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Servus CT Safety Review

Despite the great price on these boots, they're uncomfortable to wear for more than half an hour at a time
Servus CT Safety
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Price:  $28 List | $24.64 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, high shaft, steel toe
Cons:  Uncomfortable for extended use, steel toe extends into toe space, heavy
Manufacturer:   Honeywell
By Richard Forbes ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 1, 2020
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 3
  • Traction - 20% 5
  • Warmth - 15% 3
  • Style - 10% 3

Our Verdict

To be blunt: the Servus CT Safety boots, while waterproof, are not comfortable enough to wear for much more than a half-hour at a time. Take a look at what you need rain boots for — occasionally heading to the store in a rainstorm? Or working for hours on hard surfaces? If it's the former, and you're looking to save money, buy these boots. But if you want to use them and be comfortable, we'd advise you to get a better pair. Overall, we believe your money will be better spent on something more comfortable and versatile.

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Pros Inexpensive, high shaft, steel toeLightweight, great traction, adjustable fit, everything you want in a bootExtremely warm, grippyWell insulated, ideal comfort, easy to take on and offHighly waterproof, stiff construction for rough terrain, great traction
Cons Uncomfortable for extended use, steel toe extends into toe space, heavyA bit pricy, cushioning in midsole is slightly lackingToo warm for most uses, too tight to easily slip on and offLower shaft height, less tractionLooser fit, lacks insulation
Bottom Line Unless you need a rain boot for very limited use, these aren't worth their minimal costYou won't go wrong with these boots, no matter what you're using them forThese boots are too much for urban use, but are perfect for those who require top-notch warmth and water resistanceThese boots easily won our testers' hearts due to their uncompromisingly solid construction, comfort, and warmthIf you're looking for a classic rubber rain boot, this is the best one we've found at a solid price
Rating Categories Servus CT Safety Bogs Workman Arctic Sport Bogs Classic Ultra High Baffin Enduro
Weather Protection (30%)
6
7
9
7
8
Comfort (25%)
3
8
4
8
6
Traction (20%)
5
8
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6
8
Warmth (15%)
3
9
10
8
4
Style (10%)
3
6
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Specs Servus CT Safety Bogs Workman Arctic Sport Bogs Classic Ultra... Baffin Enduro
Weight per Pair (lbs) 6.13 lbs 4.97 lbs 5.74 lbs 5.76 lbs 5.49 lbs
Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point at top of shaft) 15" 14.75" 17.6" 12" 16.3"
Mouth Circumference (inches) 19.75" 16" 15.25" 17" 17.5"
Lining/Insulation Regular 7.5MM Neo-Tech waterproof insulation Fleece 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech insulation Synthetic
Upper Material Synthetic Neotech/Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Outsole Material Rubber BioGrip slip resistant outsole MS-1 molded outsole Siped self-cleaning non-slip rubber Rubber
Insole PVC Polyblend Modular Algae-based EVA footbed EVA molded midsole with contoured footbed and 2mm thermal foam underlay Aegis antimicrobial contoured insole Gel-Flex shock-absorbing heels and midsoles
Unique Features Foot Form, contoured heel cup reduces slippage Seamless Construction to reduce weight + Heel Lock Neoprene shaft, thick insulation, and aggressive outsole Easy to put on due to handles, easy to take off due to heel studs, neoprene shaft Aggressive outsole
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Sizing info Order next size up Order next size up Order next size up Order next size up Order your true size

Our Analysis and Test Results

Despite the low price, we believe your money will be better spent on any other boots in our review unless you're sure you only need an emergency-use pair of waterproof boots.

Performance Comparison


These boots will keep out the water but fared poorly overall against...
These boots will keep out the water but fared poorly overall against the competition.
Photo: Richard Forbes

Weather Protection


The Servus CT boots are waterproof with a shaft height of 15", though this would be higher if the designers hadn't chosen to shorten it at the back of the leg. Upon some research, we found that the "CT" stands for "Comfort Technology" and refers to this "unique scalloped top-line design." We haven't seen this design in other boots, and while we assume it's intended to change how the boot contacts the back of the calf (or to make it easier to put on), we don't think it's a useful design feature. Due to this strange cut, these boots don't measure up to the highest tier of boots in our test, so if you need an extremely waterproof pair of boots, get something with a higher shaft.

