I would recommend something like Leather Luster (if they still make it) to protect the shine on the toe. Other than that, I purchased these for Private Security use back in 2002-3 and used them working for the TSA in 04-05 and still wear the same boots to this day. Since I am no longer required to keep a shine on them, I use them for daily use/work. I like them because of the composite safety toe. Tread still like new, couple of the eyelets have come off, but I just keep them tied. The webbing inside the side zip have holes, but as I said the sole is like new. I want to purchase another pair, but my current part-time employment doesn't come close to buy a pair just yet. Any boot that can sustain all the work I've used them for 15 years later is a great boot in my book.
I am on my second pair of this boot. Very comfortable after a short break in time and very waterproof for at least the first 6 months or so. First pair I wore daily for 2 years at an electric utility company. However The black leather on the toe of the boot nicks easily and then the black finish starts to flake off then you start having waterproof failing "wet toes". Fixed that by frequent silicone spray and boot wax/polish but felt I had to keep doing it too often towards the end of the boots life. At 2 years the leather on the little toe side split open where it meets the sole. Most of the issues are normal wear but I wish that the toe was made with tougher leather or maybe had a toe protector. But I like them for the price so much that I bought a second pair. I have tried several brands of tactical boots and so far this is my only repeat purchase.
I first bought a pair of these boots in 2003 as a last hope of finding a good pair of boots that would last more than 6 months against the non-skid surface of the decks of Navy ships; the first pair lasted well over a year. Since then, I have bought a new pair almost every year; some pairs are better than others, but overall I have not had a bad pair of these boots. Since being in the military I have had several jobs ranging from fire / EMS to government service. I now work in a remote industrial area and spend a lot of time walking over desert terrain and these boots are still my first choice. For the price, they are the most comfortable / lightest / durable boots I have found and will continue to buy these boots as long as they remain available
I only buy 5.11 boots and this is the best pair of boots I ever owned. I do have some scuff marks but I wear them for work its to be expected. I plan to add some mink oil before winter. The fit is great I wear the same size as my under armour running shoes.
I have worn these boots every day for the past year and a half. They do everything from hourly patrols while at work, to running after a two year old, to hiking and going on adventures both urban and in the wilderness. They are more comfortable than any other pair of boots I have worn hands down. The tread and waterproofing holds up well over time. However, the sole has started separating from the rest of the boot for me, which just happens after this much use. The only other issue I have had is a blowout on the inside of my right toe area where the reinforcement cap ends along top of the sole line. I will absolutely be buying another pair to replace these but hopefully I can get a bit more life out of my next pair knowing what to take care of and what to avoid.
I purchased these boots about 8 months ago to wear when I am on duty at my fire department. After about a month of shifts so maybe 2 dozen calls all the black on the toes has come off. By now several of the lace eyelets have broken and come off so now the leather is stretching out. Myself and other members of my department and several in the veteran community will likely second guess purchasing 5.11 products based on this low quality.
These boots are phenomenal! I work at a national tire chain where we run back and forth, use feet to maneuver tires, just beat on shoes, for 10 hours a day every day. A normal pair of regular shoes lasts guys about 3 months after which you slide everywhere because there's no tread left, holes showing socks in the toes and sides, etc. I'm buying my third pair, in 4 years. After a year and a half, i'm only replacing them because I've worn a large hole over the left composite to (that's where the tire sits while holding it to bolt on). The tread has only worn about half way down, they are still comfortable, no rips or tears other than where the tire sits on my foot about 100 times a day. The run a little hot, just of the waterproof, so it doesn't breath as much as say the A.T.A.C. or others. I have only one complaint and it's not with this boot; the waterproof gusset makes it more difficult to put the boot on and off. I personally don't need the waterproof, but do need the CST. I would like to see a 5.11 CST non waterproof boot. That would be my boot for life!
After 2 years of constant on the go use, started to leak water a little. Still comfortable. Time to buy a new pair! Most footwear lasts me 3 to 6 months.
I am all terrain, indoor and outdoor work. Slip resistant almost as good as standard workplace brand for about a year and half life span.
Hopefully this time they will include sausage laces. Last time listed on site, but came with standard laces (which also lasted 2 years, at least).
Overall, nice job. Include the sausage laces this time, please.
Great boot but where is the covert tactical pocket? Ive also had the same problem with the back of the boot separating? Anyone have any ideas about keeping them from smelling?
I've owned these boots for about 18 months now, working 12 hour shifts as a nightwatchman/security guard at an industrial meat processing plant.
My first impression was quite negative; the side zip does not allow enough space to take boots on and off without undoing the laces, and they suffered a deep gouge in the leather from a heavy cardboard box dropped on my toe.
However, after over a year of use in an industrial environment, these boots are still reasonably comfortable.
There is some wear and pilling of the lining.
The soles are still sporting enough tread to get by, but are beginning to look worn around the ball of the foot.
The appearance of the boots is still exceptional.
The first thing I did upon delivery was strip the protective clearcoat with a scouring pad and apply many layers of boot polish with a heat-gun to melt the polish and let it soak into the leather.
A weekly single-coat repetition of this has seen the boots retain a mirror shine, despite the inevitable nicks and scratches of working life.
Due to the rigid composite safety toe, there are no unsightly creases across the top of the boot.
I haven't found the tread freezing up and becoming slippery, despite doing regular patrols through chillers and blast freezers, albeit for brief periods of time.
However, I have found them to be quite slippery in some quite ordinary situations such as water leaking onto linoleum floors.
I have routinely waded through water and chemicals, and have never shipped a srop of water.
Due to the manner in which the boots are so easily gouged and scuffed by contact with anything with a corner, and some peeling/bubbling of an outer laminate layer, I cannot give them an honest five stars.
However, they have earned a solid four, and despite the horrific cost of importing them to New Zealand, I will be ordering a second pair in an estimated six months when the tread begins to wear down to unacceptable levels.
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