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.
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