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Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot – A Detailed Review

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Rating : 7.5/10
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Bottom Line

Constructed with premium materials sourced from around the world and crafted in the USA, the Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot delivers long-lasting comfort in a timeless design.

Pros

  • Premium materials and construction
  • Timeless design can be worn with casual outfits
  • Unlined leather maintains cool comfort in hot weather
  • Electrical hazard protection

Cons

  • Can bring discomfort to the instep
  • Slightly difficult to put on

Material

Oiled full-grain leather

Type of Toe

Soft Toe

Weight

3.5lb / 1.59kg / 56.09oz

Waterproof

No

Shaft Size

6 inches

Outsole

Danner Wedge (oil- and slip-resistant)

Boot type

Work Boot

Manufacturer

Danner

Safety certifications

Yes

Price range

$215.00 to $299.00

Summary

The high-quality materials that were used in crafting the Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot made their presence known from the texture to the actual feel of the boot when I wore it. The upper had an exceptionally premium feel that assured me the material won’t easily fall apart when faced with difficult activities and environments for work and other purposes. This boot comes with a ruggedness that will give you an idea of its strength and durability that can withstand the challenges of different work settings, yet it’s still stylish enough to be used effortlessly with casual outfits. It offered an overall comfortable experience that worked especially well in warm environments, so I was able to avoid dealing with an uncomfortable overheated sensation in my feet, even when I wore the boot for long stretches of time.

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The Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot is crafted in the USA using a manufacturing process that uses top-quality materials from all around the world. This method makes it possible for the boot to maintain the premium quality that can be expected from the brand while keeping the final price tag less expensive compared to other boot options with similar features. The high-quality leather is tanned and oiled to guarantee reliable strength, offering a higher level of resistance to liquid damage so you can get the most out of the boot’s use for a long period of time. The boots are equipped with non-conducting heels and soles for a secondary level of protection against electrical hazards that may be lurking around the workplace. We will look at the finer details of the boot’s features that make it an outstanding pick, along with the attributes that may need fine-tuning for increased functionality.

When you need robustly constructed footwear that will not compromise your comfort, this work boot will match your functional requirements in a good-looking package.

Ideal For

  • Those who want a work boot that will look great with casual wear
  • Those who prefer the classic boot silhouette with striking shoelaces
  • Environments that need footwear with electrical hazard protection

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Performance Analysis

Comfort

The Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot is built with an unlined leather upper that is designed to follow the contours of the foot for superior comfort. I welcomed this feature that made it possible for me to move more effortlessly while ensuring that I avoided an uncomfortable overheated feeling. The unlined leather gave the upper a lightweight feel that was much more relaxing to wear, especially in warm environments when a thick material would have felt stifling and intensely uncomfortable.

However, I did encounter some discomfort in the instep area since this part of the boot felt stiffer compared to the other parts of the upper.

The toe area also felt slightly uncomfortable because of the hard construction that I know has a distinct advantage as it offers an extra layer of protection against compression hazards.

I especially liked the Ortholite footbed because it provided generous cushioning for my foot, allowing me to work on my feet for the entire day while stopping pain and foot fatigue from interfering with my activities.

A steel shank offered increased support underfoot, making it easier for me to walk on various surface conditions indoors while maintaining stability. This allowed me to move quickly without sacrificing my safety in the process. The soft rubber compound of the outsole delivered superior comfort for the better part of the day when walking on wood and concrete surfaces indoors.

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Weight

These boots weighed as much as I expected them to, given their rugged construction and premium leather upper material. They had a solid weight that I wouldn’t consider too heavy since their bulk didn’t cause discomfort. However, they also cannot be considered lightweight because they do have a weightiness that works well to stabilize my footing when I was walking over uneven and slippery surfaces.

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Traction

The Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot is built with an oil- and slip-resistant Danner Wedge outsole that is thick enough to deliver much-needed support and cushioning. This allowed me to work continuously without suffering from extreme pain that can come from walking on concrete floors for long hours at a time. While the rubber compound material of the outsole is designed to resist oil and slipping, I discovered that the outsole only offered a limited amount of traction. This may be because of the wedge structure that doesn’t have pronounced treads that should have gripped the ground more strongly. Instead, the outsole was almost smooth and flat, which compromised the traction needed to be able to prevent slipping on wet indoor surfaces.

