Herman Survivor

189 reviews
5-star:   58
4-star:   15
3-star:   4
2-star:   15
1-star:   95

Reviews

1

I bought a pair of Big Buck Herman Survivors Camo…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55

Summary

I bought a pair of Big Buck Herman Survivors Camo Boots on clearance from Wal-Mart. The sole completely fell off after 3 hours, Had to walk 1/2 mile back through the woods draging the soles of my boots instead of a deer on opening morning of deer season.

Pros

  • Waterproof even after the sole came off

Cons

  • Sole came off within hours of walking in mountains

Wal-Mart refused to exchange boots for another pair because they took this style out of their system after all were sold on clearance.

thetentman RETAILER

Back in the 70's this was the shoe. But when Herman's went under apparently the only thing that was salvageable was the shoe. The name Herman's Survivors has been sold quite a few times in the ensuing years and to my knowledge all versions have been horrible.


1 year ago
1

Shoes fell apart within hours of putting them on.

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift

Summary

Shoes fell apart within hours of putting them on.

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Manufacturing flaws apparently
  • Walmart owns the brand now, not the famous company from decades ago
  • They couldn't even withstand the sitting I do at a desk in front of a computer. Really???

I got a pair of Herman Survivors as a gift from my father-in-law. The sole completely fell off after 4 hours, while I sat at my desk at my IT job...

I don't think I could even accept a pair like that for FREE again. The hassle of trying to retrieve another pair of shoes so I don't have to walk home in a storm sans shoes was not one I'd like to repeat.

1

HERMAN DIED. Last July I bought a pair of steel toed…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

Summary

HERMAN DIED. Last July I bought a pair of steel toed Survivers, before I walked out of the soles, I bought another pair from Wal- Mart in December, then in August this year I started wearing the second pair and am starting to walk out of the "plastic" soles on them. In order for Herman to survive he's going to have to make a better product.

Pros

  • Uppers

Cons

  • Soles

I am in carpentry construction and would like any pair of Herman Survivors to last more than 6-9 months.  I always thought the Herman Survivor "name" was a good brand to base my purchase on.  THEY ARE NOT!!!!

1

The only thing remaining of the true Herman Survivor…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125 in 1977

Summary

The only thing remaining of the true Herman Survivor is the name.

Pros

  • Used to be the best

Cons

  • Now just cheap Chinese crap

Have read numerous reviews at numerous websites and have also experienced myself.  Still own a pair of Hermans Survivors from 1977 and they are still fine. 

Unfortunately, Walmart bought the name in the last decade and turned an icon into garbage. The boot line sold there is nothing like the original Hermans — very cheap quality materials, polyurathane soles. A cheap, Chinese throwaway boot that's only purpose is hitting a certain price point. 

They may be OK if you only need a boot to last for a couple of days, otherwise, look elsewhere.

Very sad.

1

Based on airborne military experience with jump boots,…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125

Summary

Based on airborne military experience with jump boots, bought Hermans in 2006; have logged about 25 miles on 'em on concrete floors and occasionally in the woods. These "boots" are 100% pure junk. The soles disintegrated in addition to coming unglued.

The English language does not have a sufficient number of expressions of disgust with which to address this level of abysmal quality to adequately warn anyone even remotely thinking about buying Herman's. Ghastly, dreadful... Shr Leung

Cons

  • Now, the biggest "con" is using the name of a previously respected product.

Sold under the former respected name of Hermans, this pair of boots exhibited miserable quality in terms of quality components and craftsmanship.

  1. The soles: a rubber-like substance disintegrated into little pieces of flexible particles...like a dried sponge that falls apart.
  2. Sewing: an undersized, low-strength thread that fell apart at the stress points.
  3. "Bumps" formed under the foot-pad inside = extremely uncomfortable and not fixable.
1

These are the worst boots ever. I would say WalMart…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $50

These are the worst boots ever. I would say WalMart should be ashamed but they have no shame.

DON'T buy Herman Survivor Bullet Points. My foot got stuck in a bit of mud and when I pulled my foot up the bottom stayed in the mud. Sad to see the best go down to cheap made in China.

1

These boots that I bought at Wally World have good…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $60

These boots that I bought at Wally World have good uppers and outer soles, BUT the midsole is polyurethane foam! This stuff is rotten, causing the whole outer sole to come off when walking in rough terrain.

I would rate them ZERO stars.

 

1

I bought a pair of Herman Survivor hunting boots.

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $100

I bought a pair of Herman Survivor hunting boots. Now my understanding is hunting boots are supposed to be at least somewhat durable, but these boots are just junk. There is no positive to this boot; they are junk and I cannot stress that all too well.

I own many pairs of hunting boots and aside from Rockies I had no problems. Why even waste the time making this product if you can't make it right? The positive to this is if we all quit buying this junk.

It is a shame that that you can get a junky product from the other side of the world for next to nothing, but if you want to buy it here at home at the good old USA you have to pay through the nose.

1

I would not rate Herman Survivors one star, but they…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Price Paid: about $150

I would not rate Herman Survivors one star, but they do not offer a minus 1,000000000000000.

What a joke. I have a pair that sat in the closet in a new box and I brought them out and went out West elk hunting. I am stuck in the boondocks and the soles came off one boot. I was about 300 yards from camp, before I got back the other sole came off.

So, I am out in nowhere land and the soles  came off these brand new boots and I ended up elk hunt in camp shoes. Not fun.

I am sending back if I can find an address. We have to demand our congressmen and women, and our senators repeal that damned NAFTA and GATT. If not, vote them out.

These treaties benefited China, Mexico, Japan, etc. But not the good old USA.

Again, these boots suck.

And btw, I paid over a hundred bucks for the damned things.

Alan E. Nelson

 

1

STAY AWAY FROM THESE BOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTAL GARBAGE!!!!!!!

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: construction inspection
Price Paid: $60

STAY AWAY FROM THESE BOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTAL GARBAGE!!!!!!!

I bought a pair of the Trail Breaker model 4 months ago and the soles are comming unglued at the fron and back.

MANY years ago when they were previously owned by a good company and were made in POLAND these were one of the best boots on the market. Today these boots are made in CHINA and are the cheapest crap boot out there. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. K MART's own cheap ass brand boot is better than these GARBAGE BOOTS.

I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HERMAN SURVIVOR BOOT AGAIN.

1

Bought a pair of Survivors on March 16th at Walmart.

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Use: work
Price Paid: $52.50

Bought a pair of Survivors on March 16th at Walmart. Didn't really start wearing them regular until May because I have Wolverines that are insulated. This week, Sept. 13th 2010, the stitching came apart at the base of the eyelets. Water came in and my feet were soaked.

I still have the receipt and tag that came with the boots that state "Herman Survivors is the oldest continuing manufacturer of outdoor boots since 1879....We have commitment to consumers by producing top quality, DURABLE, dependable ....."

"Herman Survivor makes use of state-of-the-art materials....LONG TERM performance...."

What a load of crap!

Less than 6 months and they are garbage. NOT DEPENDABLE NOR LONG TERM!

0

Bought a pair of these on clearance from Walmart seven…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35

Summary

Bought a pair of these on clearance from Walmart seven or eight years ago. They have been the BEST BOOT EVER!!! The poor reviews I am reading absolutely astonish me!

Pros

  • Withstood miles and miles of walking
  • Comfortable
  • Feet never got wet

Cons

  • I had to bend over to tie them...Ha ha

My husband loved these boots so much, I've been searching for days online trying to find him a new pair for Christmas.

If anyone knows where to get a size 11 Herman Survivors Big Buck 5305714 boot in a size 11, give me a shout.

0

Complete junk. Both soles split all the way through…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

Summary

Complete junk. Both soles split all the way through in less than three months. A total waste of money. Walmart has trashed this once respected brand.

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Everything

A complete waste of money. Less than three months both soles split all the way through. They were only worn in snow, and have little to no wear on them. Spend your money elsewhere, and avoid these like the plague.

0

Alone in the woods with Herman Survivor? You will…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Alone in the woods with Herman Survivor? You will not survive!

Less than a year in a warehouse and the rubber bottom split and let water in.

Pros

  • All rubber where boots typically get scuffed and need to be polished the most

Cons

  • Longevity!
  • Durability

The fit is good, the comfort is also OK. Support also fine, temp .... the boot is OK except for 2 key.

The boot I had was the "Coleman"

The metal clasps for the laces snapped off on the top left, and then middle right... and then even the lowest, large appearently heavy duty clasp -- that failed too, inside of 6 months.

The laces also were sub par, failing after 4 months -- though I am wearing additional met guards with these boots, I feel 4 months is still far too short.

The Brahma "Gus" boots are comparable except they need insoles (which takes them from 30 dollar boots to 45 dollar boots, the "Coleman" from herman is a 52 dollar boot.  

But Brahma's Gus will typically last at least a year, and as long as 2 years.

I work in a larger shippers hub... one associated with a color. There are no nails, no concrete laying, just concrete floors and steel grates. Nothing that should overly wear on the soul of the boots (typically the inside of the boot as well as the toe is what breaks down... Herman alone had the rubber sole crack and let water in through the bottom. 

0

Purchased mine in 1967 in Michigan for deer hunting,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79

Pros

  • Last forever, purchased mine in 1967. I love them.
  • Kept my feet warm and dry with a little mink oil.

Cons

  • Have not seen one yet

Purchased mine in 1967 in Michigan for deer hunting, still wearing them today 2014. I'm 71 and plan on handling them down to someone or maybe I'll be buried in them.

0

I couldn't believe it, both soles fell off (no kidding)…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift

Summary

I couldn't believe it, both soles fell off (no kidding) these hunting boots at the same time. They were a gift and I have worn the boots approx. ten times hunting. It's the week before opening day and I am on the scramble for another pair. Good thing I read these reviews or I might have bought another pair. Not this time.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Good fit

Cons

  • Soles detached from the boot

Boots fell apart after ten times wearing. Soles separated from the boot.

0

Bought boots at Wal-mart. Started leaking after wearing…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Cash

Pros

  • Don't hold up.
  • Started leaking after using to hunt with

Cons

  • Poor quality

Bought boots at Wal-mart. Started leaking after wearing a short while. Will most certainly tell all my friends to not buy Herman Survivors products. Not worth the money at all so don't waste your money.

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I also bought these boots, and wear them almost every…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65

Summary

I also bought these boots, and wear them almost every day. I work with a lot of firewood and am very hard on boots. Besides my Under Armour boots, these are one of the best pairs I have had in a while.

Pros

  • It is a great product

Cons

  • Not completely waterproof
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I have owned two pair of Herman Survivor boots and…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70

Summary

I have owned two pair of Herman Survivor boots and with BOTH of them the glued on soles came loose from the uppers in a short time — less than 6 months.

I will NEVER EVER BUY this brand again. Spend your money on something else. These look good, but are CHEAPLY made.

Pros

  • Look good
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Cheap made
  • Soles come unglued

Factory must not have any standards!

0

I purchased my Hermans in 1977, and have worn them…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $88

Summary

I purchased my Hermans in 1977, and have worn them since! They are the best hiking and water walking boot I have ever had.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Well Made

I keep them cleaned and waterproof and they will probably outlast me! I walk thru creeks and deep puddles in desert and in muddy lagoons!

0

Biota so comfortable I can sleep in them. This best…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 10$

Summary

Biota so comfortable I can sleep in them.

Pros

  • Water resistant
  • Rugged
  • Great traction
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • None

This best pair of boots I've ever owned. I've owned Timberland, Wolverines, and numerous other brands of boots. I do all types of construction with these boots and hike in the woods.

Found them marked down to ten bucks at Walmart. Original was 60$. I'd pay 60$ for another pair of these boots and only wear them for my after work boots.

I love them. Sorry if you guys got a bad pair, but mine are the best.

0

The Hermann Survivor boots of the '70s are completely…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

The Hermann Survivor boots of the '70s are completely different that the cheap ones from Walmart. I think the original ones, if I remember right, were made in Poland, and what great boots they were.

