Most helpful positive review
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
They look great -- they shine up to a gorgeous glow and pass as both casual and semi-professional footwear.
Comfortable -- once you break them in. That may take a little time.
Durable -- my last pair were great for three solid years, then I got different boots.
Practical -- They're mostly waterproof. That is, within reason, you will have dry feet through snow and light rain. I wouldn't recommend slogging around through the gutter with them, though. They're not galoshes.
They did take some wearing to break in, and they cut up my ankles and achilles tendon a bit.
One of the zippers broke off after about three years -- just the tab of the zipper, though. It could have been fixed by a professional, if I'd known to take it to one. Instead, I bought different boots.
The snap-down covers for the zippers at the top of the upper aren't stitched on very securely. They rip off if you pull on them while putting on the boot. They're not handles, is the thing. They're covers, so don't pull on them.
If you want a durable boot with good traction and a classy, simple look, this is it. They stay cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter, but they are not insulated at all. A brief trek through the snow, though, and they're great. I wouldn't wear them for winter camping or anything, though. Oh, and they give great ankle support. I've never rolled an ankle while wearing them, and if my foot did bend that way, the boot kept my ankle from rolling far enough to get hurt. I can't say enough good things about these boots, but just keep in mind that they aren't typical of civilian footwear. They're made with military personnel in mind, so they're not as soft as you might expect from brand new footwear. Treat them right and they'll last you years and years.