Rockports are boots that are really expensive, about £200 pounds per pair. Is it worth the money?
I am a verybig fan of these boots. Rockportmake a few different styles of boots but in my opinion these are the nicest looking of the lot by far and I have owned five pairs of these over the last twelve years. These boots are available in a tan colour, a darker brown colour,black and in cream. They are available for men women and children starting in a baby size two going up to a mans size twelve so there is something to suit pritty mucy everyone. As there is no picture available I will describe them. The style is an ancle boot style which laces up and fits nicely, it isn't too tight that it restricts your movement but isn't loose enough to rub. The sole on the shoe is nice and thick with a realy good tred to them so they are not slippy, the top of the boot has lace holders so you dont have to loosen all the laces to get then on and off. They are water proof and a realy comfortable shoe to wear once you have broken them in as they are uncomfy when new. They are not cheap boots you can pay upto two hundred pounds for them in some places but if you sho around you can get them cheaper, I am lucky only having a size four foot I can get away with buying mine in the childrens for around seventy pounds. I currently own these in all four colours and my oldest pair is nearly ten years old and stil in good condition despite me having wore them lots so for me they are definatley woth the high price tag
Many years ago I bought a pair of these Rockport boots because I liked the styling that they had, and having had about 6 years of use from them, I'm now on my second pair for the past 4 years and they are still going strong. At the time they did cost an absolute fortune, and I think I paid somewhere in the region of £150 for my first pair, but they have had plenty of longevity through almost daily use. Nowadays, you can get them for as little as £60 to £70 on Amazon, but the quality still remains the same. The styling I would best describe as a sort of stylish walking boot that could be worn in the office. It was the original hiking boot design from Rockport, and it is kind of difficult to describe in detail, but you basically have a brown leather upper (also available in black leather). Variants of this boot will either be all brown or include some slight stitched in green leather areas around the ankle, which of the two, perhaps looks more stylish. The ankle area itself is also well padded, as is the boot tongue, which together provide plenty of support to prevent blisters etc. You also have a seam stitched over the top front area of the toes, which runs from one side of the foot, over the front of the toes and down to the other side of the foot. The boot also fully laces up with some chunky laces through non rusting eyelets, where the last 2 sets of eyes at the ankle are actually lace hooks. Attached to the front of the boot on the lowest lace loop, you also have a stylish bronze effect metal badge with the Rockport logo embedded onto it. I think the area that also gives it some basic styling is the sole. The sole itself is a very chunky grip, similar to what you would find on a walking boot, and hence my earlier comparison. But rather than splaying out past the edges of the boot (as most walking boots soles do), the edges are straight cut downwards and styled into the boot. So overall, just from an appearance point of view, the boot looks stylish and could pass off as everyday wear for a casual office, but equally would be at home hiking across the hills and through the mud. However, the boot also has a number of hidden design features which ensures that it is an multi-functional boot with few rivals. Inbuilt into the sole, Rockport had put in their own shock absorption and grip system which they call XCS Vibram. It may only seem to be fancy branding by Rockport, but I have often worn these boots all day whilst walking many miles between meetings and on shopping trips and I've never experienced any aching feet problems that people normally get after being on their feet for so long, and I know I do experience those problems when I have done the same whilst wearing my other pairs of footwear. So the Rockport XCS Vibram system seems to work very well. What else do we have that is hidden away? Well, the boot is also classed as being fully waterproof, and I can verify that after walking through numerous puddles and small ponds and yet still come out with dry feet. This waterproofness is achieved with Rockport's Hydroshield technology which is inbuilt into the boot between the outer leather surface and the inner liner. Basically it is a plastic bag which encases the foot, but the bag itself is based on the Gortex technology to keep your foot dry. To back this up, the leather has also been waterproofed with polish (which obviously needs to be maintained with further layers of a good waterproofing polish throughout the life of the boot) and all the seams between the joints have been sealed. The only issue I did have was when my first pair wore out. The uppers were still brilliant, but the soles had fully worn out to resemble slicks. So I decided to get the soles replaced by Rockport which I seem to remember costing me about £30 through a Rockport dealer. At first sight, it would seem to be very much cheaper than buying a new pair of Rockports. When they came back, the boots looked like new, with new soles, new laces and well cleaned uppers. The only issue was that when they restitched the sole in, they stitched a new thread line slightly below the old one. So I ended up with a line of small holes in the boots that were left open to the elements. So initially I found that the waterproofness had gone because they now let the water in through the holes. But then after about 6 months, I found that the holes started to tear and join up as the leather tore across this old thread line. In the end, I just ended up with the whole lot splitting and I had to throw the boots away. Ok, the sole repair bit was my option and didn't really prove to be cost effective in the long run. But it is worth detailing just in case anyone else wants to try that option. So in summary, what can we sum up about this boot. Well it is an ultimate cross-over boot that is designed to look good and be robust in construction. It provides enhanced comfort through technical design and seems to be equally at home in either the casual office or out walking in the hills. Now on my second pair, and I intend to get another pair when my latest finally need replacing, I can't fault them. Hence, I readily give them 5* and highly recommend them to anyone.