The new say they are waterproof etc but they are made in China cheaply. Think about it, the 1970 Hermans were more expensive than the 1980 Walmarts, what does that say!! The Polish made quality boots that would have been like $200 today. Being polish made the left foot is the right foot and visa vera (Had to,
being Polish I love the jokes.)

Pros

  • 1970 Survivors were durable, warm, waterproof
  • 5 stars for the European ones of the '70s

Cons

  • Walmart China boots soles come off, not very waterproof.
  • They are throwaway boots after 1 year if they last that long.
  • 1 star for the Chinese ones

These ratings I have read here are the cheap China made Hermans. These are not the real deal, which are not made anymore. The 1970s Hermans were great boots, ask anybody who owned a pair. Thsey probably still have them!!

rob5073

More like a rant than a review.


10 months ago
0

Average rating because this page is heavily devoted…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars

Summary

Average rating because this page is heavily devoted to the Walmart version; the moccasin toe Herman's I'm wearing were built in the 1960's in the USA and still SURVIVING.

I will oil, and on occasion have them resoled before they are beyond repair; if the welts blow-out they are done.

10 years ago I saw "Herman's" in Walmart for about 1/2 the price they sold for 30 + years earlier. After a brief examination I realized they were spot on with all the other disposable Chinese boots on the shelves, difference being that these were stamped with a name that was well known for quality footwear; I am not so easily swayed by a dirt cheap discount and hurried away before surrendering $40 to the facade of a trickster.

0

The Herman Survivors Kurt was the most comfortable…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

Summary

The Herman Survivors Kurt was the most comfortable boot I have ever worn.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Warm in winter and equally comfortable in summer

Cons

  • Second pair lasted for about a year

About 13 years ago I bought a pair of Herman Survivser (Kurt model) insulated workboots. They were on clearance at Walmart for around 25 dollars. After trying them on and walking in them for the first day, I knew that they were the best fitting boot, shoe for that matter, that I had ever worn.

So I went back to Walmart the next day and bought a backup pair. I don't wear work boots except on weekends and during the long winter and spring when I cut my firewood and at other times to do other work around home. But I do treat them with little regard while I'm working in them.

I have subjected these boots to normal wear and have been  surprsed with the durability of the first pair. After about 12 years of use, one boot began to leak and after getting my foot wet on a few occasions, I decided it was time to retire them, knowing that I still had a brand new pair in the closet just for the occasion.

About a year ago, I said goodbye to my old, faithful, still as comfortable as the day I first realized they were truly one of a kind for me, boots. I opened the replacement pair and as I suspected, they were every bit as comfortable as original ones. I have worn them with equal use and expected to get an equivalent amount and quality of service as the first pair. BUT, such was not to be.

After the first year, the boots are falling apart. The sole came off one boot and I noticed that the substrate is dry and powder like. I tried gluing them but the adhesive will not adhere to the disintigrating heel pad. I looked for the same model and learned that it is no longer made. What an incredible shame!

0

Have two hernias in back, ankle surgery, bad hip,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: 16 dollars

Summary

Have two hernias in back, ankle surgery, bad hip, I work walking on trusses. Since I got my shoes no limping or back pain, great support, good price.

Pros

  • Light great support
  • Very comfortable
  • Best boot I ever had

Cons

  • None

Best boot I ever put on.

0

Not worth the time or money. This is the second pair…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55

Summary

Not worth the time or money.

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Cheap workmanship

This is the second pair in 6 months. I will never buy them again. I thought the first pair was just a defective pair. I now see it was just the way they are made.

Stitches are cheap and break causing the boots to come apart. Soles come apart in sections, they don't have time to wear out. Insoles are junk and bunch up inside making them very uncomfortable. All in all, junk!

0

I just want to say thank you to the maker of Survivor…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

Summary

I just want to say thank you to the maker of Survivor work boots.

Pros

  • Tough

I just want to say thank you to the maker of the Survivor steel toe work boot from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU for saving my foot. Your steel toe work boots are tough.

My left foot got ran over by a big forklift that was hauling a 10,000 pound coil of steel and the driver of the forklift ran me over with both front and back tires and the Survivor steel toe work boots saved my foot. I did get a cracked heel bone but I would have been way worse if I didn't have those surviver work boots.

So again, THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY FOOT. 

Sincerely,

Craig Berridge

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I bought the Commenders with the zipper sides and…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

I bought the Commenders with the zipper sides and thought how cool is that, easy on easy off. Well I deliver fuel oil, gas and diesel and pull a hose 30-40 times a day plus drive the truck. All my boots get a work out and covered in oil and gas. Well after about 6 months of hard use they failed. The zipper never broke but the glue that holds the sole let go.

Pros

  • Cheap to buy

Cons

  • Don't sell the style anymore

Now I'm sure (to be fair) that they would have lasted much longer if not oil soaked and worked extremly hard everyday. I was going to get another pair but of course they don't make this style any longer. I do have a pair of Red wings but they are too expensive to ruin with oil and gas, but love to hike in them.

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivors in 1976 as a kid…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

I bought a pair of Herman Survivors in 1976 as a kid running a trapline in upstate NY. I loved them for years..anyways back in 2006 I bought a pair of Herman Survivor engineer boots steel toe for like 50 bucks..love them now three Harleys later and over 70k miles of road wear on the boots they are still going strong..want to find another pair. I swear by them. They are great.

Pros

  • good price
  • longevity

Cons

  • hard to find!

Great product and worth the money.

sjbeermaker

Got herman boots for Xmas 2012 worst boots I ever had and I,ve had them since 1977.


2 years ago
0

I have been wearing them  for 5 years.  I love them…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $36

I have been wearing them  for 5 years.  I love them and now I can't find them.  Would buy 2 pair if I could.

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I bought a pair of these boots at Walmart forgetting…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $40

I bought a pair of these boots at Walmart forgetting that these are just made in China wastes of material. they are now 2 months old and at least 3 seams on each boot are split enough to see material inside.

what a joke. take an American icon of a boot and have China ruin it...pathetic.

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I still hunt in a pair of Herman Survivor boots I…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $100 in 1972

I still hunt in a pair of Herman Survivor boots I bought in 1972. They were around $100 back then.  Not even the same product that Wal-Mart sells so cheap now. 

I am not a Wal-Mart hater but you are not going to find a good pair of boots at Wally World.

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I have always bought the Herman Survivor Commander…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: Commander $39, Big Buck $69

I have always bought the Herman Survivor Commander 2524202 to work in, but lately they come with lace up instead of lace hooks. I hate that they made this change and I wish they would go back to the old way.

Why did you mess up a good thing. A real excellant boot but this makes it harder and longer to lace up.

I also would like to find out where to get another pair of Herman Survivos Big Buck 5305714, can't find them anywhere.

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I have a pair of Herman Survivors Insulated boots…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: insulated leather
Use: hunting
Break-in Period: have only worn a few times.. I'm 72yrs. old
Price Paid: $59.99

I have a pair of Herman Survivors Insulated boots that have been worn only a few times and are only 2 years old. The Vibram heel and sole has come completely loose on one boot and can NOT be repaired by a shoe repairman.

Very disappointed in this boot. Used for hunting and walking in woods. They look like new and have very little wear on the tread. Being retired and on a fixed income I cannot afford buying things that do not last.

I loved the boots as they were very comfortable and warm.

Thanks Jim Mc

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Herman boots used to very good for the price. I wore…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: everyday use
Break-in Period: 3 days
Price Paid: $60

Herman boots used to very good for the price. I wore a pair of Engineer II boots for 6+ years, and they cost less than $100. It's sad comparing the quality of the old Hermans to the new ones. But I don't expect anything from China to be good.

Don't be surprised that Wal-Mart is carrying more Chinese products. Afterall Wal-Mart is 51% owned by China. Of course, they do not want their customers knowing this. ITS NOT EVEN AN AMERICAN COMPANY ANYMORE! Sam Walton is rolling in his grave. Think I'll buy at Target from now on.

Wal-mart is a Chinese owned company now, so expect more "made in china" labels.

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As a contractor they are great, don't know if you…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: construction
Break-in Period: one day
Price Paid: $40+

As a contractor they are great, don't know if you call hem "winter boot." Need steel toe and tough boots especially in winter construction. It's my second pair!!

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivors boots back in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: thinsulate
Use: rough work
Break-in Period: week
Weight: dont know
Price Paid: 50 bucks ish

I bought a pair of Herman Survivors boots back in the beginning of 2009 and these things have been great and I work on the oil field industry and they are constantly covered in mud, and submerged in water and covered in stuff you could not believe. They have been some of the best boots I have owned "all be it made in China" but what isn't anymore.

Anyways they have been tough, unfortunately about a month ago I got one foot cought in a "rotating apparatus" and it toor appart some of the mesh from the upper sole. I have still been wearing them and they still work perfect, just one boot looks lke crap...and it is still waterproof. I'll buy another pair!

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I have a pair of the original Herman Survivor Hunting…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, uppers insulated,
Use: hunting, hiking
Break-in Period: ?????
Weight: ?????
Price Paid: Just under 100 dollars

I have a pair of the original Herman Survivor Hunting or Hiking boots. All leather upper, insulated, etc. I paid good money for them a few years ago and liked the boot for its looks, feel, and warmth.

I didn't have them that long when I noticed the sole coming loose on both boots. The adhesive they used apparently wasn't of very good quality and looks like it just rotted away. I didn't get the wear I had hoped or even close to what I thought I should get for the price of the boot.

Oh these were made in Poland, where I assume the first ones were made. Over all, I don't think I got to wear the boots more than a couple of dozen times when I had to throw them away.

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The product was advertised as a camo, waterproof,…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: hunting
Break-in Period: week
Price Paid: $79

The product was advertised as a camo, waterproof, insulated hunting boot

This boot was purchased for hunting and saw very little wear, one season. The outer sole separated from the inner sole, making the boot useless. It appears the sole is composed of two different materials that were sealed together and completely separated.

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This review is for the "vintage" Herman Survivor Boot,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather, Vibram
Use: Heavy hiking and backpacking
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: unknown
Price Paid: 100

This review is for the "vintage" Herman Survivor Boot, the green smooth leather model, 8-inch insulated and fully leather-lined. They were Goodyear-welted with Vibram Montagnabloc soles, and were re-solable and available in widths and American-made.

If you can get a NOS pair of these that fit you, they are worth it. Even a good-condition used pair might be worth considering.

They are comfortable, if a little heavy, but waterproof with a leather tongue gusset and a very durable sole. Excellent side support. I used these for years hiking in Pennsylvania with no problems. The boots fit well, break in well, keep your feet dry. If they needed anything, a padded collar would be all.

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I got a pair of these Herman Survivor based on having…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and gortex
Use: hunting and minimal hiking
Break-in Period: never made it
Weight: ?
Price Paid: 30?

I got a pair of these Herman Survivor based on having heard really good things about them. I did some research AFTER I had problems with them. I had worn them only 2 times. However, I bought them at the end of last hunting season when they were discounted @ WalMart.

I really liked they way they looked and seemed to be made very well. I put them up for the season and got them out this year. I wore them to a soccer game in January (to keep warmer toes). They worked pretty well at that. I went to take them off and noted that the heel on both boots was held with some sort of foam type rubber that had completely separated from the sole to the leather upper of the boot.

Now, I have only worn them twice. I took them back to WalMart fully expecting them to stand behind their product and was surprised by their terse response. That was I needed to return them in unworn condition and with receipt within 90 days. I protested and spoke with a manager who also rebuffed me.

I must say I was surprised at their response. I usually have had good luck with returns @ WalMart but absolutely NO satisfaction on these boots. They really look good but are falling apart. I was surprised by both the complete failure of the boot and the poor response by WalMart. I would recommend NOT buying Herman Survivor boots from WalMart.

There must be someone somewhere who sells boots that stands behind them where you live that will be more responsive to issues like this if they arise. In my area (Texas) there are Academy stores and they have been excellent on issues of returns. Thanks if you read all of this. Charles

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the Herman Survivor of today is not the same boot.

