Emu Pioneer Review

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The Emu Pioneer ankle booties are going to be a welcome addition to anyone’s wardrobe. They have the classic Chelsea look that many customers adore. The beautiful suede upper is lined with authentic Australian Merino wool to ensure your feet stay cozy and warm all day long. These boots are waterproof from the uppers to the soles so you do not have to worry about getting caught in the snow or rain, your feet will stay dry and the suede will stay safe. Coming in a couple different colors some customers have opted to purchase more than one pair so they could pair them with even more of their outfits.

As they are wool lined they are more designed for winter wear. One issue that some customers have experienced with these boots is that they do have some durability issues and can suffer from premature wear and tear after only a couple of months. This does not happen to everyone but it is something to keep in mind when making the purchase. Overall, though, they are a great pair of boots that customers love.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Warm Merino wool
  • Exceptionally comfortable
  • Waterproof suede upper
  • Great classic look
  • Many color options
Cons
  • Durability issues
  • Needs breaking in
Upper

Upper

The uppers of the Emu Pioneer ankle boots are made out of suede which is extremely soft and comfortable. Additionally, the suede is treated so they are waterproof, no need to worry if you get caught in the snow or a rain shower, the suede will not get ruined and your feet will stay nice and dry. In addition to the suede upper, they are lined with 100% authentic Australian Merino wool to ensure your feet stay warm and comfortable all day long. The wool comes from Merino sheep and it is known for not only being softer than most other fabrics but also its beautiful shine and great breathability. Customers love the look and the feel of these great uppers, giving them all day comfort.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Emu Pioneer Chelsea style boots is made stacked leather to give you a stable and comfortable base to walk on. Sitting on top of the stacked midsole is a cushioned insole that is lined with even more Merino wool for just a little more of that fantastic softness and cushioning to give you an all-day pleasant underfoot feel. The insole is removable so if you find yourself wanting to replace it with one of your own that you think will better suit your needs then it is super easy to remove and add in your own. Most customers, however, feel no need to replace it as it is already extremely comfortable and gives them what they need.

The midsole also comes equipped with a metal shank to help with stability. If you are one of the thousands of people around the world that have problems with overpronation or supination then you are in luck, these boots are going to give you that little bit of extra stability that you will need while you are on the go. There are not a whole lot of fashionable boots on the market that has this great stability feature so it is much appreciated that these ones do.
Outsole

Outsole

The Emu Pioneer boots have a great outsole that is made hard durable rubber to help give you a decent amount of traction and can hold quite the grip. The waved design on the bottoms of the boots is there to help make sure that you can stay upright on a plethora of surfaces. You do not have to worry about being out and about and having your feet slip out from underneath you as these are designed to make sure they can dig in and hold their grip. Not only is the sole going to give you great traction, but it is also waterproof so you do not have to worry about water seeping in through the bottom of the shoes getting your feet wet and soggy.

These boots also have a stacked block heel. It is stacked with leather inside the heel to give you a little bit of extra comfort there while you are walking. The heel is just under an inch so it is not going to give you a lot of extra height, but most customers have no complaints about that. The heel is the perfect height to give you a little bit of extra cushioning in the back of your foot as well as help prevent some of the wear on the sole that will occur in the heel area.
Durability

Durability

Durability appears to be one of the biggest problems with the Emu Pioneer boots. It can be extremely frustrating to spend your hard earned money on these boots only to have the fall apart after only a couple of months. They are not the cheapest boots out there, but they are running about average when compared to similar boots. Unfortunately, there are some customers who did not believe they got their monies worth out of these boots because of the short lifespan.

Most of the durability issues stem from the outsole, most specifically, the heel of the boots. The rubber that covers the leather stacked heel will start to peel off after a couple of months. One reviewer said that you could fix that easily enough with shoe glue or super glue, but that is not something that a lot of people would want to do after spending their money on what they thought was going to be a great and long lasting pair of boots.
Fit

Fit

They way your shoes fit is essential to the comfort level you will experience when wearing them. In the case of the Emu Pioneer boots you are going to want them to be snug, but not too tight that they are uncomfortable and pinch your toes. Most customers state that they are running pretty true to size so that should take a lot of the guesswork out of choosing the perfect size for you. If you are unsure or just want to double check, you can always consult the sizing chart to ensure you get the perfect fit for your feet.

