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Wanted GOOD boots that wont break the bank

 
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For many years I've been wearing water proof leather 10 inch wellington boots. I love the fit and feel and the slip on with no strings to tie. Problem is the quality is gone the last three pair I've bought all got holes in the soles with in a month or so of being new. This last pair got a hole the first day or two . The soles are way to soft and easy to damage.  I'm telling ya all you have to do is use them to push a shovel in the dirt and pop you have a hole in the sole.

I'm hoping some of you can point me to another brand of Wellington boots that are better made and still leather and water proof.  The first few, maybe even several pair of these I bought lasted 3 years give or take before they wore out or started leaking and causing wet feet.  These were great boots that kept your feet dry unless water ran over / in the top! Now I'm on my third pair in a year and this isn't cutting it.

So can someone please point me to some brands of Wellington boots that are waterproof all leather and most importantly last?

Thanks for any help...
 
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Hi Larry,
All the banks in my area are made out of bricks and cement, so I don't think any boots will break them... :), just kidding.

I've heard good things about the Muck Boots brand. I've had a second-hand pair and they stood up pretty well. I think they can be expensive though, and they are not all leather. For more of a work boot style, I like Redwing, which are leather generally.
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi Larry,
All the banks in my area are made out of bricks and cement, so I don't think any boots will break them... :), just kidding.

I've heard good things about the Muck Boots brand. I've had a second-hand pair and they stood up pretty well. I think they can be expensive though, and they are not all leather. For more of a work boot style, I like Redwing, which are leather generally.



Thanks Matt. Muck boots are good but they are made of rubber and that doesn't agree with my feet. I have a pair someone gave me secondhand too and after about an hour my feet start falling apart literally!  Thanks to various damage my feet need the give leather has with the ability to breathe along with the toughness because of the life I live. In 5 decades I've found leather is about the only thing that works for me and NO steel toe. I jammed my foot between a motorcycle peg and an oak tree stump when I was about 12 while trying to spinout / around in a pile of leaves. I had no idea that pile of leaves was hiding a nice fat fresh stump! The really fun part was trying to get the 5+ miles back home. I was as usual alone and had no one to lend a hand. Needless to say I learned to reach down and shift with my hand after the first 1/2 mile in first gear, it was my left foot.
 
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dont know about Wellington but the absolute best boots I ever got are LOWA. they are not cheap but worth every penny. they are all leather, fully waterproof and are the best built most comfortable most arch supported  longest lasting shoes that have ever been on my feet. and over the decades ive had experience with countless pairs of Red Wings, Danners, Merrill's, rocky's and others.
 
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I've had a couple of pairs of Rocky boots. One I got around 1980, I walked a lot of miles and did a lot of work in them until they gave out about 2017 or so. I had to pay extra for the military, made in USA line and was still afraid the new ones wouldn't last like the old ones did but so far, they seem fine, very comfortable and apparently just as durable as my old ones. They are not leather or waterproof. Going over the top of my boots in icy water, somewhere way off trail in the Smoky Mountains one time, and with a three day walk from the car, pointed out to me that waterproofness goes both ways, if water gets inside you keep it. Thats when I bought my first pair of Rockys.

I mostly just wanted made in USA but thinking on it, I guess the military figured it out too. Once in a while you will need to wade, or you will fall in water deeper than your boots and you may have no choice but to keep walking. Waterproof or leather boots could be a real problem.
 
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Everboots from Amazon are AWESOME for the price, it's old school style professional leather boots in terms of stitching and quality and all for $65. The one bad thing about them is the insole is cheaply made and wears out but drop another $20 on some nice insoles when you order the boots and the end result is way better then what I can buy for $200+ in my local shops. In my experience these type of smaller brands eventually sell out and raise prices + lower quality as they start to get to a certain level of success and popularity but for now they are still in the affordable quality boots game.
 
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