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars

the Herman Survivor of today is not the same boot. it is a Wal Mart exclusive. the real boot was $50 in 1973 when I bought a pair for college. they lasted 10 yrs at least. what do you expect for 24 bucks at wal mart? the wonderful reviews from the old days are correct.

beware, there are many familiar brand names out there that have no relationship to the original product. brands are commodities.

thank you to sites such as this that give the consumer a voice and kept me from buying new junk based on old reputation!

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My dad gave me a pair of Herman Survivor boots to…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: hunting
Break-in Period: unknown
Weight: unknown
Price Paid: $100+

My dad gave me a pair of Herman Survivor boots to hunt quail approximately 30 years ago. They are still functional but they never were good in wet weather. I wear Bean boots in wet weather and the Herman boots when it is dry. I apply a copious amount of mink oil once or twice a year. Dad died 3 years ago and now I hunt alone. How many gifts outlast the giver?

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The Herman Survivor Boot lasted me about 6 trips into…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: nylon upper
Use: hunting or short hiking
Break-in Period: Worn aoroximatley 8 miles
Weight: product # 5305437
Price Paid: $30

The Herman Survivor Boot lasted me about 6 trips into the woods. I put them up for the season and the next trip
I came back with one sole missing but I did have dry feet.

That's the only reason I gave a half star. Walmart does not back their product.
Regards
Jeff

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Another unsatisfied customer. I purchased these boots…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather/Goretex
Use: Winter wear.........Erie Pa.
Break-in Period: ?
Weight: ?
Price Paid: $49

Another unsatisfied customer. I purchased these boots with the expectation of having the same quality boot as I had previously enjoyed.

After only wearing them only a few times they leaked like a sieve. Brought them back to Wal Mart and was told they were past the 90 day return period. Since I purchased them before it snowed I did not know they leaked until the weather turned.

Very disappointed in Wal Mart and Herman Survivor Co.I guess I'll just have to find another type of waterproof/insulated boot

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I bought these boots for deer hunting. They are fine…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: I forget

I bought these boots for deer hunting. They are fine if there is no snow or mud to contend with. If you are in snow or mud everything sticks to the soles till you can knock it off. Otherwise the boots are fine had no trouble keeping my feet warm and dry.

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the rubber boot for hunting did not last me more than…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: rubber ultra 800
Use: hunting
Break-in Period: yes
Weight: 800 ultra insulation
Price Paid: $69.99

the rubber boot for hunting did not last me more than 60 days of hunting the boot cracked and split open mostly at the seams and sole. i have patched the boots many times already and still i can not wear them. the holes are too big then i wear them to hunt again and get more holes i cant keep up with the holes and the patching

very, respectfuly
tommy loomis

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I bought a pair of these from Walmart for $24, only…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $14

I bought a pair of these from Walmart for $24, only second time i wore them the crease from walking at toe begins to leak. I took that pair back to a walmart closer to my house and found a nicer insulated pair for 14.00 and exchanged mine for that pair, after a month or so the sole began to come off the right boot. I bought some shoe goo to glue it back on and had to do same thing to left one a week or two later and after that both of them leak just like my first pair. while searching for this site i also found this

"In 2001 Wal-Mart bought Herman Survivors from a private company. They are now made in China, for 122 years Herman Survivors were considered the best boot money could buy, they were expensive, but lasted even under extreme use and conditions, now Herman Survivors are cheap to buy, and cheap in the way they are constructed."

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Just like all the other unsatisfied Herman buyers…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $45

Just like all the other unsatisfied Herman buyers I am really disappointed with Walmart in not refunding my money...my boots come apart at the bottom of laces and they leak like a sieve...just past their 90-day return policy. product and retailer are a has been with me!

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Boot was warm and comfortable, but seams let go on…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: hydroguard, thinsulate
Use: sitting in deer blind
Break-in Period: days
Weight: size 13
Price Paid: $60

Boot was warm and comfortable, but seams let go on either side of toe and made them less than waterproof. The store refused to replace boots even though I only used them less than a dozen times. If a store won't stand by the product it sells what good is it. I know that will be the last pair of SURVIVORs I'll buy.

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Had boots about six months and they separated at seam…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: man made and leather
Use: daily around house,im 75,so not much walking
Break-in Period: daily
Weight: 175
Price Paid: $40

Had boots about six months and they separated at seam in back.

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I just bought a pair of Herman Hollow point boots…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Use: Hunting,outdoors
Price Paid: $50

I just bought a pair of Herman Hollow point boots haven't worn them yet. I will break them in this Saturday for the opening day of bow season.

I had a pair called Big Buck. They lasted forever, I'm thinking at least 6 maybe 7 years before giving out on me this squirrel season...but from reading the reviews I'm a little nervous I might not be getting the same satisfaction from this new pair so I will be holding onto my sales slip.

If anyone has any info or purchased the same boots and feels like sharing some info feel free to drop me an email.

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This is my first and last pair of Herman Survivors.

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars

This is my first and last pair of Herman Survivors. I've had them about 6 months and the soles are completely worn out and have several holes through them...

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These boots are horrific. I purchased them only 4…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: 0
Price Paid: $42

These boots are horrific. I purchased them only 4 days ago and after wearing them during my normal work routine started getting terrible pain in both ankles. After checking the outcome of this pain all day long, on both of my ankles the boots wore a hole in the sock and created large lacerations on the inside of my ankle. I would recommend burning these shoes not purchasing

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Last pair lasted 20+ years. New pair is junk. Worn…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: outdoors

Last pair lasted 20+ years. New pair is junk. Worn only a few times when entire sole fell off and upon inspection the other is on it's way. Obviously not the same quality we used to expect from Herman.

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I like the boots overall, BUT I normally get 2 years…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: everyday construction work
Break-in Period: 3 months
Weight: 160 lbs.
Price Paid: $49.99

I like the boots overall, BUT I normally get 2 years out of a pair of boots. These particular pair, I have only had for 3 months.

The boots are very comfortable and I was wearing them every day, but both of them split on the soles and I can no longer wear them without getting wet feet! I do not have the receipt so Walmart will not let me exchange them. An exchange would be greatly appreciated!

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I bought these boots while in the Air Force in upstate…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather outers , leather iner
Use: Winter wear, mountains, snow, Hiking, Gardening,work boot
Break-in Period: none
Weight: about 5 pounds
Price Paid: $60

I bought these boots while in the Air Force in upstate New York. That was in 1976. I use them every winter, and anytime I need good traction and foot protection.

Even though I've tried to take care of them, the sweat and water of the hotter climates eventually cause a slight rot spot on the top of the toe on the left boot. The rest of the uppers are in good shape. The Vibram tread is only very slightly worn. Even with the wear and tear these boot still look and of course feel, great.

Apparently WALMART has taken over the line and they're not made to that same high standard. A shame. I was looking to complement the makers of this exceptionally fine boot. It's seldom you find such high quality and
pride of workmanship in any product. I'd sure like another pair.

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I bought a pair of Survivors 6 yrs ago and I replaced…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather thinsulate steel toe gore-tex
Use: construction/hunting
Break-in Period: 2-4 weeks depending on use
Weight: ?4-5lbs
Price Paid: $45

I bought a pair of Survivors 6 yrs ago and I replaced them last year not due to the boot itself but due to the fact that i was at work on day and a kid had me stand on some rebar so he could get it cut, he lost control of the grinder and about cut my damn toes off, luckily these boots come with great steel reinforcement.

but in 6 years i've had only 2 pairs of work boots and 1 pair of there hunting boots which i got last year for 75 and thus far they have been an amazing boot, through snow water mud rocky hill sides sand even ice covered rocks and mountain sides.

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I drive trucks. I replaced an old pair of Herman Survivors…

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Materials: rubber bottoms leather uppers
Use: driving a truck
Break-in Period: had less than 1 month
Price Paid: $33

I drive trucks. I replaced an old pair of Herman Survivors that were 2 years old and I wore the old ones on this year's bear hunt.

After only 3 weeks back on the truck the laces are almost worn through at all the eyes and 3 speed laces in the new pair. I had to take laces from a 4 year old pair of HiTecs to go to work yesterday. The laces on my other Hermans are 2 years old and doing fine (next year's bear hunt).

Why the sudden downturn in quality? The laces are very important. They keep the boot where it belongs and help support the ankles. I won't waste the time and gas to return them. I'll just wear them out which shouldn't be long if this shoe quality is the same as the laces. I'll buy another brand.

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I have this boot for last 3 years and it is going…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 54 $

I have this boot for last 3 years and it is going good as new. I brought it from Walmart..and really I love this boot.

Cheers,
Dugo

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About a month ago I purchased a pair of Herman Survivor…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: 1 month still hurt my feet
Weight: 200lbs
Price Paid: $49.99

About a month ago I purchased a pair of Herman Survivor steel toed work boots and within a week started to suffer extreme pain in my heels. $300 in doctor visits later there is nothing wrong with my feet. I have since gone back to my old standby "BRAHMA's" and my feet feel great. Herman Survivor boots suck!!!!!!!!

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This product is not worth the cost, it only last less…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, moisture wicking, flexible midsole
Use: work
Break-in Period: 2 months
Price Paid: $49.50

This product is not worth the cost, it only last less than two months. The stitching around the sole began to loosen and the side of the foot was exposed.

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they are very noisy boots. i hate them.

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars

they are very noisy boots. i hate them.

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First of all I'd like to say I have a pair that is…

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work ( kneeling, standing, ladder work)
Break-in Period: 3 months
Weight: 207 LBS
Price Paid: $55

First of all I'd like to say I have a pair that is over 12 years old I wore them for construction, concrete work and pretty much everything else. however they are starting to get dry rotted...no biggie.

I went to wally-world to get a new pair, steel-toe, water proof, heavy duty...not! After 3 months the soul split. I didn't know about it until I walked in the rain and my feet got wet (yes I said FEET ) both boots are shot. They didn't have the good old vibram soul, these were some funky yellowish looking ones.

Don't get me wrong, they felt great while they lasted. I guess I gotta go shopping tomorrow. Later.

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I bought these tie shoes for looks and comfort. And…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: casual
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $55

I bought these tie shoes for looks and comfort. And I take good care of my "stuff", so the shoes look great - on top. And I sort of save them for best around the house and at sport club meetins. I've probably worn them less than 100 times.

BUT the soles of the shoe and heel have broken off in chunks. They seem to be of a sponge like material and I can no longer wear them without the whole bottom coming off. And I can't seem to find any store that sells this brand and also can't find out who in hell makes them so that I can send them back. Gotta say they were comfortable but didn't last.

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Have a pair of Herman Survivors. Have had them awhile…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Yard Work
Break-in Period: Very Little
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $80+

Have a pair of Herman Survivors. Have had them awhile but not worn very much. The bottom has delaminated from the side making them useless. I paid a hefty sum for these boots, they were bought at a uniform store, not Wal Mart.

Like so many times recently I have been ripped off again. According to this site seems like I have no recourse. Any body have an suggestion?

My advise Stay Away From Herman Junk.

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivors in 1977 for $100…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: don't remember, seems like not long at all, maybe 1-2 days
Weight: sorry, don't remember this either. Not heavy though
Price Paid: $100+

I bought a pair of Herman Survivors in 1977 for $100 plus. Don't remember any more exact cost, do remember some friends giving me a hard time for spending so much. They all bought $46-$50 WalMart or Payless.

I had my Hermans four years later while they were buying their cheapies anywhere from three to four pair per year. THOSE Herman's lasted me well into the 1990s, working daily for Allied Van Lines to United Air Lines and all points between. Desert sand, av-gas, jet fuel, all the oils/hydraulic fluids you find in aircraft, and standing for hours in rain and puddles while working on engines, even to and including shoveling snow in Duluth during icing tests. My feet were always warm and dry while the rest of me was soaked and chilled to the bone.

