Originally Posted by Guus
Blundstone 550 or Rossi 900. Heard that Blundstones quality have been rather poor these past two years. Whats the truth?
I can't comment on the Rossi,s but I have a pair of Blundstone 500s made in Australia, a decade old, and I've resoled them once. THe leather is still pretty much good as new - really thick; the gore is a little stretched out but serviceable.
But newer Blundstones are made in Indonesia, I think, and maybe the quality is down a little. I've handled some new ones in stores and can't really tell the difference. Perhaps the leather, gore or stitching is a little less robust.
Rossi leather is 2.2-2.4 mm; Blundstone says theirs is 2.5. I've heard 2.7 mm in the past.
I prefer the profile of the Blundstone sole, but the Rossis look a little more comfortable. What I would say is go with the one that fits you better, if you can try them both on.
As for resoling, you will hear you can't resole Blundstones, but there's an outfit in Idaho or Montana that does so, with a Vibram replacement and recondition leather, for about $65.