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.
Near perfect boot, EXCEPT for the eyelets & soles. EVERY pair I've owned has ALWAYS had the eyelets (holes for the laces) separate from the boot itself and the soles (which cannot be replaced by a cobbler) wear down too quickly.
Right from the start the boot fit great. So far so good. I give a five out of five
I bought 2 pairs of these boots last year they were great boot held up to practically anything you can throw at em but I wear every single day I'm a painter so I'm on concrete all day walking the length of my paint booth back and forth never fell apart or any except my last pair the shoe lace ripped cause I'd have to retighten my boot a couple times a day cause it'd work itself loose and I wouldn't get the ankle support I need and the think sole doesn't allow much flexing so by the end of the day my feet would be killing me and when I get out of bed in the more I can barely walk for about 5-10 mins I love the thought into the boot and the side zip and pockets but I wouldn't pick this particular boot again for my everyday use
Let me start off by saying that i normally don't feel the need to write reviews if I am generally pleased with the product. These boots unfortunately I feel the need to review. I bought them in august at my local dealer because I needed them for fire school. Unfortunately I wear a size 14 and these boots were the only ones that the store had in size 14. They were extremely comfy off the bat, took polish nicely, were great...and then the snow came. Let me tell you, there is a special place in HELL* for the man that decided to market these boots to people that have snow and freezing temperatures. They're nicknamed the "neckbreakers" at the store and I can personally attest to that. Got so bad that I wouldn't dare go outside without boot grips. Terrible. And onto the quality. Obviously at fire college, I'm not wearing these boots a ton. We are in and out of turnout gear a lot. 6 months in, these boots are ruined on the outside ( and that is with daily polishing and upkeep), the inside is so completely ruined that my feet are just screaming when I wear them now. Awful. I owned taclite's before these boots and was expecting a lot more from 5.11. Really hurts to have to go and spend another $200 at the store for new boots when money is already tight from school. Apologize for the negativity but its very disappointing...
I purchased this boot in 2012 and have worn it almost every day since. I’m an instructor for mostly the emergency services and safety environments and I’m constantly on my feet. Whether in the classroom or in the field these boot have lasted. I’m only just recently purchasing new insole inserts as my originals have finally started to come apart. This issue is making it somewhat difficult to remove the boot since the liner does pull away from the bottom of the boot. If there is a drawback, the side zippers do not allow for quick removal of the boot. You will still need to open the laces as well. I’ve been in the emergency services field for 30 years and have been through many types of boots. I do recommend this boot for purchase.
It's the best black leather 511 out there. Like most 511 boots after a few months it will get worn, but if you protect the leather they should last longer. The boot is light weight for what it is, water proof, and you won't slip wearing them. The only problem I have with theme is the sipper in not loose enough, so when I go to slip on my fire boots it's not as easy, but it's a heavy duty and good lookn duty boot.
I have owned this model boot for the past 5/6 years, I just ordered my third pair. They are the most comfortable boot I have found on the market to date. Yes the inner sole and liner wear out within a year but even with out replacing them they are very comfortable. If you have wider feet I would say make sure to order the wide as the leather will have a tendency to pull away from the sole if you don't. I wear the boots 6 days a week year round and they last me 2/3 years a pair, not bad for the money. I am a large person so my boots tend to get abused a lot, and I would say give them a shot they haven't failed me yet.