Top positive review
Perfect for around town or in the shop.
June 15, 2015
I work on trucks and do metal fabrication for a living and I have a really difficult time finding shoes for wearing in my shop. It seems the choices are either leather work boots that are heavy and have flat soles and kill your feet after a few hours, or comfy walking/running shoes that are made from synthetic materials that melt or catch fire when exposed to welding sparks. Generally I have to choose between having soles that hurt from the shoes, or pain from burns on the top of my feet.
I know these shoes aren't marketed as any kind of work shoe, but they are leather, and with no laces or gaps they work very well for keeping the sparks out. Better yet they are comfortable, really comfortable. Usually a new pair of shoes needs a little time to break in, but I put these on when they arrived and have worn them every day since ( about 2 weeks) and haven't thought about my feet once, and that is exactly how it should be. I kinda feel a little bad that they are such nice looking shoes and I know I'm going to ruin them in the shop, but it's totally worth it for comfy shoes that don't catch fire.
One note, before ordering these I ordered the pro-grip professional version which has a different non-slip sole on them. When I tried them on I instantly put them back in the box because they were about a half size too big. After reading some reviews I found that the pro grip version runs big so I ordered these in the same size and they fit perfectly. I don't need the non-slip sole so these are perfect for me. I only wore the others for a couple minutes so I cant comment any more on them.
UPDATE 6-28-16. I've now had these shoes just over a year and though they are starting to show their age, they are still doing great. The soles are still intact, though starting to get a bit worn and the rubber piece that goes up the toe is starting to peel off. The elastic is getting a little stretched, and the insoles are pretty well done, BUT I've been wearing them pretty much every day in my workshop which is a pretty abusive environment. They have held up far better than any other shoe I've tried, about 4 times better so far, as I normally only get 3-4 months out of a pair of shop shoes. I was thinking about replacing them soon, but I think I'm just gonna get some new insoles and see how long they last. I loved these shoes when I got them, and I'm even more impressed a year later.