Danner San Angelo Review

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Durability and aesthetics have been adequately provided by Danner’s proven stitchdown construction method-something that they have been working tirelessly on perfecting ever since 1932. The stitchdown construction provides the consumer with a wider platform which offers increased stability. Taking a stab at a classic take on 360-degree snake bite protection, the San Angelo Snake Boot is artfully crafted in their Portland Oregon factory. With this lightweight, yet sturdy, boot you can dive right into your day, whether it be to do a little work around the property or going on serious hunts or fishing expeditions, resting assured that snakes won’t have a chance to put a damper on your day.

Stay comfortable in many different terrains, even when the temperature rises, with soft leather lining and the ability to adjust the fit both at the calf and over the foot. Enjoy increased surface contact, optimal comfort, and dependable durability from the polyurethane (PU) outsole that features low lugs. The Danner Men’s San Angelo Snake Boot is proudly and meticulously made in the USA with only some imported components. If you are on the market for boots that you can wear outdoors for yard work, fishing, hunting, trekking, or wherever your feet want to take you, you can feel safe and comfortable in these knee-high, water repellant, snake proof boots.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • 360-degree snake proof protection
  • High shaft leg protection
  • Reputable company
  • Durable material
  • Adjustable fit
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Not waterproof, only repellent
Brand

Brand

Charles Danner founded his bootmaking business in 1932. He risked his entire future on the belief that, regardless of the economy, premium craftsmanship still mattered. Much has changed since the first Danner boot was made, but their dedication to their initial mission has not wavered. You can notice the handcrafted precision just by simply holding one of their boots in your hand. You can feel the difference when you slip your foot in. And test out just how valuable of a product it is by exposing it to the elements. Danner Shoe Manufacturing Company opened its doors in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, with twelve employees. In the midst of the Great Depression, labor costs were about 30 cents per hour, and leather and other materials were very cheap. Therefore, the first boots sold for less than 4 dollars a pair.

In 1939, Charles’s sons, John and Bill, officially joined the family business. They also attended classes at the University of Portland until World War ll evolved and they left to serve in the military. The war years brought business to Danner when the shipyards called for work boots. Because of the increased demand, a new factory was opened in North Portland, and Danner Shoe Mfg Company boosted its production up to 240 pairs a day. In the 1950’s, Bill expanded the product line to include shoes and opened the company’s first retail store. In 1980, Danner’s devotion to comfortable footwear extended passed humans to reach animals. One pair of size 150 boots were built for an elephant at the Washington Park Zoo (now the Oregon Zoo) in Portland. The waterproof leather boots were made to help heal her cracked feet.

In 1983, Bill decided to sell the company to Eric Merk, with the condition that Eric upholds the reputation of dedication to quality and craftsmanship the Danner family built. In 2010, Danner co-developed and began producing the new standard combat boots for the Marines and Army (the USMC RAT and Army Combat Hiker). Danner, to this day, produces high quality, dependable footwear.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the San Angelo Snake Boot is a combination of full-grain leather and textile. This pair provides high abrasion resistance. The textile is durable water repellent treated nylon panels. Water repellent is not the same as waterproof, and that is important to know when you’re looking for footwear for something specific. As per definition, textiles that have a water entry pressure below 800 mm water column can be called water repellent. This is enough to stay dry if you are only exposed to rain or any moisture for a short time. They may not be easily penetrated by water, but that does not mean that they can not be.

Water repellent materials typically do not include any type of membrane of compact coating, meaning the breathability of these materials is usually better than that in waterproof materials. The full-grain leather will add flexibility and durability to your boots for the duration of their life. The leather is great for footwear for many reasons. One of the most impressive characteristics about leather is that it has the unique ability to not only absorb moisture but to also expel the moisture in the form of vapor. Therefore, leather will help keep your feet dry and cool, even in knee-high sturdy boots.
Protection

Protection

Danner uses a flexible snake protection fabric that they place in between the liner and the exterior of the boot. This gives you complete snake protection that covers you from the bottom of your foot the top of the boot. The lower leg is protected from snake strikes, so long as it occurs above the ankle and below the knee. Each snake boot is between 16 and 18 inches in height. Leather, rubber, and non-woven snake guard material provide the best possible protection from shin to toe.

