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- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 10" from arch
- Water-resistant tall boot featuring lace-up closure and patent cap toe
- Logo embossed on tongue
- EVA footbed
- Rubber lug outsole
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Eventually, all duty boots begin to wear down with this construction, these boots can be repaired with no trouble and they'll revert back to their original hardiness. The black rubber lug outsole provides dependable oil- and slip-resistant traction; this is especially beneficial when you are walking on uneven terrain or may potentially encounter floors with spilled liquids.
What CAN'T Rocky Duty's Modern paraboot do? With its combination of features--full-grain water-resistant leather, a contoured EVA footbed, Goodyear welt construction, a lugged outsole with non-metallic stabilizer, and a side zipper for easy on/off--it's a comfortable, supportive, durable, and convenient choice.See all Product description
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 6 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0012FD3M4
- Item model number: FQ0002090
- Date first listed on Amazon: August 25, 2008
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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I like the looks of the Rocky boots and I think I actually prefer the shape of the toe over that of the Corcorans; it feels slightly more modern. I don't really like how much the sole sticks out beyond the body of the boot (5/16" on the Rockys vs 3/16" on the Corcorans); it makes the boots look noticeably larger. I'm also not a fan of the flaps that cover the zipper; they bulge out oddly and can actually block the zipper when unzipping. The quailty of construction seems good and comparable to that used in the Corcorans tho I feel like the Corcorans are a bit more heavy-duty, what with the stitching going all the way thru the sole in multiple layers and the visible nails.
Comfort-wise, out of the box, the Rockys are surprisingly comfortable with many less pressure/pinch points than I had with either of the Corcorans. There's one distinctly uncomfortable spot where the tonge flap folds over and falls directly underneath the zipper AND directly on top of my medial malleolus (that portion of the bone that sticks out on the inside of the ankle). This has actually left a tender spot on my left ankle. I did initially have the same issue with the Corcoran 995 boots, but the tongue on the Corcorans is a much softer / more pliable leather and that fold could be easily repositioned so that it didn't line up with the zipper.
I love that there's a removable insole. The permanent insole is one of the things that I strongly dislike about my Corcorans. The current insole is actually not just a flat piece of padding either, but is contoured to fit the foot; impressive. I'll likely be replacing the insoles with Timberland PRO insoles, tho. I use those in other boots and really like them.
The tongue on the Rocky boots is a thicker and much stiffer leather than the tongue on the Corcorans, which I much prefer (with the exception of that one detail I mentioned above). The tongue in the Corcorans is so thin and soft that it doesn't really provide any padding from the laces; for the first couple weeks of wearing the Corcorans, I had red zig-zag lines on my shins from the laces digging into them. That won't happen with the Rockys.
The shaft of the Rocky boots does not feel like it conforms to the shape of my leg as well as the shaft of the Corcoran boots. My Corcorans almost seem like a second skin in comparison to the Rockys. The Rockys are also noticeable less stiff than the Corcorans (which have several weeks of break-in on them). For most people, that lack of stiffness probably means more comfort and less break-in time, which is good. For me, it means less ankle support. I wear this style of boot because I need the extra ankle support.. so that's not so good!
The zipper alone does not allow access into and out of the boots; it's the same with the Corcoran 995 boots. You'll still have to untie and loosen the laces. It does allow you to get into and out of the boots while still keeping the boots laced up through the top eyelets, tho... as long as you slacken up the laces all the way down. I've tied knots at the ends of the laces so that they don't slip thru the eyelets. In comparision, I have to pull the laces out of the top 4 eyelets on my Corcoran 1500 boots in order to get in and out of them.
The laces are extremely thin and feel a bit like paracord; if you don't have calluses on your fingers, they're probably going to be a bit tender from acing up these boots until you do! One side effect of the small diameter and nylon? material of the laces is that they're not even remotely grippy on the eyelets. You'll feel the boot loosen immediately every time you loosen up the slack as you cinch up the laces; irritating. I already have new laces on order.
Overall, these seem like decent boots and are definitely more comfortable than my Corcorans were on Day One. As mentioned earlier, I'll update this review as I continue to wear the boots.