The biggest mistake Herman's made was when they sold out for cheap labor. I can find "Herman's" at WalMart now, but just by picking them up and looking at them it's obvious they aren't the same. Not REAL Herman's.

I'm really glad I'm retired now. No more standing for hours in rain puddles or snow. Don't have to worry about having good boots any more. Don't go in the weather unless I want to, not because I have too. I consider my self lucky to have lived and worked at a time when Herman's were good boots. May they rest in peace.

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Although I cannot remember what store or how much…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Everyday, Short/Long Rocky Hikes, Camping
Break-in Period: Less than two weeks
Weight: Medium-Lightweight

Although I cannot remember what store or how much I paid, I purchased my Herman Survivor boots when I lived in Oregon. My boots are at least 8 years old, quite possibly 10 years old, and they are just starting to tell me my time with them is up. I 'googled' Herman Survivor because I want another pair and I found this site.

These boots, for me, are extremely comfortable. I have the brown leather men's boot. When I lived in Oregon, I wore them at least once a week for a few years. Since moving back East and living in PA. I have worn them just about every day. They are my favorite boot in my closet. The soles are still in good shape. I have polished them with mink oil at least twice a month, sometimes once a week, since being back in PA. They have the same laces.

After years of wear the seems are no longer keeping water out and the side of my heel has worn through the fabric to the rubber on one side. It is because of this that I am looking to buy another pair.

LOVE THESE BOOTS. Very comfortable, great price or I wouldn't have bought them and they lasted nearly a decade.

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well all i can say is you pay for what you get, i…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather goretex
Use: work
Break-in Period: 1week
Weight: 10oz
Price Paid: $49.95

well all i can say is you pay for what you get, i had them for 1 month the soles are shot already, but they are comfortable and waterproof, Only if they had better soles, what do expect for $45?

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I bought a pair of Survivors at Walmart they really…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: every thing but swiming
Break-in Period: 5 days
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Price Paid: $54.95

I bought a pair of Survivors at Walmart they really sucked for a while until I got them wet and oily. Now I got rid of the crappy boots I called comfortable.

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I bought the Herman Survivors boots 11 years ago.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: dont remember

I bought the Herman Survivors boots 11 years ago. I have only used them in the winter. I found this site looking for the store I got them from, found the reviews so I thought i would add my 2 cents! Great pair of boots but it's time to replace them. Got my money's worth 11 years of wear but they are cracking now and my feet are getting wet in the snow, so time for a new pair.

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I bought the Herman Survivors boots for my son about…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $180

I bought the Herman Survivors boots for my son about 2-3 years ago from Walmart. Unfortunately to a birth defect I have to buy 2 pairs- different sizes for a proper fit. I am very unhappy and upset with this brand which I was told was not only well made but reputable. His right boot (size 12) has recently SPLIT not only on the toe but also all the way around to his heal. Too bad we are having a bad winter this year.

By the way the sole itself looks like it has never been worn. Anywhere- any website to contact to complain? Walmart wants nothing to do with it!!!! I am currently looking for a shoe repair place that may actually want to try to fix this--- especially since I have to buy 2 pairs of different sizes to fit his feet!!!!!

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My father bought these boots for me in 1973 when I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: insulated leather
Use: Upper Michigan winters
Break-in Period: none required
Weight: average
Price Paid: $50 in 1973

My father bought these boots for me in 1973 when I went to college in Marquette, MI. They have seen 29 degrees below 0 cold and endless miles hiking and playing in the woods. To me they are like strapping warm pillows on your feet. Very durable, good snow traction but Vibram soles not that great on ice. I have trudged through the snow with these boots on and off for 35+ years and they are still warm and waterproof.

Evidently they don't make them like they use to.

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Herman Suvivor hollow point walmart.delaware...had…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $49.95

Herman Suvivor hollow point walmart.delaware...had 1 year, wore every day..came apart..GREAT boot. 2 sizes over size worn 2 pairs sox...NEVER COLD..wish I had bought 5 pairs! Be well.

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I had my boots less than three weeks, just long enough…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: two weeks
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $60

I had my boots less than three weeks, just long enough that Wal-Mart will not refund, and the liners ripped out. This trapped my feet in the boots. One boot on a Monday night and the other two nights later.

I had to cut the top of the liners with a knife just to free my foot. These boots are a waste of your money. Spend another $20 and get a good boot of another brand.

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This was the 5th pair of these boots that I bought…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: n/a
Weight: n/a
Price Paid: $39.95

This was the 5th pair of these boots that I bought and the others were perfect. This pair is so rough in the bottom that they hurt your feet so bad that you can't wear them. They are supposed to be waterproof and they leak, and I am an unhappy customer.

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I have been a plumber for 3 years now. I have used…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $60

I have been a plumber for 3 years now. I have used Red Wings and yea they are great, but $300 great? No.

I have used these for 2 years now and they are great for the price. I get about a year out of them, but for $60 that's fine.

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I am an EMT for a commercial ambulance service and…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Use: ems
Price Paid: $55

I am an EMT for a commercial ambulance service and naturally I am on my feet and in my boots for long stretches of time. I bought a pair of the side zip boots at wal-mart. Wore them for a 24 hour shift. Had a call that same day at my local volunteer fire dept and when sitting on the engine doing paperwork my foot hit the tire of the truck and the zipper broke off.

The boots never did seem to fit quite right and tended to hurt my ankles, I thought the boots would break in but from the sounds of it not going to happen.

I am going to Wal-mart today receipt in hand and ask for my money back...I will never buy these boots again.

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I purchased my Survivors as a hunting boot 6 years…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $140

I purchased my Survivors as a hunting boot 6 years ago from Cabelas. Always used conditioner and a bees wax waterproof on a yearly basis and only used these boots for the Pennsylvania rifle season. For the money I thought I was good for many years. Well the soles have dry rotted around the seams and are coming right off the leather and cannot be repaired.

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I got out my Herman Survivors today that were in the…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: wear occassionally to go shopping
Break-in Period: 1 year
Price Paid: $75

I got out my Herman Survivors today that were in the bedroom with my other shoes and one of the soles came completely off. It is interesting that there are hundreds if not thousands of places to buy this product but nowhere to complain and no customer service.

Perhaps "Herman Victim" would be a more appropriate name.

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I will only rate this boot half because I just bought…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Price Paid: $62

I will only rate this boot half because I just bought them a week ago but after reading all this it worries me.

I have the steel toe Crossfire men's work boot. I really hope they hold up but it doesn't sound like they are going to. But other than that they are really comfortable but do make my feet sweat. Any feedback on this particular boot would be great, thanx

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Great boot, looks good, feels good. Bought at Walmart,…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Use: Used at work 40 hrs per week
Price Paid: $35

Great boot, looks good, feels good. Bought at Walmart, but now can't find them. I hear they're exclusively at WM now, but no luck in finding them.

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I bought my husband a pair of Survivor "Big Buck"…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $25-60

I bought my husband a pair of Survivor "Big Buck" on clearance from Wal-Mart one spring several years ago for $25. He has had three or four pairs now that I have paid up to $60 for mid-season. They are the only boots he wants for winter wear (1000 gram thinsulate) as he works outside in the Iowa weather all year round. He says they keep his feet toasty warm and dry all day long, and he is not easy on his footwear, he works in mud, water and concrete.

These boots usually last him 2 seasons depending on how much concrete he is in, as it is the hardest on the boots than anything else. The thing that really sucks is what Wal-Mart is known for (getting us attached to something then discontinuing it!). I CANNOT FIND THESE BOOTS!

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Bought a pair of these for work after a bad experience…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather upper
Use: work/industrial
Break-in Period: too long
Weight: unknown
Price Paid: $40+

Bought a pair of these for work after a bad experience with a pair of Red Wings (steel toe busted through inside upper, gouging my toes). Guess what? Same thing. Couple months, toes being gouged, steel protruding through inner liner. Ouch.

For $40 I didn't expect them to last forever, but more than a couple months. I'll need to keep looking for a well-made, comfortable pair of work shoes. These are not them...

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These boots used to be great. But now, the last 3…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: construction work
Break-in Period: same day...3 months for boots to break
Weight: couple lbs
Price Paid: $50

These boots used to be great. But now, the last 3 pairs have cracked, right down the middle. Seems like the manufacturer will read these reviews and improve this product! Won't ever buy again! They used to be good boots, swore by them.

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Hello, I just purchased my 2nd pair of Herman Survivors…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather, water proof, moisture wicking, oil and slip resistant
Use: Law Enforcement Duty
Break-in Period: None ready to go right out of the box, 1to2 days
Weight: 1pound per boot
Price Paid: $38

Hello, I just purchased my 2nd pair of Herman Survivors the Commander Duty boot. I work in law enforcement and stand on my feet a lot, at one post guarding MAT platforms in all types of weather from sun to rain to 8 to 10 inches of snow.

I have found these boots to be the most comfortable light weight boot for the price, my feet never get wet and stay fairly warm in -30 weather, even though my feet do sweat in the boot the new moisture wicking works well and my feet have never smelled nor has the boot. My last pair lasted 1 1/2 years and are still in ok shape but it was time for a new pair. I wear them on 12 to 16 hour shifts some 8 hour shifts if we are not busy and they have stood up to everything I have thrown at them.

I am also part of the ERT which is like SWAT and this boot beats Bates in feel comfort and price. The only downside is my old pair is just now starting to separate in a couple of small spots but that's not bad for 1 1/2 years.

If you're looking for a duty boot go to Wal-Mart and try a pair for $38. I don't think you will be disappointed. I wasn't.

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I used to buy my boots, wellington style at K-mart.

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Break-in Period: 2 months
Price Paid: $39.99

I used to buy my boots, wellington style at K-mart. They closed so I got a pair of Survivors at Walmart, back in 2004 or 5. I went back recently to get another pair, but I could tell they were made cheaply and had a funky harder sole, so I passed on those.

If you want quality boots then don't go to Walmart!
They should change their name to China mart!

You get what you pay for.

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I work in the construction industry, I bought a pair…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Weight: heavy
Price Paid: $50

I work in the construction industry, I bought a pair of these steel toed boots. I believe these boots are worthless, and no one should buy them. I was putting an air conditioner in my window at my house and it slipped and fell onto the steel toe in these boots and it didn't protect my toes...I had to go to the hospital for a broken bone in my foot and now my toenail on my big toe is about to fall off...If I could find the company that makes these boots i would have a great deal of negative comments to say...I do believe for the shoddy workmanship they should have to pay for my hospital bills and reimburse me for my time off work.

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I am pretty disappointed in this boot. I bought the…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Use: work
Weight: 175 pounds
Price Paid: $40

I am pretty disappointed in this boot. I bought the Steel Toe Boot for work and it split across the bottom. I was wondering if there is a guarantee or what. Thank you

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I bought my first pair of brown bear boots several…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $54

I bought my first pair of brown bear boots several years ago. They lasted me well over a year. I've been buying these boots for about four years now and I love them, problem is Walmart says they are discontinuing them.

That is really disappointing. I've worn Wolverine, Rocky, Redwing and a lot of other high dollar boots that didn't last 6 to 8 months. So as far as I'm concerned this is the best boot you can get, especially for the money.

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hi just bought a pair of hermans just because they…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $44

hi just bought a pair of hermans just because they were the style i always have worn but coudnt find any where elese.they were 44.00 but i would have spent much more just for the style and color and craftsmanship.what i found out is that the interiors of these boots (in my opinion)were constructed out of material (known to ) make your feet sweet and smell foul!and to boot, i went back to walmart to get some oder inserts and found out that in the other asile were HERMAN SURVIVERS ODER INSERTS LOL WHAT A F*#^KIN SCAM not only do they wanna sell you boots that are made of the cheapest material that make your feet stink, they want you to purchase inserts as often as you need ,to be able to tollerate wearing their boots.i have had many quallity leather boots and have worn them and just them for periods of 1 year or better with out any!!smell or oder what so ever.its just like everything elese in this contry every industry is after your last buck!god bless america greed.

