First established in 1889, Carhartt are famous for the quality of their work clothes. I can certainly vouch for that in terms of their jackets (virtually indestructible). But it wasn’t until this month that I decided to give one of their boots a try.
I decided to buy the CMF6366 because they’re one of the higher rated work boots on Amazon and yet many sizes still come in below the $100 mark.
Are Carhartt work boots a worthy alternative to the bigger names? Read on to find out.
As always, I’ll start with the break in period. The CMF6366 doesn’t really have one. They start out comfortable and get better after a few days wear. Fit wise, they’re almost identical to the better known brands i.e. order what you usually do.
Carhartt promises a well padded tongue and collar and they certainly live up to that claim. What’s most impressive about these boots however is what’s underneath your feet.
For a start, the removable insole is one of the better that I’ve found at any price point. It’s thicker than most and made from a combination of ortholite and polythurene. Below that, there’s additional layers of polythurene and the all important EVA midsole.
The result is a boot that more than matches the shock absorption levels of found in Keen boots and higher end Timberland’s. In other words, these fit the bill perfectly for those tackling long shifts. There’s also a steel shank to keep your feet stable over uneven surfaces.
All in all, these boots can’t be faulted in terms of comfort. I was admittedly skeptical at first but this particular pair of Carhartt boots are right up there with the big names.
All the standard safety features are present. There’s a composite safety toe. There’s electrical hazard protection. And the deep grooves on the outer sole should provide slip resistance over just about any surface. Personally, I’ve only tested them on oil and water so far. They passed without fail. There’s also a ladder lock for those who need it.
These boots are water resistant, not waterproof. In other words, they will repel small amounts of water i.e. rain but they’re unlikely to keep your feet dry if you work in consistently wet conditions. Insulation wise, they’re about average, suitable for moderate climates only.
Colour choices amount to a total of one but it’s a nice shade of brown. The leather looks high end and the slightly bright laces offer a nice contrast. Overall, they’re a modern looking pair of boots that should go well with most pants in most settings. I don’t love the attention grabbing logo at the side but it’s a minor complaint.
As mentioned previously, these boots score very highly on Amazon. Just over 100 reviews were left for an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Unsurprisingly, the biggest selling point is all day comfort with multiple mentions of foot happy 10+ hour shifts. There are also multiple mentions of long term wear.
As you can probably guess by now, I’m happy with my purchase and will probably be reviewing more Carhartt boots in the future. If you’re looking for a pair of boots that will keep your feet pain free regardless of the length of your shift, they’re a solid choice. The lower than average break in period and higher than average style certainly doesn’t hurt either.