How do you tell Toolmongers from average folk? Look at their feet! Flip-flops are for the pool (or community shower) and sneakers are perfect for walkin’ the swap meet. But around the shop, boots rule the roost. We’re a fussy lot when it comes to footwear, and we know that no single pair works for everyone. But when we recently got our hands on a few pairs of Wolverine Raider 8” work boots, we jumped at the chance to wear ’em around the shop to see what would happen. Hint: they’re very comfortable and durable as hell.
Before donning a new pair of boots, we first see how much grunt it takes to crunch the toe up. The harder it is to bend the boot in the middle, the harder it’ll be to break in the boot and the more punishment you’ll take over the course of the day. The Raiders felt stiff, but very flexible — a good sign.
Wolverine claims the Raiders’ flexibility comes from an improved contour welt — a strip of material stitched between the boots’ sole and upper that keeps both parts flexing correctly as you walk. If this band is too stiff, so are you after a hard day’s work.
The Raiders also feature free-floating rubber pads on the sole, dubbed MultiShox. These pads provide slip resistance (even on oily surfaces), but also flex individually to give the wearer a sturdy grip on slightly uneven surfaces. Combined with a removable padded insole, the MultiShox also give the boots cushioning for additional comfort.
All this is wrapped in an attractive, durable leather upper. These are great-looking boots.
Read on to page two for our in-use experiences.