by Jason Flores
Winters coming to an end but for most people, the rainy months aren't quite over yet. Today, I'll be reviewing a waterproof boot by Wolverine, the Men's Overpass.
The last Wolverine boot that I reviewed for this blog scored high in waterproofing but was ultimately let down by a sub par sole.
Feet are the first part of the body that gets affected by the extreme condition. However, with the insulated boots from Wolverine that include a warm design, you can enjoy comfort and safety benefits. When you choose to wear these insulated boots, you can get away from wet socks and wet feet that you may come across while wearing conventional boots. You can stay away from unwanted moisture and wetness by opting for Wolverine insulated boots. These boots are made with excellent specifications and features which make them stand out among the counterparts. Wolverine insulated winter work boots equipped with abrasion resistance super sole that adds credit to the longevity of your footwear.
Open the box and the first thing that you'll notice about the Overpass is that the color choices made when designing the boot were poor to say the least. Once you get them on your feet, however, there's a lot to like immediately.
They fit true to size. Despite the waterproofing, the leather arrives pretty soft and you can wear them the day you get them no break in period required. They're also a lot lighter than similar work boots at approximately 1.8 pounds a pair dependent on size.
Padding on the uppers is generous and together with the overall shape of the boot, they provide a snug fit particularly around the ankles. The composite toe is based on the brands "Carbon Max" design which is basically a fancy name for being thinner than average. The result is an ultra light safety toe that's barely noticeable.
The real test obviously comes when you wear them on a long shift and I'm pleased to report that they hold up well.
First off, like many Wolverine boots, there's a contour welt sole. This greatly increases flexibility and while not quite sneaker like, they come about as close as you're going to get in a full size boot.
Secondly, the thick PU midsole provides plenty of shock absorption. When combined with the removable Ortholite insole, you have a boot with excellent anti fatigue properties. I've had mixed experiences with Wolverine in this department, but these boots easily match Keen in terms of keeping foot fatigue at bay on a long shift.
So as you can probably guess, the Overpass gets full marks in comfort. Anywey here is a buying guide to help you to choose any work boots
Despite the minimal weight, no corners have been cut in terms of safety. Ultra thin or not, the safety toe meets
ASTM standards. They provide electrical hazard protection. And more importantly for most, the PU outsole provides plenty of traction on both wet surfaces and gravel.
If style is something that you care about in a work boot, the Overpass simply isn't going to cut it. There's no getting around it, there's nothing even remotely fashionable about these boots. The brown leather feels high quality but it looks cheap. And the orange stripes and markings seem like they were added as an after thought. Some boots can double as casual wear, these will look completely out of place in any environment that isn't industrial/construction.
The Overpass comes with or without insulation. I chose the latter and even then, they're pretty warm. The waterproof leather is supposed to be breathable but air circulation was actually pretty limited. As a result, they're good for Winter wear but Summer is completely out.
They do, on the other hand, live up to their waterproof label. I wore them in very heavy rain. I stood in ankle deep water for sixty seconds. My socks remained completely dry.
If you care about style, you won't care for these boots. And the distinct lack of air circulation makes them a very poor choice for warm weather wear too. If you can get past these two definite cons however, there's enough pros to make the Men's Overpass well worth considering.
Despite a wealth of safety features and genuine waterproofing, they're almost as flexible as sneakers. They're low in weight. And they have more than enough shock absorption to keep your feet happy during even the most demanding of shifts.
About Jason Flores
Jason Flores is a multi-talented individual whose unique journey has led him to blend his passion for craftsmanship and fashion into a creative endeavor. During his formative years, he found himself immersed in the world of handiwork, spending countless hours in his grandfather's workshop. These early experiences allowed him to develop a deep understanding of practical skills and a keen eye for detail.
Simultaneously, Jason harbored an innate love for fashion, drawn to the artistry and self-expression it offers. As he grew older, he recognized the potential to combine his proficiency in craftsmanship with his fashion sensibilities. This realization led him to a path where he began to explore and write about the intersection of fieldwork fashion.