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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I purchased two pairs of the Oakley Special Forces Elite Special Issue desert combat boots along with the converse Desert boot and tactical research desert boots. I rotated the boots daily so the liners would stay dry and to reduce smell and the risk of jungle foot. I wear the boots for PT and bike rides. At the 60 day mark of wear in Iraq through the end of summer, fall and rainy season of middle Iraq, the heel cup liners on the inside of the Oakley desert combat boots started ripping in both pairs of boots at about the same time. This eventually (in 4 more wearings each) allowed the foam padding to abraid piling onto my socks and then exposed the hard plastic heel form in the inside of the boot.
For the first 58 days, the boots were light, comfortable, looked good and withstood 3x weekly convoys in Cougars and Mraps, walks over the gravel and desert, climbs in and out of broken shells of buildings. Once the heel liners wore out at day 60 of use, the boots hard plastic heel cup has such a hard sharp edge that the discomfort makes the boots unwearable/unseviceable.
The Tactical research boot continues to hold up after 80 days of 12hr/day wear. There is some peeling to the TR outer heel leather wrap where the stitching has given way (I put my feet under the seat across me in the RG33s and Cougars ( who doesn't?)
The Converse desert boot has lasted 2 1/2 months of daily wear. The Converse desert boot has a wide mid-foot last so I recommend it for trial for my soldiers with flat feet that are wide in the middle with the collapsed arch.
At over $135/pair and only 60 wear days of life even when rotated between 4 pairs of boots, I will not recommend these Oakley boots to my junior enlisted unless they can afford to order new boots every two months of daily wear.
Hopefully Oakley will crack the code on their boot design/manufacturing quality control.
I had four pairs of Blackhawk desert wear combat boots. The boots are great for garrison, light comfortable and you can run in them. There is a heel cup liner problem with these also but the liner wears out at about the 7 months of (14 months for two pairs changed every other day and limited wear on the weekends and DONSAs, 12hr-day) wear mark before the hard plastic heel cup is exposed making the boots unserviceable. The plastic toe shield once scratched by wire, a brick or the metal edges in the MRAPs splits and exposes the inner liner of the toe of the boot that quickly tears and exposes your toes. A dab of shoe goo will hold about two months on the sidewalks in garrison or about 1 week in the desert. Another consideration that could be a problem is that the steel mesh shank that supports the arch has two rivets that hold the shank to the sole of the boot. The shank is too narrow to be protection from punji stakes. The rivets are inserted souch that as you cycle your foot roll over the sole of the boot, the rivets loosen with edges that "peel" up to expose a ragged circular lip that has been cutting through the boot foot insole liner. Thankfully the toe box failure and the resultant failure of the boots as a whole came before the metal edges bit into the bottom of my foot. The metal edges stand up about 3mm and the insole of the boot probably collapses to 3.5mm with running or climbing stairs/ladders.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
i had the first SI Assault from Oakley back in 2002, that pair of boots really served me well. So, I decided to get a second one. Guess what? Oakley quality degraded throughout the years. The sole came off only after a few months. I also used to have an e-Wire sunglasses, that was a classic! But when I got to the newer ones, the film of the lens peeled off easily. Same goes with their bags; the handle of their backpack suddenly broke - and worst, the local dealership here in Manila won't even give me a warranty!! After several years of using Oakley, I decided to finally dump the brand and buy no Oakleys anymore.
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on January 1, 2015
Ive owned 2 pairs of these boots and a pair of 6" Oakley boots as well. These fit comfortably right out of the box and require no time to break in. Problem with these boots is they are expensive and the insides of the the backs wear out very quickly. First pair lasted me 6 mo then a few yrs later bought another pair I got 2 yrs out of them. Same story for both - insides of the backs are made from cheap foam which has cardboard or something like that behind it and looks like $50 of material in $180 range boots. I always unlace my boots fully before I take them off and one day the insides of the boots just disintegrated on me. Sides where the outsole meets the upper wear fast too and mine are mostly shot. I wear my boots for work hiking and trips mostly and love the comfort but the quality lacks. Ive called Oakley customer service a few times and the support was nill and they wont change the quality of the boots. I got fed up and bought a pair of Rocky S2V's and am never going back. Other than the long break in period for them I didnt mind sending $10 extra and they are made in the usa as an added bonus.
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on October 1, 2013
I bought a pair of these boots approximately six months ago for daily use for light to medium duty (Fire/EMS). While they are hands down the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever worn with virtually no break in time, they are also some of the worst in quality. The liners at this point are shot and pealing, laces are wearing out, and I had to start applying shoe goop to keep the soles on about two months ago. The leather is plastic coated and started pealing within the first month.

In comparison, I have a pair of Danner TFX assault boots and minus the stains and some sole wear, are just as solid as the day I bought them three years ago.

In summary; unless you just want something that looks "pretty", save the time, money, and headache and go with Danner. They are comfortable and light, with a short break in time, and run close to the same price. Not to mention, Danner's can be resoled.
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on February 1, 2015
First purchased these boots during OIF during 08-09. At first wear they were the most comfortable things I have put on my feet with or without the uniform on. But as most previous reviewers have stated the quality was subpar and there was separation from the sole and the upper part of the boot, mainly the toebox area. My soles did not completely separate like some have mentioned but for the price of this boot you are much better off going with Rocky, Danner or Garmont. Overall if I had the chance I would have returned them.
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on December 16, 2014
We received the item in a timely manner, kinda. But we were shocked and horrified when we opened the box and it was filled with mouse or rat feces and it was even in the boots and looked like it was smeared across one. If my husband was not deploying that next week, we would've returned the item instead of paying to have them cleaned. We would not recommend this item. Such a hazard to bring a box with that much contamination inside! I mopped my floors with bleach immediately after opening this box!
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on February 10, 2014
I was very nervous to order these after reading some of the earlier reviews. I am so far pleases with them and how comfortable they are. I am not in the military but a profession were footwear is key. I mainly have them for special details but work well so far as everyday boots.
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on May 10, 2013
these were for my husband and he works really hard but they are not really holding up as he thought that they would. His timberlands hold up better than these have, and he has worked in the timberlands for almost 3 years now and these boots he has only had for maybe 6 months.
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on September 4, 2013
These suckers are light weight, breathe well and lasted me 2 deployments one in Iraq and one in Afghan. I did have to resole the boots so i could have some traction going up mountains, but i will keep these boots forever along with the souls as a war momentum.
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on May 28, 2014
I own the tan Oakley's and these fit slightly larger than those. Maybe it is my inserts in my tans, but the blacks are a little looser around the foot. Overall I'm happy with the boots as they satisfy my bed for them. Plus the price was great.
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