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after 15 years of wearing Mongrel boots these will be my last pair. I kept buying them for comfort, hiking and work. Zip sides gave me blisters. Non safety gave me blisters. I still have an old pair of non safety for hiking. No problems. The new ones are still solid boots, I just can't wear them for long.
Comfortable boots and great warranty service!
I purchased my Mongrel boots 4 months ago and can vouch for there comfort straight out of the box. Best boots I have owned for my type of work. Recently one of the eyelets came loose and Mongrel backed up their Warranty in full. I would reccomend to anyone in the market for new set of work boots/
Worst boots ever! the boots faded completely different colours after a few months. I'll never purchase Mongrel Boots
It was easy enough to get hold of Customer service, but for them to retun calls is woeful at best
The best work boots I've ever worn.
I have worn Mongrel work boots for the last 10 years and love them. I have been wearing work boots daily for about 40 years and Mongrels are definitely the most comfortable I have ever worn. Recently I inadvertently bought a new pair online (not from Mongrels) which turned out to be 10 years old and the sole disintegrated. Mongrels resoled them to good as new for $40. Great boots, good service and friendly helpful staff.
Comfortable but short lived
I'm a tradie who wears these boots 5-6 days a week there very comfortable but are short lived for the price. Each set splits on the outer ankle every time within a Year, I have had 5 set's over the last 5
to 6 years.
Latest set I purchased, the newest style steel cap safety boot split it's stiching in the same spot within 2 months queried purchase store about warranty and sent photos and was told to return product before further action could be taken, Their my compulsory safety boots carnt just send them back without purchasing another set.
Comfortable work boots
Well made, good sizing and comfortable. Plenty of room for a thick sock without them feeling baggy. They feel supportive in the ankle area. I bought the high leg size zip style for motorcycle riding and will probably buy another pair but without the steel cap.
Best Aussie Boots Bought
These are my second pair of Mongrels. I wear these boots all day and most of the evening.
I'm unable to walk without them due to a fused ankle from a motorcycle crash,
I also are able to wear my orthotic insole
They are very comfortable and give great support considering I wear these boots for a minimum of 14 hours every day.
You cannot put a price on the comfort of these work boots.
Well done guys,
Keep up the good work Australia.
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Best boots straight out of the box
Best boots I’ve had straight out of the box no need to wear in; no sore feet. The comfort is unreal and they are Australian made. Keep it up don’t change anything
Best work footwear I have ever worn
I recently purchased a pair of Mongrel zip sided work boots and they are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. I had been having a few back issues for about three months and within a few days of wearing the new boots I noticed significant improvement. I have been so impressed by the boots I went back last week and bought a pair of their Derby shoes for casual wear. They are every bit as comfortable as the work boots, so I am a very happy customer.
I purchased a pair of 3/4 length zip side boots absolutely love them comfortable as, but I have an issue with waterproofing, I’ve sprayed them with scotch guard several coats as I do to all my new boots but to my dismay in any wet conditions I found them to be honestly rubbish just in wet grass.
I then waterproofed them with a wax coating witch made them look like crap helped a little with water and wet conditions then next adventure wet grass light rain boots are rubbish wet socks water slushing in my boots terrible experience.
Conclusion is boots are comfy for dry conditions only any moisture or water around the boots are rubbish this may persuade me to look at another brand of boots in the future unfortunately 4 out o 10 for me.
Mongrel Zipsiders NOT Up To Scratch
The bad news is, my last two pairs of Zipsiders have failed far too early than would be reasonably expected from a not inexpensive pair of Australian made work boots. In fact, my very cheap Chinese boots from Kmart/Big W that cost a fifth of the price have lasted better!!!
One pair of Mongrels had a broken zip and the latest pair (scuff cap model) the leather has literally come apart from the soul after what I would consider moderate use over only 6 months. I’ve been wearing boots for over 30 years (including Blundstone, Rossi, Blue Steel, Oli...vers and numerous cheap Chinese boots from Kmart, Big W etc) and these are now the bottom of the pile for toughness and reliability. Even worse than Blunstones which are junk quality IME. I have contacted Mongrels in each case asking them how can I remain loyal to this “Australian made” brand when their boots just don’t last and I can buy $30 boots that can, and have lasted much better? Mongrel’s response was consistent: NOTHING! Zero response. They seem to be only too willing to respond to positive reviews here but not so much the critical ones. Between my partner and I, we’ve bought 6 pairs of Mongrel Zipsiders. NO MORE! Had enough of paying too much for substandard boots.
