I’m a bit surprised by how much I like these shoes. I’ve been wearing a pair of Blundstone Chunks for the past year. I’m usually more of a trail runner/sandal kind of guy, but decided I needed some footwear that was a little more dressy – these Blundstones seemed like a good compromise.
I’ve got foot issues so being able to put an orthopedic insole in a shoe is important. I’ve found a great insole that makes my foot happy so I was glad they fit great inside the Chunks. The fit is on the loose side which at first felt insecure, but now that I’m used to them I like the loose fit. It’s very comfortable and I’ve never had any issues with my feet slipping inside the shoe. The sole is quite grippy and provides a ton of cushioning. In fact these shoes are the most comfortable I have, including trail runners. I was concerned my feet would get sweaty, but these shoes seem to breathe quite well. I have used them in snowy conditions which was no problem. I haven’t tried monsoon type rain yet!
At first I used these just when I needed to look a little more stylish than runners would allow, but the more I wore them the more I wanted to wear them. I actually think they make a great biking [touring/commuting/utility] shoe and I’m going to try hiking in them this summer. I’ve sort of made peace with the idea they’ll get a little trashed. So far the only maintenance they’ve needed was a bit of black shoe polish every couple weeks. I’ll give them hell this year and report back what happens…=-)
Having problem feet I get really frustrated by the fact every time I find shoes that work they get discontinued for something new and improved – usually something that is so improved it doesn’t really work for me. So the fact these shoes have been around a while and the changes year to year seem to be minimal makes me happy.
I thought I’d share my experience in case anyone was looking for some comfy stylish shoes that you can still be active in.
BTW3 – please note Blundstones are sized using the UK/Australian system so you’ll have to convert to the US system and they fit a bit large so you may want to get a size or half size smaller than you normally wear.