Best Blundstone Boots Reviewed & Rated
If you are not aware, the company of Blundstone originated and has stayed in Tasmania, Australia since 1870 but has been steadily growing in popularity around the world. Blundstone has a variety of features for each different pair of their boots for men, women and children alike. It has always been extremely important to their company to provide comfort and style along with their numerous safety features. Blundstone has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Associated (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for products beneficial to foot health.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 106 hrs of research
- Leather lined
- Slip resistant
- Super 550
- 510 Icons
- 1357 Combat
- Super 1316
- 172 Work Series
- 881 Smelter
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Super 550
- Leather lined
- Slip resistant
- High arches incompatible
The most popular pair and most loved of Blundstones are their Supers, commonly referred to as 550. The company took their original design (the 500) and amped them up to the max. Better fit, comfort and all-around quality than the Originals. They even provide more protection, which seems impossible since they are well-known for making amazingly protective footwear.Read more
Who doesn't love the soft, supple feeling of leather? The way it flexes and creases with every movement. Not only is the outside a beautiful walnut leather, the inside of the supers are lined in the highest quality leather around. So not only do they have the basic comfort of "blunders" (as Australians call them) they also have the added bonus of smooth leather.
Extra Foot beds
It's a bummer to receive a pair of shoes you've been waiting forever (so it seems) for to only find out you need inserts because otherwise, they would be uncomfortable for you. Let's face it, not everyone has the same foot shape and can't all enjoy a pair of shoes based on a certain anatomical design. That's why you get an extra set of insertable footbeds for your boots to customize your comfort. The ones already in the boots are removable as well if you need a flat sole.
Cost and Value
Considering the extra leather and new improved features compared to the originals they are based on it should come as no surprise that the 550's are at the top of the price bar. It's totally acceptable to feel a little like you're spending too much, but remember that your blundies will last 4 to 5 years compared to other leather boots. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
2. 510 Icons
- Slip resistant
- Inconsistent sizing
When it comes to Blundstone leather boots you will notice they have all sorts of different kinds and their 510's are derived from the original design of Blundstones. They are definitely a more casual, everyday kind of pair. Technically all of their boots are "slip-on" but these are more so, they easily slide onto your feet with little to no effort.Read more
Even though they are a "casual" leather boot the "Icons" as their website named them to have quite a bit of versatility. You can purchase them in a few different color schemes but the classic black really does go with any occasion. A family BBQ or game night at a friends place you can't go wrong with this modern slip-on.
It seems safe to assume you looked at the photos before going back and reading these tidbit reviews, so you should have noticed that Blundstones are known for their elastic sidings. Although this specific style is similar to others they do seem to give a little more stretch to provide that ease of pulling them on quickly and not having to spend a few minutes trying to get your foot inside.
Cost and Value
Definitely a little bit on the higher end of the price bar the comfort and durability provided by the 510's make it rightfully so. Also being the trademark waterproof and classically stylish really makes them take the cake in the Best Blundstone category.
3. 1357 Combat
Lace Up Vamp
May Require Break In
This boot keeps on trend with 2018, sporting a military combat boot style, with premium leather uppers and sultry hue. Similar to others in the brand, it packs the 1357 Combat full of supportive cushioning and support, perfect for all day wear and tear. Stylish and functional, the 1357 Combat is a great option to add to your collection of footwear for fall fashion, or for work.Read more
Hot trends for 2018 fall footwear include ankle to mid calf military or combat style boots, which the Blundstone 1357 Combat definitely delivers. The uppers have been constructed from 100% leather, rich and luxe in appeal, and functionally durable and rugged. Lace up vamp hits ankle length, giving stability and support around the ankle, and an adjustable fit for your specific tastes. Fashionable and functional, it’s perfect for your fall attire, and will last season after season.
Stability and Cushion
Inside the Blundstone 1357 Combat lies a steel shank for extra support and stability, that is certain to last for the long haul. A removable footbed is anatomically shaped for superior fit and cushion, but can easily be taken out if you require orthotics. TPU outsole will keep you striding in confidence, with its durability and traction for any kind of surface. Poron XRD shock protection can be found in the heel, helping to absorb shock and eliminate foot fatigue.
Cost and Value
For a quality constructed boot, the Blundstone 1357 Combat is averagely priced, similar to many other of the brands models and styles. This one sets you apart with its military styling, giving it a bit of urban appeal with a clean lace up vamp, rich luxe leather look, and sturdy sole. Great for anyone in search of a boot for this fall, it maintains great style for the trends of 2018.
4. Super 1316
- Leather lined
- SPS Max
- Color fades
Hoping to find a pair of winter boots that will keep you looking insta-ready and protect your feet from the cold? Look no further. The re-vamped super 550 boots have added protection, added comfort, and added style. Although they are most popular in black and red, there are several other color options available. They also keep the cold out for those long brisk walks to your car from the door.Read more
Blundstone is always trying to step up their game and with the 1316's they did just that. Lining the whole inside with leather only amplifies the waterproof abilities and keeps snow/slush from getting in your boots. No more soggy, cold socks hoorah!
