Condur Leather Boots

Author: George Tod

Evaluation



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Condur Boots after 215 Miles



General view of Condur boot

Little wear to sole

Hole made by metal spike allowing water to flood in

Cost

About 75 in 2002

Comfort

Having had several different pairs of boots by now, I had come to the firm conclusion that, no matter what, a comfortable fit was the most important factor in choosing a pair of boots. I tried on a number of different boots at varying prices up to about 100 and did not find any with a good fit until I came to these Condur leather boots. They did not feel quite so robust as some more expensive boots, but they fitted my feet very comfortably and looked like very good value for the price.

From first wearing they did, indeed, prove to be very comfortable and I was pleased that I had chosen them. They didn't feel as if they gave as much support to my feet as the last two pairs of boots, but this is not necessarily a major factor, except when doing a lot of walking over uneven ground. They had a hard footbed, so needed the usual cushioned insoles to make them comfortable on a long distance walk, and I also made some arch supports to fit in them ready for my planned walk of the Southern Upland Way in 2003.

Water Resistance

Much of the walking I did in these boots was in dry weather, so they were not very much put to the test, but their one piece leather construction (unusual for boots of this price) seemed to keep my feet dry. However, just a few weeks before I was about to start the Southern Upland Way, I started walking over wet ground and found to my dismay that one foot was saturated. On investigation, I discovered that a metal spike on which I had stood on my last (dry) walk had made a hole right through the sole of one boot. It had gone through by the inset logo, where the sole was at its weakest, and had made a sizeable gash in the rubber. It may be possible to get it repaired, when I get around to doing so, but I didn't want to risk a repair lasting for the duration of a long distance walk without giving it a suitable period of testing first. In the circumstances, it seemed that the most sensible option was to buy another pair of boots and think about a repair later.

Wear

Having done only a couple of hundred miles in these boots, it was too early to say how long they were liable to last. They were not showing any significant signs of wear at this point and looked as if they should last for a respectable length of time if and when I could repair the hole in the sole.

Good Points

Bad Points

General Assessment

I was very satisfied with the all round performance of these boots. They were comfortable right from the start and I was quite pleased with everything about them. They didn't have the solid feel that some boots give, and I didn't get the impression of really firm support on rough or sloping ground, but this is not necessarily a major factor in assessing the qualities of boots. The comfortable feel of the boots more than made up for any other slight shortcomings.

At first, I blamed the hole in the sole on the fact that the soles were not very thick under the instep, but then I realised that this is true of many boots. In normal circumstances, this part of the sole does not need to be particularly strong. This problem could have occurred to a greater or lesser extent with any other boots I have had, and I do not lay any undue blame on these boots for failing to withstand a sharp metal spike. If I do manage to repair this hole, I will then be able to see if they will last as long as some of the more expensive boots I have recently owned.


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