The Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat boot stands out for its super lightweight design and one-pull lacing system. We love its super soft and silky inner liner that doesn't pull out when taking it on or off, and the cozy feeling of wearing a slipper around town! Though this boot has many perks (including an affordable price), it also has its drawbacks. First, we are unhappy with Columbia's claim that this boot (constructed of a woven synthetic textile) is waterproof. When subjecting it to our slush bucket tests, our foot became soaked after marching for a couple of seconds in 2.5 inches of water and snow.
Second, even though Columbia claims that it stays warm down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, we experienced cold toes at about zero degrees Fahrenheit. That said, it's not a top performer in these two key metrics, but it did do well in all the rest. Many of our testers reported that they liked the style of the boot and they felt like it was quite versatile, making it easy to wear with most outfits. If you're in the market for a lightweight boot that protects you while running errands around town or walking the dog, this may be a great, affordable option for you!