By now you should realize that Blundstone makes sure to use removable footbeds in all of their shoes, so as to keep them available for anyone in need of orthotic inserts. When ordering the 1316's you get an extra set of EVA footbeds for added comfort and a custom fit. This way you don't have to spend extra money buying inserts in case they don't feel right for you.
Cost and Value
Remember, we've talked before about how the more you get the more you spend. That still applies to the winter Blunds, considering the extra leather and durability in cold conditions. Not to mention the slip-resistant outsole so you don't end up on your butt walking across an icy parking lot.
5. 172 Work Series
- 290F resistant
- Steel shank
- Electrical resistant
- Wide fit
If you want a work boot that's not quite so heavy duty as others then we would recommend the 172's. Naturally, they have the steel toe that you need in a pair of safety boots but they are a little more on the casual side. Also waterproof with forepart inserts to keep you comfortable in the rigid toe box. Plus being manufactured to absorb impact and distribute shock for extra protection from pained feet later.Read more
Hate it when the tips of your leather boots become scuffed and shabby? Rest assured with the rubber kick guard on the toes of these boots you never have to worry about ruining your leather again. They'll bounce right off of surfaces and handle any scraping like a champ.
An outsole is supposed to take quite a beating considering it's the bottom of your shoes. They get dragged through all sorts of different things such as mud, water and even sometimes acid. Just because these are a "light" boot does not mean they can't handle what you're going to be putting them through. The thermo urethane outsole can resist hydrolysis (fancy word for water) and microbial attacks (corrosion caused by bacteria).
Cost and Value
You might be finding it difficult to choose a pair of Blundstone leather boots because they are all so great and the prices are just right for the quality you receive. Although the 172's are not nearly as expensive as some of the other available boots which might make them more ideal for your wallet.
- Most popular
- Leather is stiff
- Scuff easy
The Originals are one of the very first pairs created by Blundstone and therefore earn their "original" title. You could say that they are what started it all, making this small Australian company grow in popularity into a large, return client based business. This pair of boots comes in men, women, and youth sizes. Although most of their boots do, which makes them even more desirable due to the diversity of sizing available. The originals are favorable for all types of weather, just pull them on and go.Read more
You may have noticed each pair has two pull tabs; one in the front, one in the back. This nifty feature makes it way easier to pull on your boots (no more struggling to get out the door). This specific pair of boots being the original means they were the first with the pull-tabs that innovated the Blundstone line.
Another thing you should have noticed by now is each pair has a stretch, gore side panel on each side of the boot. This lets your feet slide in and out with ease and doesn't hurt your shoes by creasing and bending. It also prevents any foot pain caused by trying to shove your feet in like we have all had to do (don't deny it).
Cost and Value
Just because they've been around longer doesn't mean their popularity has decreased any. Repeat and new customers love the Originals so much they just keep buying them after years of wear, because why change something you already love and think is absolutely perfect? Although you do get a better deal for these than most other pairs of Blundstone leathers, because they do not have all the fancy gadgetry (i.e. protecting feet from extreme temps).
- Slip resistant
- EVA footbed
- Steel toe cap
- Tight arch
Just because you work hard and are rough on your shoes doesn't mean you have to give up your style. With Blundstone's work series it won't matter what you do to them, they'll survive. The signature waterproof is a given, but there are several other features including their steel toe cap and acid resistance. So if you're unloading a pallet of hazardous material and it turns out there's a leak, no worries you can just rinse it right off with minimal to no damage done to your leather boots.Read more
Need a pair of boots that can withstand ridiculously high temps? Well, we've found a pair for you. The 990's can handle up to five hundred and eighty degrees Fahrenheit! Although we may not be sure what jobs you're doing to need such high temp resistance, at least we know we've provided you with the best pair of boots for your needs.
One of the common aspects of Blundstone work and safety boots is for them to be oil resistant. You can find oil in many different forms in all kinds of environments. Maybe you work on a rig and don't want your boots soaking up all the oil residue around the workplace, or you're a mechanic and are constantly getting engine oils sloshed onto your feet. You can be at ease knowing your work boots won't be destroyed after a long day, just rinse them off and they'll be good as new.
Cost and Value
The 990's are on the lower to mid price point of the Blundstone brand. Which is really surprising considering the different features that put them a step above some of the top rated work boots on the market. It's pretty much a guarantee these boots will last you the next couple of years at your rough 'n tough job.
