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OTBT Boots: The Cute, Warm, Practical OTBT Fanfare (Review)
This review of the OTBT boots “Fanfare” is sponsored by OTBT Shoes. The opinions are completely our own based on experience.
Those of us who experience cold winter weather sometimes feel we have to choose between boots that are warm and practical for outdoor conditions, and those that are attractive and won’t overheat us once we step indoors. These OTBT boots nail it on both counts! Style, quality and function all come together beautifully in the OTBT Fanfare.
This waterproof leather ankle boot has a fleece lining, a thermal inner sock, and heat-retaining sole for maximum comfort outdoors in even the coldest weather. (I wore them in single-digit temps and didn’t feel the slightest chill in my toes or any cold creeping up through the sole.) And do you know what’s really cool? These OTBT boots are part of the brand’s Off Road collection, featuring a unique in-sole technology called the OR Rotator System with reversible spikes to give you traction in conditions that are icy or snow-packed and slippery.
I love that while filled with practical features, the silhouette of these OTBT boots doesn’t scream “snow boots.”
The ankle height shaft is fashionable, and an elastic pull tab adds style, helps keep out snow, and minimizes heel slippage by customizing the fit. Slip-on styling makes for quick and easy on/off. I have a medium width foot and moderate bunions, and these fit me well with a mid-weight sock. Without bunions, I might be able to wear a thicker sock, but I didn’t feel I needed them. My favorite Smartwool everyday socks kept me perfectly comfy indoors and out. A note on OTBT sizing: these boots are available in whole sizes only. (As a consistent size 8 1/2, I sometimes find it aggravating when shoes are only available in whole sizes.) But the size 9 fits me beautifully with just a bit of extra wiggle room. So half sizes, size up. Whole sizes, go with your usual size (and perhaps consider sizing up if you like wearing heavy socks). Find the OTBT Fanfare at OTBTshoes.com, Shoes.com, Amazon.
We’re big fans of OTBT boots, shoes and sandals because they’re crafted with quality materials, are built for durability and function, and feature versatile, fashion-forward styling. To learn more about OTBT shoes, check out our recent brand review.
All images courtesy OTBT shoes.