First established in 1883, Wolverine have been making work boots even longer than Timberland.
One of the reasons for their continued popularity is that along with consistent quality and comfort, many of their boots are excellent value.
Today, I’ll be reviewing the Men’s Floorhand. I decided to give it a try because along with being waterproof, it’s low in price but high in style.
The uppers are made from thick full grain leather. Long term, this is a good thing. But it also means that you’ll need to be patient when breaking them in. Even after a weeks wear, I still found them a little stiff.
Size wise, they fit as expected. Despite the presence of a steel toe, there’s plenty of room in the toe box. They’re cut slightly higher than usual. But there’s a generous amount of cushioning around the ankles and the eyelets allow plenty of options for lacing customization.
Below your feet, there’s a cushioned footbed and a thick midsole. Unfortunately, it’s made of rubber rather than superior materials like EVA or PVA. There’s also no anti fatigue technology.
Wolverine is famous for the effectiveness of their Durashock boots but perhaps to keep the price down, they chose not to include that feature in the Floorhand.
The result? They’re comfortable when you first put them on. They’re comfortable for light duty wear after that.
But if you spend large parts of your day walking/standing, you’ll start to notice the complete lack of shock absorption after around five hours. For me, that’s a deal breaker but it obviously depends on what you do for a living.
Thankfully, no corners have been cut in the safety department. The steel toe is ASTM rated and the sole that I complained about offers electric hazard protection. The outsole also scores highly in terms of slip resistance. The lugs aren’t particularily deep but they’re well designed and performed well over water, oil and gravel.
I’ve had mixed results with leather boots that claim to be waterproof but the Men’s Floorhand fared well. They had no problem keeping my feet dry in heavy rain. And while I only tested them for 30 seconds, they did their job while standing in ankle high water. They aren’t insulated but the leather is thick enough to keep your feet warm in any temperature above freezing.
For me, this would be the Floorhands primary selling point. Corners have been cut in the sole but not in the quality of the leather. In fact, it looks to be on par with boots that cost twice the price. The silver eyelets, black stiching and modern shape all combine to produce a boot that will easy double as weekend/casual wear too.
At the time of writing, the Men’s Floorhand has been reviewed 19 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Surprisingly, most reviews actually praised comfort levels. So far, only one person has complained about the quality of the sole.
The Men’s Floorhand is one of those boots where satisfaction levels will depend almost entirely on what a person does for a living.
Spend at least half of your work day sitting down? You’ll never notice the low quality sole. And that just leaves a comfortable, budget friendly boot that looks like it cost twice the price.
On the other hand, if you spend most of your day walking around, the complete lack of shock absorption makes this a boot that’s worth skipping.