- Shock absorption
- Steel shank
- Removable footbed
- Quality leather
- Fit loosely
- Scuff easily
If you like a more modern pair of boots but still want to stick with the classic Blundstone design, the (nicknamed) Chelsea's are for you. What they did is take their original boot design and added on some 21st-century flair. Such as a multicolor side panel, rather than their usual dark brown or black. They also added more comfort to the traditional footbed so once worn down they don't become unbearably hard.Read more
Even though it is typically the norm for shoes to have a bit of cushion in them, the 1409's have an added bit in the midsole for those with arches that make any shoes feel uncomfortable. This helps anyone with high arches or flat feet avoid painful impact as they walk, preventing soreness later. The footbeds are also removable which makes room for any personal orthotic inserts you may have.
Oil can make a huge difference when applied to leather. In this case, it makes the leather become water resistant and last longer than your traditional pair of leather boots. Although Blundstone claims them to be waterproof, meaning they don't even become stained after exposure to H2O. That makes an added bonus.
Cost and Value
When you're looking for "hip" and "modern" you should be aware those types of styles will cost you a little more money, thanks to the way economy works. Thankfully they are a bit cheaper than several other pairs provided by Blundstone but that's thanks to them not having extra technology added.
Miner Work Boot
Sizing Can Vary
The Gumboot is a bit of a different style and flair compared to other of the boot options on our list, bringing some new flavor to the party, but also quite functional. The Gumboot has a metatarsal guard, and is packed full of approved construction specs, making it a solid option for a work boot to brave the elements. Waterproof, electrical resistant, oil and acid resistant, along with slip and penetration resistant, it meets all the needs of safety footwear required on worksites.Read more
The Blundstone Gumboot is made for those work sites where water is the main hazard day in and day out, or rainy climates prevail. It’s waterproof construction and knee-high length make it ideal for wading or staying out in wet conditions for longer amounts of time. Internal PORON XRD metatarsal guard helps prevent any foot injuries, and a steel toe cap tops off the boot’s safety for compression aspects on the job. Grippy rubber sole helps give ample traction with lugs throughout.
Along with being waterproof, the Blundstone Gumboot also meets a number work hazard requirements, making it a great all-around boot for construction sites. Uppers contain a PVC/Nitrile component making them resistant to chemicals, oils and acids. It’s also resistant to electrical hazards, punctures, and the sole is slip-resistant. Durable and rugged, this boot was designed to fit all the needs of construction sites and beyond.
Cost and Value
When compared to other hazard rated work boots of different brands, the Blundstone Gumboot is quite reasonably priced. It does not have the lace up ankle support features that some work boots do, but if you are in search of a ‘wader’ safety boot that keeps water out, and meets the specs needed or worksites, the Blundstone Gumboot has you covered!
10. 881 Smelter
Heat Resistant Sole
Kevlar Stitching Durability
With all the hazards associated with smelting, one of the most important things you need to consider is the quality and protection of your footwear. The Blundstone 881 Smelter boot is quite the looker of a boot, but packs a punch in terms of function and comfort. Made for those working or dealing with extreme conditions day in and day out, high heat and dangerous conditions associated with the smelting industry, the 881 Smelter has your back.Read more
Smelting Tech Specs
Put through a number of rigorous test to guarantee your protection, the Blundstone 881 Smelter starts with flame retardant leather uppers, and a flame retardant toe topped with a leather scuff toe cap. Steel toe cap has been tested for impact at 200 Joules, so you know you’re protected against impacts. Kevlar stitching along the seams of the 881 Smelter resist liquid metal from any splashes, and the boot has been dip tested to 2768F in molten steel, and 1760F in molten aluminum.
Comfort and Support
Heavy duty Velcro straps secure the closure of the 881 Smelter boot, but make them easy on and off for fast exits, and adjustable for comfortable fit. EVA footbed has heel support and forefoot inserts for a cushioned feel. Steel shank helps stabilize and support while toe springs have been ergonomically designed for reduced foot fatigue. SoftCell dual density rubber soles give lightweight feel, but help absorb shock, and are heat resistant to 572F.
Cost and Value
Considering all the technical aspects of the Blundstone 881 Smelter for heat resistance and impact protection, it’s quite reasonably priced. Solid construction and quality made, the 881 Smelter is made for hazardous work conditions and heat, with quick on and off access critical should accidents occur on the job. Great for anyone in the industry considering a new pair of boots for smelting!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Although some of Blundstone’s boots are more resilient than others, they are all made from weather resistant leather. This means they are resistant to water, exceeding temperatures, and even organic oils or fats (so if you work in fast food you do not have to worry about your shoes being ruined if the oil for the fryers gets spilled).
You can also rest assured that heavy rains or scorching days won’t hurt your Blundstone leathers either, most are guaranteed up to 290 degrees (Fahrenheit, not Celsius, but could you imagine? Converted that would be 554F!). Some of their work and safety boots though can resist up to 580F though, so you can get a pair if you’re planning on photographing a lake of magma. Although they will still melt so it probably isn’t a good idea.
