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Bogs SweetPea Review

This ankle-height boot is trendy and practical despite its short shaft.
Bogs SweetPea
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Price:  $70 List | $52.46 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Durable, trendy, lightweight
Cons:  Low weather protection, narrow footbed
Manufacturer:   Bogs
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 22, 2018
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RANKED
#8 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 8
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Warmth - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Bogs SweetPea boots are of an up-and-coming style with 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 the ability to throw on quickly without the worry of adapting pants or jeans. They provide decent traction, warmth, and comfort, particularly if you have narrow feet. If you don't have narrow feet, then the footbed will feel a bit cramped, especially with thick socks, but all-day wear was still comfortable enough for our reviewers. DuraFresh technology aids in mitigating odors and the Bogs Max-Wick helps keep feet dry. After wearing them in the sun quite a few times, we were happy to find our feet sweat-free.

As an alternative for non-narrow feet, check out the ultralight and wide Crocs Jaunt Shorty, complete with a more stand-out look.


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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 to nearly any wardrobe. With fair traction and warmth, you might not need anything more than this simple, textured rubber option.

Performance Comparison


A quaint rain boot  the SweetPea is fairly affordable as compared to the other short boots we tested.
A quaint rain boot, the SweetPea is fairly affordable as compared to the other short boots we tested.

Weather Protection


Unfortunately, low-top boots don't score very well when it comes to all-around weatherproofing. The SweetPea is no exception, being 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.


If you live in a place that experiences light precipitation, then keeping your toes nice and dry is all that's necessary. Consider the much taller models for far more comprehensive weather protection.

The Bogs SweetPea boots are ideal for flat surfaces.
The Bogs SweetPea boots are ideal for flat surfaces.

Comfort


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.


The soles are a bit more flexible than most boots, which was nice for driving and the natural movement of the foot when walking. As is typical with rain boots, there was slight heel slippage. Running true to size, length-wise, we wore a size 8. We were surprised to find that the width of the footbed differed from that of the Bogs North Hampton. For a far more comfortable option, the Xtratuf Legacy scored high in all-day wear.

A close-up on the textured rubber of the SweetPea.
A close-up on the textured rubber of the SweetPea.

Style


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 of the Bogs SweetPea 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 ankle boots.


If you're one to desire a more low-profile, yet trendy look, these boots are it. Admittedly, the hiccup in fit isn't enough for us to stay away. For something far more flashy and bold, consider the high-gloss Kamik Heidi.

The soles on the SweetPea are more flexible than the Bogs North Hampton. Nonetheless  the traction wasn't much more steady in the snow. Flat surfaces are ideal.
The soles on the SweetPea are more flexible than the Bogs North Hampton. Nonetheless, the traction wasn't much more steady in the snow. Flat surfaces are ideal.

Traction


With fairly average tread, they fared better than the Bogs North Hampton when it came to certain flat surfaces, such as linoleum tile or snowy sidewalks. Nonetheless, the traction wasn't nearly as confidence inducing as the Hunter Original, particularly when the terrain became 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 SweetPea fared well in colder temperatures  but only for short periods of time.
The SweetPea fared well in colder temperatures, but only for short periods of time.

Warmth


The textured rubber upper retained heat as best as most waterproof boots do, but without insulation, they didn't withstand snow for long periods of time. Designed for more mild weather, they suited us best 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.


Ranking similarly with the Kamik Heidi and the Slogger Rain and Garden boots, the 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, and you're only wearing leggings. 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.

A closer look at the pull tab and short construction of the SweetPea. The pull tab is necessary for putting on these boots.
A closer look at the pull tab and short construction of the SweetPea. The pull tab is necessary for putting on these boots.

Fit


With whole sizes 6-11, we sized up to an 8. Running true to size, we felt that the length of these boots was adequate. As mentioned previously, the narrow footbox was a leading factor of discomfort for us. While our lead tester tends to prefer a snug fit, the SweetPea the sides of the feet felt too tight for some testers. The circumference of the boot opening was only 11.5 inches, but being so short, it didn't seem to compromise 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.

Best Application


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 temperatures below 50F. 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.

Value


Made in China, the SweetPea rings in around $70, which is pretty average for the ankle-height design, and certainly much cheaper than the Sperry Saltwater Duck Boot. With decent traction, warmth, and comfort (despite the narrow footbed), these boots performed better overall against the other short models in our fleet, winning Top Pick for this height option. Versatile and practical, we think this is a fair deal.

A low-profile look  the SweetPea dressed well with leggings  pants  shorts  and even dresses.
A low-profile look, the SweetPea dressed well with leggings, pants, shorts, and even dresses.

Conclusion


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 boots in general.


Sara Aranda