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I'm in the delivery business and have worn Die Hard Oxfords for well over 20 years. They are kind of heavy but they protect your feet well on top and bottom. The leather uppers can be polished to a shine and have been put to the test with all kinds of weather, objects falling on my feet, and yes even dogs. The soles are very sturdy and support the arch very well. They don't have a lot of tread on them but I have never had a problem with that and I've walked in and stepped on about everything. It takes me about 8 months to wear a pair of these out. Even then the uppers are still holding up and the soles are in tact. I just get new ones because the inside of the shoe starts falling apart from getting wet and the tread on the soles get smooth from walking. Even then I use the old ones for working around the yard. I will continue to buy these until I retire or they stop selling them.
This is all I've bought in my entire working career (spanning 35+years). If you're looking for a shoe that will hold up in all weather, with daily use, I highly recommend.
The width of these plain toe diehard shoes are a great fit & not too loose or sloppy when tied. My diehard steel toe oxfords have plenty of wiggle room for the toes however over time the leather stretches & the width becomes loose & sloppy when tied.
When I started buying these almost 30 years ago, they were made in Europe and were great. In recent years the quality has deteriorated. The first ones made in China weren't too bad but in the past few years they've become worthless. The soles on one pair started to revert from rubber to oil and a couple others had the soles fall off.
Santa Cruz, CA
Had a pair of the steel-toed version when I was in the Navy 20 years ago, working in steam propulsion plants. They were totally comfortable, although a little heavy. Fast forward to now, civilian life: After several pairs, I've gotten tired of how "casual office shoes" (e.g. clark's) wear out -- soles don't have good traction to start with and only get worse, and the uppers stretch and fit poorly in about a year, and they're not resolable -- sooo, I thought I'd try getting away with a pair of these in my office and lab environment. After six weeks, I've been totally happy with this shoe. Just as comfortable as I remember them (and, well, just as heavy, too.) In fact, I've worn them *every* day since I got them. My new balance "weekend shoes" have been collecting dust. They look like they'll wear as well as the ones I had back in shipboard life. Granted, I spend most of my time on a tile floor, but the tread is as good as new. At the sale price (at which they seem to be sold most of the time,) they're >40% less than the Clarks. The tread is not suited to mud. The shoe is well suited to shop/plant/warehouse work. I have NOT been impressed with the shoelaces. The shrink-wrapped tips have NOT held up well at all. I need to either fuse the tips with a match or replace them already. Somebody else in the thread mentioned Redwings. I've never had them, but their pricing starts at nearly FOUR times the price of these, so I think I never will have them. Anyone used to Redwings is slumming it, if they're looking at shoes under $200. Pros: durability, comfort, value Cons: weight, shoelaces Also, don't mail-order these if you haven't tried them on before. Their 9 1/2W is way too small for my 9 1/2 EEE feet. Their 10W is way too big; their 10M fits nicely. YMMV.
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