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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) 

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      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.

    • +1 for Cofra. I’ve got toe cap trainers for summer, waterproof leather shoes for autumn, gore tex boots for winter and toe cap wellies for wet work/strimming.  All good value and last well.

      • PRO

        WHich Cofra boots do you normally buy?

        I have had 3 pairs of Engelbert boots over the years withouth any problems apart from wearing out after 12 months+ but the most recent pair seem to leak after only a few months use. So im now thinking about buying something else thats goretex

        • Frosti for winter ankle boots and terraina for spring/autumn. I have also got some of their toe cap trainers for the summer which were so light and comfortable. Finally, I have a pair of their toe cap wellies for strimming in ditches etc - peace of mind when using a blade on the brushcutter. Hope that helps.

          I have englebert Strauss trousers, jackets and shorts and love them . Shame the shoes don’t live up to hard use. The ES soft shell hi vis is particularly good.

          • PRO

            Thank you for the reply Ross, I may try a pair of the Cofra boots for the winter. I agree with you about ES, I to have trouser/shorts x2, Fleece, Gillet, Waterproof jacket and I have the Roughtough Jumpers. I also like the hi viz gloves for day to day working, I havent a soft shell yet!

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