Dave’s getting pretty comfy on my blog at the moment so here he is again writing about his new boots . . .
Hello there. This isn’t strictly a tech review so you might be wondering why I’m doing it? Well there are three reasons. First, I’ve got experience; I’ve been wearing steel toecaps for the past 18 years. (For work, not fashion!) Second, when you think about it, everything is technology. It’s just this technology has been around for a long time. It’s well worn in, like my steel toecaps at work. Thirdly, and most importantly, Colette told me to write this review. And I don’t want to sleep in the garden again, it’s cold and stray cats don’t make good pillows!
Anyway, these particular boots are Dickies Storm Safety Hiker Boots. They look more like walking boots than the big clod hopping boots that I’m used to at work but if you give them a knock on the front end then there’s definitely steel there. If you’ve never worn steel toecaps before then you can feel the solid steel in front of your toes. Just as a side note, if you do wear steel toecaps then it’s a good idea to tighten your shoelaces properly. Having your feet sliding around inside your shoes will mean you’ll bang your toes against the inside of your toecaps. Not pleasant.
The boots have plenty of padding around the ankle and the tongue is especially thick. There’s not a massive amount of padding on the insole however which gave me some concern and meant I was expecting aching feet after a good walk. To my surprise after completing a 3 hour walk with Colette and the kids my feet felt fine. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t walking on clouds or anything, I knew I’d been on my feet but nothing like the ache I was expecting. I’d still prefer a bit more padding as I get older and softer! I’ll probably invest in some comfy insoles.
The soles have plenty of grip and are thick with heavy tread. I imagine you could walk 500 miles, and then 500 more without the soles wearing down (if you were a Proclaimer of course). All the materials in the uppers feel tough and hard wearing which is what you want in work boots.
The point of steel toecaps of course is that if you drop something on your feet then your toes are protected. I’ve been saved many times by my shoes at work. To the point where it’s natural for me to now put my feet out to break something’s fall if I drop anything. This has got me in trouble a few times outside of work when I’m not wearing Iron Man’s slippers. I’ve nearly chopped my toes off by trying to break a knifes fall before! That’s a heart stopping moment, after you realise and have to try and drag your foot back out of the way of the falling blade! I’m not suggesting I’ll be wearing these to cook from now on, that might be a bit much. I am going to start wearing them when I’m working around the house though. As you’ll know there’s plenty left to do in the house. The front and back gardens need extensive work. I’ll be wearing them when I’m doing hard graft round the house. At £32 they’re great value!
*Disclaimer – Dave was sent the boots free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are his!*