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Review ’18: Wolverine Raider Work Boots, Shoes & Wellingtons

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Aren’t Wolverine Raiders awesome? Yes, we are somewhat bound to wear an ugly pair at work. Coming with a ton of features- these boots, shoes and wellingtons are anything but ugly. These are among the best ones as well!

Wolverine is around us since 1883 which is a pretty long time for cobbling. Manufacturers do not survive that long and once they do, they make a difference. Wolverine have been gaining trust for generations and they are maintaining the pace. Let us break down the secrets behind Raider boots:

Types of Wolverine Raider

There are 10 variants.

CarbonMax Safety Toe, EH (the best one)

CarbonMax, or carbon nano toe is cutting edge technology but there’s more on them:

Steel Toe, EH

Soft Toe

As you know, we review all the boots in a classic manner here at ShoeAsk.com so that you can pick up the best one suiting your job needs.

In-depth Review and Analysis of Wolverine Raider Boots and Shoes

ShoeAsk Points: 98 out of 100

Editorial Recommendation: Very High, editor’s choice

Remarks & Suggestions

Established in Rockford, Michigan in 1883, now being made in china, Raider boots are awesome. You can rely on them.

Better for

People wear them in sectors like manufacturing, construction, oil, automobile industry etc. ContourWelt is flexible enough for jobs that require construction, climbing and bending:

User, Expert and Trade Recognition

Points 5/5

“Yes hands down one of the best pair of work boots ever owned.”

People use them from concrete to mud fields and they find the boots sturdy (obviously! These are not made for mud.) As wolverine is around for over a century, people recognize these whether they are workmen, shoe specialists, podiatrists, pedorthists or boot sellers.

“I have never had a problem. Worn several pairs for 7 years.”

Our article on choosing and caring explains it well.

Price vs Durability

Points 5/5

Craftsmen earn money the hard way. There is no way to throw the money for pricey fancy stuff. If you spend for a pair, you spend it so that they can serve you for the maximum time period with the most comfort. If you are spending 6-12 USD per month for a premium pair of comfy boots, go for them. We give those pairs a full 5 marks. As the users say:

“I get probably 18 months out of a pair.”

“last pair lasted several years.”

“I’ve had a pair for over a year.”

Please keep in mind that owning more than a pair and wearing them every other day would serve you the most. It is better to own a pair, try them for a month, and if you do not return them, by another pair of the same brand and model. This way, your feet can feel at home. This may double the wear-time of each pair.

Comfort

Points 5/5

There’s no common question on comfort. Straight full marks. For comfort factors, see our list of 14.

 

Water, Chemical and Spill Proof

Points 5/5

You can have the usual water resistant as well as Gore-Tex extreme waterproofing system. Buyers report that they usually do not face problem with waterproofing.

Slip Resistance

Points 5/5

Slip, oil as well as abrasion resistant lugged rubber Multishox® outsole. As a user said: “I go from muddy construction sites to greasy garage floors, and have little problems. These are great boots.”

Toe Box and Safety

Points 5/5

There are three types of toe caps:

  • CarbonMax: the best type,
  • Steel toe: usual, popular and comparatively heavier; and
  • Soft toe: for less risky jobs

CarbonMax is a nanotechnology Safety-Toe. It features ASTM F2413-11 and M I/75 C/75 EH.

If you do not need safety caps, choose one of the others. For more information, see our ultimate guides on safety toe.

Break-in Time and Fitting

Points 5/5

These boots run true to size; fitting well. And there’s a complement: “Wolverine, they will never be too wide!”

If you face any fitting problems, just wait for a decent break in period. After a few days they might fit like a glove. If not, you can easily replace them.

Electrical Hazard

Points 5/5

You don’t necessarily need electrical hazard in non steel toe boots and shoes (unless you are an electrician).

Wolverine Raider safety toe versions have M I/75 C/75 EH safety measurements.

Stylish and Presentable

Points 5/5

These are for work, but you can easily wear them elsewhere. Apart from the common dumb looking work boots, wolverines sync pretty well.

Breathable and Insulation

Points 5/5

Breathable mesh linings help keep your feet dry and prevent them from getting too warm. Breathability also helps keep the boots odor free.

Leather, Upper, Lace and Heel

Points 5/5

Full-grain leather upper is a plus point. If you can apply boot oil on a somewhat regular basis for leather protection it will help the leather prevent scuffs and scratches. Compression pads included which absorb shock and return energy. Heel provides good support. Nice laces and awesome eyelets.

Tongue,Collar and Weight

Points 5/5

As you can see from the pictures, tongue is nicely padded. Not too big, not too small. It will seem natural.

Cushioned collar provides extra comfort and scratch-safety at the upper back of your heel. You will find them lighter than most of the famous boots.

Insole, Midsole, Shank and Arch Support

Points 5/5

MultiShox insole supports and cushions your feet at ease ensuring optimum comfort. The insoles are removable, which may help you choose your own after a certain period of time.

Polyurethane midsole. The PU shank provides ample support as well as flexibility.

Outsole, Construction and Sewing

Points 5/5

Very comfy rubber lug outsole is puncture proof. Contour Welt® helps the boot bend and flex for maximum athletic performance which is an unique feature of Raider boots. But they are not that much heat resistant if you go to the extreme like this user did:

“I have damaged the soles by kicking hot coals onto a fire. Otherwise never had a problem with soles.” (what can withstand burning coals?)

When it comes to sewing, look at the stitches they did!

Anti-odor and Cleanable

Points 4/5

The tough full-grain leather cleans up easily. Be cautious while cleaning, these are not the cheaper ones. Breathability reduces odor. We could not find whether they have antimicrobial properties or not.

Warranty, Return and Post Purchase Service Policy

Points 5/5

Just like Timberland PRO, wolverine also provides 30 day comfort guarantee. You can wear them for 30 days and return if you do not feel comfortable enough.

Brand Faith

Points 5/5

Brand faith counts so that you do not encounter an unpleasant surprise. Wolverine gets a full 5/5 here.

“Have owned several pairs, and I’m pretty hard to please” and, “My favorite work boat for the past twenty years” can describe a lot.

Special and Uncommon Features

Points 5/5

They have a ton of special features but price, flexibility, durability and look are some we can’t deny.

Cons

Points 4/5

No constant cons found. Some report eyelet pull-out issue. These may not gain superb traction on snow.

Editor’s Boost

Points 5/5

Full ahead, five marks on the spot!

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Wolverine Raider boots would not let you down. These are on our top class list. The pricing is significantly less than Red Wing, Danner or Keen while the quality do match their best boots.We would appreciate so much if you share the post so that others can know the pros and cons.

Let us know what you think, your experience is valuable.

Hey! I'm the father of three cute, hyperactive kids- landed straight off the heavens into my heart :) I'm an author in the core. Can't do anything but writing and digging things out. As you already have seen, I'm kind of a footwear fanatic- taking those little things as seriously as possible (which is bad, sometimes I think). Introvert within, extrovert with friends and not pervert by any means. :)

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