Bogs Classic High Boots Review

Men's Waterproof Insulated Boots

Reasonably priced boots, especially considering they have a thick neoprene lining to keep feet warm. They are not the most stylish boots we’ve seen, but from a practical point of view, they’re waterproof, warm and well-constructed. They offer a decent level of comfort and can be worn for long periods of time without feet aching. A good work boot, ideally suited to colder conditions. Keep on reading for the full Bogs Classic High boots review

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Bogs Classic High Rain Boot Review

Bogs Classic High Rain Boots Review
Date of review Sept 2021 by Richard Cutts


Our Verdict

+ Comfortable \ snug fitNot available in half sizes
+ Keep feet warm Not as breathable as we would like
+ Well constructed \ durable 

Nothing is worse than stepping in a puddle and feeling your socks get wet, It feels so uncomfortable. The best way to stop it from happening again is to get a pair of quality rain boots. But how do you know what rain boots to get? Which ones are good and do what they advertise? and which are bad and end up giving you cold, wet and aching feet? You read some reviews of course. Here is our review for Bogs Classic High Insulated Boots. 

Features: Bogs Classic High Boots

  • Inside material: Neo-Tech insulation (similar to neoprene) 
  • Outside material: Rubber and Neo-Tech
  • Fit Type: True to size
  • Heel Type: No heel
  • Waterproof: 100% Waterproof (including Neo-Tech upper)
  • Colours: 4 – Green, Black, Brown and Camo
  • Sizes (Men): 7 UK -12 UK,  8 US – 13 US

First of all, let’s take a look at what Bogs Classic High boots are constructed from and how the materials work together to make a good boot.

The boots are primarily made with Neo-Tech (which is basically the same as neoprene) and rubber. Neo-Tech is a type of synthetic rubber, it is similar to the material that wetsuits are made from, so you know it will offer good insulation to help keep feet warm.

The lower part of the boots are made from very tough rubber. The rubber offers protection and also gives a degree of support to the ankles, making walking in the boots more comfortable.

The soles of the boots are also made from rubber, giving grip and insulation from the cold rising up from the ground.

The boots have a contoured fit to provide maximum support and movement.

The shaft of the boots measures about 12″ from the arch of the boot (for a size 10). This will vary slightly depending on the foot size of the boots.

Grubs Classic High Boots 3 styles
Bogs Classic High boots in different designs

The Negatives

No half sizes
Unfortunately, Bogs Classic High boots do not come in half sizes. This is quite common when it comes to rain boots. We would always recommend going a size up if you are a half-size. If the boots are too large, then either thicker socks can be worn to make the boots smaller. 

Not very breathable
The boots are advertised as breathable by the manufacturer, however, we did not find this the case. This isn’t too much of a problem when wearing the boots in cold conditions, but in warmer weather, having breathable boots makes quite a difference in comfort levels. 

Suitable for -40…… we doubt it
According to the product description, the boots are suitable for conditions down to  -40.0 °F / -40 °C. While the boots are warm, we struggle to believe they would keep feet warm at -40.0 °F / -40 °C.  Unfortunately, we have no way of testing at these very low temperatures, so can’t give any real-world feedback. The fact is, there probably aren’t too many people who require boots at these temperatures, so it probably doesn’t matter that much.

Fun fact:  -40.0 °F and -40 °C is the only temperature that the two scales intersect with each other!

The Positives

Warm boots
One of the big selling points of the Bogs Classic Boots is that they’re warm. The thick 7mm Neo-tech insulation layer is among the thickest lining of any boot we’ve ever reviewed. The boots are certainly going to keep feet warm in sub-zero temperatures. In real-world conditions, expect the boots to keep feet warm down to at least -10.0 °F / -23 °C. 

The boots are actually pretty comfortable. They have a really good thick insole, providing cushioning and support for your feet while walking. The lining around the feet gives an excellent snug fit that prevents feet from moving around, which means no blisters or sores.

Unlike other boots we’ve tested that have a neoprene shaft, these Bogs boots don’t have the same close fit, which means that the boots are prone to flapping about a bit when walking. It’s not too much of a problem, especially if you have trousers tucked into the boots.

