Let me preface this by saying that I am not typically what you would consider a typical boots wearer. I’m kind of a would-be hobbit. More often than not, you’ll catch me in Adidas slip-on or some sort of skate shoe depending on the occasion, or even more shockingly, Tom’s. (I don’t work for a living. I sit on a computer, bite me.)
However, part of being a grown-ass man is the fact that sometimes you have to own a pair of boots. That is something that I have been lacking. I’ve always been picky about what I wear on my feet, choosing more often than not just not to wear shoes if I can. Boots always have rubbed me the wrong way.
Let me tell you after I had the chance to try on these Ridgemonts; they’re definitely my daily wear now. They’re comfortable without being too restrictive, all while maintaining good ankle support.
They fit me perfectly, and that’s not something I get to say terribly often. Typically I wear a US 11 wide to a 12 depending on the shoe, and the 12 fits me perfectly. They are not too long, which is something I run into constantly.
Here they are on my legs with my four-legged friend Jellyus Maximus (first of his name), who wouldn’t hold still with me for our little photoshoot.
I haven’t had the chance to wear them for a long time. Still, so I’ve been rougher than I probably would usually have. They have wholly held up to every stupid thing I’ve tried to do to them. When I would get the chance, I’d rub them on rocks or brick walls, beat him up against stuff, or aggressively flex the toe box.
I haven’t run them over with my car yet, but I’ll probably do that next. I even tried to do stuff on my skateboard. I’ve destroyed a pair of shoes or two attempting to do ollies and kickflips over and over again. (Author’s note: Not for skateboarding. Too much ankle support, I almost died.)
This is going to sound like an insult, but it really isn’t. This is much more of a compliment. Trust me, if I hadn’t liked the Boots, I would have made fun of these boots ruthlessly. These are like the red-headed bastard stepchild of a boot and a high-top sneaker, and I love them for it. Often when you try to do too many things like this, I feel like you lose the advantages of both. This is one of those rare occasions when the result is greater than the sum of the parts.
Hopefully, I’ll get to report back to you after a few flat tires and a couple of camping trips on my progress a couple of years down the line, but I doubt anything has changed. These are some damn sturdy boots.
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