Golden Fox Arizona Review

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If you are looking for some good Chukka Boots for work or to wear casually, but do not want to break the bank, the Golden Fox Arizona Chukka Boot might just be for you. Featuring a rugged design and made of high quality, durable materials, this boot will take you through a hard day’s work with comfort and style.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Full-grain, oil-tanned leather upper
  • Goodyear Welt rubberlon outsole
  • Lightweight and flexible construction
  • Dual Cushion Comfort insole
  • Good traction
  • Water and oil-resistant
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Sole wears out fast
  • Sizes run big
Sole

Sole

The Golden Fox Arizona Chukka Boot features a lightweight, yet durable rubberlon outsole, that will see you through a hard day’s work without fatigue or sore feet. This type of outsole is ideal for slippery surfaces, as it is slip and oil-resistant, making it the perfect boot for carpenters or construction workers, who need to be on their feet and moving most of the time. The tread pattern of the Golden Fox Arizona resembles water ripples, and coupled with its non-slip nature, has good traction on many different surfaces and will last longer than some other Chukka Boots on the market. The outsole is hand-stitched onto the upper with a Goodyear Welt construction. This type of construction is what makes this boot so flexible, allowing for maximum freedom of movement, as the boots bend together with your feet in a very natural way. However, what makes the Goodyear Welt so special, is, that it makes the boots resoleable. So once you wear down the soles, you do not have to buy brand new boots, just simply resole them and they are good to go. Reviewers love this feature of the Golden Fox Arizona boots, as the soles are usually the first ones to go, especially if they are worn frequently.
Upper

Upper

Despite its affordable price tag, the Golden Fox Arizona is not lacking in quality or durability, which can be seen in the construction of the entire boot, especially the upper. Namely, the upper on this Chukka Boot is made of high quality, full-grain leather, that is stitched to the sole for enhanced durability. As the name suggests, this boot was designed to withstand the hot Arizona climate. It has a mid-ankle design with a wide enough opening to allow for proper air flow inside the foot chamber. It is also water-resistant, making it great for harsher weather as well, since it will keep water out of the boots and your feet dry. The wearer can adjust the snugness of the boots with a lace-up closure and does not have to worry about the laces untying mid-wear or ripping, as the laces are quite durable and round for a better hold. This Chukka Boot features a soft pigskin lining, making it very comfortable to wear and will not cause discomfort or blisters. Additionally, the Golden Fox Arizona comes with a removable dual-density comfort insole, that is also leather-lined and provides the wearer with good arch support and cushioning for the underfoot. However, what reviewers liked the most is the rugged aesthetic of the Golden Fox Arizona boots. This is achieved by oil tanning the leather, which not only makes them look cool and lived-in, but makes them comfortable with minimum break-in period, since it molds to the shape of your feet as you wear them, creating a customized fit.
Breathability

Breathability

Since it was originally created as a work boot that could handle the hot and dry Arizona weather, the Golden Fox Arizona boot needed to be not only durable, but breathable enough to avoid overheating during long work hours. There are no perforations on this boot, but the opening shaft is quite wide, allowing the air to flow in and out of the foot chamber as the wearer moves, and keep the feet dry and cool. How much air gets inside the boots depends on how snug the wearer laces them up. Inside the boot, there is a soft pigskin lining, that goes to the middle portion of the boot, at which point a soft fabric lining replaces it in the toe box area. The same fabric lining has been added to the tongue of the boot as well, to avoid the tongue rubbing on the top portion of the feet. This makes the Golden Fox Arizona very comfortable to wear. Additionally, this Chukka Boot is water-resistant, meaning, you can wear it in the rain and snow, as it will keep your feet dry. However, if you are planning on wearing this boot in the fall/winter months, thick socks are recommended for added insulation. Overall, reviewers were satisfied with how the boots breathe, and did not have issues with overheating or hot spots, as the pigskin lining is very soft and breathable.
Comfort

Comfort

Designed as a work/casual boot for long hour wear, the Golden Fox Arizona is all about comfort. It has a rubberlon outsole, that is lightweight and flexible, allowing the wearer to walk, bend and kneel without any restrictions or fatigue. This is especially important for those who need to be able to move freely in their workplace, like carpenters or construction workers, but casual wearers will appreciate this feature of the shoe just as much. The upper is made of full-grain, oil-tanned leather, that requires minimum breaking in, and is very comfortable right out of the box. Thanks to the oil-tanning, the leather just gets more and more comfortable over time, as the upper stretches and conforms to your foot shape the more you wear it. The inside of the boot is lined with soft pigskin and fabric, with a leather-lined insole for added comfort. The insole is a Dual Cushion Comfort insole with great arch support and it is removable, making the boots orthotic-friendly. Reviewers were pleasantly surprised with the comfort levels of the Golden Fox Arizona, as it comes at a much more affordable price tag than most other brands, yet the quality is outstanding. Most customers wear these boots on a regular basis, and one reviewer said that he wore his pair all day at work, standing on concrete without any discomfort or pain.
Durability

