The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Boot

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The North Face Men's Back-To-Berkeley Boot. This warm-weather, low-cut version of the Back-to-Berkeley boot combines an old-school look with new-school tech.

FEATURES of The North Face Men's Back-To-Berkeley Boot.
SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face Men's Back-To-Berkeley Boot.


  • PU-coated, ballistic polyester upper


  • Ortholite sockliner and EVA midsole cradle your foot in comfort
  • Die-cut EVA midsole

Weather and Wind:

  • HydroSeal waterproof membrane
  • Waterproof suede mudguard

Traction and Grip:

  • Tacky Winter Grip rubber and temperature-sensitive Ice-Pick lugs help you keep your footing on the iciest surfaces
  • Durable TNF Winter Grip rubber outsole with IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs


  • Gusseted tongue keeps out debris
It would be nice to spend the winter in a sunny, temperate clime (with frequent trips to snowy peaks thrown in), but since most us us aren`t that lucky, The North Face created the Men`s Back-to-Berkley Boot. And while it may sport a retro West-Coast-y vibe, this is one boot that`s ready for old-school, nasty northern winters. Between the PU coating on the ballistic mesh upper, the waterproofing on the suede mudguard, and the Hydroseal waterproof membrane, your feet won`t be getting wet this winter. Thanks to 100-gram PrimaLoft Eco insulation, they`ll be warm, too.

• Hydroseal waterproof membrane.
• 100 g PrimaLoft Eco Insulation.
• Ortholite sockliner.
• Durable TNF Winter Grip rubber outsole with Ice Pick temperature-sensitive lugs

This isn't your grandpa's winter boot. The North Face Back To Berkeley Boot combines an old-school look with new-school technology. Simple styling and materials pair ballistic mesh with suede, PrimaLoft® Eco insulation, HydroSeal™ waterproof protection and a TNF Winter Grip™ rubber sole with Ice Pick™ lugs for secure traction.
Stay fresh to death with the stylish and trendy Back-To-Berkeley Boot by The North Face.
PU-coated, ballistic mesh and polyester upper gives a unique classic look with new school technology.
and Hydroseal™ waterproof technology keeps moisture out and deflects excessive dirt.
100 g PrimaLoft® Eco Insulation helps your feet ventilate and remain comfortable throughout the day.
Ortholite™ sockliner and Die-cut EVA midsole gives your feet a sense of relief by providing stability and comfort for those long winter days.
Long-lasting TNF Winter Grip™ rubber outsole with Ice Pick™ temperature sensitive lugs gives you a firm grip on any surface during extreme winter weather.
The North Face

Mid-cut insulated boot combines an old-school look with new-school tech. HydroSeal™ waterproof protection, 100 g Primaloft® insulation and TNF™ Winter Grip™ rubber outsole deliver winter protection.

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Approx Weight:1/2 pair
Bottom:Die-cut EVA midsole
Circumference:14 1⁄2 in
Heel Height:1 in
Platform Height:1⁄4 in
Shaft:5 1⁄2 in
Upper:PU-coated, ballistic polyester upper
Weight:1 lb 2 oz
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The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Boot Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I bought these boots for those snowy/rainy days in Michigan during the winter. I have used them in snow, rain, mud, and on icy pavement. They have exceeded my expectations. These are not rain boots, nor are they snow boots but they will keep your feet warm and dry for a few hours in either of these conditions. I have had no leaks and they are fairly warm in snow with a thicker pair of socks. They are very comfortable and I often use them on snowy/rainy days when I have errands to run as they are not too hot to wear inside. Overall they are great for everyday use and work quite well for more demanding conditions. They work for what I use them for, so be sure to evaluate what you want out of these before you decide. I wear a 10-10.5 in most shoes so I went with an 11 and they fit well.
Tyler - customer at on 01/31/2012

Excellent Boots!!

