Rated 5 out of 5 by Retiredtoolmaker Quality construction all throughout.
These are the best fitting and most durable work boots I've found, due in part that they come in a wide width and have roomy steel toes that don't rub or pinch. They are made of good quality top-grain leather with four parallel rows of stitching. The speed lacing hooks are smooth contoured solid metal so they won't bend, or cut the laces. The lug soles give good traction on gravel, grass, dirt, mud and snow. They are durable on rough pavement as well. You have to hose the mud and dog doo out of the soles before it drys like concrete. Forward of the arch, they have a canvas footbed under the insole, not paperboard like in cheap boots which turns into a giant spit-wad from sweaty feet. Before I retired, I worked as a toolmaker in an R&D shop standing on concrete floors doing design, lay-out, fabrication, welding and machining nine hours a day. I can only give them four stars for comfort because just under the thin removable insoles, they have a hard, stiff plastic molded shank that cradles the heel and arch of the foot; good support, but no cushioning, so I made my own 3/8" thick insoles from firm closed-cell foam and they help immensely. I usually get two years of daily wear out of a pair before I have to replace them because my narrow heel slides up and down and chews through the fabric lining. When I am on my last pair, I buy two more pair during the BOGO(buy one, get one half-off sale + 20% off that) sale in the fall. Even in retirement, I wear them all day when I am mowing the lawn, cutting firewood or working on my truck or house. If you want to keep the leather from drying out and cracking, clean them with saddle soap, rinse, dry and oil with neetsfoot oil compound several times a year. Also, invest in a Peet boot dryer so they don't stay soggy and funky inside from sweaty feet. They will take good care of you if you take good care of them.
August 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob660 Comfortable boot for a great value
I love this boot so much, this is the second pair I purchased. My first pair lasted almost 2 years and is still in great condition so I bought another pair. It never lost its cushion or support and still looks great.
August 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Calvin14 Great comfort, good working and boot.
April 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Hipdog Too stiff.
Wore around the house and found it too stiff and uncomfortable, also the soles were too hard to be slip resistant. I returned these at a local Famous Footwear store for another shoe. I went back to the Timberland Pro Titian, a much more comfortable work boot.
I now am on my 6th pair. I much prefer the softness of this boot since I’m on my feet all day in an industrial environment. I was very pleased with Famous Footwear’s easy return policy.
April 3, 2013