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Hmmm, these boots are an interesting one! Having worn them for 10 months, and being blessed to live just off the Pennines, I feel I'm in a position to objectively review these boots from the perspective of someone in the North of the UK. I was under no illusions when purchasing that these bad boys wouldn't be waterproof - and props to Woodlore for their transparency in that regard. These really are boots that are crafted (and they are crafted rather than made or produced) with a warm clime in mind. The downside of that is that in a more temperate zone they struggle in terms of practicality - a particularly dew laden field will leave you squelching! With these qualifiers considered, I'd still recommend these boots, and especially if you're planning to use them for the purpose they're designed rather than exposing them to the varied Yorkshire climate! I've knocked a star off for two reasons. Most significantly, the sizing is just atrocious - I normally wear a 9.5, and even the 8.5 is a bit baggy on me, with insoles. The second point is the wear in factor, which I'm sure most potential purchasers would be aware of with any leather boot, but some rough finishing on my example exacerbated the issue - these are not a pair of boots you can buy and go put 20 miles into without breaking them in first, which is worth considering if you are used to man-made materials. I've also seen some signs that these may struggle in terms of longevity- already there are some glue marks evident above seems, but I will reserve judgement on that until they have another few months use! The stitching seems really robust, so I could well be worrying unnecessarily, particularly given that these are in no way a waterproof construction. So, the short version would be: if you're looking for a pair of boots that are going to be robust enough to survive anything in a dry environment then you've found your new footwear. Nb: once broken in these are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn.
Ryan2nd May, 2020