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on September 21, 2011
I wanted to wait at least a month before I entered in a review for these boots. I didn't want to make a hasty "These boots are the best, comfortable, etc." without actually breaking them in and truly testing them. I work in a fast paced job in NYC where I'm constantly hopping in and out of truck and traversing all kinds of terrain. Sure, desert boots can handle the rough terrain of rocky, mountainous regions but what about oily slick ashphalt? What about cement covered in smooth, oil based paint? Can these boots withstand the abuse of harsh metal surfaces that have worn out my old Bates ICBs (33500)?
The answer to all of these is "Yes." Besides the fact that when I first opened up the box, these boots looked absolutely great, they are comfortable. The initial break in period took a few days but afterwards, the leather became supple and compliant. The toe box is roomy, which is needed when going up and down steep inclines. My toes don't bang against the front of the toe box nor do my feet feel like they're swimming. Also, these boots do fit true to size, which I was very pleased to find out. Some boots, like the Bellevilles, run a size too large and you had to factor that into the whole shoe buying experience, not with the Danner TFXs.
After the experience of Hurricane Irene (which was quite laughable in the region that I lived in), the Goretex lining held up and kept my feet nice and dry even though I walked through deep puddles and water rushing down the streets. Of course, because of the Goretex lining, these boots can be a bit toasty.
One thing I've noticed is that these boots don't really have the "speed lace system." Perhaps it was me abusing a brand new, not even broken in pair of boots, but the laces got a little frayed from rubbing against the eyeholes. I expected these laces to hold up better than that. In utilizing the ladder lacing system, I prevented these laces from rubbing against the eyeholes too much while keeping a nice, tight fit.
All in all though, I love these boots. They've held up pretty well in a strictly urban environment. They fit well, are comfortable, and greatly reduces feet fatigue, which, in the end, keeps me from getting fatigued after running around for 10+ hours.
By the way, they don't squeak on tiled surfaces the way some Vibram soles do. To me, this is a nice feature. No one likes the sound of boots squeaking. :)