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Women's Wild Idea Work Boots Reviews

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Ws Wild Idea Work Boots

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November 6, 2023

Perfect and gorgeous craftsmanship

I was afraid to ordered mixed reviews I like the guy boot style better but I went ahead with this pair I have a high arch narrow feet . Fits perfectly I usually get la sportiva for the same reason. Love the color the texture I live in Mt keeps me warm during the fall season will see later on. I would love to have my size in the man boots.

October 30, 2023


I do like the man boots more but I ordered the woman boots my usual size 7.5 beautiful craftsmanship, I love the color fits perfectly I live in Montana great for the cold haven’t try them for below 0 / I will certainly give this boots as a give to my daughter! Love the fact that are unusual since they are made from buffalo 🦬. Wish they will have t... Read Morehe man style on woman. They are comfortable ps I have high arch and slender 🦶

September 6, 2023

work horse shoes

I sized up in US size by half, but kept true to Euro size. Pay attention to Euro size for perfect fit! Exchange was super easy though. Really stoked to wear these in!

September 5, 2023

Great boots

Very impressed with the quality and comfort of these boots!

September 5, 2023

Amazing quality

Highly recommended!!

August 9, 2023

Versatile and well crafted

After reading reviews, I ordered these specifically because I have a narrow foot and ankle and it is very difficult to find a chelsea work boot that fits. I am typically a 7.5 and the 7.5 fits perfectly. They felt snug when I pulled them on but immediately gave just the right amount as I walked around. I do think these would work for a medium width... Read More foot but would recommend sizing up a half or whole size. If you have a wide foot, I would look for another boot or request a wide version! They are beautiful and will be great for working in the jungle that is my backyard - and for wearing out to dinner.

June 12, 2023

Unsure on fit. Will know in a month.

They're fancier than what I want to wear. Theyre heavier than what I want to wear. Theyre the only shoe Im going to own (beside running shoes). I still think its worth it. Patagonia is a great company. They guarantee their boots for lifetime. No other company does that. They source the material well. Its a resole-able Chelsea boot. MY PROBLE... Read MoreM is that I have to wear them in before I give a helpful status report. They feel fine, but my heel is slipping a little. This is what you need to know about this: A little heel slipping is normal. Particularly with STIFF, NEW leather boots, you need to break in the flex-point so that the boot will bend, rather than your heel lift. If my boot becomes loose after the break in period, I started too big. I need to go a size down. From what I understand, a painful entry point with new leather boots is normal. It may even be preferable as the leather and cork will form to your foot, eventually making a snug, comfortable fit.

May 5, 2023


Boots took a week or so to break in. When you first put them on they're going to be super tight, don't freak out! Buy the size you normally wear, the leather will stretch out as you wear them. From the ranch to the city, I get compliments on these all the time!

April 14, 2023

Non-traditional purchase but worth it!

I purchased women's shoes!? Wait what? Its true. I wanted a shoe that could be refurbished and I wanted a non throw away chelsea. There is not a lot of choices out there for non disposable chelsea boots. The one brand I found would have required a sole change and the cost benefit wasn't there. So I made a choice and Im glad I did. After a... Read More painful break-in period in my house where I thought I might have to return the bison broke in. The boots are by far my favorite and I have good footwear. The leather is like butter and surprisingly the soles are not shredding. I know not everyone can do this but Im very pleased that my experiment worked and I wear ladies shoes lol

April 7, 2023


Received as a gift. Truly beautifully crafted boots. They fit perfectly and I imagine will soften in time. If you appreciate quality and able/willing to make an investment, these are worth it.

March 25, 2023

narrow toe area

The toe box is narrow and tapers. Pinched my toes. I returned them. Bummed I was really looking forward to a pair of hardy work shoes that I could slip into/outta. Hope you will consider a more boxy toe area in the future.

Response from Patagonia
March 27, 2023

Thank you for this feedback, Kath; it's extremely useful to both customers and our product designers, and we will pass along your suggestion. We're sorry this pair didn't work for you, and we hope we can do better by you in the future!

March 24, 2023

Great boots!

I read about the super stiff bison hide, but wanted sturdy work boots, so I doused the new boots twice in neatsfoot oil, which considerably softened and hydrated the leather. I normally wear size 8.5, and went up 1/2 size so I could wear thicker socks in cold weather. The boots are incredibly well-made, durable in muck and slush, and I know we will... Read More have a long good life together. Yay Patagonia!

