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These boots were bought for me by my ex-employers many years ago as a practical footwear solution for a site visit to the Falkland Islands. I have continued to wear them on a regular basis and they have now given me over 13 years of faithful service.
*** FEATURES/DESCRIPTION ***
The Colorado boots come in a variety of colours and in both leather and nubuck finishes. I have the honey-coloured nubuck boots. They have a leather cushioned collar at the ankle and the Cat logo on the tongue and at the heel. They are lace up with three eyelets and three hook fastening. They have a thick rubber sole with really deep grips and stitching detail where the sole and upper meet. They come with really good long, strong laces. Please note - these are WORK boots and not SAFETY boots.
*** FIT ***
These boots fit on the large side for me, presumably because they are unisex/men's boots so I have to go down a size. I usually wear a size 7 but find a 6 fits me perfectly in these. They are quite a wide fit, but I like the fact that there is space to wear thick socks - or two pairs if necessary on really cold days! The laces allow you to keep them tight and comfortable right up to the ankle.
*** COMFORT ***
These fitted perfectly from the off - no having to break them in and no blisters whatsoever. I really like the added comfort that the cushioned collar at the ankle provides. (I do know of someone who attempted to walk the West Highland Way wearing these and suffered somewhat - but these are work boots and NOT walking boots. They are not designed for that purpose!)
*** WEATHERPROOFING ***
These boots do seem to be, if not waterproof, certainly water-repellent to a point. Whilst I wouldn't recommend standing in a puddle for an extended time wearing them, for normal wet-weather wear they are ideal. And as I have worn these out and about on many a farm in my time, they have also been tested and passed as far as mud and other such *ahem* muck is concerned. Clean and dry socks regardless of the terrain!
*** GRIP ***
Really good. Thick rubber soles with industrial-looking grips. Good in icy conditions and in the snow, mud, muck etc. 13 years and counting and the soles still show very little sign of wear. The deep grips do tend to trap small stones however, which tend to end up on the floor of my car frequently.
*** WARMTH ***
Pretty good. I don't think these are quite as warm as my Tartan Dr Martens with a single pair of socks but with two pairs of socks they are very toastie and are often my choice of footwear for winter football watching. I have read in the technical details that these have a "Poliyou" sock lining - I have no idea what that is, but that must be what stops my toes from freezing during our Scottish winters.
*** WEAR AND TEAR ***
Well the fact that I still have them after 13 years speaks for itself, really. They don't look like they do when they were new, but to be honest I think these boots look better when worn in a bit rather than pristine from the box. The soles show virtually no wear at all and there is no fraying on the cushioned ankle collar. These were, for many years, my staple boots for wearing with my jeans for the football etc, as well as being worn for worn for work purposes on site visits.
*** WHERE DID I GET THEM? ***
These were bought for me from Arco, for approximately £60. They are widely available online and on the high street. Prices do vary widely depending on the colour, size and time of year, it would seem! At time of writing (Feb'13) they are available on Amazon between £50 and £100. It's definitely worth shopping around.
*** SUMMARY ***
These are great utility boots. They are comfortable, practical and great with jeans. The look is icon. I love my Cat boots!
Recommended. Five stars.
I love these boots! I have owned a few pairs of these boots now and always make sure I have them in at least one colour in my boot collection. I have to be very fussy about what I put on my feet as past problems mean that many shoes and boots cause me pain and discomfort. These boots however have always been much loved by my feet. I have tried Timberland boots previously and found those to be a little too narrow and not nearly as kind to my feet and I lasted about 10 minutes in them at home before returning them.
The nubuck leather they are made from means that not only do they look fantastic, they feel great too. Each pair I have bought I have been able to wear out immediately with no need to spend time wearing them in the house to break them in. They are comfy enough to be kind to my feet but sturdy enough to stand up to constant wear and walking in the woods. Whilst there are products that can help protect the nubuck, I never seem to get round to using it. If I have managed to get my boots particularly muddy I clean them with hot running water and a toothbrush then leave them by the radiator to dry. My boots do not seem to have suffered because of this although i don't suppose it is the recommended way of cleaning them.
Its good solid sole never seems to wear out and even when the rest of the boot is looking decidedly aged the soles still show little sign or wear. The laces are always good quality and so far I have never replaced a pair.
I usually end up replacing mine about every 4-5 years as they are generally looking very scruffy by then but they are still intact enough to have many more miles in them by that stage. Mine get worn for all sorts of occasions, walking the dog, general days out, work etc and they look and feel great whatever the occasion. I have even been out all day in them when it's been raining and, unless my kids have encouraged me to stomp in all the big puddles, my feet have still been dry when I got home.