Update: March 25, 2008

Hi, just bought a pair of Hermans just because they were the style I always have worn but coudn't find anywhere else. They were $44, but I would have spent much more just for the style and color and craftsmanship.

What I found out is that the interiors of these boots (in my opinion) were constructed out of material (known to) make your feet sweat and smell foul! And to boot, I went back to Walmart to get some odor inserts and found out that in the other aisle were HERMAN SURVIVORS ODOR INSERTS.

LOL WHAT A F*#^KIN SCAM. Not only do they wanna sell you boots that are made of the cheapest material that make your feet stink, they want you to purchase inserts as often as you need, to be able to tolerate wearing their boots.

I have had many quality leather boots and have worn them and just them for periods of 1 year or better without any!!smell or oder whatsoever. It's just like everything else in this country, every industry is after your last buck! God bless America greed.

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I purchased boots from Walmart. After wearing 1 month…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: leater
Price Paid: $70

I purchased boots from Walmart. After wearing 1 month sole broke into, knowing Walmart I didn't bother to try and exchange them. Boy what a disappointment the boots have been, and for the price WOW!!!

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These shoes were purchased by my grandson 10/07/07.

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $50

These shoes were purchased by my grandson 10/07/07. He is a college student, not much money after paying for school. The soles of these shoes are split...

We encouraged him to buy this brand, thought they were a great shoe. Maybe he just got a defective pair. Nonetheless they are no good now, the soles leak.

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Got my husband a pair. He is in construction. Don't…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $65

Got my husband a pair. He is in construction. Don't know which 1 I got but it was steel toe. In less than 4 months the sole on bottom split right in half. I was sure that your boot was a great 1 but after seeing that i don't know. The sole isn't even worn. I'm very disappointed.

Jackie

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I was thinking of purchasing a new pair of Hermans…

I was thinking of purchasing a new pair of Hermans last hunting season since all the other cheap (read Chinese) boots wouldn't hold up, leaked, laces weren't even any good. My old pair of Hermans (which I still have) were bought for $55 in 1977 at a shoe store in Saginaw which is long gone. These admittedly aren't as warm as they once were (thirty years or so of heavy use) but they are still water proof! Still good footwear for the fall season. But after all the comments I've read about Walmart Hermans, forget it.

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I purchased a pair of Herman Survivors Kurt model…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: don't know, waterproof
Use: work
Break-in Period: felt good as soon as i put them on
Weight: don't know
Price Paid: $45

I purchased a pair of Herman Survivors Kurt model from Walmart a few years ago. They were the best boots I ever owned. They were insulated and waterproof and my feet never got cold or wet. Very comfortable to stand in. And slip resistant, I could walk on a wet tile floor and not slip. Only problem I have is they only lasted 2 years and now I can't find them anywhere.

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I bought a pair of Hermann Survivor boots in 1977,…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: synthetic rubber/fiber
Use: short dayhike
Break-in Period: too short
Weight: less than 10 pounds
Price Paid: $40+

I bought a pair of Hermann Survivor boots in 1977, which lasted more than 12 years of rough physical abuse. I wore the heels off of them, before I had to burn them. Apparently, they were manufactured somewhere in the United States (...does anyone know for sure where they were manufactured, then?).

This past summer, I bought a new pair at Wal-Mart; they were junk! I wore them two and one-half hours out in the snow one week ago and the right inside sole completely busted out.

The Chinese are pulling the same maneuver on the American public with their shoddy workmanship that the Japanese did after World War 2 with their junk. After the Japanese discovered that the US consumer was a discriminating shopper and wouldn't continue to buy inferior merchandise, they finally instituted world class quality-control procedures in their production processes. Today, the quality of Japanese products are so good that a lot of their products, except automobiles, have disappeared from the US market, which I imagine has something to do with the deluge of Chinese imports we are now experiencing.

Do not want to get into the politics of how the US finances its debt, but the average US consumer should not have to get it in the yang in order to keep a decent pair of boots on his feet!!! All I want is the address of the importers of these junk boots, so I can return them to the sorry... (even though I know they will not make good on the junk.)

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Bought a pair in 1977 and just tossed them this year…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

Bought a pair in 1977 and just tossed them this year (2007). The stitching was starting to go. Used them regularly for hiking, yard work, etc. Great boots. Don't know if they are still made the same way, but, at least they used to be great!

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I just bought a pair of Herman Survivor/hollow point…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $45

I just bought a pair of Herman Survivor/hollow point boots. Within 1 hour of buying them I ran across this forum, Seen all the bad reviews then checked out my 1 hour old never worn boots a little closer. Sure enough the sole is separated from the boot. I swear I never wore these boots outside my living room!! I will return these boots and recommend stay far far away from this brand of boots.

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivor Big Timber II in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

I bought a pair of Herman Survivor Big Timber II in 2003 and wore them faithfully every day until now. Four years is a long time for any boot. If I could find another pair I would definitely by them. Good job!

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I bought a pair of Survivors from Wal-Mart in late…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Weight: 230lbs
Price Paid: $44.78

I bought a pair of Survivors from Wal-Mart in late June of 2007. It is now Oct. 2007 and they have a huge hole in the bottom of them. The treads are worn off completely. I will never purchase this brand again. I am a truck driver so it's not like I'm on my feet all day.

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I have been buying and wearing Herman's since high…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work land surveyor

I have been buying and wearing Herman's since high school 30 years! Until this last pair purchased at Walmart I had really enjoyed their product. Unfortunately the last pair I bought just before Christmas 2006 are a big disappointment. The soles of both boots split within 4 months and by 9 months side seems were ripping loose. I've had a pair last me several years in the past. Not anymore! I'm sorry to see all the bad reviews of a quality American made boot in the past slip to a worthless import product! I will not buy them again.

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I am a avid hunter and equipment and apparel for this…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Materials: Trigger
Use: Hunting
Break-in Period: one week
Price Paid: $50

I am a avid hunter and equipment and apparel for this sport can be very costly, so I found what seemed to be a reasonable price at Walmart on the camo thinsulate 600 gram Survivors at the end of last year's hunting season, so I purchased two pairs, one for my son and one for myself. We just started season for this year and received a great deal of disappointment, both pairs of boots have come apart at the sole and being as I purchased these boots last year I don't have a receipt to return them. I would like to know if this particular boot had a defect upon manufacturing or in fact that what I thought was a reasonable price was the answer of you get what you pay for?

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This pair I bought in 1973. Insulated, steel toes.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: all purpose, including firefighting
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2 pounds more or less
Price Paid: $58

This pair I bought in 1973. Insulated, steel toes. wonderful boots! Still have them and good as new. But... Notttt anymore! China.

I also bought Wolverine, wonderful boot, but... nottttt anymore! China! Justin- China. Caterpillar boots- China! Maybe ALL boots are made in China. Everything else is. No point in buying name brand boots. Just go to Big 5, but whatever fits, wear them out, buy some more.

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I have purchased several pairs of your boots and they…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: did not last 2 weeks
Weight: 280 pounds
Price Paid: $50

I have purchased several pairs of your boots and they have given me good service, and I have recommended them to my friends. However, the last pair I purchased the sole on both boots split within two weeks of purchasing. I tried to return the boots to Walmart but was told they would not take them back without a receipt. I now have a fifty dollar pair of useless boots. I don't know if the manufacturing of the boots has been changed because all my other pairs have been fine. Any help in resolving this situation would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Eric Weatherford

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I bought this pair of boots because of past experience.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Man made materials
Use: Foundry/maintenance
Break-in Period: One day
Price Paid: $49.95

I bought this pair of boots because of past experience. They are comfortable, supportive and look like a quality boot. But one week later the sole of the boot started to come off and almost tripped me. I work in a foundry and need the extra comfort these boots offer. I bought these boots at Walmart and Walmart will not refund or exchange them even with a receipt.

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Fell apart in less than a month.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: none
Weight: I don't know
Price Paid: $44.64

Fell apart in less than a month.

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Hello- this boot was used very few times at our home.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: top leather
Use: around the home
Break-in Period: day or two
Weight: my weight 160 lbs
Price Paid: $39.99

Hello- this boot was used very few times at our home. The soles actually came loose from the body of the shoe. I would not recommend this boot to anyone.

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Used to buy these for myself and people who worked…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars

Used to buy these for myself and people who worked for me. Then one day noticed that they were falling apart, "did I buy the wrong brand", a bad lot, NO, they were now MADE IN CHINA. CHINESE garbage is all they are today, and never bought another pair since, and never will.

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I also purchased these from Wallyworld and they will…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: rough trail

I also purchased these from Wallyworld and they will not take back without the receipt. This will be the last pair of Herman Survivors that I will purchase. The uppers separated from the soles within 6 months of usage. These are not the same quality shoes from years' past.

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Says oil/slip resistant, however that is not the case.

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Price Paid: $40

Says oil/slip resistant, however that is not the case. Worst shoe for traction I have ever had. Will not buy anymore.

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In the early '80s as a young soldier stationed in…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: driving lift trucks
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $56

In the early '80s as a young soldier stationed in Europe, I purchased my first pair of Herman Survivors. I paid about $120 dollars for them back then. I wore the boots for years. I gave them to my son in 2000 and he wore them just until last year when he finally outgrew them. Now back to present day, I purchased a pair of Hermans in the summer of 2006. I figured that they would be as durable as the pair I had purchased back then...wrong this pair has split across the sole, and has now become air conditioned. I don't have to worry about washing my left foot when it rains.

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivors from Wal-mart.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $58

I bought a pair of Herman Survivors from Wal-mart. This was my 2nd pair. My 1st pair the sole cracked and my 2nd pair the sole came off. Herman shoes from Wal-mart are junk.

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Bought a pair at the local Wal-Mart early in the morning…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Work
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 210
Price Paid: $42

Bought a pair at the local Wal-Mart early in the morning on the way to work. Was impressed by the "waterproof" advertisement on the box and also on the boot tag. I work in water all day and two minutes wearing the boots my feet were soaked. Tried spray and also polish to waterproof them but to no avail. I'm taking them back to see if I can get my money back!!!!!!!!!!!

I will add that they are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn when they are dry. But are useless when in a wet environment.

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Purchased the Survivor in September of 2006 and by…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather uppers
Use: work boot
Break-in Period: several days
Weight: about 3 lbs
Price Paid: $45

Purchased the Survivor in September of 2006 and by April of 2007 both soles had cracked completely across. Returned them to WalMart with receipt in hand and they said they would not warranty them beyond 3 months. I am disgusted because the soles should not have cracked.The sole is a thin layer of vinyl/rubber over foam. Never had a pair of work boots deteriorate so quickly. However, the uppers were in fine condition.

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I bought 1 pair waterproof. They leaked, got a replacement…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $59.99

I bought 1 pair waterproof. They leaked, got a replacement pair, they leaked. I won't buy no more Hermans junk.

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I used to do a lot of hiking in my teens and twenties…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Work
Break-in Period: 1 Week
Weight: 225 Lbs
Price Paid: $48

I used to do a lot of hiking in my teens and twenties and swore by Herman Survivors. As an adult tried many different kinds of work boots mainly for price. Didn't have much luck with the others and went back to Hermans. To find out these are not the Hermans of yesteryear. These things are garbage! They are 9 mos. old and the sole split right up to the leather! Maybe Timberland WANTS MY BUSINESS!!!!

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After reading the other reviews,I think I must have…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 5 lbs? each
Price Paid: $50?

After reading the other reviews,I think I must have lucked out when I purchased my Herman Survivor steel-toe work boots. Though they are my second pair in about 3 1/2 yrs., they have held up well, (no sole-splitting problems), but the bottom outside seams for the eyelets come loose (stitching at bottom of eyelet strip). These boots have eyelets where the shoestrings can be laced either vertically, (which is how they`re "supposed" to be), or horizontally through the eyelet. If you run the strings vertically,the eyelets cut right through the strings and the strings last about a week. It's very difficult to string them horizontally, but if you can do it, the strings will last much longer. I think this could be easily rectified by simply using standard eyelets or "hook" eyelets, ("hooklets?"). Given that the price of the boots was about $50, and they`re exposed to a varying array of chemicals and water, they seem like a good value, but not excellent.