I originally bought these for hiking and fishing, I wore them once and decided to wear them for everything. These boots are possibly the best shoes I have ever worn. Completely water proof, warm, comfortable, and they have outstanding ice traction. I wore these on my ice fishing trip and after 15 hours on the ice, my feet were warm and bone dry. Also as an added bonus, the ice pick soles really do grab a firm hold on the ice. I was able to walk 4 miles with them on a frozen lake without ever losing my footing. However, I wouldn't recommend these boots for spring/summer hiking. The lining is VERY warm and your feet would roast in the summer and the ice pick soles pick up and carry ALOT of mud.
Bill1582 at The North Face on 01/09/2014


Fits well. Warm at -29 C. Comfortable. Light - feels like wearing a sneaker. The greatest thing too (although it seems minor) is that the laces stay tied up - they do not loosen and become undone like those on many other shoes and boots! I would buy these again. In fact since I received them I have been wearing them almost every day including weekends - well during the week only to and from work. So I may need to buy another set next winter so I can alternate :) I do wear thinner socks with these boots because it is unnecessary to wear thick winter socks - so end up wearing socks that I would normally wear with a dress shoe.
WinterCommuter at The North Face on 02/23/2013

I am impressed with these boots. They are a perfect medium between shoes and boots - light, but warm. I live on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba and we have some serious winters. These boots have performed great in the 6-10 inches of snow for several hours walking the dogs. The top two sets of eyelets are shredding the laces which is disappointing. However, they did come with an extra set in another color. I prefer the red laces and contacted North Face and they sent me extra laces for free! Overall I am impressed with these boots.

Andrew at on 12/16/2011

Nice styling, best for outdoor use

I love the styling of these boots -- really a great combination of vintage design and modern materials. Total homerun with regard to aesthetics. Providing two colors of laces is also a nice touch. Fit runs about a half size small. While comfort is quite good, there is quite a bit less arch support than most shoes. As some have commented, these are very warm shoes. I wouldn't suggest wearing them in the office all day. They're best suited to mostly outdoor wear on days below freezing. They really hold in the heat from your feet.
JMRiggs at The North Face on 01/10/2014
I bought these true to size despite what all the reviews said about going with a size larger. At first they felt a little small but I just wore them anyways. Now after having worn them for awhile they fit perfect. Ive been using them in the snow and they work great. They keep my feet dry and have great traction on the snow and ice. I have the Flamenco Blue and get complements on them every time I wear them.
Wes H - customer at on 01/29/2012

These are obviously a lightweight, city-walk, "boot-version" of a walkabout shoe. I'll definitely buy'em,... but according to reviews, they will not endure water, abuse, and hard wear. They're very cool looking which attracted me, and I expect them to deliver long hours of comfortable, casual wear, without problems, for a few years: naturally, with compliments! For $90 bucks (which is nothing nowadays) what do you guys expect?: these are $90 of cool.

~-VikingRaider-~ at on 01/10/2012

I was very happy about the look of the boot when it came in the mail. Once I put it on I quickly found out it REALLY runs small. I saw the other reviews and ordered a 1/2 size larger. For sure order a FULL size larger if you get this boot.

wv_p694319 at on 09/09/2013

So far they are really comfortable and light weight. I have only worn them in the streets, not out hiking or in the woods yet but I plan on doing so. Very well made and a nice look as well.

Zach Brown at on 11/24/2010


silp673410 at on 08/28/2013

Negative Reviews:

In brief: Cozy and cool for light, casual use. Expect cold wet feet for anything remotely beyond that.
I got these boots to wear around town, walking to/from work and short hikes in the snow, rain and cold. For those purposes, they are fine and I do love the look. But calling these boots waterproof is absurd. The exposed foam soles and ankles soak up moisture and funnel it into the boot when flexed. On a recent hike in very light rain the boots soaked through in about an hour to the point that I had to wring out my socks and the insoles. The boots then completely soaked a change of dry socks in a matter of steps. With each step the foam squished water into the boot. I resigned myself to water-logged feet for the rest of my 2-day trip and wishing I'd worn my goretex trail runners instead.

