Reviewed by Smokey from Michigan on Sunday, September 29, 2013
You cant go wrong with the craftsmanship of John Deere footwear. High quality materials built to last. I've always wanted a pair of quality wellingtons but could never pull the trigger when comparing costs of a pull on boot vs a lace up. As an on call firefighter I really wanted a pair of boots that I could slip on easily at 3 am, run through snow or rain (Michigan winters can be brutal) and slip off easily. These fit the bill. These are now my go to boots for everything I do. I've been wearing my Wolverine boots for 7 years and this is the first boot I've found that can replace them I and fully expect them to last as long.
The boots- quality leather good support footbed.
Size- I wear a size 12 in every shoe/boot I own. This John Deere boot wasn't available in a 12 (only an 11 1/2) I read some reviews about slight slippage and boots running slightly large. I took a chance on the 11 1/2. Boots seemed a little tight going on and there was noticeable pressure on the top part of my left foot where the ankle meets the top of the foot. I thought... jeez......wrong size.....I hate returning stuff (and usually don't) . I checked my toes and there was still room to spare to the front of the boot. So I wore them around the house for about an hour. They broke in well and the stiffness above the foot went away and all was well. Super comfortable. If I go a few days without wearing them the tightness on the left foot returns temporarily until they break in again. Usually 10-15 minutes. It gets better with more frequent wearings. I assume the leather stretches while wearing and shrinks a bit after sitting.
Durability- pretty tough boots . I wear them around the fire station and have put them in well.....tough situations. To be honest, I don't even think about the boots when I'm wearing them. They are work boots and I treat them as such. They repel water and I have even spilled oil on them which just beaded and ran off. I noticed a scuff on the toe after a day or so of wearing them at the station and thought, "wow, these scuff easily" (It looked like I had kicked a cinder block or something) I wiped a little mink oil on the toe and they looked good as new.
If you can find the right size I highly recommend this boot.
Reviewed by Mom of 8 from North Carolina on Thursday, September 05, 2013
I bought a pair of these for my husband who wears them for work daily. He swears by the comfort and support. I ordered another pair for my 21 year old. He liked his dad's and wanted a pair too. These are made by Dan Post and are excellent quality. I definitely recommend these.