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Blundstone Thermal - Women's Review

A stylish and comfortable waterproof Chelsea boot that's great for everyday wear but doesn't offer enough coverage to keep you dry in deep snow
blundstone thermal for women winter boots review
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Price:  $250 List | $239.95 at REI
Pros:  Waterproof, easy to pull on, stylish, soft footbed
Cons:  Expensive, average traction, limited snow and water coverage
Manufacturer:   Blundstone
By Liz Chamberlain and Amber King  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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#9 of 13
  • Warmth - 25% 8.0
  • Weather Protection - 25% 6.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 8.0
  • Durability - 15% 8.0
  • Traction - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Blundstone Thermal is a traditional Chelsea style boot with a few winter boot winterized upgrades — think leather Australian work boot packed with warm Thinsulate lining and a sheepskin-lined footbed. These stylish leather kicks are even waterproof. They are also easy to use with a pull-on design but are limited in deep puddles and wet weather due to their short stature. However, we love these toasty boots for everyday footwear through the winter, spring, and fall. This classic boot is a favorite amongst our testers and friends as an everyday option for a wide range of temperatures.

Editor's Note: This boot gear review now includes more information on our favorite boots and why we'd choose them. This update occurred on February 23, 2022.

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Pros Waterproof, easy to pull on, stylish, soft footbedFull coverage protection, highly durable, reliable tractionCozy wool lining, very warm, highly waterproof, versatile constructionGood value, ultra warm, great traction, highly waterproofProtective, durable, very warm, breathable, excellent traction, high value
Cons Expensive, average traction, limited snow and water coveragePricey, very heavy, retains moisture, difficult to drive inExpensive, slightly bulkyOnly ankle-high coverage, hiking-specific style, narrow fitLess stylish, somewhat heavy, stiff collar
Bottom Line A stylish and comfortable waterproof Chelsea boot that's great for everyday wear but doesn't offer enough coverage to keep you dry in deep snowThis highly durable boot is completely waterproof and great at insulating, though it's a bit too bulky to wear on low-snow days or during high-output activitiesThis boot is the epitome of comfort and warmth wrapped in a versatile, high-performing, waterproof packageThis well-priced boot hits all the marks with a winter-friendly design that maintains great traction, weatherproofing, and warmthGreat for winter hiking on slippery trails thanks to incredible traction, support, and weatherproofing
Rating Categories Blundstone Thermal... Muck Boot Arctic Ic... UGG Adirondack III Merrell Thermo Chil... Keen Revel IV Polar...
Warmth (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Weather Protection (25%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Traction (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Blundstone Thermal... Muck Boot Arctic Ic... UGG Adirondack III Merrell Thermo Chil... Keen Revel IV Polar...
Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking 6" 16" 9" 6" 7"
Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft) 6" 16" 8" rolled / 10" extended 6" 7"
Measured Weight (per pair, size 7) 1.84 lbs 4.59 lbs 2.36 lbs 1.79 lbs 2.41 lbs
Type of Boot Casual winter wear Winter workwear All-around winter Winter hiking Winter hiking
Fit Details True to size Runs big True to size True to size True to size, wide
Lining/Insulation Thermal Thinsulate Fleece UGGpure wool M Select Warm (200g) 200 grams KEEN.WARM Recycled PET
Removable Liner? No No No No No
Footbed Removable sheepskin footbed bioDEWIX EVA Kinetic Fit BASE EVA
Upper Material Waterproof leather Rubber Waterproof suede and leather Waterproof PU-coated leather and mesh Mesh and Leather
Toe Box Leather Rubber Rubber Rubber Leather
Outsole Slip-resistant TPU Vibram Arctic Grip A.T. Molded White Spider Rubber M Select GRIP KEEN.Polar Traction
Company Claimed Cold Weather Rating Not stated Not stated -32°C/-25°F Not stated -32°C/-25°F
Temp Change in Ice Bath -7.5 F -9.5 F -7.2 F -5.2 F -3.8 F
Animal Products? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 6 - 11 5 - 11 5 - 12 5 - 11 5 - 12

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Blundstone Thermal is a favorite for its easy pull-on access, warm footbed, and stylish design. The boot can seamlessly transition from work to a night-on-the-town. Built to accompany you from the city to the country, this versatile winter boot is one we found ourselves using well into the shoulder seasons. While it's waterproof and warm, the shorter cuff and less aggressive outsole lack coverage, stability, and offer less reliable traction. This classic Chelsea is best for casual use in winter rather than stormy day errands or trail use.

