Blundstones: Frequently Asked Questions
Blundstone Australia tracks its heritage back to the mid-1800s. Despite having grown into one of the world’s most recognizable boot brands, Blundstone headquarters remains in Tasmania under family ownership, keeping intact long-standing ideals and principles—not the least of which are a total devotion to comfort, ease of use, simplicity of design and value for money spent.
Sometimes shopping for Blundstones can be confusing because they are sold in Australian Sizes. They also have some interesting technology behind them, and we want you to know what you are buying! Here are some top asked questions!
(according to Blundstone's website)
If I already own a pair of Blundstone boots, where do I find the size?
If you already own a pair of Blundstone boots, the size on the bottom of your boots represents the Australian size. This is the size you want to focus on when placing your order. Please see the image below as reference.
Are Blundstone boots waterproof?
The Blundstone Winter are 100% waterproof. This includes style #566, #584, #1478, #1477, #1391 and #1392. These styles feature waterproof leather uppers and elastics to protect from damp conditions. Winter boots should be maintained seasonally with a proper water proofer.
All other Blundstone boots feature weatherproof leather. This means the leather is as water resistant as any leather can be, while still allowing the foot to breathe. If properly cared for, they will prevent most water penetration, keeping your feet warm and dry. Blundstone’s unique construction with a limited number of seams means there are fewer places for water to get in.
What is SPS?
Blundstone’s Shock Protection System (SPS) disperses shock at heel strike and reduces skeletal stress. SPS is incorporated into the boot construction to absorb energy from impact at heel strike. Revolutionary tests indicate that an average of 33% less shock is transmitted to the leg at walking pace. This shock would otherwise be absorbed by your feet, knees and vertebrae.
Can I put a footbed in my Blundstone boots?
Yes, definitely! A few customers will find that the fit may be a bit loose, and a footbed helps provide a more snug fit. Footbeds also help insulate the body from winter elements. Blundstone boots are compatible with most custom orthotics.
Why do my boots leak?
No leather boots are 100% waterproof. To assist in making your boots water resistant and pliable you should treat the leather with a suitable leather dressing such as a good quality Mink Oil.
Will treating my boots change their colour and texture?
Most Blundstone boots are pre-treated, and as a result, we do not recommend treating them out of the box. Pre-treated leathers will not absorb any type of leather conditioning or treatment and as a result, they can do more harm than good by sitting on the surface of the boot and attracting dirt. The exception to this rule would be styles that are manufactured with Rustic Brown, Crazy Horse Brown or Rustic Black leathers. These leathers are treated in such a way to present a distressed appearance and as such do not carry the same pre-treatments as the finished/oiled leathers. You may treat these leathers (but do not have to) with a natural leather conditioner such as mink oil, Otter Wax or Blundstone Waxy + Oily conditioner to provide additional weather proofing and general leather conditioning; however, please note that these treatment methods can cause the Rustic Brown, Rustic Black or Crazy Horse Leathers to darken indefinitely.
Treating or conditioning your Blundstone boots is recommended on a regular basis (every 3-6 months depending on use and wear); however, this is done at your own risk and with the understanding that different leathers react differently to various types of oils, conditioners, waxes and sprays, of which we have no control.
We recommended always to test a small, inconspicuous spot on your boots to ensure you are content with the appearance and results of the use of the conditioner that you choose. If you are ever in doubt of what product to use on your Blundstone boots, please bring your boots to one of our locations to speak to a fitting specialist.
What should I do if I've worn through the sole?
Once you've worn through the outsole of your boots it's time to replace them. Blundstone outsoles can't be repaired.
What to do if your boots feel too narrow?
If your boots are too tight across the instep you can bring them to our store to have them professionally stretched! We have stretching machines at all of our retail locations.
With a little TLC, it's not unusual for Blundstone Boots to last for years.
Blundstone boots are crafted from the best available leathers and components, employing the expertise gained over 140-some years of boot making. Leather is a natural material, so if your boots get wet, stuff with newspaper to absorb the moisture and to keep the shape of the boot. Always dry them at room temperature – never with or by a heat source!
Understanding your size for Blundstones can sometimes be confusing as they are sold in Australian Sizes. See the chart below to reference what size you would be in a Blundstone Boot!