Vans Chukka Fleece

Good Or Not For The Cold

By: - Shoes - August 3, 2011
vans chukka fleece good or not for the cold

Not everyone wants to spend more to get natural materials in their shoes, so even though you would naturally by them for your baby with such shoes as baby vans, or when you can afford your own, such as purple vans, you can still find shoes that are made for winter, including winter boots made with fleece.  One example is the vans chukka fleece boots, which are made of a synthetically knitted type of fabric derived from polyethylene terphthalate.  You may have heard it referred to as PET.  But is PET and such unnatural fleece as good as natural materials for boots? Will it keep your feet warm even in the most extreme cold temperatures?

Usually the PET used in such shoes as the vans chukka fleece are made from recycled bottles that you can commonly find in your home.  Because of the recycling process, the material can be easily rescued from being dumped into the oceans and in landfills and quickly woven into a green type of fabric that is both soft for you and good for the environment.  Quite often PET can be found in things other than shoes, such as hats, hoodies, sweatpants, outdoor clothes, light blankets and casual types of jackets.  Though you cannot find it in baby vans and purple vans shoes, you can have a warm lining that faces into your boots’ center, keeping the soft side against your feet to absorb sweat and keep your feet breathing even though it is really an unnatural type of fabric.  It is probably one of the few unnatural fabrics that can breathe.  However, though the fleece is light in weight, and keeps your feet warm, it is not necessary an ideal fabric for using in extremely cold temperatures by itself and it is not workable to use the vans boots containing the fleece for climatic conditions where windchills and temperatures below -20 Celsius are involved because additional materials and design factors are required for this, something that fleece simply cannot cover alone.  Despite this, the fleece is good for up to -20 Celsius as long as the boots are sprayed with a waterproofing spray and you avoid paddling in slush and snow puddles because the fabric on the outside of the boots can only withstand so much liquid before it begins to absorb it and can freeze onto your feet.  This can run the risk of potential frostbite and can be dangerous, so ensure that if you do use these boots for the cold that you use them only within the recommended manufacturer’s temperature ratings.

Another thing to consider if you want to buy vans chukka fleece boots is that you can increase the warm factor of the fleece by wearing either wool or thermally designed socks.  Obviously, the baby vans and purple vans are designed for the late spring, summer and early fall, but not the winter and are ideal shoes.  The fleece boots are of good enough quality and are easy to clean, warm and inviting, but the reality is that as the fleece begins to wear, sometimes the stitching may eventually go with consistent use and the fabric edges will begin to fray.  Usually this is not an issue until the boots are reaching their end of use life and then you can simply just replace them with another pair.  However, do note that no matter what you are told, fleece, whether in your boots or clothes is useless in climates that are windy or have extreme cold conditions.  That being said, there are boots that combine special winter materials with a fleece lining for Arctic type temperatures and wind chills and may have a special coating on the outside to prevent the wind from getting through boot layers.  Otherwise, if you want a good pair of shoes or boots, you cannot go wrong with vans.

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