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- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch
- Midsole: Compression Molded EVA with Impact 300 Gel Heel Insert
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For men who do the hard and dirty jobs, fashion boots won’t cut it. That’s why Thorogood makes work boots like the Gen Flex 804-4445. Not only does this boot look good, it feels great with compression-molded gel inserts and a cushioned footbed designed to keep the foot comfortable during a long day’s work. For protection, you couldn’t ask for more: composite toe, 100% non-metallic construction, electrical hazard rated, and a slip-resistant Gen Flex Dual Density outsole.
Since 1892, Weinbrenner Shoe Company has been a leading manufacturer and pioneering force in the American footwear industry, initiating many of the significant safety and job-fitted design elements that are common today. Thorogood footwear is the most trusted brand in the uniform and work industry. All Thorogood American Heritage Work and American Uniform styles are Union-Made in the USA. Their local union has been a proud part of the Weinbrenner Shoe Co. since 1943.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B00623DYWU
- Item model number: Gen Flex 804-4445-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: December 3, 2011
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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This boot is neither flexible nor comfortable. If you were hoping to find a boot that hugged your foot and cushioned it all-around yet was flexible enough for you to walk without feeling like you're wearing a ski boot, then this isn't the boot for you. The heel counter seems like a hard plastic formed cup behind a thin layer of fabric.There is not cushion whatsoever. And the top of the heel counter on the left boot had an abrupt transition that instantly dug into the area where my achilles tendon meets my heel bone when I laced up the boot.
If you lean forward lifting your heel off the floor to push of on your toes you would expect some flex in the sole. Not on this boot. It almost feels like a ski boot. If I was climbing a spiked telephone pole this might be a benefit. But for normal walking around it's tiring and a formula for blister development. Perhaps if you were particularly heavy the sole might flex a bit more. But I doubt it..
I wish I had heeded the reviewer who tried to warn us that this is not a comfortable boot. You were right.
This my 3rd pair and did not have to replace a shoe lace after wearing the other 3 pairs for 15 to 18 months!!
I hope they see this and offer me at least a new pair of laces!!
Things I like:
Composite toe. These boots aren't light, but the composite toe keeps the weight down and prevents me from having to remove them when I work at plants that have metal detectors.
Rubber toe cap: I spend a lot of time crawling around and the toes of my boots tend to get worn out very quickly. For a while, I would just use the liquid toe protection stuff (can't think of the name) which looked like crap, but with these, the leather is protected.
Quick lace: one of the most surprising things I've found is that they are very easy to put on in the morning and to take off in the evenings. After working 12-hours shifts for weeks straight, this is very important.
Soles: I spend a lot of time walking around on gravel, and my soles wear out very quickly. So far these have held up well.
Comfort: I have wide feet, and these came in wide sizes. There was almost no break-in period, and they are very comfortable.
Looks: From day one, I've had numerous people comment on them and ask about them, so I guess they must look cool.
A little edge of the sole is coming loose on one of my boots (1/2"). From experience I know that its an easy fix with a bit of shoe glue.
Overall: So far they are the best boots I've found (and I go through two or three pair a year). I will update in another couple of months.