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My boots are great
I have been buying redback boots (crazy horse) for about 20 years, and wear them pretty much every day doing everything except for weddings and funerals. I get two years out of a pair, and have never had bad experience. I wonder if the disintegrating soles issue is a feature of old stock - I have seen this happen with other PU soled shoes, but it took 15 years. Pity that Redback is silent on this - not a good look for a local supplier.
These boots are rubbish
These boots are rubbish. See the pics below. This was after three days wear in a paddock. You cannot rely on them at all.
3 Pairs and they've all fell to bits.
First pair, older style sole, don't know what type of redbacks they were - elastic sided reddish brown with steel toe-caps, 10 1/2. Purchased at AgFest, Tasmania. Comfortable and wore well, got the dubbin all over them when newly bought. One Friday at work the entire center of the right heel just fell out, a lump nearly as big as a golf ball. I had to fill it with windscreen urethane to get me through until the next Monday.
Then I bought some Blundstones instead.
Then Blundstone went overseas, first to New Zealand, then India, so next pair, I b...
Redback Alpine (UACH) - Comfy bush boot
Worn for approx 300hrs so far, felt better around 50hrs, took around 120hrs to break in fully.
These are great over rocks and when your feet are subjected to shock loads like stomping on a split rim wheel during reassembly. Soles are very soft and comfortable for hours at a time, I wear mine for around 12hrs a day most days. However it doesn't feel like there is a shank in the sole so they are not great for shovel work.
The leather was so rough on my feet while breaking in; I eventually had to gaff tape my heels daily to stop blisters. They ...have now conformed to my feet really well. Redback sizing is odd: size 8 in redback = size 9 in blundstone/rossi. All up: great shoe to wear for extended periods, they just need breaking in. Edit: had an eyelet rip out in the first 3 months. Contacted my ebay seller they issued the refund once I sent the boots back. So I bought them again.
Comfortable but Wear out quickly
I’ve had two pairs of redback boots, one steel cap and one without. Both are comfortable and easy to wear all day although I did find the steel cap rubbed a a bit. They look nice and begin a bit “tight” but soften the more you wear them as is to be expected. The biggest flaw I found is that they wear out too quickly. Within 2 months of wearing them 5 days a week the stitching had pulled apart from taking them on and off. I would recommend these boots to anyone looking for a nice comfortable pair of boots however would not recommend these to anyone requiring them for their day to day work such as construction.
Won’t last if you don’t wear them
Do your homework people. Most leather boots the days have Polyurethane (PU) in the soles. Absorbs shock and increases comfort. Problem with PU is hydrolysis can occur if you dont wear them regularly. Storing your boots for extended periods of time accelerates the process. The majority of reviews here state the soles fell apart when the boots had barely been worn. This is exactly what speeds up the problem. If you’re going to wear them regularly, they should last longer. The issue is addressed on the Redback FAQ and there’s a ton of literature o...nline about hydrolysis from multiple boot manufacturers and wearers. The problem affects pretty well every brand of work boot on the market. Don’t leave them in a dark cupboard for extended periods of time. You will kill them prematurely if you do.
Most comfortable work boot I've had however...
Purchased these work boots, the most comfortable I've ever worn... However, I wear them for an hour in the morning max and to mow the lawn. These didn't even last one winter before a little hole appeared in the sole (picture of said hole now 7 months after).
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement my extremely uncomfortable Kmart ones that I paid $34 lasted forever, these didn't even last a year and not even being worn for a long period of time.
Great boots that last
My pair have been very comfortable and I use them in an environement (agrochemicals) that has seen other brands (T-Boots, Blundstone, Rossi) only last 12 months. Had these for 3+ years and they show look nearly as good as the day I bought them. I bought mine from a reputable agricultural supplies retailer - and I'll be going back for new ones when this pair eventually wears out.
Is Redback dead?
Is Redback dead? Has it been sprayed with a can of Mortein filled with the bitter tears of customers Redback has failed?
Look at all the boots that have fallen apart, and those are just the ones people have taken the time to leave a review about here and on Facebook. Tip of the iceberg. Inform the Titanic, ready the lifeboats.
Two big, glossy websites and not a customer service rep in sight.
Take a look at these comments and questions below, not a single answer from Redback.
