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We used to be Blundstone fans, but they're no longer our choice.

Over the past year the soles on three pairs of our Blundstone boots fell to pieces. We’ve since heard that Redbacks and Oliver boots have the same problem.

Having to throw away boots with perfectly good ‘uppers’ because the sole material peeled and chunked off in sticky black lumps that stained our carpet was difficult to do – and expensive.

Boots that we thought would last many years had to be replaced with new ones, so we’re around $900 out of pocket. Not happy, Jan.

Over the past 30 years we’ve been faithful Blundstone customers, finding these Tasmanian-made boots durable and more comfortable than any others we tested.

Our comfort test involves wearing boots without socks and not getting blistered feet. ‘Blundies’ were the only boots that could pass this test, we found. They were also water-resistant when we walked them through shallow creek crossings.

(One of our valued OTA Supporters has told us that he conditioned his army boots in Vietnam by filling them with boiling water before wearing them, to
soften the leather.)

In 2007 Blundstone went for offshore manufacture, but we stayed with the brand out of habit. That habit has cost us dearly.

Since our boot soles fell to bits we’ve heard that this has been a problem since 2010 and Blundstone reckons it has fixed the issue. We’ve heard from several Outback Travel Australia readers that Redback and Oliver boots have had the same problem.

Apparently, if moulded-sole boots aren’t exposed to UV light (sunlight) regularly, the soles deteriorate, so leaving them in the cupboard over the warmer months is a no-no. Our next investment in boots will be with a stitched-sole type that has a leather sole, faced with glued-on or stitched-on rubber cleated second sole.

With that design there’s always something to rely on if the rubber deteriorates.





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