March 16, 2023

Perfect fit, look, wear, and philosophy

I'd been searching for this style boot in another brand that just did not fit me. When these came to my attention I read about the product first and, even though the price was steep, I decided to delve further. I looked into their specific sizing which is measured in centimeters. I did the best I could to measure my own feet and determined tha... Read Moret their size 10 should be about right at 26.5cm. When they arrived, the fit was perfect right from the start. Other reviews said the boot was on the narrow side which is what I like to hear. Oftentimes, a size 10 is too wide and also too long on my (shorter) left foot. Not so with these boots. I wore them inside the house for 5 days with thick socks before trying them outside. With a thick, comfy, pair of wool socks, they fit both my feet well without any excessive rubbing or blisters. The buffalo hide is tougher than most of the other leather boot brands and keeps my feet warm. And, along with the textured sole, they look like they'll hold up really well. The sole has good traction and is comfy when walking throughout a work day, and the inner footbed liner is cork which is also comfortable and insulating. The boot cost more than I've ever paid for a shoe/boot, but I couldn't be more pleased with the purchase.

March 14, 2023

Breaking in to true fit

The boots are beautiful. With a little wear, the boots will fit like a glove. Currently takes a little work to remove the boots, due to their current slight fit.

March 14, 2023

farm boots

I was thinking these would be perfect farm/riding boots. Unfortunately I have a very high arch and a high! instep. I tried putting the right one on first with wool socks then thin sock and I when I did finally succeed, I knew these would never work, smashing the top of my foot, thankful for the ease of returning..

Response from Patagonia
March 16, 2023

We're sorry to hear the fit wasn't quite right with these boots, Rose. You're welcome to begin an exchange for a size up or a return on [this page](

March 10, 2023

Worth the Break-In Period

Bought these as a sustainable and sophisticated alternative to the ubiquitous Blundstone. These boots are absolutely beautiful, perfect for the rainy PNW climate, and adaptable for work to happy hour to hiking. The buffalo leather is a little tough; but hit it with some leather conditioner, wear bandaids on your heels for the first few wears, and y... Read Moreou will be good to go. Excited to incorporate these into my wardrobe for many years to come.

March 9, 2023

Can't dial the fit without laces

I tried the W's boots in 8.5 and 9, but neither fit right. I also tried the M's smallest size, 7 (too big). I REALLY wanted to love these boots. I sure wish the W's option came with laces, because I think that would allow tweaking the fit. PLEASE add a laced option for women, or make smaller M's sizes!

Response from Patagonia
March 14, 2023

Hi Mary! Thank you for writing us a review on our Wild Idea Work Boots. We're very sorry to hear you weren't able to find a comfortable size. This is great feedback and we truly appreciate it. We'll share this with our design team.

February 27, 2023

Gorgeous, comfortable, and restorative

I try not to buy new things but the Buffalo prairie restoration project was irresistible. Unlike other reviewers, I have not had to break them in. They fit my narrow, low-volume, long-toed feet perfectly and are very comfortable. I love them.

February 25, 2023

Excellent BOOTS

I have had these boots for over 6 months now. It took me a month to break them in. I wore them in the house with thick socks to break in the leather and cork. Now they are so comfortable. I wear them all day. I went to my local shoe cobbler to get some leather condition/cleaner. I am in the snow and salt a lot. I clean them every few weeks. They st... Read Moreill look brand new. I can dress them up or down. I LOVE these boots. They are beautifully made and comfortable once broken in. I cannot recommend them enough.

February 22, 2023

Working women need lace up boots

I find this across the board with viable rugged work boots- mens options are far superior to womens. Im guessing Patagonia will eventually remedy this with a lace up boot for women that offers *the exact attributes* that the mens boots have. It blows my mind that companies continually underestimate the needs of working women. Lead the way as always... Read More Patagonia!

Response from Patagonia
March 1, 2023

Thank you for this feedback, Emily! We will share your thoughts with our design team.

February 20, 2023

Make more!

Hey Patagonia, please make more of these boots, both the Chelsea and the Lace-up, for all genders. Plenty of people wear both types of boots! Hey guys, I wear a 9-9.5D and the size 11 Chelseas fit me great!

