A boot to handle tough scenarios
Got these boots in early 2014. Great fit, great finish, very comfortable. Needed very little break-in before my first long walk. These boots are not light, but they feel as if they'd handle anything you'd throw at them. I wish I'd had these instead of my combat boots when I was in the service. The toe-lace system is perfect for making sure the toes/instep are as snug as I like. I have normal-width feet and these feel best with heavy socks. I've had no blisters despite many miles of wear. They still look new and pretty much are. No leaks, no cold, no issues. Treat them with Picard's or Obenauf's and keep them clean and I expect they'll last the rest of your life. I don't walk 15 miles a day in these, uphill both ways to work, but for the times when I need a solid, durable, warm boot, these are the ones I use. Spring for the poron insert, and you'll be glad you did. The process of ordering was painless...it was my second pair of Russell's and I love them almost as much as my first pair of Art Carter chukkas. These are boots that will make you want to go take a hike somewhere very rustic...or stomp stuff because you can. Probably not the boot for warm weather, or those who want something light to slip on. If you think you're going to need to run fast, you won't do your best laps in these. If you're going to wade into calf-deep freezing water, climb over scree and up and down mountainsides to track that mountain goat you sniped 3 miles back, and be able to walk out of the bush to tell the tale, this is your boot.