We're not sure why the back of these boots gets lower, but it made...
We're not sure why the back of these boots gets lower, but it made this test stressful...
Photo: Richard Forbes

Comfort


The Servus boots are the most uncomfortable boots of the test group, and we don't recommend wearing them for longer than an hour, tops. We found the "Comfort Technology" didn't help the inflexible shafts, stiff sole, and the undeniable fact that the steel-toe protrudes into the toe-box.

Their mysteriously heavy weight doesn't do them any favors either (they are the heaviest boot in our review, weighing in at 6.13 lbs), which must be due to the thicker rubber, as well as the steel toe

The inflexible rubber bit into the front of our ankles on steep...
The inflexible rubber bit into the front of our ankles on steep surfaces.
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All these complaints, combined with a loose fit and flimsy insole, made us not want to wear these boots once we'd finished the testing period. Not to put too fine a point on it, but there are rain boots that are fun and easy to wear, and then there are the Servus CT boots. We can confidently state that any other boot in this test would be more comfortable than these, no matter what you're using them for.

The insole isn't much to get excited about, but if you need a cheap...
The insole isn't much to get excited about, but if you need a cheap boot, you can improve the comfort of this model a bit by switching it out for a third-party insole.
Photo: Richard Forbes

Traction


The Servus CT has moderately good traction, scoring in the middle of the pack in this metric. Their stiffer rubber doesn't grip as aggressively as some of the higher scoring boots, but we weren't slipping around too much either. We find that they're especially slippery on wet wood, which is a difficult material for any boot to grab onto, but which these do particularly poorly on.

This wood might have well have been a banana peel for how much we...
This wood might have well have been a banana peel for how much we were slipping around, but, to be fair, no boots handle this kind of surface well.
Photo: Richard Forbes

Warmth


Without insulation, these boots became uncomfortable quickly in our cold-water immersion test, and we could feel the chill through the boots almost immediately (our notes say after "39 seconds"). The cheap rubber conducts cold faster than the (even slightly) more expensive boots.

This was a chilly morning to be wading through a mountain stream!
This was a chilly morning to be wading through a mountain stream!
Photo: Richard Forbes

Style


Our style consultants do not like the chunky/shiny look of these boots, and they did poorly in our style test. They're not the unanimously ugliest boots in our test, but they're a ways away from the stylish options.

They are easy to get on but so clunky and heavy!
They are easy to get on but so clunky and heavy!
Photo: Richard Forbes

Fit


Our main tester has size 12 feet and wears a size 13 in boots. In a size 13, the Servus boot was very loose. There's probably around 3/4" of an inch of forward and backroom (maybe even a little more). They're especially loose in the heel, and our feet tended to rattle around in the boots as we walked. However, if we went down to a smaller size, our toes would be even further inside the steel toe, and we would have felt how the steel toe protrudes into the toe box even more. There's a bit of room width-wise for D width feet, but if you normally take wide sizes, you will probably need to size up. These boots are high volume and are still loose even with insoles.

These would be a great cheap pair of boots with an umbrella to keep...
These would be a great cheap pair of boots with an umbrella to keep in the back of the car in case of bad weather.
Photo: Richard Forbes

Value


If we're talking about value in purely economic terms, these boots are probably worth the few dollars they cost in material, labor, and shipping. If we're talking about whether you're going to get your money's worth out of them, consider all the points discussed in this article. And if you're the type of person who still wants them, after all the nitpicking we've done, they'll be fine boots — they just won't be too comfortable.

Conclusion


While the Servus CT Safety boots are waterproof and offer decent traction, they don't shine in any particular category. And they are appreciably lower quality than all the other boots in our test in regards to general construction and rubber quality. In short, they're not a reliably-comfortable everyday workhorse rain boot. They're budget boots! If you're on a budget and you want to keep your feet dry for little jobs, go for it. But if you can afford more, reach for another pair.

Richard Forbes