February 4, 2023

Excellent Quality, Slow Break-in

I received these as a gift 2 years ago and have only just started wearing them because I was daunted by the effort I'd need to break them in. The leather is very thick and starts out stiff, so I knew it would take time. Now that I'm doing it, I'm glad I kept them and look forward to wearing them for years! I have a narrow heel, wid... Read Moree toe, low volume foot. Initially I couldn't wear these 10 minutes indoors without developing heel blisters, and my wide forefeet got sore because the boots were so tight there. GAME CHANGER: I applied a leather conditioner recently and then tried them again. They softened overnight and now they're slowly conforming to my feet through wear. No more heel slipping, no more blisters! I haven't taken them for a long walk yet, but I'm confident that I'll be able to soon. I love the promise of longevity, repairability, and sustainable source material. The aesthetic is really nice and simple, pretty elegant for a performance boot. Paired with leather conditioner and a bit of patience, I strongly recommend these boots.

January 6, 2023

Finally a stylish boot you dont have to be ginger with!

Okay Patagonia, well done here. I have purchased many Patagonia sneakers in the past, which I wear until they fall apart because they are so dang comfortable. Every style Ive tried have been an all time favorite shoe. The kind of shoe you buy in every color just in case you cant find them again. Well, Patagonia stopped making sneakers years ago and... Read More I have mourned the loss of their shoes. When they added these boots to their inventory, I knew Id love them. I got them for Christmas this year and have worn them almost every day since. They are outstanding! Style you dont have to be ginger with. They take some breaking in but are very hardy, warm, and extremely well made. They are breaking in very well. Im grateful they make a shoe I can resole once I wear them out. I live in Idaho so Ill get the majority of the year to test them. True to size and I dont have a narrow foot. The kind of boots that work with what you got if you give them a chance. So happy about these!

January 4, 2023

Wanted so badly to love

Unfortunately, they slipped off my heels but were tight around the ball of my foot. I think my foot is just not shaped right for these - two narrow in one area, too wide in the other. These are beautiful boots and I wanted them to work so badly. I was shocked upon receiving such a lovely gift. So bummed they didn't work for my feet.

December 8, 2022

Super comfortable

These shoes are super comfortable and fit like a glove. I do believe they might run a bit narrow but that's perfect for my narrow feet. They might not be great for wide feet. Just a guess.

November 19, 2022

Runs Narrow, Don't Try Being Optimistic About It

I know, I know, a bunch of reviews talk about these boots being narrow. I wanted them to work so bad I ordered them thinking my feet really are not thatttt wide. Sadly my optimism did not work. These fit like a dress boot.

Response from Patagonia
November 28, 2022

We're sorry to hear the lower volume of these work boots has been disappointing. We welcome you to return them, and to contact our [Customer Service]( team if you need any assistance with it. Thanks for the review, CJ!

November 3, 2022

Most Comfortable Boots!

I ordered a 1/2 size up because I like my feet to have room to spread out a bit and these are perfect. They fit snugly out of the box and have now totally formed to my foot. I wear them every day for homesteading and construction work. After 6 months of constant use, including kneeling and digging my toes into the dirt/gravel on job sites, the trea... Read Mored on the center of the sole is worn out and the toe has worn through the outer layer of the boot. The function of the boot is totally uncompromised, and I'll keep wearing them for years to come. If anything, for a work boot, they could use a deeper tread so it doesn't wear out so quickly.

October 31, 2022

Beautiful boot that takes a while to break in

The Wild Idea boot is absolutely gorgeous. Every detail is carefully attended to; the stitching, the leather inner lining, the flecks in the sole. This is a sturdy boot that will last you a decade--but it's a pair of boots that will take a while to break in. I've had mine for about 3 weeks and have worn them almost every day and walked at... Read More least 15 miles in them. I can feel each part of the shoe breaking in over time. Many reviews say these boots are very narrow; I would say they run true to size, but are tight-fitting in the beginning as a new pair of well-made boots will be. I have standard-sized feet and the leather was tight on my big toe knuckle at first, but it's loosened up since then. Although they are still breaking in, I can stand in these boots all day and feel supported and comfortable. I initially wanted a pair of Blundstones but found them to be a bad shape for my foot. This is a better alternative.

October 21, 2022


These are everything I've ever wanted in a boot. Their structure and craftsmanship is unparalleled. Highly recommend!

