Rez Zircon wrote:I buy the cheap Servus brand boots. They're $20, plus or minus, at Tractor Supply. (Higher elsewhere.) I wear them 3-5 hours a day, about 8 months of the year depending on the weather. Can't do without 'em. It's to where if I don't have two fresh pairs stashed on the shelf, I think I'm out.
-- Comfortable; they don't make my feet sore or tired.
-- Not too narrow in the toe box, no lumps, not too loose in the calf (they come to just below the knee)..
-- The rubber stays reasonably flexible even in cold weather.
-- Soles are about the right degree of stiffness. I can still feel the ground, but don't get bruised feet.
-- Thin cloth liner which along with Costco Ugly Socks apparently wicks enough to prevent really soggy feet.
-- Made in USA which makes a huge difference (Chinese rubber is not cured correctly, and cracks prematurely).
-- Removable insole, which doesn't slide around (and lasts as well as the boot).
-- Tough. I managed to stab one pretty good with a nail, and didn't quite put a hole in it. (In fact the stretch mark eventually disappeared.)
I get a couple good years out of a pair, and even then they're not really worn out. They get rotated to summer-only as the soles wear down and lose the micro-tread. When they're new, they're pretty good on snow and ice. In winter I usually have an extra pair with cleats permanently attached, for when it's really slick (if my barnyard didn't slope so much, I might not need cleats).
Unlike some other boots, I've never had the soles crack, even when all the tread is worn off. Never had cracks in the main body of the boot, either. They will sometimes develop a tiny crack just above the heel spur (figured out this is actually from putting them on, not from everyday wear), but not until they're already got a lot of miles on 'em.
I also buy a pair one size too big to use as winter boots, with extra socks. Makes a nice intermediate between uninsulated boots and deep-cold Sorels.
I've had lots of different rubber work boots over the decades. These are by far the best of the lot.
Cheli Bremmer wrote:Rez, I was looking at the Servus boots and you can get them for $15.00 at Dick's Sporting Goods... And one question: do they run large or to size? I have to convert to mens from and it's always tricky when ordering online.
Gordon Shephard wrote:Cost per mile...anyone else considered this metric?