The Bogs SweetPea boots are trendy, have an inconspicuous design and ankle-height shaft. Described on the Bogs website as an "elegant Chelsea," they are attractive for their distilled design and for their ability to be thrown on quickly without the worry of adapting pants or jeans. They provide decent traction, warmth, and comfort, particularly if you have narrow feet. DuraFresh technology aids in mitigating odors and the Bogs Max-Wick helps keep feet sweat-free inside. After wearing them in the sun quite a few times, we were happy to find our feet dry. Best for casual wear, this competitor is notable for its low-top versatility.
Bogs SweetPea Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Durable, trendy, lightweight
Cons: Low weather protection, narrow footbed
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Our Analysis and Test Results
One of the lightest pairs we tested, thanks to its 5.5-inch height, the SweetPea is easily matched with nearly any wardrobe. With fair traction and warmth, you might not need anything more than this simple, textured rubber option. Best for urban and suburban environments, these boots are comfortable in light rain and are made for casual, everyday wear. While you can get away with walking through shallow snow, it's not recommended for technical terrain, long hikes, or markedly low temperatures. Our lead tester, who lives out of a van, became particularly fond of these boots because of the little space they occupied while proving to be reliable rainwear.
Low-top boots don't score very well when it comes to all-around weatherproofing. The SweetPea is no exception, being one of the shortest of the group and yielding little protection against overspray from large puddles, pouring rain, or the depth of a stream. Romping through snow also poses issues since the shaft won't aid in keeping snow from sneaking over the lip and soaking your feet. We still enjoy the ease and practicality, however, and the narrow circumference helps keep the feet dry.
If you live in a place that experiences moderate precipitation, then keeping your toes out of the water is all that is necessary. Consider the much taller models for far more comprehensive weather protection.
With a narrow footbed (and not so narrow feet), long-term comfort isn't a given, but neither is it severely compromised. Our toes weren't able to spread out, and if we wore thick socks, we were especially cramped. The footbed is designed with cushioning and a shank for added support. We felt that this cushioning and shank combo created a strange feeling at first, but over time we stopped noticing it and have come to appreciate it. One of the only pairs to not have heel lift for us, the narrowness has become less noticeable over time and makes for a better overall fit in retrospect.
The soles are a bit more flexible than most boots, which is nice for driving and the natural movement of the foot when walking. This also increases sensitivity which helps instill confidence in our stride and stance.
Something we noticed was how dusty the boots looked after a while due to the textured rubber collecting dirt and grime. Not being able to dust them off easily meant rinsing was the only way to keep them clean. Dust aside, the versatility was a comfort in and of itself. We were able to wear them with jeans, dresses, shorts — you name it. And as far as anyone can tell at first glance, they look like normal shoes.
If you're one to desire a more low-profile, yet trendy appeal, these boots are it. Admittedly, the hiccup in narrow fit for us isn't enough for us to stay away. The darker tones are rather charming in our opinion.
With fairly average tread, they fared better than others when it came to certain flat surfaces, such as linoleum tile or snowy sidewalks. Nonetheless, the traction wasn't nearly as confidence-inducing as some of the other award winners, particularly when the terrain became more rugged and icy.
It was easy to spin around in the snow, but when it came to wet asphalt or concrete, the SweetPea's more flexible sole was like that of a suction cup. Dependable for the casual outing, you might not need anything more aggressive, especially in urban environments.
The textured rubber upper retained heat as well as most waterproof boots do, but without insulation, they didn't withstand snow for long periods of time. Designed for mild weather, they suited us when temperatures ranged between 50 and 75 degrees-F. Though, with the added moisture-wicking footbed, it was certainly easy to forget about your feet feeling too hot when the sun came out.
Tthe short shaft also allowed for heat to escape. This can be a perk when the weather warms up or this can potentially be a disadvantage when the temperatures drop. Keep in mind, too, that since the shaft is so short, the chances of water or snow making its way over the lip of the boot is much higher. If your feet get wet and stay wet, they certainly won't be able to stay warm for long periods of time.
With whole sizes 6-11, we sized up to an 8. Running true to size, we felt that the length of these boots was one of the better fitting options. As mentioned previously, the narrow footbox was a leading factor of discomfort for us. We were surprised to find that the width of the footbed differed from other boots by the same brand. While our lead tester tends to prefer a snug fit, the sides of the footbed felt too tight if her feet were ever swollen. The circumference of the boot opening is only 11.5 inches, but being so short, it doesn't seem to influence fit very much. One thing we noticed, however, is that you can't easily slide your foot into these boots, and putting them on requires the use of your hands. Thankfully, there's a pull tab to help. Otherwise, the narrow and highly flexible rubber just folds under your heel.
Made in China, the SweetPea lists for what seems to be average for the ankle-height design, and certainly much cheaper than many other taller options. With decent traction, warmth, and comfort (despite the narrow footbed), these boots performed well overall, winning Top Pick for this height option. Versatile and practical, we think they are of high value.
Regardless of a few drawbacks in fit, we found ourselves choosing the Bogs SweetPea again and again for those quick trips out the door. Easy to pair with a dress or jeans, the flexibility of the boot provides adequate function for not only a pair of rain boots but for ankle-height shoes in general.
— Sara Aranda