October 15, 2022

Sturdy and comfortable

I ordered an 8 1/2, which is my normal size. They were too small so I exchanged them for a 9. These are perfect, the leather is supple and after wearing them three or four times they fit like a glove. They feel very sturdy and I hope that they last for many years.

October 2, 2022

Beautiful and Stylish

Love these boots... I bought 6.5 originally and that was way too big. Finally got the size 6 and it was still too big for my feet so I ordered insoles to go with these boots. Now I've been working on breaking in these boots. Not a perfect fit for something with small, narrow fit like me but it was still worth it!

September 24, 2022

Perfect boots

I love these boots. These are my second pair. My first pair are 2 years old &!I wear them daily. They are still wearable and have totally formed to my feet, but I wanted to get a second pair as a back up. We travel in a van a lot and they are perfect for walking & light hikes or to wear out. My feet are on the narrow side of average, and I ... Read Morecould never find slip on boots that fit me like a glove, until I found these. I highly recommend.

September 21, 2022

Nice boots

I really like that the work boots are made from bison leather. They are very well made and are true to size. As other reviewers mentioned, the boots are a bit stiff, but I am hoping that as I wear them more they will relax a bit.

September 10, 2022

Work Boot

I came here hoping to find sustainably, responsibly made work boots, and I have! I am excited by this concept. However I am disappointed to find the rather extreme difference between the male and female boot. I will give my business to a brand that makes a female work boot. Not a female fashionable gardening boot. I will be back to buy when this ha... Read Mores been remedied.

Response from Patagonia
September 22, 2022

Hi Rachel! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the boots. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team.

August 27, 2022

Great boots! Runs narrow

These great boots run narrow. I ordered and 8 and then an 8.5 but both were too narrow for my foot, which is a bit wide, but i don't usually have much trouble with fit. Other than fit they seemed like wonderful boots. Wish I didn't have to return them!

Response from Patagonia
September 2, 2022

We really appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear these were too narrow. They do have a break-in period that may take a few weeks. We'll reach out to you by email to discuss it further. Thanks for the review, Susan!

July 26, 2022

Love the style

Loving the style, and how they use the scraps from the meals BUT I sized up and Im a little worried about fit. I think a half size up is good length wise, but the depth of the shoe is a little small. Hoping the stretch out, but currently a little difficult to try on. I feel like my feet are pretty average sized too. Hoping for stretch!

Response from Patagonia
July 29, 2022

Thanks so much for your feedback, Olivia! If they don't work out, please reach out to us [here]( and we would be happy to discuss your return option.

July 3, 2022

very sadly, I have to

very sadly, I have to return the boots, they are way too narrow. They are amazingly well built

March 20, 2022

Nice boots

I took a fair amount of time to slowly break in so just started using for outdoor work today. They are comfortable and supportive of my foot and I'm hoping will hold up as promised. I do think they are surprisingly narrow. This is not a problem for me but I could definitely see it being an issue for certain foot shapes.

March 16, 2022

Beautiful Boot

I love the style of this boot! The leather is beautiful and the craftsmanship is superb! I normally wear a size 8 shoe but based on other reviews, I ordered a half size smaller. It fits well with a sock that is medium to lightweight. The toe box area is also narrower than I like and Im hoping the leather will give with more wear. I have one issue a... Read Morend that is with the sole of the boot. Given the price, I thought it might have a leather sole. Instead the boot I got has a gray sole that has white and black flecks in it. I dont care for it at all and that is why I gave the boot 4 stars. It does not have the brown sole that is pictured in the catalog or in the picture with this review. However, overall I love the boot and the story behind it and highly support the Wild Idea Buffalo Ranch!

Response from Patagonia
March 24, 2022

Hey Bonnie, thanks for the review. We wanted to address what was mentioned about the boot soles. The soles have always been a Vibram Eco Step sole, however the newest restock has come back as mostly black with some flecks of white as you mentioned. They do not match what we have pictured, and our product team is currently working on a solution for this. As always, you are welcome to [return]( if you are not satisfied. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

March 14, 2022

Boots for wearing

A bit stiff to start, took a short walk - still feeling stiff but the footbed fit like a glove. Next day a longer walk and the following day - a full work day - and the fit/feel is exceptional. Gorgeous brown with a sure step!

