Great All Around Boots

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Mr. Philadelphia from Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
I am a contractor. I bought 4 pairs, two of which I use for work and two of which I gifted. The gifted pairs had minor stitching flaws, but were otherwise perfect. The two pairs I kept for myself had stress cracking on the toe cap that I imagine happened while the boots were lasted. There was probably a scar or imperfection in the hide that cracked as the leather stretched over where the big toe would be, but this does not in any way affect the performance or longevity of the boot. These are work boots, and I probably wouldn't care even if these were intended for casual use.

The smooth cork/nitrile sole wears like iron and doesn't tract dirt and dust. The harness leather is extremely durable with a smooth grain that easily sheds dirt and dust. After broken in,the leather insole over cork footbed makes for great all-day comfort. I have a rotation of 2-3 work boots and usually get 1 to 1-1/2 years out of a pair of boots before having them resoled. These soles will last me about 2-1/2-3 years, and I'm guessing that I should be able to resole them 2 or 3 times.

I'm a 10 on the Brannock device, and usually wear a 10 in sneakers and other shoes. I have slender feet of normal width, and these boots fit me well around the heel and ankle area. I have GY welted Wolverine boots, which I like, but they're just not made for my feet. A size 9 feels clunky all-around and an 8-1/2 is too short. I wear a 9 in Red Wing Beckmans, which are made on the same last. I'm also a 9 in the Red Wing Moc Toe boots, which are made on a different last and run a bit narrower (in the toe box) and shorter. I sized down to an 8.5 in the 81111. It's a little more work to break them in, but the final result is a better fitting boot in the end for me. What I've found is that there's a slight sizing variation in Red Wing GY wellted shoes and boots. For example, two size 9s in the same boot might be a tad different.
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