Retired from fire and ems I have always had 511 boots Now my new job with the railroad requires a steel toe expecting the same as my attac boots ...not.
comfort is nearly what I expected, weight is more..duh.
My only problem is the storm flap under the zipper is to small to get my foot out/ guess I have fat feet 13W so I cut the flap with my trauma shears.(please make this change) mine lasted a year in a rough environment. just ordered two more
These boot are very comfortable overall, but not designed for cold weather conditions. The sole will freeze in low temperature and become very slippery.
I've read so many bad reviews on these and I don't know how. I've owned my pair for 4 years now and they are still the most comfortable and have the original laces. That 4 years includes basic EMT school and clinicals, paramedic school and clinicals, work while I was going to school, and a year and a half or better of work after I got done with school. I have lived in these dang boots for 4 years. I thought it was time to get new boots recently so I bought Bates which weren't as comfortable (after breaking in) after 1 month as these are now..... So I figured I'd try Propper boots, they're holding up but aren't very comfortable. The point is these boots survived 4 years of Cleveland winters (which means a ridiculous amount of salt which trashes shoes / boots) and many 24 hour shifts and are still the best boots I have. I would only recommend getting the 6" version which would be nicer for long shifts.
Second times getting boots from this company. Theyou last a long time but they never have had the non-metallic shank
I primarily bought these boots to wear as my duty boots when working at the fire station and have used them for about 6 months now. As far as I'm concerned these boots do their job. They keep my feet cool and dry and I can comfortably stand around/work in them.
The only issue I have had with them is that whenever I'm taking them off to change into my bunker gear the insole has a tendency to buckle up. This is most likely from repeatedly taking them off with reckless abandon, only to toss them somewhere in the truck, so I can forgive them on that regard.
A few of the guys wear them at the station and enjoy them. I can't say these boots perform any better or worse than I expected of them.
I purchased these boots about 2 years ago due to them being highly recommended by a friend. I have run in them, walked in them, climbed fences, and have definitely put them through its paces before retiring these boots to be motorcycle riding boots due to them keeping my feet cooler than any other boot I've ridden with.
After having the boots replaced once warranty due to the eilet where the laces transition from the sole part of the boot up to the ankle part of the boot broke, about a week after having the replacement boot, the same eilet failed again. Thus where my creativity came into play. I removed the strange eilet that 5.11 uses for that part of the boot, and replaced it with the traditional "O" style eilet, and I have not since had a problem.
Onto build quality, the boots have held up pretty good over the past 2 years. Typical wear around the composite toe from abrasions and general wear on the sole. Still the most comfortable boot I own. I use the pocket of the boot for a small knife, and a spare handcuff key in the other. No problems with either falling our or having stitching break apart.
Pro's: Very comfortable boot, stays cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Storage for EDC items is a plus, pathogen resistant and composite toe were the reasons I selected the Shield 8".
Cons: Hardware on the boot feels cheap. Zipper can be cumbersome to get to function, even after lubrication was applied. Eyelets are brittle, if you lace your boots like the hulk, these are not the boots for you. Unless you feel like replacing the hardware yourself. Zippered opening on the side only allows you to open the boot up about an inch. Which still makes it necessary to untie the boot prior to taking the boot off, which can hinder you when trying to take them off in a hurry.
Price indicated that this was a high quality boot, however with the problems I've had, I'm considering other models from 5.11, and other companies as well. The flaws these boots had were quite an annoyance, but we're not acceptable for a boot of this caliber.
Thank you for reading my review. Have a wonderful day.
Scuffed the boots second day during basic emt practical, on the carpet. Disappointed with that aspect. Other than that they fit extremely well and are extremely comfortable.
The boot rips from the fabric to the leather on the bag of the boot when trying to put the boot on and off.
I'm not one to complain but these boots are junk. Most uncomfortable boot I've worn especially for the price. The protective layer on the outside also quickly peeled off wish I could put a picture of them on here.
I've been buying these boots for over 8 years now. They are a great fitting boot, ready to go straight from the box with no break in time. I'm on my feet constantly (12+ hours a day) working around aircraft day and night, in all weather conditions ranging from the Kingman, AZ summer sun to the Detroit, MI winter, climbing in, out, up, and under them, getting them exposed to various chemicals ranging from Jet fuel to Skydrol which is one of the worst hydraulic fluids out there ( can eat the paint off your car) and the boots hold up. yes, like people said, put some polish on them and they will last along time. If I had to pick a few things I would like to be changed on the boot, it would be to make it possible to resole them, and to offer a toe cap that can be bonded to the toe to offer more durability. Other then the two things, they are excellent boots, and I do definitely recommend them.