March 14, 2022

Just beautiful.

Originally saw these back in May when shopping in store. I literally did not forget about them, and the moment I got the restock notification, I ordered. They are just beautiful and we love the concept. My feedback is only that they run narrow and a bit small. I am a true 5.5 and the 6s feel very snug on me. Im hoping once I break them in a bit... Read More more theyll be just perfect. Even if they arent, theyre so beautiful Ill make it work!

March 13, 2022

Beautiful but too narrow

The boots are beautifully made. The length was fine but they were too narrow.

March 13, 2022

Great for everything

I live where there is real winter (South Dakota - same from where the leather is from!) and I work in design and construction. The boots are perfect for icy / snowy days, comfortable enough to wear all day while having to stand or walk around. The sole is perfect for going into construction sites also... and they look good!

March 13, 2022

too narrow

if this boot is intended to be truly for "work", it really falls short. the heel and outsole are short and shallow. i have other casual boots with vibram soles that are thicker. the real unfortunate part is that they are really narrow. given that they're made in portugal, wondering if the last is more european style and intended for ... Read Moremodels with dainty feet. wanted to love them and willing to pay for quality but this didn't meet my expectations.

March 13, 2022

Super Construction

Comfortable, sturdy, these boots will last me my life time! Love the cork insoles too!

March 12, 2022

Beautiful & Sturdy

I waited a year for these boots to come back in stock, and spent more than I ever have on footwear. I love that Patagonia only makes as many pairs as there is hide leftover from another eco-conscious company's food production and conservation efforts. Note that for me, they definitely ran small. I take a 9.5/41 in most shoes (Salomon, Birkenst... Read Moreock, Allbirds, UGGs), and I could barely squeeze my foot into that size Work Boot, and once in, my toes were mashed against the sides and toe. Even with the thinnest of socks I didn't think they'd ever break in enough to fit. The 10s are a little too long, but will accommodate thick socks and once they break in, even orthotics. The pros: Beautiful, practical, last-for-years design and (I hope...too soon to tell) manufacture; durable, great color leather, rugged sole, padded cork insole. The cons: They'll take time to break in the leather is thick, the elastic gore super tight. Pulling them on (after a half dozen wearings) is still a struggle, and they're a bit rigid/clunky. But once they soften up, I imagine these boots will be my go-tos for everything from dog hikes to dining out.

March 12, 2022

Multi-purpose boot

Love the concept and sustainability aspects. The esthetic fits my personality and appreciate the functionality of the boot. I will admit that I have yet to break the boot in after wearing them for approx 40 hrs. The areas of discomfort are the back of the foot (heal) and toe box. My hope is to have them broken in by the time we start our landscapin... Read Moreg season. I have faith. I'm happy to support the concept and Patagonia as your business conceptually aligns with ours. We run a solar and battery operated lawn maintenance business and are proud of reducing our carbon footprint for the betterment of the world.

Response from Patagonia
March 18, 2022

Hi Susan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate the feedback and your support. Its a bummer to hear that the boots aren't broken in quite yet. We hope that they start to wear more comfortable for you soon. If you have any trouble with them don't hesitate to [contact us](

March 12, 2022

Really nice boot

I purchased a pair of the Wild Idea work boot in the winter of 2021. I noticed that the hide was different, with one boot being a finer grain. I wore them for several weeks and the difference between the two boots became much more apparent. Patagonia customer service suggested I send the boots back, but I ultimately decided to keep them since I lik... Read Moreed the boots because of their fit and comfort and Patagonia did not have a replacement pair. The boots have held up well but I have only used them for casual wear. A year later, the boots were once again available so I purchased a second pair. Unlike the first pair, the grain is the same for both boots. I plan to use my first pair for more than just casual wear and will see how they hold up. I know Patagonia will stand behind them if they do not.

February 26, 2022

Wish my problematic foot would love it!

