|Fits as expected||
- Synthetic sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 2"
- Platform measures approximately 1.25"
- Rows of secure laces are paired with convenient side-zip entry, while a hook-and-loop strap secures the zipper in place.
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Rows of secure laces are paired with convenient side-zip entry, while a hook-and-loop strap secures the zipper in place.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00AMATY9G
- Item model number: AIR-TAC PLUS Zipper-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 23, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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I've been a longtime fan of my Ridge Air-Tacs since I was an Airman in the USAF. The side zipper saved me tons of time in the morning. The steel toes and shank protected my feet from debris and could serve as a very handy platform for heavy things in a pinch. The weight was hardly any more than sneakers, and they were more comfortable than any running shoes. They even had leather toes and heels, which allowed me to meet the regulations that required a shine. (And in the civilian world, they look close enough to dress shoes to pass casual inspection when I pass VIPs while getting REAL work done!)
These are supposed to be all that and a bag of chips, but they leave something to be desired. The zippers aren't teeth, they're just a very clever metal coil. This has cost me a pair of boots when they coil got bent and couldn't be forced back into proper position... thus leaving them un-zippable. Worse, though, is that these do not have the lace latch. On the old boots, at about the 5th eyelet in, right before the boot goes vertical, there was this little latch. You'd run your laces through it just like an eyelet and then clamp the latch down. This kept the laces nice and tight for a good 6 months or more. This feature has been deleted from the Air-Tac Plus, which means instead of lacing my boots twice a year, I'm doing it every week... otherwise the laces get so loose that I may as well be wearing sandwich bags.
That said, these ARE decent boots. They're just not what they should be, nor what the brand once was. I fear that with the USAF gone to suede boots, the last big market for Ridge's black boots has disappeared.
I have ALS and needed a shoe with good support and ease of putting on and taking off. The zipper feature was a big plus for me. Once I initially put the boots on, I zipped the zipper up and laced the boots up to a comfortable fit. I do a lot of walking for my job, so the break-in period for the boots was within a weeks time.
Taking the books on and off was using the zipper only, leaving the boots laced up. As of this review, I have not had one issue with the zipper, as I previously had read in other reviews. The zipper is still solid and allows me the ease of getting into the boots in the early morning and taking them off at night.
I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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So far, the zipper has been fine. I'm careful with the zipper.Read more