The 5 Best Blundstone Boot Alternatives for Daily Wear
Because you and everyone you know already has a pair of Blunnie 550s
At this point, if you don't own a pair of Blundstones, are you even an outdoorist? Or a fashion cool kid for that matter? The iconic Australian work boot is everywhere. And for good reason. They slides on easy, protects against the elements, and looks damn fine with just about any outfit. But they're everywhere. The secret is well out.
After recently losing a single Blunnie in a ski hill parking lot (don't ask, I have no idea how it happened either), I decided to expand my horizons and search out an alternative all-purpose pull-on boot. Lucky for you, I'm willing to share my findings.
What follows is a list of the five best Blundstone alternatives, for those interested in never having the Original 500 vs Super 550 debate ever again.
Best Upgrade: Rossi 303 Endura Claret
The best alternative on the list is no doubt the Rossi Endura. Hell, it's even an upgrade. Like Bludstone, Rossi is an Australian staple. But unlike Blundstone, each Rossi boot is still made in Oz. With thicker leather, an air-cushioned sole, and a hefty leather rear pull tab that won't tear off, this boot won my search by a mile. Just be sure to size up a full 1 or 1.5 sizes, as Aussie sizing is unisex.
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Most Utilitarian: Keen Anchorage Boot III
Keen makes shoes that are so ugly they are cool. And the utilitarian Anchorage Boot III is just that. The third iteration of the slip-on boot now features waterproof suede, a sizable outsole designed for snow and wet terrain, and Keen's signature rubber toe cap for added protection. Gotta love a design that's at home on feet of aging hippies at the local organic co-op grocery, art school kids in NYC, and fashion interns in LA alike.
Price: $140 SHOP NOW
Most Stylish: Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea
It's no secret we're Danner fans around here. But our allegiance is mainly to the made in USA stitch-down Danner Light and other classic designs of the like. That said, the Mountain 600 Chelsea is seriously cool. With an ultra-cushioning Vibram mid and outsole, leather upper (available in a handful of colors), and flexible Ariaprene collar, this sleek all-purpose boot is an attractive choice for daily wear, in the city and out.
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Most Functional: Xtratuf 6" Ankle Deck Boot
Texans have cowboy hats, Hawaiians have flip flops, Mainers have Bean Boots, and Alaskans have Xtratufs. The waterproof, flexible, and durable 6" Ankle Deck Boot is a more wearable version of the brand's original knee-high boot first introduced in Alaska some 50 years ago. Nowadays, the rugged rubber boot is a cultural signifier you know what's up—from surfers in Oregon to commuters in Seattle and anglers in Anchorage, this no-slip boot is a trusted workhorse for those who battle wet weather on the regular.
Best Work Boot: CAT 6" Stormers Boot
When you need to trudge around in the mud, sand, snow, whatever, there's no better boot than a classic muck boot. The 6" Stormers Work Boot improves on the basic design with a more rugged outsole, reinforced vulcanized rubber upper, and soft neoprene lining. Plus it's job-site approved—rated to protect against open circuits up to 600 volts. Caterpillar makes some of the world's most hardworking machinery. And now they make badass boots too.
Price: $105 SHOP NOW