These feel and look great. One of my feet loves it, the other with a bunion isn't a fan. I contemplated stretching it but won't want to risk it with such an expensive pair. So if you have no bunion or other foot issues, these would be great. Sad for me though :(

February 23, 2022

These were much too narrow for me and a W's size 10 friend

I LOVE PATAGONIA and I have enjoyed their past shoes like the Drifter, as a favorite shoe that I will wear until they finally fall apart. I prefer the slip-on boot because I have to do in and out of the rain all day. Sadly, the Women's boot was much too narrow for me (and I had a friend try them on who is also a size 10, women's, and she ... Read Morecould not get the boot on at all). I hope that Patagonia will made a wider, unisex option next year. We care very much about how our clothing and shoes are produced and there are very few responsible choices for work boots or even hiking/athletics. I like the men's lace-up but prefer a slip-on boot in this muddy, PNW, very rainy Oregon weather.

February 18, 2022

Very Comfortable

These are very comfortable boots! I wear them all the time in the fall, winter and spring. They feel good. I use them to run errands go out around town. I dont use them to do outdoor work or hike in them since they are so nice I dont want to get them dirty

October 26, 2021

High quality boot

Super nice boots, so easy to slip on in the morning to walk the dogs on those chilly fall days. They are quality boots that should last a lifetime with proper care, as they are able to be resoled. I purchased a 7 and that is what I normally buy for boots to wear a thick wool sock. I have only worn these with a lighter weight wool sock so far becaus... Read Moree they took a few wears (about a week) to break in and stretch out some to accommodate thicker socks. I'm very happy with these boots and I think they look nice enough to wear everyday.

June 4, 2021

Not for use in the field

I love the idea of these boots, but the reality was a disappointment for me. I have worn these as work boots out in the field for about 6 months and they are not holding up. The leather in the toe area is wearing thin (leather is literally abrading off) and the toe of one of the boots is collapsing. They look terrible too. If you're buying the... Read Morese for fashion, then I think they will work well. They fit nicely, are comfortable and look good out of the box. If you're buying them to hike or use outdoors regularly, they don't last.

Response from Patagonia
June 7, 2021

Thank you for your review on our Wild Idea Work Boots. We're so sorry to hear that these are not holding up for you, they were definitely built to last and meant to be used out in the field. We would like to gather some more information from you to see what kind of conditions you've been using the boots in, and to figure out if you'd be eligible for warranty evaluation. Please reach out to our [customer service]( team for assistance.

May 16, 2021

So happy I bought them, took a while to get there

Bought them in Nov 2020 as a Christmas present to myself. Ordered a 6 as I typically wear a 5.5-6. They needed a pretty lengthy break in period. I had several blisters and painful weeks in them. During that process I wondered if I should've sized up to 6.5 or if this was going to be one of my more expensive and regrettable purchases. Now th... Read Moreey are so comfy and so sturdy, and they go with everything and they stand out. Love them.

March 29, 2021

Best. Boots. Ever.

These boots are absolutely beautiful and practical. I use them when I work on my familys farm...and I cannot properly say how wonderful they are. They do take a little bit to break in, but its worth it. Im tempted to buy a second pair just to have a back up.

March 20, 2021


i was more than a bit hesitant to purchase these boots ~ in part due to the price and because i have terribly difficult feet to fit. my arches and instep are extraordinarily high and i have a genetic blessing of some extra bones in my feet. i measure a size 6.5 but ALWAYS purchase a larger size to (hopefully) accommodate my unique feet. these did n... Read Moreot disappoint! the leather is thick but pliable and molds well to a foot. i have worn them for three days in a row since i received them and the heel slips a tad but nothing huge. there are a few sharp pokey pieces of stitching around the top of the boot but i think those will wear off/smooth out with time. right now to solve the issue...i just wear tall enough socks to keep the boot away from bare skin. they are loud when you walk and they can squeak on the right type of floor but they are gorgeous and a great design. these will be replacing my 20 year old blundstones that are truly worn out. thanks for a terrific product!

March 19, 2021

Very versatile and cool looking

I love these boots. Unfortunately I thought I had to size up and they were too big. Im usually a Size 7 or 7 1/2 and the 8 were too big. But I immediately order my 7 1/2 and Im hoping they will fit me. The boots feel heavy but not in a bad way. And the leather feels smooth and thick. I cant wait to get the right size so I can use them to death.

March 14, 2021

Undecided at this time

I purchased the womens Wild Idea work boots. According to the reviews, I decided to purchase a size 8 (I am either size 71/2 or 8, 39 EU). The boots seem a bit large and I am waiting for Patagonia to get in a size 71/2 to try...I will keep one of the two because I really like the construction and am a fan of Buffalo hide.

