Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Nearly everyone who has given a Columbia Sh/Ft OutDry Boot review talks about its unbelievable comfort.
  • Many are happy to find that this waterproof hiking boot doesn't need breaking in.
  • Thanks to the lacing system that is attached to the overlays, several customers are impressed by the snug fit this shoe provides.
  • A handful of reviewers are extremely satisfied with the Columbia Sh/Ft OutDry hiking boot's performance on trails.
  • Aside from functionality, the Columbia Sh/Ft OutDry waterproof boots tick the box for style.
  • Many users are amazed by how this boot has kept their feet warm and cozy.

1 reason not to buy

  • A few users have expressed concerns over the quality of the shoe upper. Two reviewers have noticed wearing at the seams after some time of use.

Bottom line

A waterproof, snug hiking boot that feels as comfortable as a sneaker, the Columbia Sh/Ft OutDry achieves the perfect balance between style and functionality. It's also equipped with thermal insulation that provides toasty insulation in the cold winter months.

Even with a few negative comments about its quality, this boot still has impressed lots of hikers and casual wearers. It fits the bill for anyone looking for a stylish winter boot that they can wear for hiking or walking around the town.

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Good to know

-This hiking footwear uses the OutDry waterproof construction to keep moisture out. It is also equipped with 200g insulation and the Omni-Heat Reflective lining to keep the foot warm and dry.

-What makes this boot unique is the integration of the SH/FT cushioning in the PU midsole. It works by enhancing the shock absorption and energy return of the shoe.

This boot from Columbia is a mid-cut model made of suede and textile upper that creates a foot-hugging feeling. It features a traditional lace-up closure that is connected to the leather overlays, letting the wearer achieve a snug fit by simply pulling the laces up tighter. There are also pull loops at the back and in the tongue for easy slip-on and -off. 

For enhanced grip on varying terrain, the Sh/Ft OutDry boot uses a durable rubber outsole with hexagonal lugs that run throughout the entire surface area. There are wide spaces between the lugs to facilitate the easy dispersal of debris. According to Columbia, this outsole is designed for traversing concrete jungles and trailheads. It's also non-marking which makes it suitable for indoor spaces as well.

For its cushioning system, this boot features the Sh/Ft midsole that boasts of high energy return, durability, and comfort. It's made of polyurethane (PU) which is a very resilient compound. It's more durable than EVA, which makes it an ideal cushioning material choice for rugged hiking and backpacking boots. 

Embedded in the midsole are soft beads for extra cushioning. This brand-exclusive technology is designed to ensure a smooth transition.

The Columbia Sh/Ft OutDry Boots have uppers made of durable suede and textile. They're available in at least four colorways to accommodate the varying preferences of users. The leather (suede) overlays strengthen the structure of the upper and add an extra layer of protection against trail hazards. There's also toe cap and heel cap made of leather for reinforcement. 

Each boot uses the OutDry waterproof construction. It's a patented process that involves heat-bonding the waterproof membrane to the upper's fabric, leaving no seams or gaps where water can potentially seep through. In addition, there are 200 grams of insulation, along with the Omni-Heat lining to keep the feet warm in cold weather. 


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