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Because these were available at company shoe store where I worked, I've owned maybe 6 pairs before retiring. Obviously I like them because I bought a pair off Amazon after retiring. However, I will say the sole has a tendency to break all the way across, directly below where the safety toe ends. At least one of almost all pairs I've had broke across the sole. You can still wear them, but after they break, the safety toe will pinch if you are down on your knees and the toe of the shoe gets flexed strongly. Otherwise, they are really comfortable, easy wearing safety shoes.
You must buy the "right" size. I've always liked this shoe for its moderate price and and relatively light weight. Bought several pairs in this style over time from a local brick and mortar specialty store and every time the sales person fitted me for my purchase. I'd have to convince myself that there'd be some short period of discomfort while the shoes broke in. Wrong. I recently instead purchased these Timberland Pro Tiitan oxfords from a Amazon marketplace vendor and I went size up and to the widest available XW (3e) width. Zero break in time. I have since purchased another pair of these same work shoes from Amazon.com direct and am thrilled with the discomfort-free results. I work and walk/run/climb in an industrial environment that varies from gravel to concrete to steel and one draw back to the comfort of these work shoes is durability. I can cover from 3 to 9 miles a day in these shoes and the soft soles reflect the wear and tear. My goal is zero-pain comfort. If I have to buy new work shoes every 3-6 months because I kill the outsoles it's worth it.
Overall, these are pretty good shoes. I paid just a shade under 100 for them, and I feel they are worth it. If you're familiar with Red Wings pricing, you'll know that these are about half of what similar style RW would cost.
I opted for these because I didn't want to spend 200 on a pair that isn't going to get quite the same workout as my Red Wings - these are for work around the lab and office, but nothing as strenuous as walking around a plant for 8 hours a day. The Red Wings have always been good to me there, but they're so dang expensive.
All in all, these are a good buy. They are quite comfortable, I've had no issues wearing them all day and feeling just fine. The one downside is that the leather is clearly a lower quality than my Red Wings - it's a bit rougher and scuffs / cuts much easier. While it seems thick enough to withstand normal wear and tear, I worry about the longevity of the leather.
Still, for half the price of what I normally pay, I guess they're pretty good.
They did run a bit large for me - I normally wear a 15 and the 15 in these was too big. I stepped down to a 14 and they're pretty good, so I'd say they run about one half to one full size larger.
This is my second pair of this brand and style of shoe. I wear these shoes as a work shoe in a very harsh outdoor oilfield environment. They are continually exposed to crude oil, saltwater, mud, and water. I do clean them on a regular basis, and they stand up to this daily beating better than any other shoe I've owned. Even after two years they still are comfortable and have good arch support. If you are in need of a durable, comfortable work shoe I highly recommend these shoes. I normally wear a size 14 wide, these shoes fit exactly as I expected.
They're comfortable right out of the box. I bought the first pair 4.5 years ago, and other than the some wear on the heal and sole tread, they are still viable. With winter coming, and being a volunteer firefighter, I can't go out when snow is on the ground with worn treads, hence the new pair. In the winter months I wear them nearly daily and a few times a week in other months. You can't not like them. Bravo!
Ordered a pair in March 2017. Loved them. So before they wore out, I ordered another pair November 2017. I wore the 1st pair for more than a year. They really were the best shoes Ive bought in a long time. I finally wore them out and started wearing the 2nd. The 2nd (same size, same laces, same everything) pair was not comfortable at all. So disappointed. Even the material seems to look different, like a cheaper leather. Anyway, my repeat buy was foiled. I hate inconsistency.
The shoes are good looking enough to wear with Khakis and a dress shirt. The leather does scuff easily, maybe some boot oil will help. I found the insole wasn't quite supportive enough, but I generally tend to use custom insoles anyway, so that fixed that issue. The biggest complaint I have is that the shoelaces are too slippery and loosen over time despite trying to tie them as tight as possible. Perhaps that will fix itself with some use. Overall I am pleased.
I am a 10.5W and first tried the 10.5XW and it was too narrow. I then ordered the 11XW and it was snug but thought that after 3 weeks of wearing 12 hours per day that it would loosen up. Nope! Still too tight and now my feet are seriously hurting. Fortunately, I saved my 3year old red wing shoes and will have to go back to them. I’m out $120 and will never buy any Timberland products again...ever! Their shoe designers need to follow standard sizing...that’s why they call it “ standard sizing”
I'm an engineer who occasionally visits the shop and outside plants. I basically where these everywhere: office, shop, camping, out to dinner, etc.
These are my third pair of these shoes. I used to buy them locally at Work World, but they no longer carry them. I accidentally ordered the Timberland PRO Men's Titan Comp Toe Oxford Black Work Shoe and had to return them. They are very similar, but the Work Shoe is less of a boot (so they feel less secure on the ankle) and do not have the metal grommets for the laces as these do.
My first pair were replaced because after two years I marred the toes so much that my wife hated them. The second pair split on the right sole after two years. The sole split is a common failure point as I've noticed in other reviews.
These are definitely made differently than my last two pairs, but they are the same design/materials. I would suspect that a different manufacturing facility is making these now and small adjustments were made to accommodate new equipment and/or reduce cost.
The toes do mar very easily. So don't expect them to look great for very long. A little polish helps, but the leather will chip. No amount of polish will remove the chipped leather. I already have a small tear on the left shoe after two weeks.
Also, the insoles will start falling apart after a year. Mine usually have holes where the toes are. These can be replaced, but I've never bothered since the comfort did not diminish much and the only result was a few torn socks.
These will set off a metal detector. When you are going through an international airport that does not require you to remove you shoes, remove them anyways.