November, 2016: The Dewbrook Zip is DiscontinuedA short-cut boot with a narrow profile, the Merrell Dewbrook Zip is a fine "fall-to-winter" transition boot, especially for women who live in milder climates. We liked this boot's light weight and its stand-out traction, but we wish that it provided a better seal around the ankle. This would help seal in warmth and help keep snow out. Because of its wide opening. We don't recommend choosing this boot when there's more than an inch or two of snow on the ground. Although its toe box is relatively warm, its low height and lack of seal make it a better choice for milder winter temperatures.
If you're interested in a short boot that seals at the top, consider the Keen Elsa, an attractive winter boot that performed better in our metrics.