March 3, 2021

Great quality.. requires break-in period

Quality of the boots is awesome and the overall fit is good too. I did need to break in the boots a bit (blisters on the heels) even though the material is soft and would I thought I wouldn't need to. Looking forward to many, many, many years of wear.

February 26, 2021

Perfect boots

These boots are divine. I was prepared to have to send them back before I even received them, given many reviewers' issues with size and fit. I am a true size 10 (US), and a Euro 41 or 41.5. These fit me like a dream. I have been wearing them around the house and they have already softened and begun to mold to my foot. They are sharp enough to... Read More wear to work, but also comfortable enough to wear for long walks on more rugged terrain. I also like that they are a bit snug around the ankle, which makes for a trim silhouette and keeps gravel/dirt from creeping in the back. I ordered the 10 and it is a perfect fit. Note that the European size on the 10 is a 41.5, and not a 41, which is the more common conversion.

January 27, 2021

Most Amazing

By far the best boots I have ever worn. The detail in the leather, cork insole and Vibram soles make these worth the money. I have worn them every day for the last month and they are already breaking in perfectly. Highly recommended!

December 30, 2020

Beautiful boot, runs small, really hard to get

These are well made, heavy, last-forever, beautiful looking and functional boots. Unfortunately, though I took the trouble to call about sizing and was told they run true to size, they actually seem to run small, enough that they give me new scabs every time I wear them. After a few days of trying to convince my feet that they are wrong and I am wr... Read Moreite, I've surrendered. Sadly, there is now nothing larger than a 6! Next time, I'll be wasteful and order three different sizes. But for now, if anyone out there has a 7.5 I'll trade my 7.0....

December 27, 2020

Perfect work boot

I love these work boots! At first, I thought they were a little weird fit wise, very tight on foot and ankle despite ordering up a size, however with more wear they have loosened quite a bit and don't look as new which I want. I usually wear an 8 or 8.5 but decided to go up to a 9 and I'm so glad I did. I wear these for everyday casual us... Read Moree and working in or my farm.

December 24, 2020

Great quality

These boots look lovely and are durable. They need to be broken in which takes time. I still can't wear mine all day long without getting blisters on the heel, but I'm working on it. They fit well and the bottoms have strong grip. I've been wearing them in snow/ice and don't slip. Overall, great boots! Hoping they will last for ... Read Moremany many years.

December 19, 2020

Beautiful design

These are beautifully designed and clearly well crafted. They do, however, run a bit narrow. I am wearing them in the house to see if they might stretch out a bit. I hope so, because I want to wear them for good. I was surprised at the narrowness. If they doe stretch out then I could easily imagine increasing my star rating. Well see.

Response from Patagonia
February 4, 2021

Thanks for the review on our Wild Idea Boots! These are definitely intended to mold to your foot with time and use. Wearing them around the house is a great idea to help speed up this process. If you do this for awhile and still find them to be uncomfortable, you can begin a return [here](

December 18, 2020

style beyond sneakers; comfort surprisingly great for a substantial leather boot;

initially i needed a shoe horn; with some practice i can get them on easily; they are supportive and comfortable. i am very happy with my boots.

December 17, 2020

Back in stock?

These look like such beautiful boots. I have been waiting for these to come back in stock for months. Last month, I noticed on the website there was note below the boots stating that they would be "in stock Dec 14", so I set the date in my calendar. When Dec 14 rolled around, turns out they were available earlier and were sold out by the ... Read Moretime I tried to buy them. Why list a date if you're not going to stick to it? Also, would be nice if there was a "notify me when back in stock" option on the website. I am not someone who is constantly on the website browsing to make purchases, would be nice to know that I don't have to be constantly checking the website.

December 12, 2020

boots built to last

No hesitation in my purchase. Made from bison leather. Comfortable classic slip on style and built to last a lifetime! Love them!

November 21, 2020

Too Narrow

Beautiful boots and well made. Way too narrow.

November 21, 2020

Super Practical and Stylish

I had been wanting buffalo hide boots since I first saw a pair on Dan O'Brien, founder of Wild Idea Buffalo in South Dakota. I am in love with this company's mission to restore the buffalo to the plains, grazing them on open range in their natural environment and humanely harvesting them in the field, providing healthy and delicious meat.... Read More I love the Wild Idea Buffalo/Patagonia partnership to find a use for the hides. The boots are comfortable, practical, durable, stylish, and earth friendly. I like the lace-up design of the men's boots and the pull-on paddock-boot design of the women's. They are perfect for daily work around my barn and ranchette and stylish enough to wear into town. They look great with my Patagonia overalls. Thank you Patagonia and Wild Idea Buffalo.

