Rated 5 out of 5 by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheMTNman The gold standard for all workforce footwear I started in New Balance boots because they were one of the only ones available in wide widths. And it was also a top-quality boot. Then they officially merged their boot line as "Dunham" and it was still a quality product at first. But then I bought 3 pairs in a row, hoping I was just imaging the loss in quality... but no, the Dunham line is worthless now. I recently looked, and all their offerings are more for Hollywood photo shoots than real work.So I tried Wolverines. They seem to have a comparable rep to Red Wings and at the time (a little more than year ago?) Red Wings did not carry a black boot. Sorry, but company policy demands a black boot, so I bought Wolverine. It fit perfect in the toe, but was loose everywhere else, to the point I couldn't even lace them tight. Regardless of the loose fit (which I might dismiss as different companies size things differently), after a mere 5-6 months they were utterly falling apart.I was pleased to see Red Wings now offers a black boot, and FROM THE MOMENT I tried them on in the store I said "I'll never buy another boot again." It was beyond words how perfect these boots fit and feel. I've only had them for a couple weeks now, but I still have a love affair putting them on, still feel this is the last brand of boot I will ever buy.The only thing against Red Wings is price, and I think it deserves a mention of something I don't think people appreciate. If you take care of your boots, you should be able to resole them-- a service Red Wings offers for anywhere from $50-100. So your initial investment of ~$200 for one pair should translate into $300 for two pair and beyond if you just need a re-sole. It's possible you can really make them much more affordable depending on how you use them and maintain them.But for just comfort and fit... NOTHING comes close. June 5, 2014