One mistake that some customers have made is ordering a half size bigger than normal thinking that they are going to want to wear thick socks with them to keep their feet warm. If you are thinking about doing this, keep in mind that the wool lining is designed to keep your feet warm and toasty so you run the risk of your feet overheating if you are wearing thick socks. Some customers did this and then they were stuck with boots that were a little too big.
Comfort

Comfort

The Emu Pioneer boots offer an amazing amount of comfort in so many ways. From the uppers to the outsoles, these are going to ensure that your feet will thank you after a long day on your feet. The soft suede uppers are flexible and soft giving you the freedom to move without restriction keeping your feet feeling great. The soft wool lining will make sure that your feet stay warm while giving you an incredibly soft feeling that will hug your feet. The stacked leather midsole with the cushioned wool insole on top of it ensures that you get adequate underfoot comfort that you can appreciate. The stability bar that is located in the midsole is also great and adds extra comfort for those with pronation problems. Finally, the flexible rubber outsole and stacked leather heel give you that little bit of extra comfort. Everything about these boots is designed to make sure you are comfy and cozy all day long.

Something to note about these boots, however, is that they are going to feel a little stiff and firm when you initially put them on but they will loosen up after a day or two. It can be a little aggravating having to break in a pair of boots but once they are broken in they are exceptionally comfortable as they will mold to your feet giving you personalized comfort that is perfect for you.
Style

Style

Customers adore the great style of the Emu Pioneer ankle boots. They have that classic Chelsea design with a 12-inch shaft (measuring from the arch). They have the traditional elastic goring on both sides and a pull-tab on the back to help you get the boots on and off more easily. They feature a rounded toe and a heel that measures in at just under an inch. These are more of a casual boot and as such, they might not fit in too well for a night out on the town or for a day in the office, but that does not stop customers from loving them for their everyday casual use. As they are wool lined they are more comfortable worn in fall and winter months, as they are designed to keep your feet warm and dry.

They come in a couple of fun colors so you can choose something that is going to fit your style and personality the best. You have your classic color choices, like black, gray, and tan, but they are also available in fun seasonal colors like burgundy and claret. No matter what color you choose to go with they are going to be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.
Breathability

Breathability

When you think of a pair of suede boots that are wool lined and waterproof you might not expect them to be very breathable, but surprisingly, the Emu Pioneer boots are. They are going to give you a fantastic amount of ventilation that customers can appreciate. The wool is going to help keep your feet warm, but it is still going to allow air to flow into the foot chamber so your feet do not overheat, but more importantly, it will help keep your feet dry. Yes, these are waterproof so you will not have to worry about water getting in that way, but that does not mean that your feet are not going to sweat. These boots are going to help wick the moisture from your sweaty feet and allow it to evaporate quickly and escape the boots. The boots are doing double duty to keep your feet dry, both from the inside and out.

Not only will they keep your feet dry but it is also going to help eliminate odor because you will not have to worry about your stinky sweat seeping into the wool lining and causing unpleasant smells that will stink up the place when you take your boots off after a long day.
Support

Support

The Emu Pioneer boots are going to offer you a decent amount of support while you are out and about wearing them. The 12-inch shaft comes up and covers your ankles giving you a little bit of support there which is appreciated. They are designed to help keep your feet locked into place so you will not have to worry about slipping and sliding around inside of your shoes which can cause you to fall and potentially hurt yourself. The elastic goring gives you just enough stretch to put the boots on and take them off easily but not so much that you will have to worry about unintentionally falling out of them.

The removable insole has a decent amount of cushioning that will mold to your feet after a couple days of wearing them so they will be able to provide you with a decent amount of arch support. If you find that it is not enough support that it is fairly easy to remove this insole and add one that might fit your needs better. Additionally, there is a stability bar incorporated into these boots that will help give you a little bit of extra support for those who have the tendency to overpronate or supinate.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Emu Pioneer boots are going to offer you a decent amount of flexibility that is very much appreciated by many customers. They are going to ensure that you have the freedom to move your feet freely without restricting your movements and causing you pain or discomfort. They give you just the right amount of flexibility so you can move, but at the same time, you will still get the support and stability that you need in them. They tow that line very nicely.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a great looking and exceptionally comfortable pair of shoes then you have come to the right place. The Emu Pioneer boots are a fan favorite. They look great, coming in a couple of different colors so you can find something to fit your own personal style. They have the classic Chelsea look that customers love. The comfort level of these boots is out of this world. Made out of soft and flexible suede and lined with Merino wool you are sure to have warm and cozy feet all day long. The biggest problem with these boots, and it is kind of a big one, is that they seem to suffer from some durability issues. Customers have stated that the rubber will start to peel off of the stacked heel after only a couple month. If that is something that you can look past then these are going to be a great pair of boots to add to your collection.