It did not take long for me to fall in love with the Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots. Insulated boots are a tough item to pack along when traveling as light as possible is the goal. But when you’re headed to a cold and snowy climate, warm boots are essential. Since HI Travel Tales was headed to Norway and I tend to be a bit more sensitive to the cold than some people, mid-calf boots that wouldn’t look like clunkers were a must. But they couldn’t weigh down the suitcase either.

Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots

Ahnu Sugar Bowl boots are cute and functional winter footwear.

The Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots ($165) don’t look like grandma’s either with a sleek enough cut to be cute enough to go out to dinner. Yet they were functional enough too – waterproof and 200 grams of super cozy Thinsulate insulation – to keep my toesies warm and dry on windblown hillsides, in the rain, or on snowy and icy streets.


Plus, the non-marking Vibram rubber outsole offered really nice grip when the goings got a bit slippery, but the self-cleaning outsole meant you didn’t take reminders from your day’s adventure home with you. Another plus was how easy the Ahnu Sugar Bowl boots were to slip on and off: A long inside zipper allowed you to keep the front full-length laces (with gusseted tongue) tied once they were adjusted for your foot. I did find they had a higher volume fit, mandating an additional thicker footbed. But once that was added, fit was not an issue even with my narrower foot and lean calf.

Being a pretty smooshable nylon mesh with some leather, I found the Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots didn’t hog suitcase space either. Nor did they steal more than their share of allowed baggage weight at only 15.5 ounces each. You just had to pack other soft goods around them smartly for traveling efficiency.

All in all, I loved the Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots: comfortable, warm yet not sweaty, slipped on and off in a breeze, and great functionality for all-day wear without looking like grape-stomping work boots.

The HITT Seal of Approval is bestowed without hesitation!