I got these boots for hiking, hunting and industrial exploring; I chose these because they had a nice tread and were cheaper than the rest. I had concerns about them, particularly because they're Ozark Trail, which isn't known for outstanding quality. I thought carefully, and after examining them, determined that I could make some adjustments that should increase the quality and longetivity. I'm of the opinion that something should be cared for and used until it is completely worn out.
What I found is this:
- These boots need broken in. The first 24-hours wearing them was very uncomfortable around the ankle area. The upper part of the boot is very still, and it will press into your leg, particularly the back. I had to walk in these for two solid days before they loosened up enough that I could grab the edges at the top (opening) of the boot and bend them in and out to loosen the material. You should clock at least ten miles in these, plus a lot of manual bending, before attempting to hike, otherwise you'll be very uncomfortable. Once the material loosened, they felt solid and are comfortable to wear.
- The tread isn't as soft as many cheap shoes, which is nice. They do have a solid grip feeling concrete and rocks, yet aren't so soft that the rubber starts peeling and wears out quickly.
- You need to waterproof them. I know they say they're waterproof, and perhaps they're keep small amounts of moisture out, but you need to take additional steps. Because I don't have a lot to spend, I massaged Dollar Store lotion into the real leather parts for moisture, then massaged petroleum jelly (Vaseline) into the leather parts. Rub it with Vaseline, then give it an hour. The grease will absorb into the leather. Rub it down again, then let it sit. Repeat five or six times. Eventually the Vaseline will build so that the leather resembles that of a baseball mitt. At this point, rub on one more layer and buff it very vigorously using a piece of aluminum foil. The leather will be smooth and shiny, and water will bead off of it. On the man-made material areas, you'll need MANY layers of Vaseline to make it smooth. In excess of 15, I think. It is worth it in the end.
- You need to spray silicone on the tongue, else water will soak through into your socks.
- The boots are very wide in the middle (they don't taper inwards properly) so you need to wear thick cotton socks to make them feel snug. If you want to wear synthetic material socks, you'll perhaps need to purchase these boots at the smallest size you can comfortable wear, else they'll feel loose.
So far I tool these boots urban exploring and hiking. They held up well to both, felt solid on my feet (very uncomfortable at first, better later). After waterproofing with Vaseline, water beads off of them, and I've never had issues with water getting inside.
Overall, for those who can't afford better, I recommend these boots, but be prepared to put in a bit of elbow grease to get your money's worth.
I work at a retail/grocery store and I'm on my feet all day. These shoes are great. Very good padding. My feet don't feel sore anymore after an 8 hour shift. They are water proof. I've spilled many things on them from working around plants or food and my feet don't get wet. I work in the freezer sometimes and my feet don't feel cold from the icy floors. All around, I'm very pleased with these shoes.
My husband loved this boot so much we bought 2 pairs. He needs really good cushioning for his feet from a lifetime of sports and has to be careful about what he buys. He still uses an insert, but felt comfortable in them even without one.
My husband has found that these are the most comfortable work boots for him. We have tried some of the more expensive ones but the comfort is not the same. The don't last as long as the pricier ones but for what they cost they are a great value. I always keep an extra pair on hand.
I was on my vacation walking out of Walmart and I saw the shoes and I purchased them right then. When I arrived back in Afghanistan, a co-worker saw them asked me to purchase a pair for his wife in Kenyan. These shoes comes highly recommended and if you are female as I am, I purchased size 7 instead of my usual size 8 1/2. The are water proof and very very comfortable. Enjoy them.
These boots are comfortable; however, fit a little loose compared to the pair I had bought a year ago. My main complaint is that the tongue does not have a loop to string the shoe lace through to keep the tongue in place.
These boots are exactly what my husband was looking for to where to work throughout the winter months. Not to heavy, waterproof, a little above the ankle and good tread. Throw in the low price and a comfortable fit and these boots are the winner!
I've had these shoes for three weeks and already the left heel has worn to the point that it shows air within. I like the style, the comfort of the top, but as far as the sole lasting any amount of time, forget it. I'm returning them for a replacement, but I'm sure the new pair will be the same way.
Owned these for four months with low usage (mainly yard work on the weekends). The uppers have held up well, but the soles now have big splits and a metal band that run though the bottom of the boot came out of one. With these boots you get what you pay for, low price for low durability.
i have my boots for one month and they are already falling a part. they are not fully water proof, only water resistant. as well as do not breath. the stitching did not last. neather did the sole. i would not buy this boots ever again!!!!! and do not recommend this to any one for any thing!!!!!!!
Have been wearing these for my "work shoes" for about 10 years. I now purchase 2 sets at a time and they are excellent for traction and the inclement weather at work. One of the few shoes that have arch support!