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Posted on November 23, 2010
My fiancée and I have been super busy remodeling our new home. So when I heard I was getting a pair of Magnum 8” Spider 8.1 Urban boots to wear during all the chaos, I felt truly blessed. There’s only so much my poor feet can handle with moving all these boxes and furniture.
As a former soldier in the U.S. Army, I’ve been through a number of boots stateside and in Iraq. And now as a customer relations associate for MilitaryBoots.com, calling myself a military boot expert isn’t too off base. Through my experiences I’ve sampled Blackhawk, Converse, Rocky, Tactical Research and Belleville. Well, and now, Magnum.
My initial excitement faded during my first few hours of wear. My feet started to hurt—especially in the arch and toe region. Although the boot is considered a soft toe, I would almost call it a composite toe because it was so harsh on my toes. I guess you could blame this on the break-in period, but I personally feel that boots should have immediate out-of-the-box comfort. Even with thick socks on, my feet felt uncomfortable after a period of time. My suggestion? More cushion in the arch region and a softer toe.
However, nothing can compare to the pain and agony I experienced wearing military-issued Bellevilles during my time in Iraq. After a day of wear, I had giant blisters on my feet. I’m talking massive! And the shoes felt like cinderblocks. If I could hop in a time machine and revert back to 2004, I’d lace up these Magnum 8” Spiders any day. They are lighter and more comfortable by far. I’m sure Belleville has improved their boots since then, but those boots did not agree with my feet. At all.
What the Magnums lacked in support it made up in traction. The traction is simply incredible. It is so good, in fact, that I was almost tripping on the carpet the first time I wore them. It was like having on a brand new pair of tennis shoes. Another great feature is the lace storage system inside the boots’ massive tongue. The laces slip right into the front of the boots. This is key if you’re in the military because your laces must be tucked in at all times.
The best part? The eyelets. Not only do they look completely badass, they are made out of plastic. This is super cool because it retains its color. When I was in the Army, I would have to take a Sharpie and fix the color in on my metal eyelets. I did this because the color would wear off over time. But if I had been issued Magnums, I would have had nothing to worry about.
Overall I found the boot to be true to size, stylish yet lacking in the comfort department. However, if you do not require maximum arch support or a truly soft toe, this pair is for you.