Brunt Marin 2.0 Work Boots Review


Brunt Marin 2.0 Work Boots Deliver High Quality and Comfort at a Great Price

When I first heard about Brunt Work Boots, they caught my attention. They promised high-quality boots that match or exceed what you get from premium name brands like Red Wing or Keen Utility. However, they’re pushing a lower price point with a direct-to-consumer business model. Now entering their fourth year in business, Brunt is launching their second generation line up, including the 2.0 Marin Work Boots!


Pros

  • Excellent construction
  • Comfortable fit
  • Outstanding value at $139-$179
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day trial period

Cons

  • Online sales model means you can’t try them on before purchasing

Brunt Marin Work Boots Design

Brunt Marin Work Boots

With just five models to choose from at the moment, I liked the look of the Brunt Marin Work Boot best. It has a classic leather look with a wedge sole that I hoped would give me comfort for those jobs where I’m on concrete floors all day.

Style

When I opened the box, the first thing that hit me was the smell. Yes, the smell. Brunt Marin boots smell like real leather is supposed to, and I wish I could have bottled it up. As a first impression, they were off to a good start.

Brunt Marin Work BootBrunt Marin Work Boot

These boots are crafted from barnyard-resistant leather, sourced from Texas cattle. This leather is softer, and offers and an improved look. Additionally, Brunt added softer suede on the lower tongue for a better fit and feel.

Moc ToeMoc Toe

Looking over the boot, it features primarily double stitching, with some triple stitching around the major stress points. The toe box has a contrasting stitch color, giving a moccasin-style look.

That stitching matches the welts above the outsole, but it seems it’s more for the look. Brunt only touts a high-quality cement (glue) construction rather than welting. The plus side is high flexibility out of the box.

Burnt Marin 2.0Burnt Marin 2.0

The outsole has a classic light color for a wedge. It’s a typical wedge design with a shallower tread pattern than most heeled work boots.

Black lace hardware and the upgraded black and brown laces complement the medium brown leather well. Thanks to metal construction and riveted attachment, we don’t expect them to be a point of failure.

Brunt Marin 2.0 Work BootBrunt Marin 2.0 Work Boot

Overall, the Marin is a very handsome boot that looks as good in person as it does on Brunt’s website.

Fit and Comfort

You can get Brunt Marin work boots in a typical range of sizes from 7 to 16 with half sizes from 7 to 12. I typically wear a size 11, and for me the fit was spot on. This is an improvement of the first generation that ran about a 1/2-size large.

OutsoleOutsole

Brunt goes for an all-in-one width structure. If you normally wear a D width (normal), just slip the boot on and move on with your day. If you have wide feet, pull the gray insert out from below the insole to give it the additional room.

The upgraded Cush’N insole have three sections: a nonstick top layer, memory foam in the middle, a cushioned bottom layer, as well as an anti-odor treatment. In my experience, they’re much more comfortable than the previous iteration.

Brunt Cush'N InsoleBrunt Cush'N Insole

Moving to the midsole, Brunt switch from a rubber foam material to a more comfortable polyurethane midsole. The PU is longer lasting and provides superior cushioning and support compared to an EVA and other foam midsoles that we’re seeing from other manufacturers.

Because of that design choice, these boots are noticeably more comfortable, which is saying a lot, because I already enjoyed the previous version! Where you’ll see the biggest benefit when you’re working on hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt.


Additional Features

  • Oil and slip-resistant rubber skinned sole
  • Fully waterproof build
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Meets ASTM F2418-18 standards

Brunt Work Boots Promise

There’s a 3-tier promise that comes with Brunt work boots:

  • No shortcuts in quality
  • 30 day risk-free guarantee
  • No middleman markup

Brunt Marin Work Boots Price

So far, so good, but the price is what’s going to tell the rest of the story. You can get Brunt Marin 2.0 work boots starting at $139 and that includes free shipping. There are several variations of this boot that range in price, height, and construction.

If you want to add a little extra style to your jobsite wardrobe, Brunt made the Marin’s available in black all year round!

Considering the materials and construction, we’d expect a boot like this to run in the $150 – $180 range, so it really does have an excellent value proposition.

The Bottom Line

So, should you buy the next gen Brunt Marin work boots? Based on my experience so far, I’d say it’s a resounding yes! The improvements to both build quality and comfort are noticeable from the moment you lace them up. Another big step forward is that Brunt products are now available in select retailers across the country for the first time! Just use the store locator on Brunt’s website to find the location nearest to you. If there isn’t a location nearby, Brunt offers a 30-day risk-free trial period, so if you don’t love ’em, send ’em back.

That said, I’d challenge you to find a work boot with the same kind of quality for the price that Brunt is asking. There’s no question in my mind that Brunt Marin 2.0 work boots are the best value currently available.

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