Servus CT Safety Review
Cons: Uncomfortable for extended use, steel toe extends into toe space, heavy
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
We typically size our rain boots up and a size 13 of the Servus boot was very loose for our size 12 feet. 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.
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.
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
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