufacturers, are you listening?).
That's why the Keen Growler, became our favorite lightweight winter boot. It has a mostly synthetic upper, an outsole that provides good traction, a good fit, and it's reliably waterproof. Since the Growler is now discontinued, we have been looking for a good replacement, and we found one in the New Balance 1000.
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