This particular Carhartt is an awesome boot, with...
This particular Carhartt is an awesome boot, with features seen on other, often more expensive boots. Carhartt also makes this style, in black, model 3924, which has steel toes. I need steel toes, because I work in a locomotive shop, climbing on, in, and under giant prime movers, walking on gravel, railroad ties, concrete, and steel all day. At the end of the day, my feet feel great. So while my comments are based on my experience with the steel toe (model 3924), they also apply to the boot on this page (model 3925 without steel toes).
These boots are constructed using the "stitchdown" method, sometimes called Norwegian Welt, in which the upper leather portion flares out and is sewn to the midsole. This provides a broad foundation for stability, and is quite comfortable as well. The outsole is dual-density Vibram, with a abrasion resistant outer layer, and a slightly cushier inner layer, exactly the same sole used on Danner Mountain Light, Explorer, and Acadia boots.
The leather used is quite thick and sturdy, with a distinct grain. There appears to be an extra thickness of leather sewn over the toe and around the heel. The interior of the boot is lined with a proprietary waterproof bootie, Thinsulate insulation, and has a removable contoured insole. I was concerned that the Thinsulate would make the boots too warm in the summer, but even when wearing wool-blend hiking socks in 95 degree weather, my feet stayed dry. The waterproof lining appears to be similar to Gore-Tex, and allows the boots to breathe so that perspiration can be wicked away to the outside. When I take the boots off at home, my socks and feet are still dry. I've not yet had an opportunity to test the waterproof qualities of these boots.
The tongue is nicely padded, so the sturdy laces don't cause discomfort across the shins or instep. The laces run through six eyelets, then around four sets of speed hooks. The boot is available in sizes as small as 7, for people with small feet.
My boots have been scuffed against sharp metal edges, had hot metal from cutting torches dripped on them, showered with sparks from plasma cutters and welders, and generally subjected to very rough useage.
My boots (model 3924) are the very best steel toe boots I've ever worn. Even if you don't need steel toes, the boots on this page (model 3925) should still be very comfortable and durable.
One final note regarding sizing: If purchasing the non-steel toe boot on this page, model 3925, your regular shoe size should be fine. If purchasing the steel toe 3924, go UP one-half size to allow room for the steel toe. My regular shoe size is 11, and I tried the boot on with steel toes and without. The soft toe boot felt great in size 11, and the steel toe needed to be 11.5 to avoid a tight fit in the toe.
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i bought these boots for motorcycling and general...
i bought these boots for motorcycling and general wear i have found them to be warm and waterproof through an English winter quite cool in the summer sturdy an tough and very comfortable straight out the box all round an excellent boot i would definitely buy another pair when these wear out mine are 2 years old now and look like they will last another 10
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