The pictures here are the boots that I’ve worn over the last 8 years. I’ve worn each one for at least 2 years each, so I’ve gotten to know them pretty well. I’m not generally a complainer and really have a hard time picking out minute differences between products. I’ll share my thoughts, you folks expand on them as you wish and maybe in the end we’ll have reviews worthy of reading.
Boot 1- Globe Structural Supreme. I like this boot, I really do. They are strong, reflective, and lightweight. The price is a bit of a problem. I don’t know too many guys tossing out $300+ for a pair of boots. They really are lightweight, and they come with an extra insole for some more fine tuning on the fit. And they are comfortable. The reason I stopped wearing these before they were worn out is that the boot upper is too big. They are like the moon boots my mom used to make me wear in the winter. I know it sounds whiny. But I’m not a huge guy, so after the call when I’m taking off my bunker pants I would have to make a special effort to get the pants around the dang boot. The bigger fellas had no problem.
Boot 2- Thorogood 14″. These were my first true love. I went from the rubber boots to these because the local supply store was getting rid of them ($150) not bad. Average price is a little over $200. I wore these the longest of all the boots. They are half the weight of the rubber boots, and that would put them in about second out of these four. These boots were worth every penny. The upper part can fold in half easily to get your bunker pants off. They fit like a work shoe. When I tried them on for the purpose of this review the only complaints I had was that the reinforcement in the heel was broken and there are a couple of popped seams. If you have a little money but not enough for one of those “top of the line boots” this is the one to get. I did get them a size too small, and I’m still fine with them.
Boot 3- Ranger Shoe-Fit. By “Shoe-Fit” I imagine they mean it goes on your feet, as opposed to “Glove-Fit” which would go on your hands. This is a classic example of taking a technology from another industry and making it work in the fire service. These should stay on the farm. On my department we refer to these as the s*%t kickers. Guess why. At $150 max I can see why my department issued these. Well, my momma told me “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”. So the nice thing…They meet all minimum requirements set forth by the 2000 edition of NFPA 1971. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Boot 4- Pro Warrington 500′s. The “Terminator Boot” I love these boots. When you show up at someone’s house wearing these boots the only thing people are thinking is “what is he going to kick with those?” I think the Terminator toe does have a purpose, I don’t know what it is. I’m also a big fan of the shin guard that these have in common with the Thorogoods. These boots got about 3 years use from me and I will be going back to them. No blown seams. A no leaks. No internal damage. They loosened up like a good boot should. The fit is better than the Thorogood (might be my fault). They are light weight. I suppose I should put a con in here….Oh yeah, they aren’t cheap either. If you are going to invest in a pair of boots, these are the ones. Spend the $50 more than the Thorogood boot. As much as the Thorogood is worth every penny, these are too. The bonus with these is the toe, Look at that thing!
Alright, in order from best to “why bother”, it’s the 5000′s, then Thorogood, then Globe,and waaaay back is the Rubber boots.
I feel like I’m taking too much away from the Globe’s, They are good, but if it isn’t functional I don’t care how good it is.