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Boots.....how long do yours last??

Last Sept I invested (I thought) in a pair of £120 Englebert boots, they were replaced about 3 months later as buckles had broken off them. The new ones have now worn holes right through the sides. Yesterday I was told by them that this is normal wear and tear!!!

Considering I was also using a pair of Screwfix specials at a whole £19.95 in parallel with the expensive boots the Englebert boots have probably only lasted 6 months. The Screwfix ones, while a bit hot and sweaty in the middle of the summer are in A1 condition.

  1. Am I being unreasonable in expecting £100 boots to last more than 6 months?

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  • unless you do hard landscaping with cement i would hope a pair of boots will last more than 12 months with the appropret cleaning (polish lether oil) 

    • PRO

      I have had a pair of doc marten industrial boots for Two years now and still going strong , The normal doc marten shoes wouldn't last five minutes in this job but the industrial ones are solid and very comfortable but not to be mistaken with the air cushion steel toe cap ones you can buy in some outdoor specialist outlets , best to go to a dedicated Doc Marten outlet cost around £100 .

      I dont like to wear the same boots every day though so bought some really cheap boots called earth works from a shoe shop ( shoe fayre ) or simlar £20 and they seem hard wearing so far and also light and comfortable and easy to drive in .

  • PRO

    I've 2 pairs of Englebert shoes and they are lasting well, coming to the end of the second year and I 'hope' they will do another year.

    That said my other half has a pair of Englebert boots and she has worn them almost every day, she uses them at home and work, they now let in water and the rubber strips on the sides that are part of the sole are coming away. Looks like fair wear and tear - she now has a pair of Engelbert shoes with securing straps rather than laces and they look ok so far.

  • PRO

    I'm coming up to 9 months with the latest caterpillars. They are much lighter to wear than other boots e.g engelbert strauss. That's the only reason I went for them. The waterproof claim has lasted a good while too. Soles fully intact and laces only broke last week. Dam comfortable from the first day I'll add.If I can get the winter out of em I'll buy another pair.... but yeah it's caterpillar they could have been awake making these..

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      Caterpillar navigator..

  • I normally pay about £80 for Goretex Cofra boots, they usually last a year, which I’m very happy with. Engelbert’s are work boots, so if they only last 6 months then I’d send them back, strictly speaking they’re not fit-for-purpose.

    If you can find a boot that lasts more than a year then you’re doing well.

  • PRO

    Blundstones, year 7 and still going strong. 

  • PRO

    I get about 18 months out of my Engelbert Strauss boots. Oberstdorfs. On my 3rd pair now. Dont ever oil them or anything. They have gone on the inside seams each time when they did die.

     

    • PRO

      My Cobra Michaelangelo boots have lasted about a year before the waterproofing fails.

  • I have a pair of Amblers FS165 Dealer boots [safety boots]. I took a chance on these a year ago for two very good reasons. Firstly they are very cheap, less than £40 on ebay. Secondly, and most importantly, they have 'Goodyear Welted' construction. This means the sole won't come away from the upper and can be resoled when needed. I am something of a shoe enthusiast and all my shoes are Goodyear Welted construction. This is the very best way of shoe/boot making. Most of my shoes are around the £300 mark [one pair £400]. These are shoes for life of the very best quality, so when I saw that the Amblers were made in this way I bought them despite the very cheap price. A year on and they are still in good order and waterproof and are worn every day, all day. I will never again buy any work boots that are 'Cemented' construction as they always split between sole and upper, long before they are worn out. I have had cemented work boots only last a few months before this happens. So that is my tip, always look for the Goodyear Welted construction.

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