Gifted these to my friend who lives in DC. She gave me an incredibly wordy review, so I have shortened it down a bit. Here are her words, "Never did I think the day would come when I would buy.... BLUNDSTONES! I started working at a super serious and boring office last month and was pretty resistant to the idea of adjusting my personal style to the standards of "professionals"/boring dressers. Needless to say, while these boots were versatile and fitting for an office setting, they were not compatible for the purposes of walking great distances.
It was a cold day when I wore my Blundstones for the first time. I made the mistake of rolling out of my house with my thickest, warmest, blackest pair of socks with the new boots. Along my 32 minute door to door walk, I felt like I was running. Compared to my previous thin slab of wood boots, every step had a bounce. I was fully ready to skip work and walk FOREVER. However, a couple of minutes later, I felt a blister developing on my right achilles (a common occurrence for my asymmetrical feet). Throughout the day, the tops of my feet (the shooting bone to soccer players out there) started to feel tighter. With a couple of hours left of work, I eventually took my shoes off to relax my feet before beginning my walk back. Throughout the next two weeks, I developed a pretty large blister on that one foot and bled through some memorable pairs of socks. However, over the course of wearing them in for two weeks, the shoes loosened up, my blister healed, and now I feel groovy. I might even feel brave enough to break out my thickest and warmest pair of socks tomorrow. But, it should be noted, the boots have proven warm enough in 20-30 F weather that I don't really miss those once loved pair of socks.
Anyways, I'm very happy I chose Blundstones. I wouldn't even limit these shoes to just work and walk, but...gardening, perhaps? Perhaps drinking beer in a garden? Perhaps, strolling through the wilderness, admiring some landscapes but not looking to race anyone to the top kind of experience? Perhaps at a club? It will be interesting to see how sweaty my feet get in the summer. I think I'll make it.