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If you work at a blue-collar job, a good pair of work boots on your feet is as important as a shovel or a wrench in your hand. Long hours on concrete or miles of walking are really punishing on the feet, the ankles and the knees.
You need a boot that has a combination of support, a good insole, light weight and a great sole, and most importantly it has to be tough and built to last for years on the job. That’s why you need Red Wing’s Men's DynaForce® 8-Inch Boot.
About the DynaForce® 8” Boot
Leather: Mahogany Voyageur Leather
Construction: SuperSole® welt
Outsole: Horizon™ DL SuperSole®
Country of origin: Made in USA with imported materials
Care: Leather protector or NaturSeal™
Defined heel: Yes (90 degrees)
Red Wing’s Men's DynaForce® 8-inch boot is designed for mechanics, electricians, carpenters, laborers and anyone else who puts in a lot of time working on hard surfaces. Its design reduces underfoot pressure by spreading the wearer’s weight and dispersing pressure evenly across the wearer’s foot. The built-in insole and SuperSole® welt design ensure long-wearing durability and top-notch stability and support.
The SuperSole® welt uses a traditional construction process. This process has been in use since the 19th century, with the upper and leather insole stitched together with a thin leather welt. The result is a boot that is comfortable on the feet while being durable and sturdy. This type of construction makes it possible to re-sole the shoes over and over for a boot that will hold up under years of use.
The Men's DynaForce® 8-inch Boot is rated for electrical resistance. This rating makes it a great pick for anyone who might ever be exposed to electrical fields at work.
The electrical hazard designation means that these boots have been tested and approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials for good protection against electrocution. It means that the shoe or boot can significantly resist the conductivity of electricity as current flows through the shoe and down to the ground. Obviously, this rules out any boot with a steel shank.
EH-rated shoes or boots are designed with thick insulation at the sole and heel. This insulation inhibits the flow of electricity. It protects the wearer from as much as 600 volts of current in a dry setting. This makes the Men's DynaForce® 8-inch boot an excellent choice for electricians, maintenance men, industrial engineers, linemen and other professions.
The Horizon™ DL SuperSole® of this boot is tough and durable, with excellent protection from heat and excellent resistance to oil and gas, chemicals and abrasion. It’s also slip-resistant for a sure-footed platform that will keep you safe on the job.
Much of the comfort with any boot comes from the insole, and that’s where Red Wing shines. The DynaForce® insole blends stability, support, flexibility, and comfort.
The design has three layers: an optional shock-absorbing footbed, a supportive insole layer and a cushiony midsole that fits between the sole and insole. Together, the DynaForce® system cushions and spreads the weight of even a heavy person. This system pampers and protects your feet for hours on hard surfaces.
The DynaForce® 8” boot is easy to take care of – its tough leather upper needs a little treatment with leather protector or NatureSeal from time to time, to keep it supple and moisturized. Red Wing's unconditional comfort guarantee covers it as well.
If for any reason you’re not happy with the comfort of your boots in the first 30 days after purchase, Red Wing will gladly refund your full purchase price, no questions asked. Red Wing also backs their boots with a one-year warranty if any defects appear as a result of regular use.
Red Wing has been making boots for well over 100 years now. The company got its start in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1905. Red Wing became the primary supplier of combat boots in both WWI and WWII.
Today, along with essential leather work boots, their product line now includes specialized footwear that contains athletic-style work shoes, slip-resistant shoes and mining boots with a metatarsal guard.
They produce hiking boots, chukkas, service oxfords and logger-style boots as well as 6-inch and 8-inch work boots. Red Wing has factories in their Minnesota home base and Potosi, Missouri. They also continue to build on their reputation for high-quality footwear for hard-working people.
Some of the most common workplace injuries result from injuries to the feet. From slipping/tripping to stepping on dangerous objects, most of these accidents do not occur with the right pair of work boots like the Georgia Boot Homeland Waterproof Insulated Work Boot.
However, shopping for work boots is easier said than done considering the vast number of brands and models in the market. Plus, there are also numerous factors to consider when shopping.
Well, if you’re open to recommendations, there’s a pair we have reviewed below that should be worth a look: the Georgia Boot Homeland Waterproof Insulated Work Boot.
Georgia Boot is known for its line of high-performance work boots. Is the Homeland a worthy addition to Georgia Boot’s line? Let’s take a look at some of the key features of Georgia Boot Homeland Work Boot:
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If you are working in a wet, muddy or cold environment, keeping your feet dry is a must. You can do this best with waterproof boots. With that said, the Homeland boasts full-grain waterproof leather which gives the pair long-lasting durability and beauty. Of course, full-grain leather is also extremely resistant to water. The leather provides a certain level of breathability as well for added comfort.
The high-end leather is coupled with 900 Denier Cordura fabric which does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the boot’s ability to repel water. As if that’s not enough, the pair also features the proprietary Georgia Waterproof system which should keep your feet warm and dry.
As mentioned, the full-grain leather gives the Homeland a good deal of durability and longevity. Cordura is also another tough material that adds strength and durability, making it more resistant to abrasions and tears. The boot has synthetic soles which are not as durable as leather but it still holds up under tougher environments.
Many have this misconception that heavy-duty work boots skimp on the comfort department. That is simply not the case with this pair from Georgia Boot. For starters, the Homeland has a TDC (Technology Driven Comfort) polyurethane footbed which provides maximum cushioning and air circulation. The ergonomic arch offers great support and comfort and relieves foot fatigue. Polyurethane is also a lightweight material, so it barely adds to the overall weight.
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The oil-resistant PVC outsole is another standout feature that is not only comfortable but provides stability as well. The outsole is sewn to the upper using direct-attach construction, creating a watertight bond. Another feature that adds to the support to the arch area is the steel shank. The shank is not heavy at all and flexible. The steel shank in the outsole also protects your feet from anything that might puncture the boot.
If you are working in cold environments or want to go hiking, you’ll be pleased to know that the Georgia Boot Homeland Waterproof Insulated Work Boot is also insulated. The boot features 600 grams Thinsulate ultra insulation, so your feet will not get cold. The outsole is also oil and slip resistant, significantly improving traction.
The Georgia Boot Homeland Waterproof Insulated Work Boot is a bit on the heavy side, weighing 4.3 lbs per pair (size 10). However, this is quite understandable considering that this is a waterproof and insulated pair. In addition, there’s not that many safety features offered here. We would have liked more features like a steel toe protection but we imagine that it would only add more weight to the shoe. Sizing can be a bit tricky too. If your feet are slightly wide, be sure that you go for the wide model for a good, comfortable fit.
The Homeland is available at around $120 which is not bad at all considering that you’re looking at a waterproof and insulated model. The excellent waterproof quality and full-grain leather alone are worth the price. It’s a good thing that this is more than just a waterproof boot. There are more expensive boots on the market that offer the same features. The Homeland offers enough in terms of comfort and performance to warrant the price.
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The Georgia Boot Homeland Waterproof Insulated Work Boot looks to be another winner from Georgia. While we won’t recommend it for those who are looking for extensive safety features, this is a good pair to have if you’re working in wet, cold and snowy environments. Its ability to keep water and moisture out is quite impressive. Plus, the insulation has kept our feet warm and dry, even while working outside. Best of all, Homeland is a very comfortable work boot and will likely last you a long time.