Because it is not ever wise to take chances when it comes to being around dangerous snakes, Danner is extra rigorous with the testing and product development that goes into every pair of snake proof boots they offer. An unbiased, third-party facility performs a range of penetration tests on each boot. They are filled with an inflated latex balloon that can identify any possible punctures. Any boots put on the shelves by Danner have successfully passed these tests. While snake proof boots are thoroughly tested for protection, the world is a dangerous and unpredictable place. Be sure to always practice extreme caution when in any environment where snakes and confrontations with snakes are likely to occur.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the San Angelo Snake Boot is made from PU (polyurethane). Desirable qualities in footwear include comfort, durability, affordability, and fit for purpose. PU allows designers to succeed in all of these areas. PU’s are lightweight but highly abrasion-resistant will excellent long-term mechanical properties. Polyurethane soles are practical, waterproof, and slip-resistant. You can enjoy applaudable shock absorption, wear resistance, reliable grip, and low density from the PU outsole as well.

Not only are all of these characteristics great for boots that are meant to be worn in harsher environments and be protective against wildlife, but they are desirable in all corners of the footwear industry. Business, fashion, and casual footwear all implement PU soles in their products. Keeping PU clean is rather easy. Just use a scrubbing brush and warm water to get the dirt out from between the grooves. You can rub linseed oil or fish oil on the soles occasionally. This will help to extend their durability significantly. Also, when it does come time to retire them, they can be recycled.
Fit

Fit

The San Angelo Snake Boot comes in a wide variety of sizes, so you should have no trouble finding the right fit. They come in medium and wide, and whole and half sizes from 7 to 12. There are also whole sizes from 13 to 16. This is a larger range than you can typically find in any kind of footwear. There are also two adjustable straps on this boot. There is one at the calf (boots have a shaft height of 16 to 18 inches), making it easy to slip your foot in and tuck your pants in before tightening the grip for a secure fit.

The other strap is at the top of your foot, where your shin meets your foot. You can tighten this strap to give you extra support or loosen it for a more relaxed feel. This strap also comes in handy when your feet swell from heat or from being on them for a long period of time. As a bonus, these boots also come with a pull tab to give you a lending hand in donning and doffing. The steel shank that is in between the insole and outsole helps your footwear live a longer life and keep the fit consistent longer.
Support

Support

These snake-proof boots offer sturdy support by using a steel shank. This is a flat piece of steel that is inserted into boots just below the arches and between the heel and ball area. It is the support structure between the insole and outsole. The presence of a shank is important to the functionality of boots because they help diminish the load incurred by your feet and calves. The shank protects the underside of your foot just as a steel toe protects the top of your foot.

A steel shank will provide protection and reduce the risk of injury from sharp objects penetrating your boots. They offer comfort, balance, and support to tired and sore arches. The can extend the life of your boots and save you from spending unnecessary money on new boot every six months. The fact that these boots are between 16 and 18 inches in shaft height (will come to the knee), they will provide extra support and stability to your ankles. You won’t be as likely to roll your ankle over and take a tumble.
Lining

Lining

The lining of your footwear comes in contact with the entire foot, and in this case, your leg up to your knee. The main purpose of the lining is to cover the seams and lengthen the shoe’s lifespan. Certain linings can cushion and comfort the foot as well as draw out moisture. The lining of the San Angelo Snake Boot is leather. Leather is considered one of the best, but it also comes at the highest price. Leather feels good on your skin and will take the shape of your foot and arch. It is also very durable and breathable, allowing moisture to evaporate.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There are so many reasons that these snake-proof boots are an item you must have if you’re an outdoorsman, live in a wet climate, or are around dangerous animals. These boots are tall enough to protect you from the knee down from the elements and animal bites and penetration from other sharp objects. There are two adjustable straps, one at the calf, and one at the top of your foot. These make it easier to slide your feet in and out and also can help you achieve a more personalized, comfortable, secure fit. You can also loosen them if your feet swell from being warm or from walking for a long period of time.

The leather upper material will keep you protected and dry. It will also be comfortable once it conforms to the shape of your foot. The leather lining will also help to keep you comfortable and dry. It will wick up any moisture from sweat or water and expel it as vapor. The polyurethane outsole features low lugs that work to provide additional grip, support, traction, and stability. There is no doubt that this is a lightweight, sturdy, comfortable, protective boot that is worth keeping around for when an occasion calls for them.