Category Archives: Waterproof

The Merrell Moab Difference

Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes at

Which Merrell Moab is right for me? 

In our last blog, we talked about the technologies in the Merrell Moab series that make them a great hiking shoe. We have a few different styles of Moab’s, so we’ll break down the differences to make your decision easier!

Moab Mid Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof

This is our most popular Moab style. The Mid Cut height offers ankle support and protection from debris.  Waterproof Leather uppers and Merrell M Select™ DRY Waterproof, mositure-wicking technology keep you dry and comfy.


Moab Waterproof

Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof

The Waterproof Moab has the advantages mentioned above, but instead of the added ankle support, the low cut makes this style great for travel or quick day trips. It is lightweight and fits great in your suitcase!

Moab Ventilator

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator

The Moab Ventilator is best for warm and dry climates, with tons of breathability but enough protection against dirt and debris.


Moab GTX

Merrell Men's Moab GTX

GORE-TEX® is a well-known waterproof membrane that protects against water while still allowing your feet to breathe.

Winter Boots


A snowstorm is brewing in the North East, and we’d like to make sure you’re prepared! We can’t stock up on groceries or emergencies supplies for you, but we can keep your feet warm and protected with our great selection of snow boots! We’ll list our favorites below– and if you’re planning on staying inside, try cozying up with some of our favorite slippers!


Men’s Winter Boots


Kamik Boots

Dark Brown

The ultimate winter boots for shoveling or spending time outdoors with the kids, Kamik boots are warm and practical with rugged winter-ready outsoles.  Great for any winter adventure.


Blundstone Boots

Rustic Brown

The Blundstone Thermal Series features a thermo urethane outsole resistant to hydrolysis and microbial attacks, a Thinsulate insulation lining, and a removable sheepskin footbed for extra warmth and comfort.



Carolina Boots


A Carolina SCUBALINER™ waterproof membrane and 600 grams of Thinsulate™ insulation make these Carolina workboots well-equipped for winter weather. Available with a steel toe or without.


Clarks Boots

Those of you that need to head into the office will appreciate the super-comfortable Clarks Rockie Top boot with Gore-Tex.  The waterproof Gore-Tex lining will keep you warm and dry without any unnecessary bulk.


Women’s Winter Boots


Kamik Boots




Waterproof and warm boots from Kamik come with insulated linings, rugged winter outsoles, and tongues and collars that keep snow out.  Perfect for exploring the winter wonderland in your future.


BOGS Boots

The BOGS boots shown above come with 7mm of Neo-Tech™ insulation and are comfort rated for temps as low as 40°F, so your feet can stay dry and cozy, even if you venture outside. Tall or short boots in fun winter patterns or classic black are easy to put on and super stylish!


Sorel Boots


Our Sorel Boots–especially the Joan of Arctic–are always flying off our shelves. If you’re lucky enough to be a 6, 7.5, 9.5, or 10.5, we might still have something in stock for you–but hurry!


Check out warm slippers for Men and Women, plus a bunch of other ways to keep your feet warm this weekend, on our Pinterest board: Cozy Toes!
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12 Gifts of Christmas: Day 10

We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!

We know the modern person wants more experiences, not more stuff–so we like to sell items that help make experiences more memorable.  Perfect for your outdoorsy friend, hiking shoes from Merrell and Timberland are rugged and reliable.  Keep them warm in winter styles or pick them up something for next summer’s camping or hiking trip.  They’ll thank you for making their next adventure more comfortable and worry-free.




Merrell Shoes offer a lot of options–from breathable summer hiking shoes to warm, waterproof hiking boots for the winter, even for women.  You’re sure to find something for a friend that loves being outdoor any time of year!






These Timberland shoes and boots are perfect for hiking. Waterproof uppers, rugged soles, and iconic style meet Timberland reliability for a pair of boots they’ll wear on and off the trails.



12 Gifts of Christmas: Day 7


We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!

We have no idea why those seven swans were swimming, it’s cold outside! Keep your loved ones safe and warm by giving them a pair of winter boots from Kamik or Sorel this year.


Kamik Winter Boots

Kamik boots are made in Canada, so they have to be both warm and weather-ready–but they’re also sleek enough to rock on city streets.

We also carry Kamik’s warm and safe boots in kid’s sizes! Kamik’s winter boots are the perfect way to keep your children’s feet protected from snow, sleet, and rain.



Sorel Winter Boots

For the fashionista on your list, Sorel boots are warm, winter-ready, and go with just about anything in your closet.  Trendy meets practical with insulated inner booties and rugged gripping outsoles.

Cold Feet? Here’s How to Stay Warm!

As the weather gets colder, icy cold feet can be a serious problem. We’ve got a few tricks and tips for you this season, so read on!

1. Stay Dry!

Waterproof Merrell Moab Boots with GORE-TEX
Merrell Moab Boots with GORE-TEX waterproof technology.

First, protect your feet from outside moisture. The best way to do this is to wear waterproof boots and shoes.  Look for something that is breathable, like GORE-TEX technology or boots with Waterproof treated leather uppers, like Sorel boots and Timberland boots.

Sorel Boots
Sorel Boots with waterproof suede/leather uppers and rubber bottoms to keep out moisture.

Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.

Timberland Boots
Timberland 6 inch Premium boots with waterproof leather uppers and 400 grams of PrimaLoft ECO® insulation.

2. Know your materials.

When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.

A Cotton Johnston and Murphy Sock
A Cotton Johnston and Murphy Sock

Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth.  That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.

SmartWool Hiker Street Sock
SmartWool Unisex Hiker Street Sock is 69% Merino Wool, 30% Nylon, and 1% Elastane.

Wool = Warm !  Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.

Best-Selling Women's Darn Tough Pebbles Crew Light Cushion Sock
This best-selling women’s light cushion crew sock from Darn Tough is 46% Merino Wool, 51% Nylon, and 3% Lycra Spandex with seamless construction for the ultimate comfort.

3. Layer Up

Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top.  If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a  lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.

When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer.  Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.

4.  Add some sole.

A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather.  Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be.  Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!

Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!

5. Foot Warmers

You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home.  You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed.  Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.

Follow The Shoe Mart’s board Cozy Toes on Pinterest.

6. Slip into Warmth


Nothing is better for hanging around the house than a warm pair of slippers, and we’ve got them all! Check out slippers from Minnetonka Moccasin, Tempur-pedic, Sorel, Vionic, L.B. Evans, and Ugg.