will.starr at on 04/24/2012

Winter shoe/boot thats no good for winter

Basically I bought these for a good do everything boot. Upon receiving them I found they wouldn't cut it for a lot of walking. They are very unsupportive. You can feel every pebble through the sole. I figured I would just use them for winter as they were very warm and supposed to be waterproof. They worked very well for about the first week of winter until they were waterproof no more.
I will be returning these boots. I expected better quality and performance from a North Face product
Alexsym at The North Face on 12/20/2013

and DON'T buy North Face shoes. I work at an outdoor retailer and have seen more pairs of TNF shoes fall apart or leak than any other brand. This model in particular falls apart at the heel so often it makes you scratch your head at how anyone buys them. If you are looking for a good shoe with a similar fit check out Scarpa or Salomon shoes.
I also find it funny how almost everyone who has rated this shoe highly, hasn't actually used them at all.

Ron Bergundy at on 10/23/2013

Look great for the first week!!

I got these boots for hike abroad, they look great before you wear them, after a few miles the material start stretching and never went back to the original look, definitely they are not waterproof, i just walked trough a muddy trail and my socks were completely wet. The worst: They broke at the fifth day, so I had to get a pair of overpriced boots abroad.
MrJJ at The North Face on 01/01/2014

boots started splitting out on the sole almost immediately. Northface always seemed like the "wilderness chic" gear that isn't really gear at all, which ive found to be true on my first purchase from them. sure boasts a super duper return anything whenever for whatever,... ya, have fun trying to exercise that warranty, what a nightmare.... one sorry sir after another

joe2080072308 at on 03/15/2013

I have returned them for new pairs twice now and they both developed leaks. The first pair even had a bad seem where my big toe went in one of the boots and it was too painful to even wear. But they look cool.

Max at on 02/24/2011

Not very waterproof at all, two weeks in and my feet had damp patches all over.
Rubber came away from front and the inner lining rubbed off my ankle.
Very light, but not as advertised, I wouldn't buy these again.

Northbadger at on 04/26/2011

Comfortable boot with good looks, it does run a size small. Terrible quality construction. I have worn these boots for 2 days and the sole on the heel is already separating. I would not waste your money.

jusp732974 at on 09/23/2013

Neutral Reviews:

I have had these for a month now and have wore them almost everyday now. Here is what I have observed:
These boots feel like shoes, they are not bulky and are very light weight. These boots are made in China and it shows. The stitching is not perfect on my boots and the pair I have also have a crease in the bottom of the tongue where they were not sewn very well. This is unfortunate seeing as I use to think The North Face made some of the best clothing and shoes around. Now you can tell these are made in China with little quality control. On the plus side however these boots are nice and toasty. The 100 grams of primaloft keeps your feet warm even when temperatures dip below 0. The boots look awesome with their retro design and you will get compliments about how they look. So far the boots have worn well and show very little signs of wear over the month of constant use they have seen. The tread is awesome in the snow and grips ice very well. I have not been wet in these boots yet but have only stepped in a few puddles so far. I wear a size 9.5 in almost all my boots and shoes and this fits perfectly in a 9.5. Overall I am happy with these boots but I would recommend The North Face pay more attention to quality control on these boots. Because of this I am giving these boots 3 starts where as if they were sewn better I would have given them 4 stars.

Dan Be at on 01/09/2014

I got these to fill the weather gap between my summer shoes and my Sorel winter boots. They're warm/water-resistant/good on ice/really comfortable.
Here are the two biggest things though:
1: These shoes look amazing. I get compliments every day. People, relax. I know these shoes look good. You can quit stopping me in the grocery store to let me know.
2: Like some other folks have said, the sole started splitting at the heel after I wore them three or four times. Maybe a problem with the adhesive or something.
They look so good and are so comfortable that I'll just gorilla glue these suckers and keep trucking. I'd be down to pick up a new pair next season if TNF fixes the sole separation issue.

Joshua Barnes at on 12/05/2013

Lightweight boots with excellent traction in the snow. I've tested them on the Glacier at Mt Hood for 2 days in 70 degree weather and they held up quite well. THey were a bit wet after 5 or 6 hrs. I would call them water resistant rather than water proof. They are a great fit for me and I believe they should work out really well in the snow especially in colder temps.

Jeremy Jensen at on 07/10/2012