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Fit and Sizing

This boot is true to size, so I was able to achieve a comfortable fit without guessing if I needed to go up or down a size. However, I found that it was slightly difficult to put on because of the way it’s constructed. The tongue is attached halfway to the rest of the upper so I needed to maneuver my foot in an almost unnatural way to slide it in. I believe this issue can be resolved with a longer break-in period resulting in this area becoming much softer so it can more easily accommodate the entry of my foot. The boot feels secure and snug so I didn’t worry about ankle or foot instability, but they might not be the best choice if you are more comfortable with boots with a relaxed fit that will allow some movement within the footwear.

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Waterproofing

This work boot is not waterproof, so it’s not recommended for use in conditions that are exposed to water and other liquids. Working in wet or waterlogged settings can lead to your feet becoming wet, especially when the boots are exposed to liquids for long stretches of time. It should be noted, though, that the oiled leather upper has a higher resistance to water and liquid damage, so the boot can withstand liquid exposure for a limited time – but not enough to keep your feet dry in the process.

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Breathability

The footbed of the Bull Run features open-cell Ortholite that delivers superior cushioning while promoting increased breathability within the boot. This cushioning material permits air to move continuously within the boot to disperse any accumulated heat, so I was able to work for the entire day without being bothered by extremely hot feet. This breathable footbed also helped dissipate excess moisture to prevent sweaty feet from interfering with my productivity.

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Quality and Durability

The full-grain leather has undergone meticulous testing to guarantee a higher level of resistance to damage that can be caused by water and other liquid substances. This means that while the boot does not have waterproof properties, it’s protected from early damage when exposed to water and other liquids, especially compared to other non-waterproof boot options. This leather upper is unlined so it can easily mold to the shape of your foot for customized comfort and superior coolness that can be maintained even when you’re in warm environments. The heel and sole of the boot are made with non-conductive materials to offer electrical hazard protection when exposed to currents under dry conditions.

The boot is made with a rugged design that can keep up with demanding work settings but still look awesome when paired with jeans or chinos for an effortlessly stylish, casual look that you can enjoy outside the job site.

The contrast stitching featured throughout reinforces the boot’s durability while adding a robust accent. The eyelets and lace hooks are designed to be strong enough to keep up with heavy and regular boot use. Meanwhile, the US flag at the top of the upper signifies the premium quality materials and construction that have gone into crafting this remarkable work boot.

The stitch-down construction is handcrafted to enhance stability, working alongside the steel shank to ensure that you can maintain steady footing all day long, especially when walking on uneven floors.

These boots can be re-soled so you’ll have the chance to continue reaping the benefits of their attributes for a long time. The non-marking Danner Wedge outsole won’t track debris, so you can go from working outdoors to indoors without worrying about taking dirt with you. While the outsole is oil-resistant, it only delivered limited traction because of the shallow treads that came with the wedge design. I also encountered some issues with the way the tongue is constructed and attached to the upper that made it a bit difficult to put the boot on – but I believe this can improve with a longer breaking-in period as the material softens.

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Other Versions

The Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot comes in an 8-inch version that also features an unlined leather upper, a wedge outsole, and electrical hazard protection for additional safety in the workplace. The 6-inch boot is available in black, tobacco cristy, and brown cristy, while the 8-inch version is only available in brown cristy. The Bull Run is also offered in 6-inch moc toe (soft toe and steel toe options) and 8-inch moc toe options, a Chelsea silhouette, a Wellington, and a moc toe structure in nubuck leather for a more luxurious aesthetic.

