Originally Posted by jmaudi0
This may come across as an ignorant post and I apologize if that is the case...I'm just trying to get educated. I am looking to purchase a pair of boots and am very interested in the new Oak Street Trench Boots with the vibram sole. How do the quality of your boots compare to those of Redwing or Wolverine? I know those are both much larger companies with good reputations and it seems like Oak Street is extremely reliable with excellent quality from what I've read. The Trench's are a little more expensive...I'm just trying to make the best purchase in the near future. Whichever boots I end up with will be kept for a very very long time. Thanks!
I would use the boots for casual wear + the occasional visit to job/construction sites (I am a structural engineer).
I own a pair of Wolverine 1000 courtland boots and a pair of Oakstreet capped toe trench boots with Christy soles. Both are awesome boots. The quality on both are excellent.
Oakstreet boots are fewer in number thus probably have better quality control versus Wolverines. If I were to purchase another pair of Wolverine's online I'd use Crane's since they seem to inspect the boots for you prior to shipping to you.
The Oakstreets with Christy soles do give a more cushiony bounce in the step. And the Christy soles are a little more casual looks wise.
Comparing black Oakstreet trench boots with leather soles versus black original Wolverine 1000 mile boots seems to be a more apples to apples comparison. But I have neither.
Depending on where you live, you could probably try on a pair of Wolverine 1000 mile boots at a department store just to see if there foot last suits you. I would say the Elston last from Oakstreet is just as comfy and roomy.