Look at the people who have emailed Redback and not received ...
I'm very disappointed. My relatively new Everest boots fit so well and the top is in very good condition, but the soles have just disintegrated. Seems a waste of good leather to throw them away, but that's what I will have to do now,
Most comfortable boot I’ve ever worn.
I love these boots so much I went back and bought a second pair. One for work and one for everyday wear. They are a well made boot and super comfortable and supportive.
Another pair of Redback boots falling apart!
Another pair of Redback boots falling apart! Below is the message I submitted about 2 weeks ago to Redback on their website's Contact page:
"I've had this pair of Redback Alpine boots for a few years and used them very sparingly, maybe once every couple of years on easy, short hikes. The soles show very little wear and the boots spend most of their time stored indoors in a cardboard box. Today I wore them on an easy 3km suburban walk, and halfway they literally fell apart; the sole coming off both boots and crumbling! I generally like your boo...ts (I've owned several pairs of Bobcats) and I guess this is an isolated case. I would appreciate your feedback." Unfortunately, no response to the above message was received so far. This product is substandard (see attached photos), and their after-service is non-existant!
Redback Everest Hiking Boot
Purchased June 2019 from The Boot Warehouse on eBay. Without a doubt the best hiking boot I’ve owned. I’ve tried other well known and much more expensive brands of hiking boots in the past. These you beaut Aussie leather Redback Boots leave them for dead! Super durable, grippy, comfy, waterproof (just make sure to apply Dubin around seems). So far hiked several day hikes in Tassie and over 100km of the Great North Walk. No blisters or rubbing (also wear sock liner + hiking sock to prevent rubbing). The boots also come in half sizes which is al...so a bonus for wider feet. Only modification I did was replace inner sole with ‘Superfeet Trailblazer’ inner soles as I have high arches and need the extra support. Keep them polished and I’m sure they’ll give me many more miles.
Comfortable and stopped foot pain
Brought alpine and Kingaroy for myself, dad got a pair of the Cobar ones.
I like redback stopped issues I was having because I stand all day, no foot pain or any associated issues with standing.
I like they are made in Australia very important fact for me.
The redback’s the government gave me were pretty good with the amount of abuse given and pretty much is the reason I buy them out here... strongly recommend these boots they hold up well and comfortably do hundreds of kms without falling to pieces.
Look shoes are a personal choice out fee...t and biomechanics differ obviously, this is my experience with redback but I have hip and knee problems which do not flare up wearing these boots...but you may have a different experience. Also any footwear should be worn regularly and not stored in a box if you aren’t going to wear them why buy a pair? Soles will degrade in a box for long periods. One issue you can get some stitching that needs to be dressed, you all know how to deal with that.
Do not leave in storage wear every day
You must wear these boots every day, I have for the past 4 years and the soles are fine. I did 25 years in the military, believe me this review is accurate. You have to actually use these boots regularly. Storage kills them.
Questions & Answers
I have a pair of not so old redback boots and the heal on the left boot has disintegrated ,the boot are like new .In ever had this problem before .
I tried contacting you from your website's contact page about 4 weeks ago without getting a response, and then wrote a review here on productreview.com.au about 2 weeks ago, see above. I would appreciate some acknowledgement of the problem, perhaps with an explanation. Is prolonged storage in dark places the problem? How about including an instruction with the boots on how to use them to minimize this problem?
Hi Andrew, I kept my boots stored under the bed in the dark. I did buy another pair because they are a great fit for my wide feet, relatively good value for money and am wearing them daily for my long walks in Covid times. They are great support walking on the beach. So far no problems so as they say on this forum frequent use is the key.
Hi Redback. Has the disintegrating sole issue been resolved?
I never had that problem with the sole despite it being used in water areas. My pair are 2015,
I have a detailed post here that explain why they fall apart and can I clear that many boots are made the same not just Redback, look at Blundstone for example.
So basically you can prevent it very easily: wear them, don’t store in dark places for ages, this is going to be my 5th pair I love them and the 4th pair did fall apart because I hardly wore them being sick for many months.
You can buy other boots with different sole, they will be hard and Tuff and more suitable for worksite. Redback sole are beautiful and soft, it is the only shoe/boot I wear. Once worn out I just go and get another pair. Take care Matty.
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