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Thank god for duct tape because after about 6 months…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: hunting & everyday use
Break-in Period: n/a
Weight: n/a
Price Paid: $59.99

Thank god for duct tape because after about 6 months the lining for the steel toe wore out, the insoles were totaled in 2 months, and in 4 months I had to repair the seem on the back of boot. My cousin gave me an old pair that didn't fit him and I have had no trouble. Who says newer is better.

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Back in early 80s bought Hermans for at the time over…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 100 something

Back in early 80s bought Hermans for at the time over 100 dollars. Most thought I was nuts. Still have the boots. The inside of the boots have insulation but also have leather lining which I cannot find now in any brand. The boots started in Santa Rosa, CA. Sorry they went to China. They look like junk looks like Danner or Red Wings 4 me.

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I bought these waterproof boots for my son as a Christmas…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather upper balance man made
Use: work full time P&C Foods
Break-in Period: 7 days
Weight: 215
Price Paid: $52.95

I bought these waterproof boots for my son as a Christmas gift. The name in the boot is Settler #2521774. Like others who have written a review by mid-Feb the sole of both boots was cracked straight thru to the leather. Wal-Mart will not refund my money or give us another pair of boots because I don't have my receipt. With all these complaints Herman Inc. should stand by their product and customers (I don't have $53 to throw away).

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I have owned three pairs of Herman Survivors from…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $42 -$45

I have owned three pairs of Herman Survivors from Walmart in the past few years. I have had none of the problems mentioned in terms of soles falling off or otherwise falling apart. I have taken them on several week to 10-day backpacking trips in Ga, NC, and many 1-2 nighters in FL as well as day hikes 3-4 times a week.
Waterproofing might be a bit suspect on my first pair but overall I have been satisfied. Perhaps there was an earlier quality control problem which has since been rectified.

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There was a time you couldn't kill these boots. Now…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars

There was a time you couldn't kill these boots.

Now I can only think of one word to describe them
.... CRAP ....
I'm on my second pair in 4 months. I have a pair of $10 Adidas sandals that are 3 yrs old that I wear all summer long and are still in great condition. It's sad that a work shoe can't last more than 2 months.

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The actual name on the boots are "Tracker". This is…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore-tex
Use: outdoor work year...mostly winter...
Break-in Period: none...
Weight: !85
Price Paid: $28

The actual name on the boots are "Tracker". This is the second pair I've owned, and I bought them at the end of winter clearance sales in the local Wal-Mart. The price both times was too good to pass up...$28 each time. The first pair were 800grams of Thinsulate and the current pair are 600 grams.

The first pair lasted a year, which is average for an outdoor work boot. I'm a tree trimmer so these boots see unusual stresses when climbing trees with climbing spikes on them. The first pair were retired only because the lugged soles had worn smooth and too thin so that rough ground/gravel made walking uncomfortable.

Unlike the other reviews posted I have to say I'm more than happy with these boots, they're light, comfortable, and not falling apart, also no cold or wet feet...especially with all the snow we've had the last few days. Maybe I've been lucky but until I have a bad experience I will keep buying them...

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My dad, who has small feet, gave me his brand new…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and gore-tex
Use: farm, winter use
Break-in Period: didn't need any!!
Weight: Me or the boots?
Price Paid: gift

My dad, who has small feet, gave me his brand new pair of Herman Survivors (I can't remember why). They are the most comfortable and warmest boots I've ever had. They have great traction and they keep my feet warm and dry. I love these boots! I found this site because I'm trying to find my husband a pair.

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These are the worst boots you could possibly buy.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 190
Price Paid: $54.95

These are the worst boots you could possibly buy. This is my second pair of Hermans. The first lasted about 3 months, but I walk an average of 12 miles a day at work so I didn't think that was too bad. This pair lasted a total of 15 days and both soles split wide open all the way to the leather.They are totally useless and will be the last pair of Hermans that I buy. Shame on Herman,and shame on Walmart for selling junk! Also shame on me for trying to save money on something as important as a pair of boots. Lesson learned the hard way. Herman and Wal-Mart...you suck!

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I have worn some of the best boots for hunting/working.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: hunting/working
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2lbs
Price Paid: ???? too long ago

I have worn some of the best boots for hunting/working. None has compared to Herman Survivors (big buck). It's like they were made for my feet, comfortable, warm, waterproof, just a super boot.

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I purchased these boots in 1972 in California for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: hunting, fishing
Break-in Period: immediately
Weight: 220 when purchased
Price Paid: $80

I purchased these boots in 1972 in California for hunting and fishing. I have hunted and fished all over the NW United States and now live in IL and am still wearing them. They have had a lot of rugged wear and are just now starting to show their wear and tear, but I will continue wearing them and they are absolutely the best pair of boots I have ever had.

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After his last pair of boots lasted 10 years, I thought…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work/farm
Break-in Period: 10 days
Weight: 185
Price Paid: $52.95

After his last pair of boots lasted 10 years, I thought I'd get him another pair for Christmas. This new pair from Wal-mart, lasted exactly 10 days before the bottom soles split completely apart, right thru all the rubber and up into the leather. Both of them. Like a dried out cracker--just split into 2 pieces. Useless. Now we have to drive an hour to go fight with Wal-mart and I doubt we'll get our $52.95 back. Herman Inc should be ashamed of themselves for selling out to Wal-mart and having their name associated with these crap boots.

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My grandfather gave me a pair of Herman Survivors…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

My grandfather gave me a pair of Herman Survivors for Christmas 1966. I still have them (2006). I have worn them on and off for the past 40 years (hunting, ice fishing, winter snowshoe trips, etc) and they still are waterproof and keep my feet warm in 20 below. They were the best woodsman boots you could buy back in the '60s in upstate NY where I was brought up. You would never find a Herman today like the pair I own. Too bad.

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I too, had a great pair of Herman Survivors. They're…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Daily work wear
Break-in Period: only a week, I think
Price Paid: $50

I too, had a great pair of Herman Survivors. They're very comfortable and great in the Chicago cold. Now I can't find a pair that even comes close. Wal-Mart has taken another great thing and ruined it for everyone. Thanks for nothing Wal-Mart. I think now I will stick with Red Wing shoes. At least I KNOW they are great quality, made to last and be comfortable. You lost me permanently as a customer, at least in shoes.

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My husband wears the steel toe work boots and it's…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Price Paid: $49.99

My husband wears the steel toe work boots and it's a good thing he had them on. Just the other day he was working on his backhoe. He was standing on the right side of it when it started to roll. It caught his left foot and ran over his leg to his knee. The only thing that saved his toes was the steel in the boot. The steel pushed right out the outer leather of the outside of the boot. His toes never got crushed. Thank god. I highly recommend these boots. He bought me a pair last year for cutting and splitting firewood and I love them.

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I am a volunteer firefighter in sw Texas. We had a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: work in field maintenance operations, and fire fighting
Break-in Period: None. Went straight into action with them.
Weight: ??
Price Paid: $50

I am a volunteer firefighter in sw Texas. We had a large brush fire on a mountainside near Alpine, Texas. I went to it with an old pair of boots I'd purchased at walmart for fire school a year before. The old boots nearly destroyed my feet. I'm a diabetic so this is very important. Next day I purchased a new pair of Hermann 8" steel toe boots at the walmart in Pecos, Texas. I was putting the laces in them at home when the fire alarm went off again. I wore them to the fire (not broken in), and was in an all-night long fire operation that was intense.

These boots have served me well for the past four months. They are the most comfortable I've ever had, providing excellent ankle support in rough terrain. I highly recommend them to any diabetic person who has concerns about foot care. These are the best money can buy. Thank you.

Norman Prevatt

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I am sorry to read that Hermans aren't very good anymore.

I am sorry to read that Hermans aren't very good anymore. Mine were from the early '70s and I absolutley loved them.

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Within one 12-hour day the liner on the inner sole…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: construction
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 185lbs
Price Paid: $50

Within one 12-hour day the liner on the inner sole on the right boot peeled up making it a little uncomfortable. After just one week the sole of the right boot seperated off of the toe. This is my fifth or sixth pair of these same boots and will be my last. Don't waste your money.

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My uncle gave me these boots (Herman Survivor Commanders)…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore-tex
Use: mixed outdoor stuff
Price Paid: $0

My uncle gave me these boots (Herman Survivor Commanders) when he bought a size too big about a year and a half ago. I am a Boy Scout and do lots and lots of backpacking and camping. I have probably hiked around 300 miles in these and not only are they comfortable but they keep my feet warm and dry.

I have hiked in the snow in these, and I have hiked in the New Mexico desert with a heavy backpack (50 lbs) in these. They are very waterproof as I can walk all the way up to the top (about 6 inches) in water, and not have any water get in. They also support my ankles really well since they come up above my ankle, which also improves the comfort.

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These Wal-Mart specials should be classified as weapons…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Fused chicken entrails
Use: Certainly not as a shoe
Break-in Period: You don't need to break in jelly
Price Paid: too much

These Wal-Mart specials should be classified as weapons of mass dissatifaction. The boxes are more waterproof, the soles last about a year (if you don't wear them; otherwise, about two months, as most hamburger meat is tougher). How about making the laces longer -- then you could tie both shoes with one lace. Actually, I take that back; I'm scared that the corporate dim-bulbs there would make that their next "improvement".

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I bought a pair of Herman Survivor boots in the 1970s…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and gore-tex
Use: everyday
Break-in Period: 7 days
Weight: light weight 1-2 lbs
Price Paid: $45

I bought a pair of Herman Survivor boots in the 1970s and had them for over 20 years. They were quality back then. I have been buying the Commander style boot for work and I have had to return several pairs because of defects. The back of the boot tears open, also the bottoms wear out in about three months. The quality is gone, they're junk now.

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In the early '80s, I bought a pair of Hermans. They…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, rubber, now plastic
Use: work, utility
Break-in Period: too long
Weight: 10 lbs???
Price Paid: too much

In the early '80s, I bought a pair of Hermans. They were fantastic!!! Over the past 20 years, I've been buying Carolina's and love them. Recently, I looked for a pair of Hermans and found out that they're lisenced to WAL-MART!!!

I looked at them at Wal-mart, and quickly noticed the difference in quality. They are JUNK!!!

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I've had the commander style boot for over a year…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Use: Paintball, rough trail w/ heavy pack, every day wear
Break-in Period: 0 days

I've had the commander style boot for over a year now and it has been through everything with me. From 8-hour paintball games in the bitter cold snow of the Poconos to a one-week backpacking adventure in the mountains. I've even played a full 24-hour paintball scenario with these boots, and I have worn them every single day since I bought them. They are still in one piece and serve me well.

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I recieved my Hermans for Christmas in...1977. They…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: UNK

I recieved my Hermans for Christmas in...1977. They are still comfortable and I wear them often. Pics on request. BT

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My husband is a garbage hauler and has in the past…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: rough work, garbage hauler
Break-in Period: about 1 to 2 weeks
Weight: ?
Price Paid: $50

My husband is a garbage hauler and has in the past tried every boot on the market. They either hurt his feet or they only lasted about a month. One day about a year ago I was looking for boots for work boots for him and came across the Herman Survivor black leather 6 inch high boot. My husband wore them and he said his feet and ankles did not hurt. It was like walking on air and he is on his feet for 14 hours a day.

The boot also lasts about 6-8 months. That is a lot of miles on the boot and when it rains his socks don't get wet. We use to have to have two pairs of the other brand on hand so if it rained he would have a dry pair for the next day and since we found the Survivor boot we don't have to do that anymore. Keep up the great work you are doing a terrific job with these boots.

