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Quality isn't what it used to be.
on 15 February 2015
I've owned many, MANY pairs of Caterpillar steel toed boots. Holtons, Sheffields, you name it, I've owned them. Various colours, various iterations of the same boot.
There must have been a point in time where the CAT guys had a meeting about their costs. they probably had two options - keep the quality and raise the price or keep the price and lower the quality. It appears that they chose the second.
Full disclosure - my last pair of steel toed boots were DeWalt - they lasted me for 14 months, and I would probably still be wearing them today if the "heel rub" hadn't gone through to the cardboard support. Anything over a year is great in my book.
Anyway, I bought a pair of these CATs in December. It's now February, and I've had to complain to Amazon about a fault. The strip of leather which secures the upper eyelets to the upper of the boot itself had come away completely (see photo). Amazon returns have been great as usual and I got a replacement the next day.
Look, these aren't as good as they used to be. They're more expensive than the comparable DeWalts but aren't as good quality-wise. Vote with your wallet and try the alternatives out there, I hear there are Dickies boots which go for around £25 and are highly rated, maybe next time I'll try those.