Cat. Yes, the same company that makes construction machinery and earthmovers.
If you guessed Cat Footwear makes work boots, you’re right, they do, but Cat Footwear does a lot more than just that. Breaking into the fashion industry, Cat Footwear has come out with some stylish boots that stay true to Cat’s rugged ‘get stuff done’ heritage.
One of those boots is the inordinately urbane Abe Canvas, which I’ve got my hands on in the color ‘Peanut’. Here are my thoughts on the boots:
Features and Pros:
- Upper made of full grain leather and canvas
- Rubber sole
- Durable and rugged enough for travel
In New York City, you can find people wearing all kinds of things. Some people go all out, ties, pocket squares and the rest. Others just don’t care to say the least.
On the day when I took the subway to accompany my non-tech-savvy mom to the Apple Store in Grand Central Terminal, I decided to wear the Abe Canvas boots along with jeans. The outfit was easy, versatile and I was feeling razor sharp in that subway car. That’s all that matters, right?
These boots look great right out the box. I usually wear the Abes with a dark pair of Levis 511 jeans and have worn them during day trips in New York City and have done a good amount of walking in them. I really like the ‘peanut’ color which is easy to match and has a distressed look. Also, the combination between canvas and leather goes really well, giving the boots contrast and a rugged aesthetic.
While they’re comfortable to wear, if you’re on your feet for long periods of time or doing a long walking tour, you may want to buy an insole or wear walking shoes instead. After walking 30 blocks in NYC and standing in a subway car for almost an hour, my feet were pretty sore. The soles of the Abe Canvas boots are a bit stiff at first and are not the most cushioned, although I’ve noticed that the more I’ve worn the boots, the more comfortable and ‘broken in’ they’ve become.
These boots aren’t waterproof, but if you wax the upper with Nikwax for leather, the boots will become water resistant and droplets will bead on contact. With the Nikwax, you’ll be okay stepping in shallow puddles, but if your boots are submerged, water will eventually seep in.
The Abe Canvas boots are from Cat Footwear’s Spring/Summer collection, so if you’re looking for something warm and waterproof, check out our reviews of the Lowa Oslo GTX Boots or the Blundstone Thermal Chelsea Boots.
The Abe Canvas boots fit true to size. I’m a size 9 in Keen, Timberland, Blundstone and Cat Footwear. The width is normal and fits me perfectly. There’s enough room for me to move my toes a bit, but not too much to the point where the boots are loose. One setback is that the boots could use a bit more arch support, but an insole or shoe insert would help with that.
A pair of these boots in size 9 weighs 3 lbs. 4 oz. according to my very accurate kitchen scale.
One of Cat Footwear‘s most popular boots and rightfully so, the Abe Canvas boots have a rustic, rugged and refined feel, perfect for traveling in style. With their reasonably comfortable fit and attractive looks, I’d recommend these boots to urban travelers, luxury travelers and globetrotters who want to look good on the road.
At retail $155, these boots come at a reasonable price point and are sure to last you a long time.
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The Cat Footwear Abe Canvas Boots were provided for this review. As always, this Abe Canvas Boot review contains only my honest views and opinions. 🙂