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Reviewing the Jack Boot - 28,000 Steps of Wear and Tear

Hey guys! We get a lot of questions about how the Jack boot stands up to the elements so we've really put it to the test. On our recent factory visit to Spain, I (Kory) wore the above sample pair of the Jack Boot exclusively. And when I say I wore them, I mean it. These shots were taken after the boot endured over 13 miles of walking, 28,000 steps, and getting caught in two rainstorms. I purposely wore these boots in strenuous circumstances, without caution, while I was gone so I could really see how they'd hold up. Typically I'm very cautious with my shoes, but I wore these boots really hard for testing purposes. I took some immediate pictures, fresh home from the trip, so you can see how they held up. The shoes are unpolished and totally untouched - I just took them off and took the shots. I also took a few additional shots at the end, showing what they looked like after about four minutes of TLC (a little polish and leather care). 
Here's the nitty gritty, these shoes endured:
  • Over 13 miles walked (over 28,000 steps)
  • Traveling through three countries
  • Getting stuck in two rainstorms
The boots got absolutely soaked twice..unexpected rainstorms when we were out shooting. The wool and leather got completely soaked. The wool is water repellant so my feet were totally warm and dry through the whole thing. 
The wool upper looks a little bit wrinkled because I tie my laces back behind the shoe (as pictured below) and because I wore them really, really hard. I can't stress that enough. The wrinkled look is more obvious when they're not being worn but it almost totally goes away when the boots are being worn. hurt :)
I walk on the outside of my foot so the outer heel of my shoes typically wears down first. The soles show very minimal wear, which I am really happy about...nothing worse than a worn-out sole. 
So you can see the boots (unpolished) above as well as some of my tools for quick touch-ups on my shoes. For the Jack Boot, I applied just a little bit of brown polish to the leather toe and heel, and then topped it off with some Leather Lube just to restore any blemishes. 
Look brand new still. 
The wrinkles in the wool upper are much more obvious right after removing the shoe, the wool actually holds it's shape really beautifully.  
After being drenched in water, the leather still looks really great. Poor quality leather would be cracked after drying out but the leather held up really well, just like we knew it would. 
If you have any additional questions, please comment below. I designed and produced this boot because it was something that I wanted to exist. Now that it does, I am so impressed with the quality, craftsmanship, and comfort. Thanks to all 450 of you that have pre-ordered this boot... literally couldn't do all of this without you. 


May 22, 2017

Begging for size 14 in your boots jack any two tone

Mike George
May 21, 2017

They look fantastic, but I am also concerned more and more with insole support and comfortability. I’d like to hear input or an e-mail from the Taft team about the insole/cushion.

Apr 26, 2017

Why did you change the outsole of The Jack? Do the new outsoles hold up the same?

Feb 07, 2017

13 miles isn’t much. I’d like to see them after you’ve put 130 miles on them. Every time I decide to order one of your shoes or boots, you are out of my size 13.

Feb 06, 2017

Will you ever make shoes for women? In particular the boots?

Jan 28, 2017

Where can I order these from.

Jan 14, 2017

Ordered the Jack boot in Oxblood for my boyfriend for Christmas. The quality is amazing and only waited a week for them to arrive. Plan on ordering more!
Would definitely recommend.

Dec 28, 2016

Oh no! You don’t have this color combination anymore :( I do advise to produce it (again) as this green is THE color at the moment.

Martijn van Leeuwen
Aug 09, 2016
Show some styles of your Taft Shoes.
Kevin Anderson
Jul 21, 2016

Bring back this color combo! Please!


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