The Wall Street Journal: These Are the Ideal, Affordable, All-Weather Men’s Boots
Original Article by Ha Duong on the Wall Street Journal.
Blundstones—a favorite of rugged types like Brad Pitt—are having (yet another) day in the mud. Here are 5 reasons why they endure
- They’re tough enough for, say, crocodile wrangling.
Blundstone boots were originally intended for laborers working in Tasmania’s harsh outback during Australia’s colonial days in the late-19th century. Today, the shoe is still made of extra-thick leather treated to be water-resistant, so it can withstand your messiest activity, even if that’s just braving a soggy garden.
- Yet light enough for, say, accompanying your toddler to ballet class.
While durable shoes tend to be a bit intense for everyday use (see: Timberland work boots), these flex and bend, thanks to their lightweight polyurethane midsole, should you be asked to demonstrate a move during a dance tutorial.
- You can commute in them comfortably yet still look tidy for your 9 a.m.
While companies like Goldman Sachs may have drastically relaxed workplace dress codes, many bosses still scowl at sneakers. Blundstones, with their trim Chelsea-boot silhouette, are as refined as super-comfy shoes get. “They’re almost like a slipper in a shoe,” said Don Weir, co-owner of men’s fashion retailer Stag Provisions, who’s worn the boots for 19 pain-free years.
- Cultured, yes. Pretentious? No.
Blundstones ruggedly walk the line between artsy and outdoorsy. Think: that friend of yours who paints still lives in between rock-climbs. Culturally credible celebs like Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch have been spotted in them on city streets, but hikers and motorcyclists love them, too.
- You don’t need to replace them constantly.
Though they’re comfortable out of the box, Blundstones get broken in by molding to your feet over time. Mr. Weir owns three pairs: a beaten pair for everyday use, a halfway-worn pair for casual meetings, and a seldom-worn pair for nicer events. “I depend on them.”
Original article posted on the Wall Street Journal.