Fall Boot Series: Thorogood 6 Inch Moc Toe

A pair of beautiful moc toes, with a long American tradition.
My Thorogood Boots are size
My other sizes are:
Allen Edmonds10
Red Wing9.5
Clarks Desert Boots10
Converse Jack Purcell10.5
Wolverine 1000 Mile9

The Thorogood Moc Toe boots may be the best deal in rugged footwear you’ve never heard of. Frequently mentioned in the frugal style circles of the internet as a “Red Wing killer,” these wedge-soled boots have a long American history.

Thorogood boots is a sub-brand of Weinbrenner Shoes, an employee-owned company crafting shoes in Merrill, Wisconsin since 1892. The moc toe boot shown here was first introduced in 1964 as the “Hike ’n Camp,” the official Boy Scout Boot, and since then has become the company’s all-time best selling boot.

The boot shown above is the  6 inch in tobacco color (it’s also available in an 8 inch). Its buttery soft oil-tanned leather requires minimal breaking in, and its goodyear storm welt construction ensures they’re built to withstand not only the test of time, but whatever else you can throw at it. It has over 250 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star average rating.

But unlike a lot of boots that can cost twice as much, this boot is more than just beauty. With its removalable dual-density shock absorption footbed and comfort cushion, these boots are meant to be worked in. That’s why they’ve been one of the most popular choices for construction sites since their initial release. And if you work in a manufacturing environment, you’re in luck: They also come in a safety toe.

Whether you’re searching for a good-looking boot to add to your casual wardrobe, or a field-tested performer, the Thorogood Moc Toe 814-4200 will be a purchase you won’t regret.

Pick up a pair on Amazon for only $158

Primer's Fall Boot Series

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

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  • Tom

    Wow. The price for these is amazing! If only, I needed another pair of boots…

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      You can never have too many pairs of boots 😀

  • Impoverished Law Student

    Son of a bitch. I literally just bought a pair of Red Wing’s two weeks ago for 248.

    • CollectorsLabel

      Me too brother. I paid 268 for some RedWings one week ago from Zappos.

    • Ions_revenge


  • J. Jostens

    Not gonna lie; when I saw this in my inbox and all I caught was “boot” and “six inch” I thought we were being sold on some sort of horrible high-heeled man boot.. Hahaha! Scared me Mr. Snavely..!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Haha aw c’mon does that sound like the “Primer style”?!

  • Patrick

    This is definitely a great boot for the price and it’s definitely a “Red Wing” killer. I’ve been selling this boot for several years and it’s the best selling boot at my store. According to the Thorogood salesman, it’s the #1 selling boot in their company.The boot also comes in other colors as well such as black, cordovan and brown. From experience, Thorogoods tend to be a half size bigger than normal so I suggest you go half size down from a gym shoe. The new Maxwear soles (8-10 months) are suppose to last a little longer than the original Vibram soles (6-8 months) from my experience, but of course that is under typical work conditions and not the occasional wears. Overall, it’s a well made American boot for the money. Great review Andrew!

  • Aaron

    Recommendation on keeping the white soles white?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I’ve had a pair of red wings with white soles for a few years, and surprisingly it hasn’t been a problem.

  • Perry

    Geez… was that really 3 years ago? http://www.primermagazine.com/2011/spend/boots-for-fall

  • theinimitablejp

    Anyone know the difference between these and the regular 6″ American Heritage Moc Toe Boot also available on Amazon? (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OWNNH2/ref=s9_hps_bw_g309_ir05?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-9&pf_rd_r=1MAZA0KNQJ5EHFWXETCB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1865634862&pf_rd_i=2602274011) I like the Brown Crazyhorse color more than Tobacco color available on the 814-4200, but didn’t know if it was a lesser boot.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I believe they are the same boots, but in different colors.

  • Danny

    I’m really eager to buy these (I love the style), but i’m worried about how they will hold up to Seattle rain. I’m buying these to be my “rain boots”, and while I won’t be jumping into any puddles for fun, I may occasionally accidentally step into some water. Are they mostly “waterproof”? My top priority is avoiding wet socks.

    • bill edwards

      Waterproof your boots with mink oil or water resistant treatment. I did so with mine and they are wonderful.

  • Buffalove

    I actually just returned a pair of these, and here’s why…
    They are fantastic boots, really great quality, and look fantastic. They are just clearly work boots, and are pretty clunky. If that’s what you’re looking for, as a mainly outdoor/winter boot, then these are great.
    Andrew, any suggestions for something in between these and a desert boot? Something I can wear in the snow and dressed up with some dark jeans.

    • Danny

      I do want these as a mainly outdoor boot. If you had them, can you answer my question (posted just above this response)?

      • Buffalove

        I think they’d be fine if you sealed them, but I would probably choose a different boot for water protection. Ask Andrew.

        • Danny

          How do I ask andrew?

        • Danny

          Thanks for the tip! I didn’t know he was so available, or how responsive he was to questions.

  • Matt Piper

    Sams club had redwing 1907’s yesterday for $169. That was $100 less than the redwing store I was at 3 days ago!

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  • dmoss74

    just to be plain. these are decent boots, but they are not in any way, shape or form as well crafted as red wing boots. the uppers are very well done, but the mid sole is some form of plastic, not leather. and the insole is that poron material. if you look closely,

    you’ll see attention to detail that separates red wing from thorogood boots. that’s not to say these are awful. for the money, they are bargains.

    but if you want the quality of red wings, you’re going to have to shell out the bucks to get them. 80% of people who need work boots probably wouldn’t mind, but i have learned my lesson. from now on it’s red wings only for me.

    but, like i said, these are great boots for the price.

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  • Frederick Murre

    Man I love mine. Most comfortable footwear I’ve ever worn, after a 2 week break-in. I get into them in the morning, and they’re all like ‘hello’ and my feet are like ‘yaaay’.
    Well built, silent wear-max sole, and quite agile after the break-in.

  • Albert

    I feel like moc toes are hot right now, been looking around for a good pair of boots in the style. Thorogoods, Red Wings, and Golden Fox has caught my attention. Can’t decide on which one to get.