The other pair of Lakes I own are the MXZ302. I would recommend them also. They are the best all around winter shoe I know of. The upper can be a bit bothersome around the ankle, really a small issue.Like I said this is the best winter shoe I know of.
I think you would appreciate the warmth, and waterproofness of this shoe. probably more than $150.....
I also have some older North wave winter shoes Polars?
These are OK shoes and I use these as my road winter shoe, or for just cool wet conditions. I have 3 insoles stacked in these I think. Same problem as yours, but it is mitigated somewhat by the neoprene cuff. I have 2 friends that have blown the zippers out of these. I would not recommend them.