I want a pair of boots that last a few years of abuse

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  • Hi All



    I hate spending money on boots for some reason. I do tend to subject footwear to a lot of abuse as I will wear them for everything all winter.



    Most boots I buy only last one winter including North Face, Berghaus, Karrimor etc so now I am looking for a boot that will last a few years of abuse.



    I want something that can be re-soled and is not made up of multiple panels and materials.



    The closest thing I can find at the moment is the Rogue Trans-Africa





    These look sturdy and repairable and as long as I look after them and give them a polish now and then they should last a few years.



    What do you think?



    Do you know of a better boot for the money?



    paul

  • Im surprised that Karimoor was on your {not good list }


    I wear Karimoor {GTX} Cheviot Hiking Boots ,{£88}
    Though they are a bit Cheaper than Brasha Boots at £144.

  • Because I cycle everywhere I tend to be quite hard on boots especially in the winter. The boots made up of lots of synthetic pabels tend to start splitting on the multitude of seams and the soles wear out quite quickly


    That is why I am looking to a boot that can be re-soled if possible.


    Cycling is hard on the soles of boots


    paul

  • Go to a surplus store and buy some used German commando boots. Incredible longevity, comfort and they are easy to put on and take off. You may need to go back a few times until you find a pair that feel exactly right.


    I had some that lasted ten years and multiple re-solings. Excellent value and you are recycling ... even if you feel you have to compromise on supporting military activity. I look on them as swords into ploughshares. :beard:

  • I wear german para boots most the time, very sound boot.
    I am looking to get a pair of dr martens now, but i don't want new
    ones, and i keep getting guzzumped on ebay !!!!
    By the way, size 10 or 10.5, if ya know of any :)


  • I wear a pair of ALDI cycling shoes from two years ago for winter riding. They are plastic! Rigid sole. Totally waterproof, I have been known to take my shoe off and pour out the contents during the really wet weather. Change shoes when I get off the bike.


    Probably the best £20 on shoes I have spent in a long time.


    Keep an eye on their specials, these should be in September/October time.


    But for real 'boots' ask your local shoe repair person what they recommend for multiple repairs.
    As many have said German 'Para' boots or Altbergs are traditional types.
    :beard:

  • Dont go for doc martins. There shite nowadays me n my mate both bought a pair each n the both split. Behind the toes before the laces mine were steal toe his werent. They were only used for dog walking n general use nothing excessive. Mine were treated with dubbing ever week when they were new.

  • If you wear the same pair of boots all the time - or most of the time - you will find they wear out pretty quickly; even the German para boots rot their Gortex out and let the water in. When this happens you have to treat them like a pair of normal leather boots and proof them properly. Not all German para boots have the gortex insides, by the way.


    If you have a couple of pairs of boots, or more, you can swop 'em around and let them dry out when they get wet, whether it's by sweat or water. They last much longer that way.


    I have one old pair of non-safety work boots which are my most comfortable pair, and still worth repairing, but no good for wet weather. Another identical pair that I use for wet walks or inclement weather or longer walks, and just getting comfy now. Both of these ex-work boots are Rockwood brand and last years.
    The third pair are my ex-army (British) boots, which fortunately some lad had worn in very nicely before I bought them ex-mil on ebay for £25. One of the best 25 quids worth I've ever spent. Not just comfortable, but protective of your ankles and ideal for hilly walks and rough country and wet weather and snow and ice too. Slightly slippery on wet rocks, but what ain't?


    With a lot of my life being spent outdoors, I have got through a few pairs of boots, and I've generally found decent work boots and ex-mil boots the best value for money. I have seen both sports boots and a mate's beautiful expensive hiking boots sliced up in shale, where work boots have gone through the same stuff and just got the leather a bit scarred.
    I figure expensive boots are like expensive backpacks; about 60% B/S fashion and advertising, but not so good in the field.


    So buy stuff that's meant for hard wear, work or ex-mil, but make sure they fit real good. You need room to wriggle your toes, because your feet swell like hell in hot weather and you need that room; and in cold weather you have room for a thick pair socks and can still wriggle your toes to stop 'em getting too cold if you're standing about.

  • I usually get a few years out of army surplus boots, also, rigger boots can be quite cheap, but only last a year (no idea what riggering is tho)


    I think they are trying to give the idea that 'Rigger' boots are designed for oil rigs. So they are generally higher length up the leg than standard work boots, and should be warmer, because it's effing cold and windy out on the rigs. But for some manufacturers it's just a manly name to use, not really an indication of high quality footwear.

  • Like these?: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pro…G?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


    Very well made, repairable, and, so I have been told, more comfortable than either British or German army boots.
    They look very much like the old school European mountain boots of the 1970's and 1980's, which a few specialist firms still make to order, but at a very high price, around £350 - £450. So at £30 these are a steal:thumbup:

  • Like these indeed. I've been wearing them for ages, what with being Austrian originally and growing up some 15miles from one of the fatctories that make them. Unlike the German ones they have stitched rather then glued soles and can be resoled by any decent cobbler.


    http://www.steinkogler-bergschuh.at
    You can get oldschool mountain boots for under 200£ here, handmade and all.

  • Nice website, Subgenre. My reading German is just about up to it! Some very nice boots and shoes there, high quality.


    After listening to a mate who was in the boot & shoe trade, and your recommendation, I decided to obtain a pair of the Austrian ex-army boots, to replace my 22-year-old Hawkins hill boots, which after many repairs have been retired to 'around the house' use. Because the Austrian boots are a direct replacement, there was no flack from the Other Half!


    They arrived the other day, and are some replacement! Hardly marked, and less than half-worn on soles and heels, and in excellent condition throughout, they are incredible value. Took them for a short 5 km walk yesterday just to see how they felt, and I was amazed at how warm they are! Built for very much worse conditions than a frosty morning in England!


    Many thanks for your post on these boots, it came at a fortunate time for me:thumbup:

  • Like these indeed. I've been wearing them for ages, what with being Austrian originally and growing up some 15miles from one of the fatctories that make them. Unlike the German ones they have stitched rather then glued soles and can be resoled by any decent cobbler.


    http://www.steinkogler-bergschuh.at
    You can get oldschool mountain boots for under 200£ here, handmade and all.


    Rather Large fitting for most people on here i would think , unless a little paper was maybe padded into the toes maybe .


  • Go to a surplus store and buy some used German commando boots. Incredible longevity, comfort and they are easy to put on and take off. You may need to go back a few times until you find a pair that feel exactly right.


    I had some that lasted ten years and multiple re-solings. Excellent value and you are recycling ... even if you feel you have to compromise on supporting military activity. I look on them as swords into ploughshares. :beard:


    I agree.


    Last year I bought a pair of Dutch Army boots online - cost me £40 including postage. The soles were completely unworn, the uppers a little creased as though they had been unpacked and left in a heap for a while. Extremely solid boots. I'd guess that this quality would be well over £100 in a shop - if you could buy anything as good.


    Can't remember the firm... but if you can get to a surplus store you can see - and try on - before you buy.