For the last couple of years I’ve worn minimalist shoes almost exclusively; I love the feel of the ground under my feet. But between the difficulty of finding a pair that could pass at work, needing boots to wear on base when I ride my bike, and the winter cold coming, I decided to look into new boots. With any sort of gear I try to make sure I’m going to get what suits my purposes best, not just what’s new and exciting. So last fall I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of Rocky C4T boots. I had hemmed and hawed over several different brands, ultimately I settled on the C4Ts simply because I was able to try on a pair locally. Since they showed up, I’ve worn almost nothing else.
“Since they showed up, I’ve worn almost nothing else.”
Rocky C4T Review
First things first, these boots are extremely light weight. My time in the military was spent on the flight line wearing steel toed boots, so you can imagine what kind of change this is for me. Seriously, I’ve had running shoes that weighed more. Speaking of running, I haven’t done a lot of it in these boots, but the little I have done was no problem at all. I don’t feel like I have clunky boots on at all; I’m sure footed and confident that I’m not about to do irreparable harm to my feet and legs.
I’ve done quite a bit of walking in them. I can have a football field’s distance or more to my office in the mornings, and walk my dogs 3 times a day minimum so even on normal days I put some distance on them. That’s not to mention any strolling around town I’ve done. The tread has held up admirably and now that I think about it I’ve never been dying to get them off at the end of the day. I’ve also not had any traction issues (though I’m mostly in an urban environment). They required no break in, and are as comfortable today as they were the day they came out of the box.
The only thing to be aware of is that they run a bit small by most accounts, so I’d order a half size bigger than normal. Other than that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.