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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
I originally bought the black pair back in 2003 while serving in the US Navy. The boots issued to me in bootcamp 2002 only lasted maybe around a year before the metal shank started ripping though the leather. I got the black pair back in 2003 and they were great during the last 3 years of service. While standing watch down in the engine room, they don't like watchstanders to sit. So we pretty much have to stand 4-6 hours every 10-20 hours a day. You're in your boots almost 24/7 it seems like. I don't recall having sore feet while on watch. I got out in 2006 and I continued to use the same boots for my new career but after a few weeks, I decided to retire them as regular shoes were accepted where I worked. Last year (2010) we had a uniform change from denim jeans to Dickie pants. I think only boots should be worn with Dickies... well that's how I see it.

For the first year with the new uniform I just stuck with some cheap $20-30 boots. I must of went though about 5-6 pairs. Finally I decided to get some real boots. I never knew the name of my boots while in the Navy except they were made by Caterpillar. With Amazons great way of narrowing down the selection, it left me with a few choices. After looking at the pictures that are provide (which are high res, which is awesome) I knew the Indiana's were it.

I been wearing them around all day on my off day to help break them in. They are a little tighter on the sides than I remember my first pair and the cheap boots. I was worried so I went to a shoes store to get my feet measured. They were both just under a 11in and under the normal width. They don't hurt, just not used to it I guess.

After wearing them all day, they do feel good to walk in and stand in. No wiggling or heel movement unlike my cheap pair. I feel like I'll get 3 years out of these boots easily

By the way, I went with the Brown, color is more of a reddish brown if anything. Looks more slick than the black.

UPDATE: 5/26/12 Slow day at work due to holiday weekend, thought I throw an update up.

It's been little over a year since I had these boots. I wear them 5 days a week for 8 hours at work and sometimes a few more hours after work at home. Sometimes I'll even wear them on my days off for car/house work. Instead of standing like I did in the Navy, I walk all over the place.

My job consist of 8 buildings, 1 with 14 floors, 3 with 4 floors, and the remaining with 3 floors spread out in a square half-mile give or take. I have to walk back and forth from these buildings pretty much all day checking equipment and adjusting equipment for staff request. These boots still are holding up strong and feel very comfortable. The sole and laces are still great and no tearing of the leather or separation issues like I use to have with cheap boots. Even after a long day, my feet feel fine. Few times a month I'll rub some shoe polish on, and buff it out with the brush.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
There are no cons to these boots. They are comfortable, durable, and look pretty awesome. I have dropped a few weights on them (by accident) and they hold up fine.
Five star review!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2009
These are a good tough boot. They lasted a few years before I needed to get another pair for my husband.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
I've been wearing this boot for about 15 years. I switched from Doc Martins in the 90's to this boot. They last and last. Not only are they tough, but they're tough looking.
If you have to wear a work boot or you just want to wear them to be cool, this is the boot to get! Caterpillar used to have a store in Westwood back in the 90's, that's how I first discovered them. Been wearing them ever since. Now there hard to find in stores, thank god for Amazon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
I was suprised when I got the boot that it fit as well as it did. Plenty of room in the toe. Its fairly flexible when new but will require breaking in but thats not bad at all. High quality leather and I look forward to using them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2015
This is my fourth pair of this model boots in 11 yrs and would reccomend these to anyone.That being said....this is the first time I have bought them from Amazon and one of them looks almost worn in,like it was a floor model,though it doesn't feel like it.....so I am not sure what to make of that.The photos is taken from the day I recieved them and had only worn them around the house for about 5 minutes to get a feel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
2014 update:
I wore out the first pair of boots. I really did not have to be concerned with water penetration. My feet were never soaked. Stitching held up without any problems. I liked them so much I ordered another pair. I have also upgraded my review to 5 star.

