I just bought a pair of the Professional Hunter and was so impressed that I decided to buy the Weathered Oak PH Boots. If you are holding back and unsure of getting these boots, let me tell you stop thinking and start buying. These boots feel like clouds on my feet. I'm already saving up for the Pecos Boots as my next purchase. Great Company, Great Boots, and Great Service. These are American made top of the line boots. I promise you will pat yourself on the back for buying these amazing boots.
Without a doubt, Russell Moccasin Co. offers high quality American made boots. Yes, they’re expensive. But you get what you pay for. I have several pair of these boots and have been a customer for 25 years. I recently purchased a new pair of Weathered Oak PH boots with the new “360” sole. What a disappointment. These soles are flat and flimsy. Reminds me of a pair of bowling shoes. Definitely a deal breaker for me. Im all for trying new things but it feels like I’m being force fed this new sole, like it or not. It appears that, all but one of the new leather choices in the PH are offered with this sole exclusively. After receiving my new boots and giving the “360” soles a try, I promptly boxed them up and sent them to Appleton Cobbler Shop to have the soles replaced with the Aspen Gumlite. It’s good to offer new options, but I think it’s a mistake to abandon the tried and true components that established Russell as a premier brand in professional footwear.
It’s not my intention to de suede anyone from buying these boots. I’m merely trying keep the spirit the “original” company alive so those who share my sentiments can enjoy Russell boots for years to come.
Thanks for your input. Just to be clear the Vibram 360 sole has been used at Russell for well over a decade in many of our models including the PH.