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Tretorn Men's Strala Boot
Price:$64.49 - $69.95
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2012
I live in Seattle and I was sick of having cold wet feet 8 months out of the year so last fall I decided to give these a try. They are definitely comfortable, but don't offer much support. Like a rubber slipper. They are not particularly warm. It's a thin piece of rubber with a rubber sole after all. Wool socks are a must. But they did keep my feet dry and work well for most of the season. I wore them pretty much everyday, everywhere I went for 6-8 months. (Except for work! Outdoor workers listen up: These things are thin rubber and offer no protection whatsoever and have crappy footing for work. Slip prone and one whack with a tool and your toes are done for!) Out and about I actually got a lot of compliments on them. Stylish!

By the spring time they had developed cracks in the uppers where they flex when I walk and the rubber soles were completely wore down and became dangerously slick under foot. They have been trashed. Ultimately, these shoes kept me dry for the first 4-5 months and barely made it through the end of the season. This fall I am going to try out a pair of Bogs. Hopefully they will have a little more support, a better sole, and a little more support.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
Fit:
For Nike and Adidas shoes, I wear a 10. For these, 9 was just a tad big, but seeing that they don't come in 8.5 (they do come in some half sizes), I figured an 8 would be too small. They weren't oversized enough to cause any real concern though. They're pretty wide, so you can wear a thick sock with these regardless of length of the shoe (unless you have very wide feet). If you have average or narrow width feet, you can wear those thick winter socks with these and you can probably forego the Tretorn Strala Vinter Shearling Boot, which may be more expensive for you and less useful in more moderate climate.

Pros:
+ Look nice for rain boots. From what I've observed, men don't wear taller rainboots in CA -- it just isn't customary. So, this is functional and avoids drawing too much attention that real rain boots would.
+Snug around the ankle, so if I need to tuck in my jeans, I know they won't fall out.
+Great for light to medium rain, for example, anywhere from socal to norcal would be okay. (See below)*

Cons
-The pull tab on the back of the shoe is glued and not stiched on or constructed with the shoe (cut from same piece of material) like quality boots. I can already tell I shouldn't use it or it's going to fall off, but this isn't too big a deal as long as the left and right one fall off at the same time =).
-For light use only

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Update: I've updated my rating to 4 stars. If you live in a very rainy area or you're looking for rain boots for whatever reason, then you shouldn't be looking at these. These are good if you live in an area that has light rain or you need to get from your driveway into your house, etc. It's clear that these weren't built for heavy use, so one shouldn't expect it. Tretorn has another model that goes higher up the calf, which is built better (especially the grip on that model).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
Great boots for the rain. I have to dress buisness casual for work and they go with khakis very well. Very comfortable. Warning if you have very sweaty feet, they do not allow your feet to breathe, so you may have to slip them off periodically.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
These boots are awesome -- for the year that they last. After those 12 months you start getting cracks in the rubber that let in the liquid when you're in deep water or heavy rain. I recommend if the price is right -- but not if you are looking for something long-term.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
This is an excellent rain or garden shoe, but with one important caution. Every time I've walked on a smooth surface with a little moisture or with damp soles these shoe will slip, making them potential dangerous. This has happen a few times to me, enough that I no longer want to wear them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
I would expect this product to hold up for more than 5 seconds of use for the price paid. Pull tabs on both shoes broke when trying them on for fit. They do fit as expected and are comfortable, but I expect more from a quality perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
I know plenty of people who have and swear by these. Upon trying mine on for the first time, the pull tab ripped off from the shoe. Instant return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
I've owned these shoes for about 6 months. They've worked fine and have kept my feet dry. They are a little expensive for what you get. The rubber is thin and there is not much support. The sole is just rubber and you can feel rocks through it. I've had one of the pull tabs on the back tear out. The flex portion on the ankle has two rubber pieces that sometimes pinch the ankle. That said they've kept me dry when walking to the bus. They'd be more reasonable in the $25 range.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
I've bought several pairs of these for my husband - for the time that we have had them, they tend to work well for rain and snow. They keep my husband's feet warm and fit true to size. The only concern I have is that they tend to crack and then leak after one season. You can request a credit from Tretorn.com for a replacement pair, if this happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
I am revising the original review, about a year later (revised from 2 to 4 star rating)...

+ I got a new pair (Black Strala) last year and have worn them a lot. Here is my current take on them:

A. I find them very comfortable and also warm. A good walking boot, even comfortable inside as a shoe. With a lot of walking on pavement of course, the heal of the sole wears down. I think it's a tradeoff between comfort and long term durability.
B. The 'uppers' of this pair have NOT CRACKED - my previous pair did. So this is great! If this is an improvement of the material or just luck, I don't know.
C. The tab is still not all that strong - if you pull on it much, it will come out of the boot. However, it is an easy fix if you have a hot glue gun.
D. I think they are a very good deal if you get them on sale. (of course by then you may not get the color in the size needed..)

My original review (Brown Strala):

For winter boots these look fine; they are comfortable and reasonably warm. Very suitable for northeastern city winter/spring use - protects you outdoors AND can be worn in a casual indoor setting.

But, don't use the pull tabs or use very lightly! With any pulling stress, they come unglued. I did re-glue them and realize they are primarily 'light use' and 'show'.

More important! The rubber 'uppers' crack after about 1+ year's use - right at the point where one's foot bends at the base of the toes. This seems to be a common problem. Your feet get wet, and the boots begin to fall apart...

The bottom line - The boots would be excellent IF Tretorn used better rubber. They are good IF you get them for a low price. But if you want something durable which won't end up in a landfill fairly soon, look elsewhere!!
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