Alright, this one is for all of the guys out there.
It’s no secret that many men work quite hard and, oftentimes, long days. Outside of the day to day office jobs, there are plenty of labor intensive trades. These occupations, more often than not, require being on one’s feet for an extended period of time and that, well, that requires reliable footwear.
In our own home, I cannot even begin to tell you how many different pairs of work boots I’ve seen pass through here. With multiple styles, sizes, and brands that’ve all withered away, gotten holes, torn apart, caused injury, or simply weren’t sustainable for all-day wear, we were at our wits end with shopping. See, aside from being put to the test at work all day, he (and his boots) come home only to stomp through the mud and the muck, shovel the snow-covered driveway, tend to yard work, and then some. Having yet to see a pair of boots hold up to the daily grind, we’ve always been timid when it came to purchasing new boots. That being said, when recently given the chance to put a new pair to the test, of course we jumped all over it.
GORE-TEX is something that I had never heard of before and, given our history and horrid luck with many boots prior, I was timid at first. On the other hand, however, trying one more couldn’t hurt, right? Right!
The GORE-TEX technology is actually featured on a vast array of footwear, outerwear, and even accessories. After combining every good quality that you could think of into one great product, how could you go wrong? This incredible technology means that its products are not only stylish but they are versatile, durable, lightweight, waterproof, rugged, and even breathable!
I think that the breathability may just be the best selling point right there – no more sweaty, smelly feet when he kicks his boots off! There’s my plus, I’m in! Really though, I’m surprised that I had not heard of GORE-TEX products prior to this. Aside from the plethora of products that they offer, of course, I’m here for the footwear. Having been kind enough to offer us a pair to try out, we chose the Wolverine DuraShocks GORE-TEX 6” Composite Toe Boot.
Having a pair that was comfortable yet, simultaneously, durable was a necessity and the added safety feature within the toe area was definitely a plus. At the end of the day, though, it was the integrated technology that put these particular boots over the top. In addition to this particular pair of boots already being, both, oil and slip-resistant, and including a composite toe safety structure, the GORE-TEX technology offers the wearer many bonus features.
With GORE-TEX, there are three different options when it comes to footwear – Extended Comfort, Performance Comfort, and Insulated Comfort. While the first of three is ideal for outdoor activities and everyday use and the latter is ideal for cold conditions and winter activities, the mid-grade option is what we needed. While at work, he is on his feet for a full eight hours and sometimes more. From there, he comes home to yard work, helping friends and neighbors, home woodworking projects and then some. On top of that, our leisure activities… well, they usually lead him off into a mess of terrain while auto racing, camping, hunting, hiking, the works. Not wanting to have to constantly change shoes, we’d been searching for that one great, do-it-all pair and, with GORE-TEX, we’ve found it.
“GORE-TEX Performance Comfort Footwear offers optimized climate comfort for moderate weather conditions and a wide range of outdoor activities.”
He definitely put this pair to the test, in a variety of conditions and on many different terrains, each time with the same result. The full-grain leather on the exterior, slip-resistant outsole, removable double-density footbed, and of course, the durably waterproof and highly breathable GORE-TEX footwear technology made for an extremely comfortable wear no matter the conditions. Indoors, outdoors, or even at work and in just about every weather condition possible, these boots have been stellar.
You can purchase the Wolverine DuraShocks GORE-TEX 6” Composite Toe Boots along with the entire GORE-TEX line directly from their website at www.GORE-TEX.com and from a variety of footwear and performance clothing retailers nationwide. These boots in particular retail for an ARV of $182.
Having never known of the GORE-TEX technology until now, I am beyond pleased with it. For the first time in quite a while, he has a pair of boots that don’t bother his feet. They are perfectly comfortable for all day wear and hold up to just about any task he stomps his way into. As amazing as these have been for him, I cannot wait to get an everyday pair for myself and even give their outerwear a try! I am definitely looking forward to making the wonderful GORE-TEX technology a staple in our home – wardrobe and footwear!
*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only.