Original review:
I purchased the Indiana boot from Amazon and have worn them for about a week. My job does not require steel toe boots, but I rather like the support that a 8 inch boot provides. I wear my boots 7 days per week as my primary footwear. This was my first purchase of Cat boot. My usual boots that I have worn for the past 10 years did not make a boot in black and I wanted that color. The Cat boot seemed to meet my requirements of color, price, traction, and size.
Pros:
* 8 inch boot
* Black leather able to be polished
* Good traction
* Comfortable
Cons:
* Stitching seems like a lower quality
* Odd quick lace nylon band
* Different size from my previous brand-larger in size than previous brand
* Not labeled waterproof
Overall:
I would recommend these Cat boots for the price. I received mine for about $80 after a 25% discount. I would say they are an $80 boot. The stitching quality would make it difficult to justify a higher price. The biggest concern is in the nylon strap for one of the quick lace rings. It goes under the leather in one place in the boot. This seems like it would make for an easy entry point for water. It just seems like an odd design. The traction and overall comfort seem acceptable. If they hold up for a couple of years, I would buy another pair.
Final score: 4 out of 5 for lower stitching quality and the odd nylon quick lace band.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
After 12+ years I had to retire my old CAT boots. The soles wore out though the uppers were in excellent shape. Replacing the soles would have cost the same as a new pair so that made no sense. I purchased these boots and liked the 8" tall feature. I work in a mine and the ability to tuck your pants into the boot to avoid the mud after strong rains appealed to me. They are everything they advertised though after wearing them a few days can see (feel?) that a break in period is called for. The back of the boot, at the top "lip" will dig into the bottom part of your leg, below the calf. If you lace them up all the way to the top, that dig will not only be more pronounced but you will almost completely immobilize your ankle. That is not necessarily bad as it is very doubtful you will sprain an ankle that way but for normal walking, you will be walking stiffed legged. Also recommend that you get them 1/2size larger than your normal show size. With thick socks, coupled with the snug and sturdy manufacture of the boot, you will fill up the foot space rather tightly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
Such a relief to have some things you can just rely on. Had the previous pair for over 10 years (re-soled them twice during that time) - and still can't bring myself to throw them out (they've been through so much with me!). The new pair I am still wearing in, but they are going to be with me for the duration I would say. Do yourself a favour - if you can find a pair of CAT boots you like the look of, that fit great, then just buy them and be done with it. You'll thank me.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
You can get a surprisingly close look at the seams in the picture here on Amazon. That's what led me to believe these boots were of decent quality. With the boot in hand, it was obvious that the stitching was too close to the edge of the leather. One of the seams on the left boot pulled apart after less than 20 minutes of wearing. The right boot put some odd pressure on my foot just above the arch. Now that I think about it, it was in pretty much the same place that the seam let go from on the left boot.

Caterpillar also seems to have odd sizing. I normally wear an 8 1/2 - 9 medium boot. With these, I could have worn a 7 instead of the 8 that I ordered.

I am very particular about boots as I expect them to tolerate an ungodly amount of abuse. I've been wearing boots almost exclusively and haven't willingly worn anything else for 20 years. (I wore boots to my wedding.)

Caterpillar boots, along with Harley Davidson boots and several other brands, are made by Wolverine World Wide. They have moved most, if not all, of their manufacturing over seas. Primarily to China. I suspect that is the issue here. Now, I'm not trying to bash the Chinese. I don't particularly care where something is made, as long as it's made well. For example, my Samsung Blu-ray player was made in China and it works very well. However, I think it's fair to say that a disproportionately large number of Chinese made products have poor quality control and sub-par craftsmanship and simply wouldn't pass muster here in the States or in say Germany, or Japan.

Getting back to the topic at hand. The quality of the materials used in these seemed to be pretty high. I think with a little more attention to quality control and the stitching, these boots could have been quite good.

As usual, Amazon Customer Service gets 5 out of 5 stars. They were very helpful and polite. My money was refunded only a few hours after I shipped the boots back. Long before they actually received them. Great job.
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