Jenny Kopta

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I have owned a pair of "real" Herman Survivors for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $80

I have owned a pair of "real" Herman Survivors for over eight years and they are absolutely the best outdoor boot that I have ever owned. They wear like tennis shoes, no break-in period at all. The tread pattern has great grip outdoors but leaves a little to be desired indoors.

The reason that I say real is that I believe that the Herman Survivors trademark was sold to another company, several years ago, that now make the boots that you see in Wal-mart. I may be wrong on this but I am pretty sure this is the case.

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I bought these steel toed boots for work. I mow at…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: around $35 to $40

I bought these steel toed boots for work. I mow at a forest preserve. I am not on my feet that much since I sit on a mower all day. The souls on both my boots literally fell off. I'm very disappointed in your product and could not recommend them to anyone.

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I bought two pair of Herman Survivors in 1985, while…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Break-in Period: 0
Price Paid: $85 a pair

I bought two pair of Herman Survivors in 1985, while stationed in Germany. They have seen the harshest conditions a person can imagine. Hot desert, snowy mountains, lava fields in Hawaii to swamps in Georgia, Florida and N. Carolina. Sadly, they've finally seen their better days. I would love to find the same boots available locally. They were the best boots I have ever owned.

Ray Inabnitt
US Army, Retired

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There is a trend in all of the comments that have…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: light working
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 250
Price Paid: $60

There is a trend in all of the comments that have been written: Those who have purchased these boots several years ago love them, and those who have purchased them recently have the same problems: the soles wear out very quickly (four uses) and there are problems with the inside soles. These are the same problems that I am having.

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I bought these boots and within three months they…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Use: hiking, walking
Break-in Period: short
Weight: medium

I bought these boots and within three months they were useless. The soles cracked and seperated from the soles. I am very dissatisfied with this product. They were not put through any strenuous conditions.

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My husband is very dissatisfied. He knows your product…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: LEATHER
Use: WORK (POST-OFFICE)
Price Paid: $59.99

My husband is very dissatisfied. He knows your product and he knows that it is a good dependable product. We purchased a pair of boots very recently, he wore them to work and to do chores in. These boots usually can take it...for years..not weeks.... Help...please restore our faith in your product.....what happened????

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After about a month of light construction, the soles…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: Light construction
Break-in Period: 3 days
Weight: 195
Price Paid: $60

After about a month of light construction, the soles had some wear. The sole separated from the "sole's filler" material. Yes, the sole was not solid rubber...it was a filler material with a thin layer of rubber making it look like a 3/8 inch sole. This is wrong and shoe companies should not be allowed to sell this style sole without saying it on the label.

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I bought a pair of boots and the inside of the sole…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: never
Weight: 150
Price Paid: do not recall

I bought a pair of boots and the inside of the sole at the heel was deformed. They were size 9, but I think the inside sole is 8 1/2 or an 8. There is a big ridge in the bottom at the back of the heel on one shoe and you can push it up and down as it is loose. I never could wear them and I lost the sales receipt. Bought at Wal-mart.

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I purchased a pair of Survivor Steel toe work boots…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Use: Work
Break-in Period: No break in period
Price Paid: $39.95

I purchased a pair of Survivor Steel toe work boots at Wal-Mart. They were very comfortable from the start and I have almost worn them out. I only wish that I could find a pair again. Wal-Mart still sells the brand, but not the same style.

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I bought my boots about six years ago and they've…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Use: rough trail hiking, landscaping, all types of outdoor work
Break-in Period: 0 days
Weight: very light

I bought my boots about six years ago and they've been great. There was no break-in period as they were extremely comfortable right out of the box. I originally bought them for a summer job on a road crew in college. This boot keeps your feet cool in the summer (or when you're on hot surfaces like asphalt), warm in the winter and dry no matter what. I've used them for hiking, yard work, and about anything outdoors that requires more than a sneaker. Six years, still comfortable, still in great shape. I wouldn't buy any other type of boot.

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I bought two pairs of these boots at a local Walmart…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather- steel toe
Use: work
Break-in Period: n/a
Price Paid: $49

I bought two pairs of these boots at a local Walmart and they are both junk. I wore them both about six months and the soles came apart on both pairs. I am not real hard on them either. I drive roll back and haul junk cars to auctions. The best boots I found are the catapiller ones.

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I bought Herman Survivor commander boots (looks like…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Running,Marines training,PT
Break-in Period: about a week
Weight: ???
Price Paid: $43.99

I bought Herman Survivor commander boots (looks like combat boots) and it lasted me a whole year. It's still good after I run in them in everything, but I grew out of them. I gave them to my little brother and they're still doing good. Since then I have bought another pair.

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I bought a pair in '92 for an elk hunt in Colorado.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore Tex / Leather
Use: Hunting / Hiking
Break-in Period: Not much
Weight: Lightweight / Waterproof
Price Paid: $100

I bought a pair in '92 for an elk hunt in Colorado. Since that time they've been stored in an ice chest and used only 3x since then, mostly on day hikes. This summer I went camping and on the third day BOTH soles came off the boots at almost the same time! After 15 days in the field these boots were totally unusable. Very dissatisfied with this company's product. The other comments indicate this is not an isolated incident.

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I have owned four pairs of Herman boots and shoes.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: forestry work
Break-in Period: none
Weight: unsure but a little heavy
Price Paid: apx $110

I have owned four pairs of Herman boots and shoes. They used to be the best in the world in my opinion. However when the company decided to have them made in China instead of the USA (sometime in the early '90s I believe)t he quality of the product went downhill drastically. My local dealer who used to be so proud to sell them would not even carry the company's products any more.

I just bought a pair of lighter steel toed boots for work (it's been 11 years since I bought a new pair of Hermans). I'll try to get back here and give a review of the made-in-China boot after I wear them for a while.

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Don't waste your money! These boots will not last…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars

Don't waste your money! These boots will not last a month! They suck!

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Bought Herman Survivor slip on Engineer style boots…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: construction-concrete
Break-in Period: a long time
Price Paid: $60

Bought Herman Survivor slip on Engineer style boots for construction work, tough boot, heavy, but bulletproof. Left boot is difficult to slip on, suspect slightly different size. feet hurt after a long day in 'em though and after a while they wear my ankles raw so I wear bandaids on my ankles toward the end of a long work week. they shine up well and are extremely sturdy. I tore the strap trying to pull that stubborn left boot on. I'm trying to wear them out so I can buy a higher quality pair of boots but theseSsurvivors are nearly indistructable.

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I really don't know what's wrong with some of these…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work, hiking, all day..every day.
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $79

I really don't know what's wrong with some of these people's feet, they must be deformed. I've owned a pair of steel-toed Survivors for the pst 10 years, had them re-soled 4 years ago and they are very comfortable and take a shine real well. Never had any splits, or other workmanship problems. Evern got my foot stuck in a packaging machine and if I didn't have the steel toes on I would have lost the whole end of my foot. Can't remember EVER buying a better pair of boots at any price. I've tried more expensive ones that don't last half as long as these babies do. I'm going to buy another pair to put in the closet in case these Whiners cause them to go out of business. Best damn boot I ever owned...period.

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One of the most comfortable pair of shoes I can remember…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

One of the most comfortable pair of shoes I can remember owning.

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These are the worst boots i've ever owned in my entire…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $50

These are the worst boots i've ever owned in my entire life!!

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The worst work shoe I have ever owned. This is the…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather with steel toe
Use: Work Shoe
Break-in Period: 2 months
Weight: 200
Price Paid: $49.95

The worst work shoe I have ever owned. This is the second pair of Herman Survivor boots I have owned, and they were recently purchased at a local WalMart. My first pair of Survivors lasted many years and was one of the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. The second pair is no comparison to the first. By the end of the day you are sore and exhausted because of the boot design. You cannot take a natural stride, but must compensate for the boot, which is like a torture device. Nowhere on the box or labels is there a company name or address, so it is impossible to write a letter of complaint or request a refund. Stay away from these boots and do your feet a favor.

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These are by far the worst boots I've ever owned.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Waterproof Leather
Use: Work
Break-in Period: Already Broken
Weight: 225 lbs
Price Paid: $49.99

These are by far the worst boots I've ever owned. When I first put them on they felt comfortable. After a couple of hours in them, my feet, legs, and back were in agony. To make matters worse, they retained so much perspiration my feet and socks became soaked, leading to blisters. When it comes to your feet, don't look for bargains--you'll only be sorry.

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I started purchasing and wearing Herman boots in the…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: walk 5-7 miles per day on concrete at work
Break-in Period: ?
Weight: 190
Price Paid: $49

I started purchasing and wearing Herman boots in the early 1970s. Back then, the quality of materials and workmanship was the best to be found. My insulated Survivors were still in good shape when lost to fire after 12 years of use. That was wearing them 7 days a week, from October to April. I will admit though, that I had to have them re-soled several times. I remember paying about $120 for that pair. My "other" Hermans, which I paid $95 for, were steel-toed, non insulated hightops. I wore these the rest of the time. From April to December, I was employed on the ore carriers (ships) of the Great Lakes. 24/7 of walking on steel decks coated with non-skid paint, getting the boots 100% soaked at least 3 times a week, being coated in iron ore, coal, limestone, potash etc on a daily basis. I wore those Hermans from 1974 to 1985, before they were finally unable to be re-soled any more. NOW fast-forward to about 3 months ago.... I purchased a pair of Survivors at one of my local "marts" for just under %50. Last night I noticed that on one of the boots, the leather is splitting right alongside the Big Toe. I am NOT impressed with the severe drop in quality of both the materials or workmanship.

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sole tore in two on both boots. in 2 months of work.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work
Break-in Period: 2
Weight: 210
Price Paid: $45

sole tore in two on both boots. in 2 months of work. will not buy agian.

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I am a landscaper and i have had these boots for only…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars

I am a landscaper and i have had these boots for only about 2 months and the sole is seperating in multiple places, the thread they used is coming undone, etc. I dont think they are any better than the real inexpensive boots you get at department stores.

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My pair of Herman Survivor hiking boots at first were…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: short dayhikes
Break-in Period: 1 month
Weight: 200
Price Paid: $50

My pair of Herman Survivor hiking boots at first were very comfortable. After 1 month of use the sole of the shoe cracked and ripped to pieces. The is the first pair of shoes that has ever performed this poorly. I have bought twenty dollar pairs of shoes that have lasted longer. This was not a good first impression for me and you know what happens when you don't give a good first impression. You don't gain any respect or trust.

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I owe two different styles of the Survivor boots.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Work
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Price Paid: $50

I owe two different styles of the Survivor boots. One is a basic brown heavy duty work boat. I have owed this pair for two years and am really impressed. They are not pretty but have held up better than any other brand of boot I haved owned. The second pair is a black, heavy duty leather pair with a rather large heel. They look very similar to a typical "logging" boot. They are also not pretty, but super durable. I wear them everyday over the past six months; at work, playing, in rain, snow, or sun. This is the most comfortable work boot ever. I prefer to wear this boot over my tennis shoes.

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For outdoor use these are great boots overall. They…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $65

For outdoor use these are great boots overall. They are light and very warm. For extended indoor use I've found they are too warm. I've had mine for about 4 years. The waterproofing seems to wear out somewhat after about 2 years but I spray them occaisionally with Kiwi Camp Dry silicone spray and the water stays out very well.

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I bought these boots to wear hunting and hiking. They…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather and gortex
Use: hunting ,rough trail ,work
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $75

I bought these boots to wear hunting and hiking. They soak up water like a sponge and the soles squeak so load you can hear them coming for two hundred yards. I will not buy another pair. They are very comforatable and might be ok if only wore in the desert.

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The thing that astonishes me about these boots is…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Ordinary day use; city/pavement wear
Break-in Period: none
Weight: not light
Price Paid: $30

The thing that astonishes me about these boots is I've been wearing them for almost 30 years! I bought this pair in 1975. I wear them for everyday use (going to/from work, etc). I only wear them in winter, so they get plenty of rest in the summer. Still, 30 years is a long time for footwear (anything, really. I've not held up as well). They're not as pretty as they once were; I mink oil them regularly. but they've never been resoled. At roughly $1/year, I got my money's worth, and then some!

