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Better Than Blundstones
on February 17, 2010
This is an update, but I've left my original review.
I really liked these boots at first, but when I would wear them for a long day, I would lose feeling in some of my toes. This has never happened with any other shoes of mine. Their customer service never responded to any of my emails, so I tried stretching them, but that failed to stop my toes from going numb. Now I'm out the cost of the shoe and the stretcher and Red Wing lost a lifetime customer. And, yes, the sizing was correct.
I'm a woodworker and I'm on my feet all day on concrete floors, so I need some pretty good boots. I've been a huge fan of Blundstones for a while, but their quality dropped when the stopped making them in Australia and started making them in various Asian countries. To make things worse, they maintained the same high prices for their lower quality products! Their steel toe shoes were also painful.
So I went to a Red Wing shoe store and tried on a number of boots. Their most famous shoes are pretty pricey because they are made well and made domestically. They also felt way too stiff for me and required a break in period, so I passed on them.
Red Wing also sells their Worx line, which seems to be high quality Chinese made work shoes, including the 5424. Wow, these things are so comfy right from the beginning! I don't even notice the steel toe. Time will tell how they hold up, but they seem very well constructed.
The shoes are a hair on the narrow side, so if in doubt, order the wider version of your size.