This particular Carhartt, model 3924, is an awesome
This particular Carhartt, model 3924, is an awesome boot, with features seen on other, often more expensive boots. Carhartt also makes a non-steel toe in this style in brown, model 3925, which would make a good hunting boot or non-steel toe work boot. My comments apply directly to the boot on this page, model 3924. However with the exception of the non-steel toe, brown model 3925 is identical to the black model 3924.
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.
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.
A note regarding sizing: If purchasing the steel toe boots on this page, model 3924, I recommend going UP one half size larger than your regular shoe size. I tried both the steel toe model 3924 and non-steel toe 3925 on. The non-steel toe boot 3925 fit fine in my regular size 11, however the steel toe 3924 needed to be 11.5 to avoid discomfort in the toe.
If you need steel-toe boots for work, these can definitely provide protection you need and comfort you want.