We were excited to test Forsake footwear this year, but, ultimately, we weren't super impressed with the design of the Lucie boot. The overall fit was not very snug or protective, leaving us feeling unstable and exposed when on slippery surfaces or inclines. The side zippers often get caught when trying to zip or unzip the boot, and the front laces do not tighten the boot or close the gap around the collar. The leather is high quality, and the traction is good on wetter surfaces, making this design a solid winter boot for urban use. Luckily, the Forsake Lucie is stylish; it's just not our first choice when it comes to functional footwear.Editor's Note: The Forsake review received an update on February 23, 2022, with additional sections designed to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
Forsake Lucie Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Versatile style, quality construction, good traction
Cons: Spacious upper lacks support, sticky zipper, functionless laces
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|Pros||Versatile style, quality construction, good traction||Full coverage protection, highly durable, reliable traction||Good value, ultra warm, great traction, highly waterproof||Warm, great weather protection, removable liner||Lightweight, super soft interior, durable leather exterior|
|Cons||Spacious upper lacks support, sticky zipper, functionless laces||Pricey, very heavy, retains moisture, difficult to drive in||Only ankle-high coverage, hiking-specific style, narrow fit||Clunky fit, very heavy, not very stylish||Unimpressive outsole traction|
|Bottom Line||A stylish sneaker-style boot that functioned well as streetwear but left us hanging when it came to fit and on-snow performance||This highly durable boot is completely waterproof and great at insulating, though it's a bit too bulky to wear on low-snow days or during high-output activities||This well-priced boot hits all the marks with a winter-friendly design that maintains great traction, weatherproofing, and warmth||A warm, bulky, and durable boot built for a lifetime of Alaska-grade winters but that isn't light or comfortable enough for extended use or mobile activities||One of the most comfortable choices in our lineup, with a soft, heat-retentive interior and durable, waterproof exterior|
|Rating Categories||Forsake Lucie||Muck Boot Arctic Ic...||Merrell Thermo Chil...||Sorel Caribou - Wom...||The North Face Shel...|
|Weather Protection (25%)|
|Comfort and Fit (20%)|
|Specs||Forsake Lucie||Muck Boot Arctic Ic...||Merrell Thermo Chil...||Sorel Caribou - Wom...||The North Face Shel...|
|Maximum Puddle Depth Before Major Leaking||3"||16"||6"||10"||7"|
|Measured Shaft Height (from bottom of sole to top of shaft)||7.25"||16"||6"||10.5"||10"|
|Measured Weight (per pair, size 7)||2.16 lbs||4.59 lbs||1.79 lbs||3.78 lbs||2.25 lbs|
|Type of Boot||Casual winter wear||Winter workwear||Winter hiking||All-around winter||All-around winter|
|Fit Details||True to size||Runs big||True to size||Runs big||True to size|
|Lining/Insulation||Undisclosed||Fleece||M Select Warm (200g)||9mm recycled felt liner||Heatseeker Eco Pro (200g)|
|Footbed||Dual Density foam||bioDEWIX||Kinetic Fit BASE||N/A||OrthoLite|
|Upper Material||Full-grain leather, suede||Rubber||Waterproof PU-coated leather and mesh||Waterproof nubuck leather||Full-grain leather and ballistic nylon|
|Outsole||Peak-to-Pavement rubber||Vibram Arctic Grip A.T.||M Select GRIP||Aero-trac rubber||Surface Control rubber|
|Company Claimed Cold Weather Rating||Not stated||Not stated||Not stated||Not stated||Not stated|
|Temp Change in Ice Bath||- 9.2 F||-9.5 F||-5.2 F||-6.9 F||-6.5 F|
|Sizes Available||6 - 12||5 - 11||5 - 11||5 - 12||5 - 11|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Forsake is best known for its waterproof hiking-oriented sneaker boots. The Lucie has a fashionable exterior and quality leather construction but didn't quite hold to our high hopes during our performance tests.
The Lucie has a quality full-grain leather and suede outer with cushy synthetic insulation around the interior. We found the boot comfortable for walking around in cold temperatures but not insulated enough to keep feet warm in wet or snowy conditions. A little over an inch of rubber in the outsole provides some insulation from the ground, but the roomy collar allows enough airflow in to make your feet feel like they're not entirely protected from the outside elements. Forsake does not give an exact insulation amount, but we would guess it's somewhere around 100 grams.
The Lucie offers a little over 7 inches of coverage, which is slightly taller than the shorter hiking or sneaker-style boots in our review. We like this versatile height, but the collar construction keeps this boot from excelling in the weather protection category. The boot's opening has a wide, structured circumference that makes slipping in and out of it easy but doesn't close up against the ankle. Not only does this create a breezeway for cold air, but it allows snow to make its way into the interior when walking through anything 5 inches or deeper. On the other hand, the boot held up surprisingly well in our water submergence testing, remaining waterproof up to about 6 1/2 inches. This design is not ideal snow or rain boot, but it can keep you dry in low-snow and low-output activities.
Comfort and Fit
The lackluster fit of the Lucie is the reason for the limited warmth and weather protection, though it doesn't entirely render the boot uncomfortable. The inside is cushy, with an EVA midsole and a dual-density footbed that provides cushioned support for long walks or long days on foot. Unfortunately, for those that want the upper to close around the ankle, the laces are useless as the upper is incapable of closing closer to the leg. The side zipper, intended for easy entry, also caught 90% of the time on our pair. We found ourselves fiddling around with the faulty zipper to the point of frustration.
The upper of the Lucie is made of full-grain leather and suede that, when properly treated, can last for many, many years, even in wet and cold conditions. The thick rubber sole is stiff and strong and suffered no destruction after kicking the boot around on rough surfaces. The laces are thinner and flimsier than some of the other boots in our lineup but still held up fine throughout the testing period. We are sure this boot can endure many winters and city walks so long as it is cared for properly.
The rubber outsole on the Lucie boasts an intricate wave pattern that has a rippled look from the side of the boot. It provides more traction on snow than other wave-pattern soles but still leaves us slipping and sliding in sloppier snow conditions or uneven terrain. The boot will work fine in wet, slushy winter conditions in the city but will not provide much functionality or security on stormier days in the mountains.
Should You Buy the Lucie?
While we like the style and lightweight comfort provided by the Forsake Lucie, we weren't exactly impressed by the boot's performance in snowy conditions. The leather and suede exterior seems to be durable and of high quality. Still, the insulation does not provide enough warmth, nor the outsole enough traction, for colder weather and blustery snow days. With a price tag somewhere in the middle of the review group, we feel the Lucie is not exactly worth the money. You can pay slightly less and get far more functionality from boots with warmer interiors, more coverage, or better traction. However, if you're looking for a fashion-forward boot that can keep you warm but don't need all the frills of faux-fur or thick rubber lugs, this will get you through long days at work or stormy errand runs.
What Other Winter Boots Should You Consider?
Whether you want style or function, the UGG Adirondack III outperforms the Lucie all day no matter what the test metric. This boot is a great all-around boot tackling most winter activities with ease making it a good choice for those who plan to do a little of everything. Alternatively, if you need something more akin to a sneaker boot, the Danner Inquire Mid Insulated is a good choice that can keep you warm and dry as long as the snow is low and you primarily stick to the sidewalks. The Danner offers a better fit and overall comfort compared to the Lucie, and it comes with a durable design and better traction to boot.
— Liz Chamberlain
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