Performance Comparison


blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - while these veer away from a classic burly winter boot, they sure...
While these veer away from a classic burly winter boot, they sure kept our feet warm and dry.
Credit: Rachel Dobronyi

Warmth


We tested this boot while commuting, working, and hiking on mellow trails around town. Worn in cold weather that sunk well below freezing, it did surprisingly well. The cozy footbed generates a lot of heat, while the fit provides ample room to move toes and maintain warmth. There's a layer of thermal Thinsulate lining the rugged leather upper, and the soles are thick enough to keep out cold from the frozen ground, but the magic is in the removable sheepskin-lined footbeds. When walking to work and commuting via bike, this boot kept our feet warm throughout most of the winter. It's just not one we'd wear if you're standing around in single-digit weather for hours or plan on a hiking adventure through snowdrifts in the woods.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - on chilly days, this boot provides enough warmth, even when just...
On chilly days, this boot provides enough warmth, even when just hanging out around town.
Credit: Amber King

The construction is a bit limited for the coldest days of the year. The boot's shaft has a thin lining and is not insulated, so while your toes are kept warm, without burlier winter socks, the ankle and shin area can get cold. While the boot breathes well from the open ventilation in the top of the cuff, we noticed our feet getting slightly damp if it was actively raining or snowing, which felt chilly after a few hours. While the Blundstone is warm for most days of winter, it's one we'd leave at home if the temperatures drop dramatically or if a blustery storm is in the forecast.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - a look at the super warm and cozy removable liner in the blundstone...
A look at the super warm and cozy removable liner in the Blundstone Thermal. Pro-tip: in the summer replace it for a less insulated insole and you've got a warm-weather boot too!
Credit: Amber King

Weather Protection


Quality is apparent on the stylish Blundstone Thermal boot, especially if you find yourself tromping around in shallow puddles or sleety weather. Not only does the full leather design ward off snow, but the stretchy material that connects the front and back of the upper is seam-sealed and completely waterproof. Even after marching in water for a full two minutes, water does not permeate the material and leak into the boot.

The Blundstone Thermal has a 6-inch shaft height, but if you move around in the snow, 4-5 inches of coverage is more of what you'll get. While we can appreciate the waterproofness of the material and seams, this boot is best left at home when you need to conquer tall snowbanks or super deep puddles. This is a wonderful wear-around town option after the plows have been out and the storms have settled down.

Yes...even on the stretchy part, it remains waterproof!
Yes...even on the stretchy part, it remains waterproof!
Excellent and protective in smaller snow drifts.
Excellent and protective in smaller snow drifts.

Comfort and Fit


The Blundstone Thermal provides exceptional out-of-the-box comfort compared to a variety of footwear. This product has been designed and refined to cater to functional and fashionable all-day wear. Our testers found themselves reaching for these on the way to work, thanks to the lightweight and versatile design. The fit is true to size, with plenty of wiggle room for toes with either thin or thick socks. The soft footbed provides enough support to stand all day long.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - the blundstones are one of the easiest boots to move around in...
The Blundstones are one of the easiest boots to move around in thanks to their lightweight, minimalist construction.
Credit: Rachel Dobronyi

While this boot doesn't have a ton of arch support, we appreciate the thinner outsole that allows you to feel the ground underfoot, and an insole with a higher arch could always be added if desired. The leather around the collar and the shaft feels slightly rigid at first, but with more wear, it loosens up and conforms to the foot. For this reason, we would consider the break-in phase to be about five wears, particularly because cold accentuates the stiffness of the leather.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - we took the blundstone thermals on all sorts of weekend adventures...
We took the Blundstone Thermals on all sorts of weekend adventures. They are perfect for late fall camping excursions.
Credit: Liz Chamberlain

