5 Stars By Hans on 2018-03-01
Runs slightly narrow, Otherwise true to boot size, Superb Quality and Comfort
Short version: I'd recommend trying a half size below your running shoe size(e.g. size 11 running, get size 10.5 in these). Then if your feet are wide in some of your shoes, get wide (EE). The leather will break in on tight shoes, but not the steel toe.
Long version: Sizing with Ariat boots I've found to be very tricky, and that's probably my only complaint with these boots or the company. In short, I've found all Ariat boot styles to fit slightly differently. On a trip to Nashville I tried on numerous pairs of Ariat boots and from everything from a 9-EE (wde) to a 11.5-R (regular) to fit me well. In my other steel toe boots, Belleville 550 ST (combat style opposed to western) I wear a 10.5-R. Typically in shoes that run narrow, I need wide shoes. My feet are wide, but not so wide that I always need wide footwear. Based on my experience with the sizing and what I'd put on, I tried an 11-EE in these first (same as my running shoe size), which was slightly too big. Ariat's description of how to fit them reads:
"When you slide your foot into a boot, use either boot pulls to pull it on while sitting, or stand up in to the boots. A well-fitting boot should fit your heel snugly. Expect a small amount of movement (lift) in the heel as you walk, because a boot that fits properly should flex as you walk, and your heel should lift a little, but not too much. New boots will have a stiffer sole. As you break in the boot, the sole will flex to a comfortable level and most slippage should stop."
I found this to be a bit misleading. There was about 5mm extra room with my thumb on the toe of the sole in front of my foot, and my heel lifted from the boot slightly as I walked. I felt like that matched their description, but it didn't feel right. It seemed loose. So I ordered a pair a size down (10.5-EE) and it was a perfect fit. So in summation, I found that the best fit was to match the same size as my other steel toe boots and go with wide. Leather will break in so you want them to be pretty snug when you first wear them The steel toe won't however, so if it's hurting your toes or pinching them on the sides at the steel toe, you need to try a larger size.
I will update this review when I've had more time to wear the boots and get a feel for how they hold up. That said, my initial impression is high. The boots are very comfortable, once you're in the right size, and feel great. The sole is much nicer than most boots I've owned. They go into detail on the purpose of each layer (see the Ariat ATS Max photo in the product description). At this point I'm confident that the slight aeration to the soles will help pull away moisture so that it doesn't feel like your standing in a puddle after slight to moderate sweating. The arch support is also good, a problem I usually have with other shoes and need to buy my own inserts. It's not so extreme that I think people with flatter feet than mine will have issue but enough that it's comfortable even with my higher arches. With work socks on the material had the right amount of friction that it doesn't slide nor stick so much that it irritates my feet or is hard to remove, perfect amount of grip. The steel toe is great, and I barely notice it. I've had other western style boots where the steel toe was sort of wedged and it was very uncomfortable on my big toe. No such issue here. These are honestly some of the most comfortable boots I've owned out of the box. I won't need to break these in as much as other's I've owned.
The material on the outside is as nice and as of high a level of workmanship as the photos and what you would expect from Ariat. Stitching and leather are superb. Honestly the quality of these boots is high enough that they're great for work in rough environments or even as nice boots for wearing out if kept clean.
Cons: Price is high, although it is worth it. Sizing is tricky, but once you have that down it's a great fit.
These boots met and exceeded my expectations. I typically am not one to give 5 stars unless I'm truly impressed with the product and have no critique. I would dock it 0.5 stars for difficulty with sizing and price, but not worth docking a whole star.
5 Stars By Jay K. on 2017-11-30
Only have worn them once, but initially I really like these boots. Construction appears to be very good quality. Very comfortable. Look good. Wore them to work the first day and was really impressed with the support and comfiness. Only reason for 4 vs 5 stars is fact they are a little large. Size is always a concern when ordering online. I read reviews and concluded I should order my shoe size. Probably should have ordered 1/2 size smaller - they're boots, right? , But, they slip on & off easily and I can always wear thicker socks. Better than too tight. So far, so good.
After 6 months, I remain very pleased and impressed with these boots. I wear thicker socks to deal with the larger sizing and find them to be comfortable all day long. Increased rating to 5 stars.
4 Stars By Matt on 2017-03-05
Im disappointed slightly with the comfort hence the one star gone
Remember if you've never bought boots before to go about half a size smaller. Bought these for work boots. Im disappointed slightly with the comfort hence the one star gone. Ended up throwing in some new soles to improve the feel. Otherwise they're great. Sturdy, aggressive tread so I'm not slipping on machining lubricant at work, and the leather isn't polished up so it won't show scratches quite as easily.
3 Stars By Leisha Cagle-Rice on 2017-06-29
... because he has found them to be the most comfortable. He decided to try these after hearing a ...
My husband works construction and normally wears the Doc Martin Industrial line because he has found them to be the most comfortable. He decided to try these after hearing a few people say they were the most comfortable work boots and really durable. While he did say they were comfortable, less than a year later they have holes in the top of them and did not hold up as well as the Docs. For the price of these they are not worth it. Docs are cheaper and hold up better. He normally buys a new pair once every year or so, but this year we will have to sooner than expected. If you want comfort these are great. If you want durability, not so much.
5 Stars By CK on 2018-03-10
Great, budget minded work boot
Third pair of ariats. Great, budget minded work boot. I have super sensitive feet and these are the only boots I can wear all day and not be miserable. People complain about steel toes not being comfy but these are just as comfortable as all my non-protective boots - Ariat and other brands.
5 Stars By amygal75 on 2016-09-08
I definitely recommended these four anyone working in a grueling environment
My boyfriend for these for work, and this is his second pair. The first pair lasted three years under heavy conditions due to work in the oilfield! So we went with the same brand because they really are worth it. He says at first they are rough to break in, but you expect that with steel toes. I definitely recommended these four anyone working in a grueling environment.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-12-04
comfortable lightest boot on the market
I ve been wearing these boots for 7 plus years . They are the most durable , comfortable lightest boot on the market . I've tried literally every other brand and they , didn't last , stitching came apart , soles came apart weren't comfortable or just didn't do their job.
The ariat pull on or laceup are the best work boot out there. I'm in the mud, dirt, water , oil and grease everyday and I haven't found one area that they don't perform great in.
5 Stars By That one guy on 2016-12-01
Fits like a glove
Never have I had a boot fit so well right out the box, I wear an 11 EE and they fit great, actually bought these for work on the shop floor but I like them too much and have worn them everywhere but work haha, they are a good looking boot even better than my Justin's and I really like those too. Ariat has made a fantastic product, would highly recommend
1 Stars By kay on 2018-06-09
Great boots but defective...
I ordered Ariat work boots for 2 of my sons for Christmas. They loved the boots and were very happy with this much needed gift but this pair started tearing up and the leather splitting in just a couple of months!
This son works inside large plants, mainly BMW, doing heating/air ducts. I just saw the boots yesterday in this terrible condition. I think "work" boots should have held up better/longer. Please look at pictures to see damage. (Possibly dry rot)
Please replace these same boots.
5 Stars By Eden A on 2017-01-19
Very comfortable boots! Been buying these for several years now ...
Very comfortable boots! Been buying these for several years now & I've seen a good amount of other people in construction also wearing these & saying how comfy they are. Would recommend going to a work boot store & trying on boots in person to see what works best for you as everyone is different but don't be surprised if you find yourself liking these particular boots the most!:)