Written by Jon Clarke
If you’ve ever been to the Danish capital before, you’ll know that the best way to explore the city is by cycling. But since I can’t ride a bike and this is a review of boots, I decided to walk everywhere instead. During my three-day stay, I racked up over 56,000 steps, covering 33km (that’s about 21 miles). And I did all of this in the Goodwin Smith Furness boot. I think you’ll agree, a pretty thorough test drive and rather brutal start to life for some brand new footwear.
This article details all aspects of my time spent wearing them - from comfort to grip, and even a random local saying “hey nice boots” on the underground.
First impressions of the Furness boot
Based on a US engineer boot and designed by Matt Windmill at GSHQ, the Furness is very distinctive in style. Part of the AW18 collection, they’re made for the colder months and look achingly cool with the right pair of denim. I went for the Furness Chestnut, as I felt they go better with my wardrobe, but the black version is just as handsome and would pair with grey or black denim very well.
The Furness: a rugged, characterful and versatile boot.
From the brass GS logo studs on the rear, to the intricate stitch detail around the toe cap and sole, these boots ooze character. And as good as they look in the images, believe me when I say: they’re even better in the flesh.
so how did they fare on the trip?
As with any new piece of footwear, there were some rubbing issues to begin with - just below the outside of my ankle on each foot. This told me that the fit is on the narrow side around the heel, at least to begin with, and at least for my trotters. After a solid day of walking though, there was adequate give in the boots to make the rubbing subside.
And keep in mind, I hadn’t had any chance to break these bad boys in at all before the trip. This was truly a baptism of fire, which the Furness sailed through impressively. A big tick in the comfort department.
At no point in my exploring did the boots feel cumbersome, which was a very nice surprise considering their heavy duty appearance.
How did they cope in the Danish weather?
If you visit Copenhagen in December, expect cold winds and dampness. I was rather fortunate for the first two days, but it rained fairly constant on the third. The incredible TPR anti-slip rubber sole on the Furness makes every step secure. At no point did I feel at risk of slipping.
The sole also provided impressive flex, meaning that walking over cobbled streets (lots of these in Copenhagen) caused little fatigue. It’s also worth noting that my feet remained dry and warm throughout the trip. No mean feat at this time of year.
The Furness boot: three takeaways from this review
As I sit in the warmth of my home, feet up with a brew in hand, I can’t help but admire the Furness. God they’ve worked hard this past weekend - and rather fittingly, considering their blue collar heritage.
So to round up, here are three things I want you to take away from this article...
1. Style: rugged elegance is now ‘a thing’
Yes style is often subjective, but I think most can agree when I say this: the Furness is one incredibly handsome boot. Inspired by US Engineering footwear and designed by Matt Windmill at Goodwin Smith HQ, the detail is phenomenal.
From the double brass stag studs at the back, to the fine stitching across the toe last - details are found everywhere. The tumbled leather resembles a more rugged sibling to suede, yet still channels a casual elegance befitting of traditional Chelsea boots.
2. Comfort: these boots are made for walking
Almost every pair of new footwear needs a degree of wearing in, so I was extremely surprised by the instant comfort the Furness boot offers. Deceptively light and roomy, these boots are a superior fit to any I’ve had before.
The elastic gussets make wearability easy and quick, so if you’re in a rush to go somewhere - or in a rush to get undressed for some reason (cheeky) - they’re off in a flash. That said, the elastic is premium, and returns it’s shape very well, offering the secure fit you expect in a boot. It also must be said that the insole is incredibly soft and, after 36 hours of exploring Copenhagen, my feet didn’t ache a bit.
3. Quality: a boot built to last
And how do they look after my adventure? Well it’s quite literally not even scratched the surface. You can tell the sole has thousands more miles of wear in them, and the upper (provided you care for it as mentioned above) will take whatever the winter weather throws its way. They feel solid and well-built, and I imagine they’ll only start to look better with age.
Put simply, these are one incredibly impressive pair of boots. Versatility, style and comfort has never come in such a complete package before. Everything from design to practicality has clearly been considered with care, and it really showed on this trip.
Safe to say, these are the best pair of boots I’ve ever owned.