I've worn these boots for 4 years every third day (I work a 24/48 schedule and for the most part I'm up for the whole 24). I also occasionally wear them when I ride my motorcycle. They are very comfortable and easy to slip on and off. I polish them regularly and the leather looks almost brand new. The soles do show signs of wear mainly from riding the bike. The only issue I've had is that after 3.5 years the elastic band that holds the pull tab down broke. The other one is fine. I haven't seen any of the rubber pull away from the leather like others. I will purchase a new pair and hopefully they will be the same quality.
Tight fit (required for 'slip-on' style boots) caused pain on the bridge of one foot which never went away after ample time to break them in. Also they just never felt 'secure'. Sadly these were an expensive experiment for me.
I would highly recommend sticking to the 511 6" boots w/laces and a side zipper for better fit and honestly the side zipper model was quicker to put on and take off..
Some reviews say its too narrow, and i can somewhat see how this can be true.
I got size 9US regular width, and its snug on the sides.
Not too tight to be uncomfortable, but just tight enough.
I have average width foot, so i would think if you are even a little bit on the wide side, you may consider wider issue.
I tried two sizes of this show and both times the width was too narrow. I still have the boot because the company I purchased them from is out of state and was no fault of their's!! 5.11 should take the Blame!
In overall quality these boots are great, unfortunitly they do not fit my feet. I wear an 11.5 wide in most boots and shoes, these boots though are very tight on my feet at this size.
Traction is great, the features of the boot itself are outstanding and very practical.So if you have big feet buy a bigger size than normal and hopefully they will fit.
I was always a "zipper" boot guy. Thought they were the easiest to get on off. Avoided the kick-offs because of no ankle suport.
But then I got sick of the weight of a full zipper boot. Tried the Redback slip-ons, but those offer NO ankle support because there are elastic panels on BOTH sides of your ankle. Tried on the 5.11's "elastic tongue" design and fell in love with them. Great ankle support for a slip on, and great styling! I had many comments when I first got them, and have converted a lot of people to them in the 1.5 years I've had them. Nothing is falling apart on them, and the inserts are still as soft and comfortable as day one.
The only "con" / improvement I'd like to see is a "twist/flip" put into the pull-on loop in the back (and maybe slightly larger) so that it's easier and quicker to get your finger into it to pull them on. Otherwise, this boot rocks!
I was a faithful purchaser of the original company boot. It was perfect for my foot needs and being on my feet all day. The Company 2.0 however, I no longer can get my foot into the shoe. When they took away the side elastic, I can no longer wear your shoes. Nice way to alienate customers. You lost one of your biggest fans, and word of mouth advertisers.
Very pleased so far.
I only got to try on one of these boots. The fit seemed right and it felt comfortable. The ankle was really large for me, and I didn't think they would offer the ankle support I was looking for. I do have really skinny ankles, and I broke one of them before my boots arrived, insuring that I would be wearing only a cast for the next month. I bought them because I wanted the ease of a slip on, but I thought they would hug the ankles like a lace up. I returned them, as ankle support is now a necessity. When I heal I may try a similar boot with laces. Seemed like a well made product, and did look sharp.
I am a bonds man and I have to go after people in woods and other mudd like places and the boot are doing a good job holding up with me and my job I love 5.11 stuff and this boots live up to there name the only thing I will say is a con they can be hard to brake in