Pros: Great leather, well built, solid, great sole, they look AMAZING!!!.....
Cons: They take a VERY LONG TIME TO BREAK!!.... expect PAIN! for weeks.
Ive had this boots for 5 years now, and they are still in great shape and look even greater.
Back in 2011 i wanted a new pair of Martens , but i didnt want the 6" 1460s everybody has, so i researched a little bit and found this 9" steel toe boots (1919).... i immediately fell in love with them.
I was going to buy them via Amazon (i had to as i live overseas and they only put a local Martens store here 3 years ago), but i was lucky enough to get them in my size in a random store that had imported some pairs of Martens.
I had to pay much more than they cost for them but i decided it was worth it for not having to wait 20 days for their arrival.
Well.... they were Martens, so you may all know what it feels like to unbox them.... Beautiful stiff black leather, The distinctive Martens sole, the distinctive yellow stitch on the sole, great solid build..... GORGEOUS BOOTS.
I tested them at the store and .... well.... they felt a little stiff, some pressure points here and there, but overall not bad, so i Took them home with me. I was sooo excited!.
OK..... over the next 15 days, i felt horrible PAIN in my feet!!.... They bled like hell!.... those little friction points here and there became unbearable.... the boots became two torture chambers.
Fortunately the pain lasted no more than 15 days, and now they are some of my favorite boots, they look AMAZING and they became very comftable (like what ussualy happens with Martens).
The pain i felt never involved friction from the steel toe and it doesnt even feel like is there.
Im very happy i got them, but i dont know if i will buy another pair of hard leather Martens.... i discovered recently there are SOFT leather Martens that need close to no breaking time.... if i buy another pair, i will buy those.
Overall, i have to say that this are Extremely painfull boots to break, but.... ITS TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Get them if you dont mind breaking them.
Four and a half stars to this sadistic beauties.lol.