Poor construction of the tongue creates a knot that digs into the tendons on the top of the foot. This makes for extreme discomfort. The padding of the tongue is excellent for keeping laces from cutting into the foot, however, it needs to be removed where it folds under the eyes. All other work boots I've owned(including Chipewa and Redwing)have had this feature.I had to cut the tongue along the outside eyelets on both boots to make them wearable. With that modification the boots are wearable. They're breaking in nicely. I can't give much of a review on durability yet, we'll see in a few months.
I bought these looking for a boot that I can wear around town, doing work on my farm, hunting etc, just an all around boot. Man I am glad I bought these.. I have purchased a few other brands to include 511, Nike, Oakley boots like these and they each had something odd about them that I was not impressed especially the price I paid. These boots were amazing straight from the box. Since I ordered them online I was a little apprehensive about what size to order since I wear 9-10 depending on brand and type of shoe... I went with 9 since I figured I typically size out to that in boots. Perfect fit! And extremely comfortable... I wear them instead of tennis shoes because they are that comfortable. The soles are supportive yet with each step your foot sinks into the sole which feels like "Nike air" tennis shoe soles... Plus the toe box is perfect not big like typical boots... These things fit just like a high top tennis shoe with the durability of a work boot... I highly recommend these if you wear boots!!!
It took 3 attempts to get a matching pair of these (left boot was wider than right boot first two times) but I'm sure glad I was patient. I have several pairs of hiker/work boots, including Redwings and Danners and these are as good as any, hands down. I just started wearing them so I can't really speak to long-term durability but so far they seem tough, waterproof, light and as comfortable or moreso than any boot I own, over a range of styles. The outsole is great for pavement especially, and seems exceptionally slip resistant. They would work well in earthy environs too, but for that purpose I prefer the similar CMH6177 style I also own, because of the different lug pattern. Both are great boots though and can be used for a variety of terrains. Even the lining and pull-out (Ortholite) insole speak quality all the way. You just have to be careful to get a symmetrical pair with tongues that lay properly when lacing the boot. (One pair had a boot with a misplaced eyelet, causing the tongue not to gusset properly which made it dig into my foot) Symmetry is a problem I've encountered not only with Carhartt footwear, but other brands of mass-produced and, even "handcrafted" boots. Once you assure both boots are reasonably symmetrical, you know you have a decent pair. The only other downside to hiker-style work boots is that they're not re-soleable so once you wear 'em out, they're done, but I think the lightness additional comfort they provide are worth it. A great deal, especially at the sale/clearance price. Thanks Carhartt!