Leather Waterproof Safety Toe Western Work Boot by Justin Boots WK4625
I needed a new work boot and this is how it went.
My Old Boots
Starting us off, my first work boot was a Redhead Treestand lace up boot that I have had for 10 years. They were waterproof, comfortable, and lasted ten years. A great pair of boots, but after wearing pull on boots for game processing and fishing, and using pull-on boots for work, I’m starting to get lazing with the whole tieing up my boots. I want slip on, slip off…
So I had to create some parameters.
- Pull-on boot – no laces
- Less aggressive tread pattern
That’s a good place to start.
Googled, searched, scrolled, and read and quickly found that it would most likely be a western-style boot. Noted; added to parameters.
Kept looking and found that a safety toe would be a nice addition. I don’t NEED it but would be nice to have. Noted.
Sizing a Western-style Boot
Lets get to the point, go into a store. Try on boots. Figure out which one fits your foot best.
Went shopping on workboots.com, found a Rocky boot I liked, ordered one pair, returned them for another pair, and then returned them for another pair. This took a month and a half and had made no progress at the end of it. I found out that Rocky boots didn’t fit my foot and I need to go try boots on.
I walked into a local store that had western boots, for me it was Russell’s Western Wear, and I tried on Ariat and Justin Boots. I normally wear a 10.5W for my running shoes. I have a “wide” foot and found that a square toe felt better; Noted – Parameter Added. Justin’s square toe felt wider than the Ariat boot and ended up going with Justin because it fit my foot better. Ended up being an 8.5d (regular).
- Pull-on boot – no laces (Western Style)
- Less aggressive tread pattern
- Square Toe
- Safety Toe
After adjusting, these parameters were the new building blocks. I went to Justin’s site, sifted through their work boots, and came up with this pair
Went back into Russells, ordered the boot, tried them on a week later, and bought ’em. This is what the specs look like for them.
JOIST RUSTIC WATERPROOF COMP TOE 11-inch tall Men’s Hybred Work Boot
- Achilles Relief System
- J-Flex Flexible Comfort System
- Justine Stabilization Technology
- Electrical Hazard
- Composite Safety Toe
- Oil & Slip resistant with a non-marking sole
Justin Work Boots – WK4625
Now, it’s been a week. They were pretty comfortable from the start. They’ll take a little getting used too, going from a lace up boot that is tied tight around your ankle and calf and moving into a boot that has some freedom in it.
The leather seems soft and seems to be wearing already on the toe and outside. I will be cleaning and polishing them soon to add a little protection to them.
Tread pattern = good. It still collects mud, but not as bad as my other boots so I’m happy with that.
For now, that’s it. I’ll give an update after a few months and see where we’re at then. Thank you for reading, this is JTgatoring!
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