Mongral boots are dangerous. If you want to hurt or kill your partner this is the way to go. Buy them these boots.
Brought my partner a Christmas gift. A pair of mongral boots. As is working out. It could be his last Christmas. These boots are dangerous. He has fallen twice. Once on wet grass. Once on metal grids. The soles are slippery, no grip. Took them back to safety shop. No luck there. Was told rubber hard to get now. Oh she was going to tell rep , if and when he came back. Tough. Contacted company twice. No response. Took them to boot repair man who, couldn't do anything to soles to help. Nothing could be done.
Safety Hazard Rubbish Sole
I would caution anyone AGAINST buying these boots. I have a pair of safety steel caps and the sole is rubbish! Great if you want to slip and slide on any bit of wet or even damp ground but if you work in any job site that involves even a small puddle on the ground, you might want to look elsewhere. Had a bad fall on tiled roof wearing these stupid things. Should’ve worn one with Vibram soles - even my hiking boots have better grip!
Update: So since posting my original review the boots are now comfortable, unfortunately i had nearly a 2 week wear in period. Those 2 weeks were the most uncomfortable experience I've ever had with foot wear. On the plus side i no longer have sore feet that my previous boots were giving me, just a shame that i had such a long wear in period. What's written below is my old review, which i will leave there.
I'm unsure as to why, but these are possibly the most uncomfortable boots I've worn. I bought the Mongrel Wheat High Leg Zipsider Boot exp...ecting great things, as they are often praised online and even by people i work with. Maybe it's the model of boot, I'm not sure and as far as i can tell there is nothing irregular about my feet and I'm only 84kg so I'm not overweight, I've also had these for a week now so if there was a wear in period it should be over by now as i work 8 hours a day. Another that annoyed me was the extra padding for the arch of my foot, it was very uncomfortable to begin with. I woke up this morning and my feet have never been more sore. I'm clueless as to why these are so uncomfortable and I'm quite disappointed as these are my first expensive pair of boots, as i used to buy slip on Blundstones and Rossi's for around $50 less.
Terribly uncomfortable boots
I purchased a pair of Mongrel Riding Boots and what a mistake it was. After much research (and not willing to spend so much on RM's) decided to go with Mongrel since they are Australian made and relatively affordable. I thought initially they needed wearing in so bit the bullet and persevered through the pain however they havent got any better. Many blisters later I am at the point where I cannot spend a day or even half a day in them - they sit idly in my shoe rack. After contacting Mongrel and asking them for a refund since they arent fit for...the purpose I bought them for - they said they cant since it appears to be a fitting issue. The shoes are my size - its just the terrible build on them. So, I asked to have them inspected for faults and they said to return them to the store I got them from - when I said it was too far and asked if I could send them in I got nothing back from them. To be honest I should have seen the warning flags. Before I purchased the shoes, i asked their customer support where I can find the riding boots as not all the retailers stocking Mongrel had them - they said to check their stockists locator on their website. Thats really helpful, I asked so that I could be informed of who Mongrel sell their riding boots! So, needless to say had to do the running around myself. Anyway, disappointed on all fronts with this company and I simply want a refund which doesnt look like its going to happen.
Questions & Answers
Hi I’ve recently purchase another pair of boots and I’m having trouble with a zipper in them is there any quick fix to repair it it gets stuck halfway down
Hi Jill, thanks for getting in touch. Our boots are covered by our 6 month manufacturers warranty. Can you please email me at email@example.com so i can assist you with this issue? Thanks, Phil.
I have a size 11 sneaker and was wondering what boot size to was planning to get the sp side zip boots what size should I get?
Hi Parker, thanks for getting in touch. If your sneakers are size US11, that equates to a size 10 in Mongrel. Cheers, Phil.
Are these boots suitable for orthotics? I was told by the podiatrist that with cheaper shoes the inner structure degrades quickly which reduces the usefulness of orthotics but these boots are not all that cheap.
No, they're too hard on the feet, so they wouldn't be the best
Hi Dg, thanks for your question. Yes, it’s quite common for people to use orthotics inside our boots. You’ll just have to remove the footbed from the boot prior to placing the orthotic inside. It’s also quite common for podiatrists to recommend Mongrels to their customers due to the soft and supportive nature of the TPU/PU soles we use, they’re not hard at all. Cheers, Phil.
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