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Good Boot, Good Price, Strange Fit.
on May 3, 2012
These are a nice, lightweight, comfortable pair of boots that look good but aren't over-styled. That combination is fairy hard to come by in my book, and I have been satisfied with my purchase. As my first pair of Doc Martens, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I read many reviews and decided that they were worth a shot, especially for the Amazon price (compared to other shoe sites like zappos.com.) I'll try to be as descriptive as I can-
Color: I purchased the brown color boots, and they are a nice, deep brown color. They do not have a painted or fake appearance, nor do they have a shined look (although they could easily be shined up.) They are a nice, dark brown leather color.
Quality: They seem to be of good build and don't show any signs of structural weakness (although I've only had them for about 2 weeks.) The rubber Air Wair soles have lots of give. They feel like foam soles when you're walking in them, and they're very light. The rubber material seems like it will be little less resistant to wear than I would like, but they haven't shown signs of wear yet. (When riding a motorcycle, the heels of boots tend to wear quickly. For just walking, the soles wouldn't bother me at all.) The soles appear to be sewn on, however the forward sole actually has stitching coming through it on the bottom. It's actually double stitched through toe of the sole, which should hold up for a long while. The toe and heel caps are both double stitched, and the upper is triple stitched. The boot is built with good quality leather that, while fairly supple, holds it's shape well and feels sturdy. (I bought this boot for motorcycle riding and I feel that it would hold up well in a crash.) The toe is not re-enforced, but the leather is thick enough that it won't become floppy or less defined. There is no real padding/insulation on the inside of the boot, but the leather is soft enough so that it doesn't bother me one bit. It molds to you after a few days of wear, and I never had any chafing problems. The collar is lined with soft suede leather, which makes a major point of rubbing and discomfort a non-issue. The eyelets aren't sewn in, they're punched or riveted in. I have no worries about the eyelets or the hooks on the top half of the shaft of the boot. There is a loop and a pull tab on the back of the collar to help with putting the boots on, but they do not get in the way of my pants at all... In fact I just now noticed them. In all, they seem well made and sturdy without being stiff and uncomfortable. However, I don't know if I would trust them for, say, construction work or roofing or something like that. They're not built up enough for extreme daily working conditions.
Style: As I stated before, these boots are quite stylish without being overstated. The toe cap give the boot an old-fashioned look, and the toe has a low profile which makes them look more like business casual wear than clunky work boots (and they're great for shifting on a motorcycle.) The color of the sole is a good compliment to the brown leather as well. These really could be worn with just about anything and still look appropriate.
Sizing: Here's where things get a little shaky. After reading reviews about how they come a size large, I ordered a size small. I wear US size 12 in most shoes, but in some I'm a 13. I ordered a UK size 10, which is apparently a size US 11 in hopes that the reviews would be true and they would fit like a US 12. The boot fits... like a latex glove. At best it's a US 11.5. The tip of my toe is always in slight contact with the front of the boot, and I also have very low-profile feet (they're not very meaty.) I would have sent them back if not for 2 things: Leather will stretch over time, and I MUCH prefer my shoes to be snug than to be too roomy. The more I wear them, the more comfortable they become, so I think I made a good choice. However, if you wear a US 12/13 and have wide or thick feet, I wouldn't buy the UK 10. They are snug on the top of my foot, and I don't have very thick feet at all. If you have slight feet and don't mind snug-fitting shoes, then I would say order a US size small, but if you wear wide shoes or just have fat feet, order true to your size. Or if you wear a US 11/12 then I would suggest the UK 10 size.
So- good boot, very comfortable, very wearable. Weird sizing and sturdiness of the rubber soles will be tested.
And thus concludes my first Amazon review, I hope that this essay helped, and good on you for getting all the way through it.