Durability


Like Danner, Blundstone is a century-old company rooted in traditional, high-quality leather footwear design. Blundstone's age-old designs have been perfected and refined over the years to become a well-renowned brand for bulletproof workwear. The premium waterproof leather on the Thermal is built to last and has seen barely any wear and tear during our testing period. One of our testers owns two pairs of Blundstones and feels that she has absolutely gotten her money's worth over three years of use. Despite everyday winter use, this boot looks the same as when she first opened the box, with some slight weathered discoloration encasing the forefoot. The footbed maintains shape over time, though the sheep fur insole may need replacement after a few seasons, depending on how matted it gets.

The double-stitched seams on our pair of Blundstone's have remained impenetrable, maintaining water resistance over time. The TPU outsole and SPS comfort system retains shape, structure, and support in the toe spring. We've kicked and jumped on all of the hard surfaces we can imagine. Needless to say, Blundstone leather is strong, tough, and high-quality.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - we tried to scuff the blundstone's up against wood, rocks, and...
We tried to scuff the Blundstone's up against wood, rocks, and concrete but they only suffered minor scratches. This boot is built for the long haul.
Credit: Rachel Dobronyi

Traction


The Blundstone Thermal traction is average but does surprisingly well in the mud. The lugs are sufficient for most snowy conditions, but you can easily slide on steep slopes. The boot's rigid construction lets you easily kick into a snowy slope, but the traction isn't necessarily confidence-inspiring in more technical terrain.

We wore this boot while hiking through the woods, encountering a few snowy logs and rocks. We slipped off a few logs but stuck well to the rocks. Icy weather is a beast that can't be tamed with just any regular boot — and this is no exception. We slipped once or twice on icy pavement. If you're into the aftermarket anti-slip products, you can strap on a pair of yak tracks or microspikes to take this boot on snowy/icy hiking trails.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - a decent level of traction, but nothing like that offered by...
A decent level of traction, but nothing like that offered by higher-scoring options in our review.
Credit: Amber King

Since the lugs on the outsole aren't super deep, mud sheds quite easily. Other heavier hikers required stopping and picking the mud out of the lugs with a stick, but we could keep hiking in these. While there are pros and cons to its traction pattern, it'll do best on flat surfaces, packed snow, and mud.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - a great level of traction for mellow trails and around-town use.
A great level of traction for mellow trails and around-town use.
Credit: Amber King

Should You Buy the Blundstone Thermal?


The Blundstone Thermal is built for anyone seeking the epitome of fashionable yet versatile winter footwear. The shape offers a slimming effect to the leg, and it can be worn through the winter and into the shoulder season. While it's not the most protective or warm compared to others, this high-quality contender will surely keep your feet dry in minimal snow conditions. Enjoy this favorite throughout the year, and pair it with your favorite skirt or skinny jeans for a stylish, casual look. The Blundstone Thermal quality is evident in the stitching and textile use. From previous experience, we know the boots will provide many, many years of happiness. The price is far steeper than other options in our lineup, but the timeless style and functionality generate exceptional value over time. If you find this boot to be fashionable and envision yourself using it as an everyday boot, you will undoubtedly be able to justify the price tag.

blundstone thermal for women winter boots review - the blundstone boot is great for winter chores but isn't the warmest...
The Blundstone boot is great for winter chores but isn't the warmest option out there. You can get away with wearing it in temperate environments with moderate winters.
Credit: Laurel Hunter

What Other Winter Boots Should You Consider?


The Blundstone is a fine shoe, but not the best for spending time outdoors for chores, fun, or otherwise, as it lacks some of the performance, you'll want for anything more than winter city sidewalks. For an excellent all-around boot that can play the role of a stylish boot for some, the UGG Adirondack III is a warm boot with better weather protection and durability than the Blundstone. It also provides a superior fit and comfort with better traction making it the better boot for most winter activities. If hiking is on tap, the Merrell Thermo Chill Mid WP - Women's is the one to watch with a precision fit and a design specific to walking and hiking.

Liz Chamberlain and Amber King
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