Durability

Since the Golden Fox Arizona comes at such an affordable price, people were naturally skeptical about its quality and durability. However, according to reviewers, they were pleasantly surprised to find out otherwise. The rubberlon outsole is quite durable and has good traction on many different surfaces, dry or wet. It has a Goodyear Welt, so when the sole does eventually wear down, customers have the option to simply resole the boots, instead of buying a new pair, thus reducing the cost of this shoe even more. The upper is covered with full-grain, oil-tanned leather, which is high quality and very comfortable straight out of the box. The leather does scuff quite easily, but it just adds to its already rugged look, which reviewers liked, as it makes the boots look more lived-in. The sole and upper are stitched together for enhanced durability. Most reviewers had their Golden Fox Arizona boots for more than a year of constant wear, before they had to resole them, which is a true testimony to the quality of these boots. Some customers did mention that the sole does wear down rather quickly, especially with constant heavy-duty wear, but that is the case with most shoes when they are worn frequently. They did appreciate the resoleable nature of the boots though, as they could keep using them.
Fit

Fit

The Golden Fox Arizona tends to run on the bigger side, according to reviewers. When ordering these Chukka Boots, it is advised to buy at least half a size if not a full size bigger than your regular size, in order to get the right fit. Since they are made of leather, even if they are a bit snug at first, they will stretch out over time to conform to your feet. That said, a handful of reviewers said that their regular size in the Golden Fox Arizona boots fit them just fine, while a few others complained that the boots were still too big, even after sizing down.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Even though it might not look like it, the Golden Fox Arizona is quite the flexible boot. Thanks to its Goodyear Welt construction, it is very flexible and bends together with your feet, making bending and kneeling in these boots feel very natural and non-restricting. The upper’s leather is oil-tanned, which improves its overall comfort and flexibility, as it molds to the shape of the feet, creating a custom fit for each individual. Reviewers who use the boots for work, like construction workers or carpenters, are all satisfied with the boots’ performance, as they do not have to worry about their footwear getting in the way of work. People who wear the boots casually, also enjoy the freedom of movement they get from the Golden Fox Arizona.
Style

Style

With similar looks like the Red Wing Chukka Boot, but for a fraction of the price, it is no wonder that the Golden Fox Arizona is a crowd favorite. Not only does it look great with its rugged design, but it is also made of high quality, durable materials that will last you a long time, even longer than some other, more expensive brands, according to reviewers. It comes in black and a multitude of brown shades, making it very easy to incorporate into anyone’s wardrobe. It is primarily a work boot, however, because of its silhouette, people like to wear it casually as well, sometimes even for more formal occasions.
Support

Support

The Golden Fox Arizona has quite a bit of support to offer to its wearers. First off, its outsole is made of durable rubberlon, that is non-slip and oil-resistant, providing a firm grip on the ground without the risk of slipping. This is very important for people who work with different kinds of machinery, as slipping can cause serious injuries. You can also walk with confidence in the rain and snow, since the boot has a good tread pattern. The upper’s high quality leather provides a structured fit that locks the feet in their proper place when laced up, thus avoiding slipping inside the boot. The ankle-high collar provides a decent enough ankle support, even though it does not feature any padding. Last but not least, the Golden Fox Arizona offers its wearers a removable Dual Cushion Comfort insole, that delivers good arch support and cushions the underfoot, for all day comfort. Customers also have the option of replacing the insole for their custom orthotics, if they need more support, but overall, reviewers were satisfied with this insole.
Weight

Weight

For a full-blown, durable work boot, the Golden Fox Arizona is quite lightweight. This is all due to the materials used in its manufacturing, such as the rubberlon outsole, which takes a lot off of the weight of the boots. The leather used is also lightweight, and there is no additional padding to weigh the feet down. This makes the Golden Fox Arizona an excellent choice for both work and everyday sue, as it will not tire your feet out after wearing them all day.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Golden Fox Arizona is an excellent work/casual Chukka Boot, that you will not regret buying. It is made of high quality materials, such as a rubberlon Goodyear Welt outsole, a full-grain, oil-tanned leather upper, pigskin lining and a removable Dual Cushion Comfort insole, and all that for only a fraction of the price of some high-end brands. Not to mention how stylish they are with their rugged aesthetic. This Chukka Boot is also water-resistant, so it will serve you well throughout the year, no matter the season. One thing to keep in mind is, that this boot runs a tad big, so sizing down half a size is recommended to achieve a perfect fit. The outsole wears down too quickly, according to some reviewers, but this boot is resoleable, which cuts down the expense of buying a new pair.