They often retail at around £80 but patience and good researching occasionally find a bargain. However, even at £80 they are well worth it and provide good value for money.
I would not be without at least one pair of Cats at home - I currently have three different colours - and would recommend these every time.
My husband has been wearing caterpillar boots for over 10 years now, he has had 3 pairs in the last 10 years and will not wear any other brand of boots. I have tried several times to buy a different style and brand of boot but he is having none of it. Rockport and Timberland boots have been on the increase recently making caterpillar boots less popular but my husband refuses to change to be more stylish! He has gave me his thoughts and feelings towards the boots for this review.
They can be purchased at many shoe shops but range in price so its well worth while looking around for the best price. I bought my husband his last pair from www.mandmdirect.com for £49.00. This is a fantastic price to pay as i have previously spent over £100 for them.
The boots are made by CAT, the machinery company, The boots are honey coloured but can be bought in black leather or brown. The honey boots are made from a suade leather which mainly covers all the boots, they also have a well padded cuff on the top of boots which is brown leather and soft to touch and adds a little support to your ankle. The boots have the caterpillar logo on the out and inner side of the boots below the leather cuff. Their is also the CAT logo on the tounge of the boots, they have a yellow back ground and the logo writing is back and spelled in capital letters. On the outer side of both boots have a CAT Plant Machine imprinted on the lower ankle near to heel on the boots. The laces are yellow and black in colour and are round laces, they have lace holes and lace hooks to fasten them. Inside the boots is a mesh type material lining and a removable insole which is well padded. The sole is made from rubber and has a good tread pattern for grip.
My husband said the boots are the most comfortable foot wear he has ever worn, they are well designed and made for comfort and support. The padding holds and supports your ankle and heel, the insole is also padded and stops your feet from sliding in the boots. The laces are well designed and have always lasted to the end of life of the boots, they have never snapped or frayed. The rubber soles are unbelievably hard wearing and durable, none of my husband have ever shown much wear and he practically lives in them. The soles are excellent for winter in the snow or ice as they have a well designed pattern to the soles. The suade leather has a special water repellent coating to stop them from getting ruined but need some care. I bought a soft bristle suade brush to clean them with, i wait until the mud or dirt is dry and them give them a brush clean and they come up like new.
They have truly lasted my husband 3 years at a time, he loves them and do look nice when he is casually dressed in jeans. I think they are well priced even if you have to pay full price. The boots are fantastic quality and well made i can understand why he refuses to wear anything else.
They come in extra large sizes upto a size 15! but need to be purchased from the official cat website. They are not just for men! I have seen many women wearing them and fancy buying a pair for me. They start in a size 5.
My sister and her partner have a boat and, at the marina where it is moored, there is a huge skip. Now curiosity runs in our family so they often take a look to see if there is anything worth having and have found quite a few useful bits and pieces. Usually they are things that can be used on the boat but this particular day was different.............
My sister rang to ask me what size shoe I took and I told her size 5. She said that she thought that was the case and that they had found two pairs of boots in the skip, both size 5, and almost new. She takes a size 5 too so there was a pair for each of us.
The next time that they visited they bought said boots with them and I was amazed. She was right when she said nearly new, if they had been worn a couple of times that was all and I could see no reason for them to be thrown away!
The boots in question are Caterpillar Colorado Boots and they are a sort of mustard in colour, like the ones pictured at the top of the review, and have a padded black ankle support around the top and a padded tongue. They have good, strong laces so that they can be laced up to fit your own feet and the tread on the bottom is really deep and would be ideal if you were working in mud or snow.
The boots are quite heavy compared to ordinary shoes so I expected them to feel uncomfortable, especially when I first put them on but no, they felt comfortable straight away.
As some of you know we have a log burner so I am often outside chopping and sawing wood for it. I did once drop a piece of wood on my foot and broke my big toe when I was stupidly doing the work wearing my slippers! This was one of the reasons that my sister thought of me when she first saw the boots in the skip.
I now wear these boots for the work outside and although I have been known to drop wood on my foot since I have come to no harm! The boots don't have reinforced toe caps or anything like that but they are good and strong and keep my feet safe and sound whilst I am working. They also keep my feet warm and comfortable too.
They don't get particularly dirty in our garden but I would guess that, if they got muddy, the best idea would be to let them dry and then brush them with a stiff brush. They aren't the sort of thing that you would want to keep looking pristine as they are never going to be the sort of thing you go out in are they?
Since these were a freebie I had no idea how much they cost so I have just looked on Google and found that they are anything from £60 upwards! The people who threw them away must be made of money!
So, in conclusion, I don't think that I would have paid that sort of money to buy a pair of these as I just wouldn't get the wear out of them but for free they are ideal work boots!