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The Challengers

Danner Men’s Bull Run Moc Toe 6-Inch ST Work Boot

The Danner Men’s Bull Run Moc Toe 6-Inch ST Work Boot is a superb choice if you’re looking for a more spacious alternative to the original Bull Run. The moc toe design of this boot gives your toes more room for shifting that may be needed to be able to ward off painful cramps, especially when this boot has been worn for long hours. Just like the first Bull Run option, this boot has a stylish silhouette that looks great when used with workwear and works just as well when paired with jeans for an effortlessly fashionable, casual look. This boot is fitted with a steel toe to protect your feet from impact and compression threats that may result in serious injuries when you’re working in challenging environments. The electrical hazard protection offers enhanced safety in the workplace when exposed to live electrical sources in dry conditions.

Danner Men’s Bull Run Chelsea Boot

The Danner Men’s Bull Run Chelsea Boot offers the convenience of a pull-on design that you can easily put on and take off without the need to deal with laces every time. Stretch panels are incorporated into the boot opening to accommodate different foot shapes. The unlined leather works to keep the interior of the boot – and your foot – cool when you’re in warm surroundings, and helps maintain a lightweight structure that won’t weigh down your feet even with all-day boot-wearing. The footbed is fully made of open-cell Ortholite that provides excellent cushioning to cradle your foot most comfortably while offering support to ease pressure points from developing. The breathable cushioning works double-time to keep the boot’s interior well ventilated so that heat won’t be able to accumulate throughout the day, protecting you from the discomfort of suffering from overheated feet.

Danner, the Workman Alloy Toe Work Boot

Still from Danner, the Workman Alloy Toe Work Boot offers the ultimate protection against workplace hazards that you may be exposed to. This boot is built with GORE-TEX lining that is 100% waterproof, so your feet are guaranteed to stay dry even you need to work in the rain or wet settings. This lining is also completely breathable, enabling heat and moisture to be dispersed quickly before they even have the chance to bring you discomfort. The Workman is equipped with alloy toes that act as a protective barrier against tools and other items that may accidentally fall and cause severe injuries. The heel and sole of this boot are designed to resist electrical shock, so you’ll have one less safety hazard to worry about while you focus on the most important tasks of the day.

Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot

The Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot is constructed with an outsole that closely resembles that of the Bull Run (the classic silhouette and the moc toe version). If you prefer a work boot with wedge outsoles but would also want increased protection, this boot delivers the goods with a steel toe component that can prevent your foot from getting crushed when something heavy falls on the boot from a great height. The insole keeps the foot cushioned all day long to stop foot fatigue from setting in and it works to absorb most of the impact caused by continuous walking and staying on your feet. The Goodyear welt construction reinforces the boot’s strength and durability for long-term use that you can count on even in the most difficult settings.

Rockrooster Composite Toe Water-Resistant Wedge Work Boot

The Rockrooster Composite Toe Water-Resistant Wedge Work Boot is an excellent choice if you’re on the lookout for a feature-packed boot that won’t break the bank. The mesh lining uses CoolMax technology to regulate the temperature so that the interior of the boot stays cool when you’re working in hot surroundings. The lining also draws away moisture from the skin to disperse sweat and is quick to dry for foot comfort that you can enjoy all day long. This boot is equipped with carbon fiber safety toes that protect your foot from being seriously injured by compression and impact dangers while avoiding the addition of too much extra weight – which can be an issue with steel toe boots. This is a water-resistant boot that can protect your foot from getting soaked when exposed to water and other liquids, and it also comes with electrical hazard protection. With a price that falls at the $100 average point (depending on the merchant), this boot from Rockrooster delivers the essential features for a friendlier amount compared to the other options.

Conclusion & Verdict

The Danner Men’s Bull Run 6-Inch Work Boot showcases strong construction for a rugged yet stylish look that also pairs well with more casual outfits. The top-quality materials form a strong and durable product that can withstand heavy use for a long time without easily falling apart. The boot’s sturdy construction, however, results in slight discomfort in the instep and it can be difficult to put on. That, however, can be remedied with a longer break-in and adjustment period that can make the unlined leather softer with time.

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Luke Davis

Luke is the lead author on WorkWear.org. He has a vast experience in construction engineering and project management in California and Texas, where he had the chance to put to test a wide range of safety boots and PPE. Outside work, Luke is an avid hiker and not surprisingly a DIY fanatic!