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I bought these boots and not even two days went by…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, scentmask, mossy oak ,texon, sympatex
Use: outdoors, mud, wilderness
Break-in Period: two days
Weight: 185
Price Paid: $55

I bought these boots and not even two days went by and the bottom of the right boot fell off while i was wearing them and the left boot started to come undone at the seams. I am very dissatisfied and can't find any way to get my money back. I paid $55.00 for them and i am furious. I just want to get my money back so i can go buy a pair of boots that won't fall apart on me.

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I would not buy these boots again. The sole came off…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Use: work
Break-in Period: ?
Weight: ?
Price Paid: $50

I would not buy these boots again. The sole came off before they were two months old.

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I was just outside beating my 4 year old survivors…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, insulation
Use: work
Break-in Period: none
Weight: ? lots
Price Paid: don't remember

I was just outside beating my 4 year old survivors on the stoop to get crud out of the sole and I was treating them so rough i was thinking it was like a commercial for them. they are four years old and by no means good looking now, they have long lost their waterproof ability but i had to beat it out of them with lots of mud and rough treatment. I advise cleaning off mud. So they are still warm and functioning even if they look like hell. They are correctly named and i'm looking online now for a steel toed version.

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I've had these boots for a number of years, but I…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Hunting
Break-in Period: None
Weight: ?

I've had these boots for a number of years, but I have only used them when the weather was very cold. I only use them during hunting season. During the last season and this opening season I'm using them primairly. They are very comfortable. I'm having a problem with them because they are no longer water-proof even though they are in very good condition. I've tried silicone, and mink oil but after a couple of hours in wet conditions they soak through. I was wondering if Herman has a guarantee against this condition.

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This past weekend, I blew out two lower eyelets and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Rough trail, motorcycle, bad whether
Break-in Period: None
Weight: ~4 lbs
Price Paid: $100

This past weekend, I blew out two lower eyelets and a pull strap (all on the same day). I bought these in September of 1976 and am extremely disapointed that I can't find any comparable replacement.

These have been used to cover the upper quarter of the AT & have spent the last year in the mountains & streams of western NC. They have been literally filled to the tops with water, dried out and used again several hundred times.

I used them as snow boots for 2 years in ME and 4 years in IL.

I also used them for motorcycle boots for 10 years in GA & MI.

I'm now looking at Russel boots but have little confidence that they will measure up. I would welcome any reccomendations for replacements.

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I was cutting the grass pulling the mower backwards…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: work/everyday use
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 5 llbs
Price Paid: $37

I was cutting the grass pulling the mower backwards towards me when I tripped over a gas can left by someone in the family. I regained my balance but inadvertenly pulled the mower over my left foot. The mower cut off suddenly, I looked down thinking that I had sustained serious injury to my foot. I noticed that the boot was cut. I made my way into the house and removed the boot to find all my toes intact but throbbing. I went to the ER for x-rays and found that no bones had been broken, just really swollen toes. I'll take that over loosing my foot anyday. After closer inspection of the boot I noticed the steel cap had a dent in it from the blade. I also looked atr the lawn mower blade and found it was dented from the impact. As soon as I get the money I will buy another pair of boots, same brand.

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I used these boots 2 hunting seasons before the sole…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: gore-tex and leather
Use: Hunting in Texas Hill Country
Break-in Period: none
Weight: about 3 lbs.
Price Paid: about $90

I used these boots 2 hunting seasons before the sole began to come apart. After the third year it had come completely apart.They were warm and comfortable, but I didn't get very much use from them.

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Wonderfully durable boot. I finally had to retire…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Rough hunting
Price Paid: $120 (1981)

Wonderfully durable boot. I finally had to retire mine when the leather cracked through & my little toe was left exposed. But I haven't tossed then - they now are used for household chores, like mowing. But for about 20 years these boots took MAJOR abuse: pulling deer from stream beds; sloshing after geese in the LA marsh; pursuing elk up steep CO mountainsides... And they seemed to get more comfortable as the years passed. The thick, rugged soles are still in good stomping order.

I remember when my dad bought them for me (heading to SD for pheasant!), I thought they were SO EXPENSIVE. But looking back on how they were treated & how well they treated me - they were a bargain. Two years ago I bought a "newer model" of Hermans, but they weren't the same. Good, but not GREAT. So if anyone knows of a secret source for the good old stuff, please post it.

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herman survivors style 5412707 bad problems with snow…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: easy hiking
Break-in Period: 1 day
Weight: ?
Price Paid: $40

herman survivors style 5412707 bad problems with snow sticking to the sole. ok on bare ground but not safe in the snow. I'm worred about a turned ankle. I'm 68 years old and don't need that I would call the unusable and unsafe.

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Purchased as replacement US Army boots when this model…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Motorcycling, yard work, hiking
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $110

Purchased as replacement US Army boots when this model of Herman Survivors were authorized. Lined, insulated, oil-impregnated, through-laced & speed-laced, foam collar at top, loop at back, wore them from the store in '85 and have worn them off & on ever since. Great boots, resoled with Wolverine Claw pattern for great grip in icey conditions. Best boots I've ever owned.

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Wow! Over the years I've told friends how wonderful…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather upper with Vibram sole
Use: Rough Trail, Yard Work, Construction
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 3+ lbs.
Price Paid: $100

Wow!

Over the years I've told friends how wonderful these boots are. I admit right up front that they are heavy when you are holding them in your hands. But I continue to explain that although they're heavy, it's a balanced weight. And after a few minutes, you're hardly aware you are wearing a boot at all.

I've owned two pair of Survivors, the first lasted me about 10 years and the second over 15 years and still going. I don't do as much hiking as before. But I pulled them out of the closet the other day, when we were having some bad weather in L.A., and was reminded why they were still in my closet. THEY ARE JUST GREAT BOOTS! A little scuffed worn, but ready to go dancing! or working, or hiking.

Call me if you don't believe me. I'd do a commercial in a heartbeat! (323) 221-3363.

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These boots are great. I wish I could still find boots…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Anywhere!
Break-in Period: Not sure.
Weight: About average.
Price Paid: ?

These boots are great. I wish I could still find boots like this made today. My dad purchased these new back in 1971. I've been wearing then off and on for the last 7 years, and they are great. The soles are origional, and still in awesome shape. The boot definetly has some wear and tear, but how many boots do you see that make it 30 years? Simply an awesome boot, for Hunting, Hiking, just about anything. And yes even still to this day, the material is snake bit proof!!

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Six years ago, just before leaving the States for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Anything
Break-in Period: none
Weight: a bit heavy

Six years ago, just before leaving the States for a job in Rome, My father bought me a pair of these foot "tanks." I was planning a lot of hiking in Italy and had mentioned it to my father. When I first saw them and felt the weight I thought "nice try pop" but these are heavy.

Yes they are heavy, but I can tell you that it's worth it!!! I spent 2 years hiking in Italy and they took care of my feet. I moved to London in these boots, took a month off to hike Morocco.They kept me company during travel all over Europe. I met my present wife in my Survivors and believe it or not, I was married in the forest in them. I used them for work as well. Being a Satellite Engineer for the BBC News has brought me many places, some were near combat and my survivors were always with me, giving me comfort.

I had to return to the States to take care of my father who had become very ill and he laughed that I was STILL wearing those boots.He,unfortunately passed away and I attended his funeral in them. I kid you not. After returning to England where I now live permenantly I took them off, it seemed right. But I still have them and if they could speak they would tell you both wonderful and horrible stories. When I look at them I see my worn, tough father. This is a true story and no one has asked me to write it nor have I received any form of payment for it.

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I have hunted in these boots for over 20 years and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather Uppers, Vibram Montagnabloc soles
Use: hunting in rugged terrain
Break-in Period: 1 month
Weight: About 4 pounds
Price Paid: $90 (1977 price)

I have hunted in these boots for over 20 years and I can't imagine a better made hunting boot. If you want a hiking boot, there are definitely lighter, more comfortable boots available. But if you hunt off trail in rocky snake infested terrain with plants that will shred lesser boots, then the survivor is for you.

These boots were originally insulated to minus 20 F which is probably the reason I can still wear them even though my feet are bigger than they used to be. I figure the insulation must be compressed. They still are plenty warm in snow at 9000 ft though.

The soles are Vibram Montagnabloc which were popular 30 years ago but seem to have been replaced by wimpy lightweight soles on many of today's boots.

The bottom line is that Herman makes great hunting boots, but I wouldn't recommend this particular model for backpacking.

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I found this site trying to find the Herman Company…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Work and Snow Hiking
Break-in Period: Never
Weight: Heavy

I found this site trying to find the Herman Company for making such a great product. I never really thought of hiking in the woods with these cause they are so heavy. However I do love to use these boots as weights on the feet by marching all over town when we have deep snow. Its a good workout.

These boots are basicly bulletproof, so for working I think they're fantastic. Comfortable, excellent, support, and fantastic protection.

Yesterday as I was cutting up a motorcycle a piece of the metal contacted the toe of my boot as I wresteled the bike into another position. I felt absolutely nothing but noticed a pretty good scratch on the toe of my boot. When I took my boots off I noticed that the scratch sliced clear thru the layers of leather right down to the steel in the toe.

I was so thankful that I was wearing Hermans

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I have hiked the whole Pa section of the AT in these…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Rocky weekend trips on Pennsylvania AT
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 4 lbs ?
Price Paid: $15 from thrift store

I have hiked the whole Pa section of the AT in these boots. I found them to be durable and waterproof. The toe and sides did get scuffed quite a bit from the rocks. They were moderately comfortable, but my feet were usually sore at night though. Can't beat the price. After about 500 miles and 6 years I am going to buy either the Asolo 520 or 535. These Hermans are still wearable, but I'm finally gonna break down and buy a "real" backpacking boot!

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These are the worst boots ever. I paid top dollar…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: too much

Summary

These are the worst boots ever. I paid top dollar for a pair and went to a junkyard to pull an engine. Fell apart and had to strap wires and seat belt parts to hold it together.

With the straps holding it together, they have held up for a year now. Junkyard guy was so amused at my boots he gave me the old straps to keep my Frankenstein shoes together.

I am stubborn and want my money out of these boots. I did that in less than an hour. The Japanese parts are lasting much longer.

Pros

  • Going barefoot quickly goes into style with these

Cons

  • Walmart sells junk

Horrible fit

Terrible comfort

No known support

Very water resistant because nothing was left on my foot

My toes had better traction

It was cold in the snow with bare feet, boots fell apart.

Ease of use: falls apart on its own.

Features: Autodestruct

No known construction or durability

Conditions: can autodestruct sitting on a shelf, I believe.

andrew f.

the range of reviews for this boot are pretty amazing. large number of reviews, over a very long period of time, and an extremely wide disparity of opinions. considering the name of this reviewer, a clear fake, i'm not sure i take this one seriously. i grew up hiking in these boots, 70s to early 80s. it was a long time ago. they were always inexpensive work shoes - relatively light split grain leather, not much support, goodyear-welted, relatively soft soles with so-so traction. what one might expect from an inexpensive work shoe. i have read that after Wal-Mart acquired the brand in the early 2000s, it became a different kind of boot - a shadow of what i grew up hiking in quality-wise.


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I bought these boots for $30 at Wal-Mart (normally…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: day hikes
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 2 lbs
Price Paid: $30

I bought these boots for $30 at Wal-Mart (normally $56). When I first wore them, they squeaked every time I took a step. I rubbed them down with Saddle Soap and the squeak went away. Until they are broken in, they are going to hurt your feet and ankles (another reason I used the Saddle Soap, softens the leather).

I wore them hiking 2 weeks after purchase and they are comfortable for the most part, but are in no way, shape, or form "waterproof". They are no more water-proof then if I had gone out in just my socks. I tried to eat candy while wearing them and that was another mistake!

Herman Survivor

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