Kick spur
Tall rain boots are often a hassle to take off, it can take a lot of pushing and pulling and putting your feet at weird angles before you can get your feet free. The Bogs Insulated Rain Boots fix this problem with a rubber bit that sticks out the back of the boot and can be used to help the removal of the boot by prying with the other foot. 

The Bogs Classic Tall boots are made out of tough high quality materials that are made to last. Just looking at the boots it is obvious that they have been built to last. The outer soles of the boots are super sturdy and will take a long time before they wear down. All the joints of the boots appear to be of good quality, with no obvious weak spots where the materials would start to come away from each other.

It’s always difficult to review style as people’s opinions tend to vary. But in our opinion, the boots are fairly bland looking and certainly don’t have the styling of more fashion-orientated rubber boots, such as Hunter Original boots. The Bogs boots are designed as work boots and they look like work boots.

The Bogs Insulated Rain Boots come in several different colours: Black, Mossy Oak (with a camouflage pattern), Brown, and Green.

The boots provide good traction on most surfaces, including wet surfaces. We were unable to test in icy and snowy conditions, but feedback from Bogs customers suggests the boots perform well.

Bogs classic high boots have sturdy sole
Grubs Classic boots super tough sole

Bogs Classic High Boots Review: Final Thoughts

Overall these Bogs boots offer a lot of positives and the few negative points are fairly minor. If you’re after some well constructed, warm work boots, then these boots should definitely be considered.

From a pricing perspective, they’re in the mid-range bracket for this type of boot, which is about right for the features and quality you get.

Questions & Answers: Bogs Classic High Boots

Are Bogs Classic High boots unisex?

No, Bogs produces their Classic Tall boots for men and separately for women. The women’s version of the boot is more styled, less clumpy looking and available in smaller sizes, check them out here Classic High boot for women

Are Bogs Classic High boots available for kids?

Yes, The Classic high boots are available for children. The kids version of the boots are unisex

How long have Bogs Classic High boots been available?

Bogs have been producing the Classic High Boots since 2002

Are Bogs too hot for summer?

Bogs have a wide range of boots that are suitable for all seasons. The Classic high boots have a thick neoprene like lining which makes them best suited for colder winter temperatures. 

Do you size up or down for Bogs boots?

The boots are only available in whole sizes and are true to size. So, get Bogs boots in your normal size. If you are normally a half-size, then it is usually best to size up. 

Are Bogs boots good?

Yes, the boots are generally well-made and provide good comfort and protection. The Neo-Tech lining gives excellent insulation from the cold and keeps feet warm. 

Are Bogs a good alternative Muck boots?

Muck boots and Bogs boots have a lot in common in how they look and how they’re used. This makes Bog boots a great alternative to Muck boots. Bogs boots usually come in at a lower price than the equivalent Muck.  

Are Bogs rain boots heavy?

They are heavy when compared to fashionable rain boots, like Hunter Original. But, when compared to similar style boots they are slightly above average.

Can you remove the insole from Bogs boots?

Yes, the insole can be removed for cleaning or it can be replaced if required. The insoles that come with Bogs boots are thick and of very good quality. This helps keep feet insulated from the cold and makes the boots more comfortable. 

Which is better Bogs or Muck?

Both brands have a good reputation for making good quality boots. In our reviews, it is generally Muck boots that have the edge over Bogs boots, but not by much. Generally, Muck boots look better, but Bogs are usually cheaper than the equivalent Muck boot.

Are Bog Classic boots suitable for wide calves?

A size 9 of the boots has a circumference of about 16 inches. Unfortunately, there is not a wide version of the Classic boots.

Do the Bogs Classic boots have a steel-toe cap?

They are not safety boots, so do not have steel toe caps.

Richard Cutts

Richard Cutts

I've been working with rubber boots (aka rain boots, wellies) in one way or another, since 2009. So, i've seen a lot of wellington boots in my time. I create most of the content for the website, which i hope you find useful.


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