November 18, 2020

Love These. Hate My Finicky Feet. Buy Them!

I bought these and LOVED them. However, my finicky feet did not. I returned them, but am here to tell you if you don't have weird foot issues, this shoe is amazing. So well made. Beautiful to look at. I wish, wish, wish I could have kept them. I have wide feet and a high arch and am prone to plantar fasciitis. These boots didn't feel tig... Read Moreht or constricting, but I knew after a five-minute try on that they were not meant for me. But I still really dig them. If you have normal feet, run, don't walk, to buy these bad boys. Basically, I'm writing to say if you have normal feet

November 18, 2020

great fit

This boot fits perfectly and I love the buffalo leather.

November 13, 2020

Kinda Narrow

I've always worn a size 6 medium shoe until I got older (63) and now wear from 6 to 6.5, depending on the shoe. I am so glad I ordered size 6.5 in these boots, as they are still narrow and tight in my forefoot, and I am wearing thin socks. I believe they will stretch, but meanwhile, I have removed the lovely cork-lined insoles and exchanged th... Read Moreem for 3/4 length insoles I use in my hiking boots for arch support. Now there is plenty of room! They are also narrow in the opening and take a bit of effort to get into, but I think that will also soften up with time. They have substantial Vibram soles, not just a veneer like you see in other boots and they are beautifully stitched and obviously will last a long while (yay Patagonia!) I think these are gonna work for me!

November 11, 2020

Beautiful boots

I couldn't believe how beautiful and well-made the boots were when I took them out of the box. One fit a little tighter than the other and I'm using a half-orthotic in both to increase the arch support. With that said, I comfortably did a six mile hike the second time out, which made me a huge fan!

November 4, 2020

work boots

Overall, I really like them. I was VERY glad to have them on when I dropped a double pallet on my toe this morning! I'm not yet sold on the pull on design rather than the tie ups, so I'll wait to see on that feature. I like their sturdiness and some-but -not-deep-cleats on the soles. I'm curious why you decided not to make tie ups fo... Read Morer women. I'm planning to use them for a long time. so, all in all, well done!

November 2, 2020

Beautiful boots

Love these boots! Took them out for a spin already and love them. Like any great leather boot, they are quite fitted at first. I wore them in the house with an extra pair of socks to get them stretched a little, and now they are great. The leather and sole are substantial--well made, built to last and look good too!

October 31, 2020

Beautiful Quality

Just received not yet worn. Well made, but for price & work boots expected better arch support & more substantial footbed -has a flimsy looks like cork footbed. A truly supportive substantial cork footbed would have been the best. Boots run small. I am just a 10 but ordered 11 because often need to add orthotics- which sadly it looks like t... Read Morehese boots will need. These JUST fit my foot with light weight wool hiking socks and may not have good room for an orthotic. I was afraid they would be clunky but they are not and sole is more of a mini Vibram which is nice for my use (more multitasking go anywhere lifestyle including horse riding) but would not be my choice for serious muck/mud work or hiking.

October 31, 2020

Men want these boots, too

Bummed that you didnt make this style of boot for men. Im not a fan of lace up boots.

October 30, 2020

Great looking boots... but why only for women?

These look amazing, but unfortunately aren't made in men's sizes. I wear boots like these all the time (love my Dr. Martens). Great idea on using the buffalo leather, Patagonia, but please make the style available to men if you don't plan to already!

October 30, 2020

Ethical Leather

I have not actually purchased these (yet) but am just SO excited to see a brand care about sustainability in such a thorough way. I will feel a million times better purchasing shoes made out of an effort to use the entire animal.

October 30, 2020

Are these for hard work?

Hoping people who bought can answer this: they feature a woman in a skirt and these dont have a reinforced toe (like the mens). Are these really for hard work? Like, for working in construction, etc? I want a boot that isnt slippry when Im on a ladder in the rain, and that can take my stepping on nails and dropping beams, etc - is this product what... Read More Im looking for or is it for people who are working walking around town in skirts?

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