This is my SECOND pair of Blundstones and I AM IN LOVE. I have the New Originals and wanted something a bit lower and in a new color to diversify my wardrobe. I typically wear a size 9, own a 9 in the New Originals, and ordered the same in the 550 series. Because this pair is leather lined I did have a break in period with this boot. They rubbed a little on my heel but after about a week of wearing them that hot spot went away.
These boots are my daily work boot in the winter and my go to travel shoe as well. I went on a 2 week overland journey in rural China that involved a bit of hiking, a bit of site-seeing, and a bit of Buddhist spiritual exploration with one pair of shoes - my blundstones. They're perfect for travel because you can hike in them (I wouldn't recommend more than 6 miles of steep hiking), they can be dressed up, and they're easy to get on and off in the airport. Bonus points for not looking like a hiking dork in the middle of a big city too!
I think that this style will fully replace my New Originals for day to day wear because the shorter style is more comfortable on my ankles - especially in summer. The New Originals are still in great shape and I will bust them out on occasion! I think both pairs will last my lifetime.
I have the Rust Brown color and think about treating them with a waterproof leather treatment but haven't brought myself to do it yet. I really like the more matte color they are currently. The treatments definitely gloss, and turn the leather a bit darker. Nothing crazy but enough for me to hold back from it.
I would recommend everyone with feet own at least one pair of these boots, if not four.
A note on sizing:
Boot LENGTH changes in WHOLE SIZES . So if you buy an 8 and it's too short and your toes are buckling, buy a 9!
Boot WIDTH changes in HALF SIZES. So if you buy an 8 and it's squeezing your feet, buy a 8.5 for a wider fit!
All boots from Blundstone are UNISEX except for the heeled boots- Backcountry lists styles under Men's and Women's based on our site Taxonomy. If you can't find your size here, check the men's listings but don't forget to convert from women's to men's US sizing! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on Blundstones from sizing to styles.