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Kamik Heidi Review

A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.
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Price:  $50 List | $43.75 at Amazon
Pros:  Mid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial traction
Cons:  Basic foot support, minimal insulation
Manufacturer:   Kamik
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 22, 2018
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RANKED
#2 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Style - 20% 9
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 10% 6

The Skinny

Based and manufactured in Canada, the Kamik Heidi successfully combines simplicity and cost-effectiveness. The Heidi is fashionable, functional, and deemed one of the most exceptional deals we've had the pleasure of testing. A two-time Best Buy winner on OutdoorGearLab, it's hard to beat a high performing pair of boots that only costs $50. With a mid-calf height of 12 inches from the floor, the overall weather protection is slightly lower than that of a tall boot, but this only allows for more versatility in the wardrobe (such as pants being more likely to fit into the boot).

It's available in a variety of colors, all glossy in construction. The styling potential is, in our opinion, of the highest, right along with the UGG Shaye. Our testers thoroughly enjoyed the Heidi, from its surprising traction to the ease of putting them on to rush out the door. Another go-to style and high performer is the Top Pick winner, Xtratuf Legacy, with its all-day comfort and workhorse aesthetic for those who require high functionality in places like the farm or boat.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

A mild-weather boot of mid-calf height, the Kamik Heidi is both classy and practical. It also remains one of the most affordable pairs, at $50, relative to all the boots we have tested throughout the years — though, the Kamik Olivia isn't too far behind. This Best Buy winner continues to impress us with ample traction (even in the snow) and sufficient comfort for all-day wear. These boots are also 100% recyclable and made with reflective binding and patches to allow for visibility at night.

Performance Comparison


The wine-red color and glossy style of the Heidi  capable of off-road terrain.
The wine-red color and glossy style of the Heidi, capable of off-road terrain.

Weather Protection


Topping out 12 inches from the ground, these waterproof, synthetic rubber boots offer tremendous weather protection despite scoring above average as compared to the taller options.


With a mouth circumference of 13.75 inches, the Heidi lends a narrower fit, but it truly all depends on your calf size; and being shorter, this smaller circumference isn't that impactful. This model is more than sufficient for most rainy day needs.

Three award-winning boots from left to right: Xtratuf Legacy 15"  Hunter Original  and the Heidi. All have good traction overall.
Three award-winning boots from left to right: Xtratuf Legacy 15", Hunter Original, and the Heidi. All have good traction overall.

Comfort


This boot is merely a rubber upper with a very thin, nylon lining and a relatively basic footbed and EVA insole. While custom insoles can make up for the lack of extended comforts, this boot provided sufficient support. All-day wear is satisfactorily above average. The fit, ease of taking and putting on, and mobility factors were all tested without gripe. Weighing in at only 2.71 lbs, they are also quite lightweight for their height. The rubber uppers are fairly flexible and short enough to allow for adequate movement of the legs as you walk.


This model also runs true to size. We tested a size 8, and as expected, there was slight heel slippage. The most significant complaint found across customer reviews was regarding foot support. This is a small drawback, in our opinion, unless you plan to do walk or perform rough outdoor work all day long.

The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Style


The Heidi comes in many glossy colors. Check the manufacturer's website for the season's current picks.


We tested a deep red more like the color of a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. True to what photos showed online, we were very pleased with this block of color encased in a transparent, molded rubber. The boot is bordered by black nylon at the boot rim and by the black outsole, which is a simple, yet versatile look. As previously mentioned, a shorter shaft height allows for pants to more-easily fit inside, and of course, leggings are a non-issue. It was easy for us to choose the Heidi when dressing for restaurants or evening events. Our lead tester expressed that the depth and elegance of the red were highly popular among her friends.

The stylish and high-performing Heidi is pretty comfortable  too!
The stylish and high-performing Heidi is pretty comfortable, too!

Traction


One of the highest performing boots in traction, we were certainly glad to find that fashion didn't out-prioritize functionality. We assumed the more sporty-looking boots, such as the Bogs North Hampton, would reign in this category. Quite the contrary, the Bogs yielded only average scoring when compared to our fleet.


When testing the Heidi in icy, snowy conditions, in the river, and across wet grass, it wasn't necessarily about pinpointing the exact point of failure for us but whether or not the tread instilled confidence with every step. No model is perfect, but these remained reliable under various circumstances and impressed us to the point of us not having to walk extra carefully.

With prominent tread, they performed well in the snow, mud, through wet grass, and over flat and inclined terrain. It was the slimy rock in a river environment that finally knocked a point off for the Heidi. However, chances are, you are most likely using rain boots in urban or suburban settings, where flat surfaces abound. This model is also not intentionally made for hiking, and with thinner soles, we wouldn't recommend it. Still, it's comforting to know the tread will keep you steady in rougher terrain.

We are huge fans of the Heidi's reliable tread.
We are huge fans of the Heidi's reliable tread.

Warmth


Made for mild-weather, it was no surprise when the Heidi yielded only slightly above average scores for warmth.


This metric measured how well the boots retained heat in throughout the day, in an icy river and across the shallow snow. With ideal temperatures ranging between 50 and 75F, performance was well above average, dropping to that of ordinary when temperatures fell below 40, especially at or below freezing. If you're in search for a contender that will be sufficiently cozy in colder conditions, something more like the Bogs North Hampton is ideal with its extra insulation. Made without insulation, the Heidi is better suited for temperate zones and places with distinct rainy seasons.

The Heidi provides great traction in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Heidi provides great traction in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Fit


This boot comes in whole sizes 6-11. As is standard with most rainwear, heel slippage is likely when half-sizes are not available. This model was no exception. Fortunately, this brand runs true to size, and consistently. Kamik recommends sizing up for those who wear half-sizes. Our lead tester was of a size 7.5; with the Heidi, we purchased a size 8 and were happy to find it a suitable size. There is also room for the wearing of much thicker socks.

Nonetheless, with thin socks, the fit and comfort were still adequate for all-day wear. The footbox itself does fit snugly around the foot, so if your feet are of high volume, we would agree that it is best to size up. Keep in mind, too, that if you do purchase an alternate insole, you will also likely want to size up. Otherwise, the toe box might get cramped.

Best Application


Given the relative lack of warmth, this model is best for warmer to mild climates. It's ideal for spring and fall rain, the occasional slush, a summer thunderstorm, or a relaxed, casual shindig. Complete with a shorter height and lighter weight, they are easy to pack for your travels.

A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures  cue the Heidi.
A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures, cue the Heidi.

Value


A true bargain for those wanting a blend of style and functionality, our Best Buy award winner, the Heidi provides more than the basics for what makes up an excellent rain boot, all without emptying your pockets. For $50, these boots render traction and stylish weatherproofing for all your routine endeavors.

The super glossy Heidi right out of the box.
The super glossy Heidi right out of the box.

Conclusion


The Kamik Heidi is a tough competitor and overall great product for an amazing price. These boots will not disappoint when you want to keep your feet dry and in style. With dependable traction and flexible rubber, we are huge fans and highly recommend them — even for the occasional romp into the woods.


Sara Aranda