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I want to like them, 5th pair owner, quality is the problem
on December 7, 2014
Like my title says this is my 5th pair. I'm a Steamfitter, I work in the heaviest industrial locations in all types of weather. Of course I'm constantly eyeing new boots and putting them into the environments they are supposedly designed for.
Here is the thing. For the first 3 months these boots are unbeatable. More comfortable then tennis shoes, but heavier. I only buy boots with a molded rubber cap which these have. For the life of the boot, no matter how much you are rubbing and kicking and scraping that toe on stuff, you will never get a hole on that toe. That to me is a huge plus. They hold up to slag and grinding sparks well, but if your gonna be welding all day you already know lace ups are not what your'e gonna be wearing.
After the 3 month mark or so this is where they begin to taper off. Sometimes the little aesthetic rubber pieces go missing or start hanging off. You for sure will see some separation from the sole to leather glue. But all in all they mostly maintain their function. A tough comfortable work boot.
From 3-6 months of use they begin to feel very worn in but not worn out. One pair I had ripped behind the ankle as I slid my foot into it before work one morning. That was not acceptable and I returned the boot for a exchange at my local work store. The replacement pair did the same thing in under a week. Returned them and the next pair lasted almost a year. toward six months of use these boots start to feel like they need to be replaced. But they'll still function and you'll keep one legging them along because they are comfortable and expensive, that is until it rains. after six months of heavy use don't expect to tromp through the same puddles and rain you did in the beginning. Once they are wet they take a while to dry out and then they will be stankin'.
Around the 9 month mark they are done. Use them for yard work or dump runs when you need to, but keep them off the job site. they will be loose and scrappy. You'll find all kinds of things wrong with them and wonder why you paid so much for boots that only went 7-9 months.
But when you go for a replacement pair you find not a lot else that compete with this boot in comfort and function. You want that capped toe again and you want the water proofing. Oh yeah and they are so damn comfortable.They look good too. Rinse and repeat.
Buy them local so you can swap them if you have trouble. If the store doesn't want to help you pressure them a little or a lot- it works every time.