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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 4, 2009
If I remember correctly, I'm up to my third pair of these boots. The last pair lasted almost exactly two years, and would have lasted longer if I hadn't completely worn down the sole to the point that it was just flat.

They are definitely solid boots. The soft, strong leather improves over time -- they definitely require a break-in period before they're really comfortable, but they will get there after a week or so. The water resistance is excellent as long as the waterline stays below your ankles.

I've been using these as my everyday shoes for some time -- they double nicely as motorcycle boots, and since I ride to work whenever the weather permits, these get a lot of use. Some of the wear in the soles is surely because of this, and I have some marks in the leather above my left toe from the shifter, but it's only noticeable up close. Splashes and kicked up water/oil/dirt from other cars is not a problem at all, although in a good heavy rain, water still gets in through the top as it comes through my jeans and trickles down my leg. But that's unavoidable. The boots are also resistant to slippery surfaces like spots of oil on the asphalt. When I put my foot down at a traffic light, I don't have to worry about my foot slipping.

The use of hooks instead of holes for the ankle part of the boot is a great help in getting them on and off quickly and easily. The only downside to this is that in 12-18 months, the laces will start to fray from being dragged over the hooks over and over. But the laces themselves are strong -- they have a core and sheath composition, so the sheath will eventually give first. Since the laces can still be used for a while with the core exposed, you'll have plenty of time to get another set of laces after the sheath splits. And again, we're talking more than a year before that happens anyway. :)

They do seem to run big, so be wary of that. My shoe size is normally about a 10.5 or 11, but with these shoes I have to buy a 9.5.

One last thing to keep in mind, they're a bit heavy. Mine weigh in at almost a full pound per shoe! So don't expect to be using these for hiking or anything like that -- they're work boots, after all.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2010
Size Name: 10 2E USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
The best boot I ever had. I wear them 5 days a week 9 hour days. I was aware they run about 1/2 size big and ordered the smaller size. I will not buy any other boot.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
Size Name: 9.5 2E USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I have sent them back because they are falling apart for a second time. The replacement pair have come separated only after one month of use. Do not buy these boots, they are garbage,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
I've only worn them a few days cutting trees, but these boots feel very sturdy and tough. They're just getting to the point where they're broken in and quite comfortable. They run very big though. I wear a 9.5 sneaker, but my feet were swimming in these. I sent them back for a 8.5 that fits just right, with a regular thin cotton sock. I'd definitely recommend them, just be aware of the sizing. Maybe boots in general run large and these are on par? I don't know, I just know the fit was 1 size smaller than my New Balance sneaker...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Tan
I got these for my husband to wear at work. It took him about a week to break them in but they are perfect now, he has no complaints. I definitely suggest sizing down, they run about 1 whole size big.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
after reading reviews for these boots I originally purchased 1/2 size smaller than my normal shoe size. But take note, unless you're going to be wearing layers of socks, one full size is a better fit.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
Size Name: 10 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
been wearing Cat boots for over 20 years and the quality is as high as ever, very comfortable and practicle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
Size Name: 11.5 D(M) USColor Name: TanVerified Purchase
as some have described, these run a little big. However, I typically add an insole to my work boots. After I added an insole, they fit great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2014
Size Name: 9.5 D(M) USColor Name: TanVerified Purchase
Having read the other reviews I decided to order a full size down from my usual shoe size. They were still slightly too large. Making the closure as tight as possible and wearing two layers of extra thick socks, it's close enough, but seriously, order AT LEAST a full size down.

Now, like all tough boots these are very uncomfortable at the beginning and if you order a size and a half down, it might feel impossibly small. Don't give up - flex them, massage them, massage them with the oil you need to use for leather care anyway, wear them, get creative with the lacing pattern (you even have that loop in the back if you need it), and before you know it they'll fit like a glove (an inch-thick steel-reinforced glove).

I do wish the steel toe was wider, but it's alright. Comparable to other boots (but since everything else about these is superior, I'd hoped the toe would be as well).

The deep traction has served me well. There was a nice bumpy pattern on the squares as well but it's wearing down (not to mention getting covered in liquid nails, tar, and so on). Despite that, the sturdy structure of the outer has kept me from flying off a roof so far (that sounds like some famous last words right there, doesn't it...)

Also, the bottom does handle extreme high temperatures well and resists deformation. Still, the heat transfers through so I've had the bottoms of my feet burning despite thick boots and double socks. With other shoes the feet don't get burned but the cheaper rubber simply melts (thus ruining the roof that's all of three hours old).

I wish I'd bought 1.5 sizes smaller instead of 1.0, and I really should be taking better care of the leather than I do, but all things considered they are worthy companions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
Size Name: 10.5 2E USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Can't beat these. I have had other brands and other types of safety shoe and like these the best. Comfortable and sturdy. For me its to the sides of the toe area if there are seams it just rips in a few weeks but these don't have that at all.
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