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Product Review: Timberland Steel Toe Boots

By James - 1/10/2005

Timberland PRO - Direct Attach 6" Steel Toe (After Dark Full-Grain Leather) - Men'sTimberland PRO - Direct Attach 6″ Steel Toe
I got these boots shortly after I got my Aerostich Jacket and Pants. There is no point having a waterproof suit without waterproof boots and I just didn’t feel safe riding in my Wellingtons. Five years later and they are still as waterproof as ever and more comfortable. I got them at Sears, and chose them by default. I knew I wanted above-the-ankle boots, that had a steel or hardened plastic toe, were waterproof, oh, and they had to be black. Sears had only one boot that fit my needs. It was in my size, felt good, and the price was half or less than any specially designed motorcycle boot with the same features. It was a plus that they were insulated with Thinsulate, something that I have been glad to have many a rainy ride.
Five years later and the boots are still keeping my feet dry.

They are a little more clunky than my other shoes, mainly from their over-engineered constuction. Do not wear these on the plane, the steel toe and thick sole will raise much suspicion but this is a good thing. The construction is the reason why I did not have to throw them away two months after I purchased them.

I learned my lesson about drinking and riding my bike. I had two pints with dinner and chatted with friends for a while before mounting my bike. Drivers education always told me allow 1 hour for each drink before driving and it had been about two hours since I recieved my first beer, give or take a few minutes. I took an unfamiliar turn at 45mph when I should have been going 25. I hit the curb, bounced up in the air and slammed back to the ground; sideways. By the time I realized I had crashed, the bike and I were coming to a stop. I remeber thinking that the sparks coming from metal rubbing concrete were a nice touch, it made the crash more dramatic. I was still in the perfect riding position, although on it’s side and my foot was pinned underneath it. The bike, a Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD, although not that heavy was tough to get out from under since I could not use that leg for leverage. Finally I wiggled my foot out from under it, righted the bike and checked for damage and assesed it’s ride-ability. I was able to ride it home, although I had to replace virtually the whole right side.

I was lucky to have had my boots that night. Had the bike landed on any soft shoe, I would have had significant damage to my foot and leg. The steel toe and hardened heel along with thich sole kept the weight of me and the bike from crushing my foot. Although scraped up, the boot was still presentable, waterproof and kept it’s shape. A little boot polish and it was hard to tell it had been dragged under a bike for about 40 feet. The same can’t be said for my jeans or leather jacket. Both were damaged beyond repair. About a year later I hit some oil while in a turn and landed on my left side. Now my right boot had a matching scuffed-up left boot.



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