NeeBee Fabric Boot

Author: George Tod

Evaluation



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Please note that Neebee have now gone out of business so their boots are no longer available

NeeBee Boots after 850 Miles



General view of NeeBee boot

Badly worn sole


Stitching torn apart on both boots, also cracking at flexing point

Cost

Approximately 60 in 1997 (reduced from about 70)

Comfort

These boots gave a good level of comfort from the outset, although not quite as comfortable as the Line 7 boots. They had a more chunky tread, which gave a better feeling of security in mud than did the Line 7 boots.

The comfort, as with the Line 7 boots, deteriorated after about 400 miles when the footbed disintegrated into a soggy mess leaving only the honeycomb construction underneath to support the foot. This was, no doubt, caused by using the boots for too long in a damp condition without thoroughly drying them out between walks. However, it was only cured by slitting open the Gore-Tex lining and inserting some homemade footbeds as replacements. The boots were never quite the same again, although this did manage to extend their life.

Water Resistance

As with the Line 7 boots, these boots gave the impression of being quite watertight at first, although not quite as good as the Line 7 boots. Again, this was mainly due to the Gore-Tex lining keeping wet from the feet rather than the boots themselves keeping out water. In very wet conditions the boots tended to fill up with water in the hollows between sole and footbed and then took a very long time to dry out. This is one of the reasons for the footbed problems mentioned above. After repairs had been carried out, the level of water resistance was worse, as the Gore-Tex lining was no longer completely intact.

Wear

The soles were well worn in parts after only 850 miles, which was not so good as other boots, particularly the leather ones. The stitching near the heel of both boots came adrift mainly because of the tendency for it to catch against the other boot or other objects whilst walking. The best boot designs do not have sewn joints at their widest points but further round, where the boot is narrower and there is less chance of them catching on things. There was also some cracking where the boot flexes most, as tends to occur with most boots. However, this was only superficial as the fabric was still intact.

Good Points

Bad Points

General Assessment

Quite good boots that gave me a reasonable amount of comfortable walking. The footbed problems were a nuisance and could well result in some people throwing the boots away. I managed to affect repairs which extended their life, but I needed an extra insole after the repairs, which made the boots rather tight and less comfortable. Although the boots were not completely worn out after 850 miles, they would not give a lot more useful service, so have not lived up to my thousand mile expectations.


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