One of the most important items on our checklists when shoe shopping is comfort, if the shoes hurt you’re more than likely to return them or toss ’em in your closet and forget they existed.
Except it would be hard to forget the substantial amount of money you spent which is why we are happy to report that Blundstone guarantees your comfort in every boot. Which is why they were awarded the APMA Seal of Acceptance because the underfoot comfort systems give the best comfort and absorb impact better than any other leather boots out there.
Blundstone uses one of natures most versatile plants that also grow at rapid rates; bamboo. Bamboo is known for its strength, flexibility, and functional purposes. It has been used over the centuries for several different needs such as writing, art, construction and even weaponry. Using treated bamboo for lining inside their leather boots puts Blundstone a step above everyone else because it flexes with the leather rather than being stiff and creating cracks or creases in the material.
While style is often a matter of personal taste, we've checked thousands of online reviews to see what people are saying about each of the products on our list. Some things, such as sleek design, seamless construction and overall weight and shape of the shoe, were common likes or dislikes among buyers of each product.
To evaluate style, we considered everything from the design, color, shape, weight, lines and overall construction of the shoe in question. While no one wants to wear an uncomfortable shoe, they also don’t want a comfortable shoe to be ugly on the eyes. We’ve selected all of those on our top 10 to be not only stylish, but also comfortable, true-to-size, supportive and durable.
The higher the score on the “style” metric, the more fashionable we and the community of buyers we surveyed deemed the product to be.
A shoe that breathes is critical to providing the wearer a comfortable and healthy experience when sporting a pair of shoes, sandals or boots. A lack of breathability will create a wet and humid foot, leading to discomfort and possible fungal or bacterial infections that are painful and difficult to cure.
How does a manufacturer ensure their product will allow maximum airflow? There are several ways to achieve this, including using special fabrics in the upper of the product, lining the midsole with moisture-wicking technologies and finally, the good old use of perforations of holes throughout the product.
If a product scores high on this metric, the buyer can rest assured that the manufacturer has used some or all of the above techniques to ensure the wearer a comfortable and dry wearing experience.
We all know how hard it can be sometimes to find the perfect pair of shoes that we not only love, but that also fit snugly and comfortably. With so many styles, brands, colors and models, how can one compare hundreds of supposed “size 10s”?
To assess for trueness-to-size, we considered the opinions of thousands of wearers from across the globe to find out the answer to the ultimate question: do these 10s fit like a 10? While some things can give you a hint as to whether they will fit true, small or large; like brand name, shoe type and year of make; we believe that the opinion of buyers cannot be wrong. If they say the shoe doesn’t fit the way it’s supposed to, then you won’t find it in our 10-best list.
You will find that a pair of shoes or boots or sandals that score high on this metric tend to experience a trueness-to-size that was verified by our large community of sampled buyers. Just don’t forget to take into account the factors above to also make sure your favorite pair will fit you perfectly.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
No matter where your work brings you, Blundstone has a boot that's suited for you. From extreme conditions on the worksite, to something for office or business casual, they've been in the industry long enough to know what works.
When selecting your next pair, think about where and how you'll use them most to get the best bang for your money spent!
When thinking of work or safety boots, we think of steel toed or composite toed boots, maybe even some with electric or slip resistance.
But there are even more extreme circumstances, such as smelting, where fire retardant material is required. Chemical resistance is needed for those exposed to hazardous waste or toxic chemicals.
Check around for one that you may need if you are going to be working in conditions out of the realm of normal hazards!
Other Factors to Consider
Well, if you’re reading this part then that means you actually enjoyed the article and did not just skim through the reviews above. All ten of the boots on this list have been studied for popularity and quality, but if you do happen to get a pair that seems faulty do not fret. Blundstone leather boots have a warranty through the company and if there is a manufacturing fault they will replace the said pair of boots at no expense. So good luck and get to buying!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, every pair of boots made by Blundstone is made of the highest quality leather from the worlds best tanneries. You would care for them as you would any other pair of leather boots. Remember that keeping them clean will make their fresh appearance last longer.
That depends on the wearer. The boots all generally have the same design appearance wise but the sizing and fit would be slightly different for male or female. Also several of their styles are available in men, women, and youth sizing.
The simple answer would be “yes” but the longer answer is that since they are made of leather, bamboo, and Kevlar they will eventually stretch to some degree. If you’re asking because you got a size that is too small, no they will not stretch out to fit your feet if you keep wearing them. Blundstone has a satisfaction guarantee so please contact them and they will send you the right size in exchange.
Wear them however you like, but if you truly have no idea the go-to would always be jeans of some sort. Skinny, bootcut, rolled cuffs. Hell, you could even wear them with a skirt or a kilt if you wanted to. They are your boots so wear whatever you want with them and don't give a hoot what other people think.