Pros: Quality Materials, Durable, No Slip
Cons: Uncomfortable, Painful to wear extended periods, Heavy
When I'm working twelve hour shifts, I want to have something comfortable on my feet. Due to having the bad luck of having flat feet and bad knees, proper footwear is essential for more than one reason. Since this past winter I've been wearing the Converse Stealth Swat 6" Side Zip Boots. They were ordered for me through the agency I work for, and after having a bad experience with one of Gall's house boots, I decided to go with the Converse ones due to my previous obsession with Chuck Taylor's. That's a joke, but if I could get away with wearing those on the job, I would be quite happy. Actually, since the winter went away, I've often switched to black athletic shoes, due to one major issue.
These boots are heavy. Its like getting a work out during long walks, that I don't want to get, especially if there's not enough coffee flowing through my veins. They aren't comfortable, as my poor toes are always sore, and the bottoms of my feet can be in excrutiating pain. While they aren't the worst that I've worn, they come pretty darn close. I do appreciate the ankle support, but the interior soles are rock hard, and can irritate my knees if I'm on foot for good portions of a shift. Even the tongue can protrude in the front of my legs, and the tops of the boots rub right against my shins.
Yet I do appreciate the support on my bad ankles. That's important, and I also think these are the best boots for snow and inclement weather. They keep your "tootsies dry," and I have yet to fall on ice or snow with these on. That's quite a feat, because every winter I've landed on my "bootie" a few times. The materials are of high quality, and I do like that you don't have to shine these all that often. A shine every other week makes them look brand new, and even with climbing fences and buildings, they've taken a lot of abuse without being torn apart. In fact, the only minor scrapes are in the front part, which is easily covered with black polish.
The zippers on these are actually useful. If you are too lazy, like I am after twelve hours, I'd like being able to plop these off without dealing with laces. That's a time saver, and even the laces on here are easy to tie and untie. A lot of "work/duty boots" have really crummy shoe laces. I have yet to replace the originals, and considering I've am rather rough on equipment, that's a major accomplishment that the folks at Converse can be proud of. The grips/tread on the bottom of the boots are in above average condition, and sometimes other boots and shoes have shown uneven wear. These have not, and that's another proof of the high quality used here.
I only wish that these were more comfortable. My boss hasn't caught me in my car with them off, but its only a matter of time. When ordering time is up soon, I'm going to get a different pair, perhaps a pair of boots based more on shoes. These boots are just so bulky, and while they are quiet for tactical situations, I don't like the pain becoming a distraction while my attention is needed. If you don't have bad feet, these might be fine for you, other than the weight. The quality is unquestionable, but they won't be confused with Chuck Taylors. Now that, would be a pair of shoes I'd love to wear everyday.