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Wesco 16” Highliner Boots

16” Highliners with 100 Vibram Sole Steel heel plate protects the heel 16” Highliners with 100 Vibram Sole 100 Vibram sole 16” Highliners with 430 non-marking sole Wesco - Serious Spur Climbing Boots
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Wesco 16” Highliner Boots

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The Wesco Highliner is a traditional lineman's boot hand-crafted in the USA. Read below for the full range of features, from steel heel plates to extra leather construction, the Highliners are built for the serious spur climber.

All Wesco boots ship directly from Wesco. 16" boots are special order, and built to order, subject to Wesco build times. March through May is a very busy time, and the Wesco plant is closed in December for the Holidays. Please plan for delays on special order and out of stock boots during those times. Special order boots can take 3-4 months to build.

  • Height: 16” (For 10” Highliners click here)
  • Sole: 430 Medium or 100 Vibram Heavy Traction
  • Stock Sizes: 8-13, D width.
  • Special Order Options: Steel Toe, E, EE widths.
  • Special orders require additional build time & are not available for expedited orders.

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The Highliner is built just for the climber, with an extra heavy steel shank for support on the gaff, a steel side plate (in 430 sole only) and recessed metal heel breastplate (protects the boot from wear from climbing spurs.) The tall sides protect your leg from the spur and the insole is cushioned with extra leather for increased comfort. The folks at Wesco realize that when you are operating a saw in the tree, comfort is about more than how your feet feel, it’s also about safety. The Highliners are designed to reduce as much fatigue, discomfort, and wear as possible so that your mind is 100% focused on your work and not your aching feet. The Wesco Highliner is just the best boot for those who work in trees and poles.

Wesco® has been handcrafting the ultimate climbing boot for linemen and arborists since 1938. All the necessary protective elements are thoughtfully included, like extra arch support, heavy-duty steel shanks, spur-shielding steel side plates, heel breastplates, and other serious durability features:

  • Leather side flap
  • Full leather 10-10H iron half-slip (7/32” thick for additional support in the arch)
  • Recessed metal breastplate in the heel for Gaff protection
  • Combined soling material including outsole is 1-3/8” thick
  • Steel side plate (not available on #100 Vibram® sole)

Additional Features

  • Rolled-leather top facing
  • Solid brass studs and eyelets
  • Full-leather gusset
  • Full-leather counter pocket
  • Heavy stitching for extra strength
  • OrthoLite® Drilex Comfort Foam Slip-In Inserts
  • Full-leather vamp lined with leather
  • Sweat-resistant full-leather insole
  • Non-corrosive, ribbed, slightly arched steel shank(full-leather shank in Timber boot)
  • Full-leather midsole
  • Leather heel base
Manufacturer : Wesco
Made in : U.S.A
Weight per Pair : About 7 lb

Safety & Technical Information

These tips for care of your Wesco boots are from the Wesco web site.

Breaking In:

If your new boots are a little snug at first, don’t worry. It takes time to break in that durable, full-grain leather - anywhere from two to four weeks. Although, we have heard some interesting methods for speeding up the process. Some folks take a stroll through a nearby creek, or fill their boots with warm water and hike a couple of miles. Others take a more gradual approach, wearing their new boots just a few hours a day. If you own a pair of Wescos with the Black Fire leather avoid using an alcohol and water mixture to break in your Wescos. Alcohol will strip away the properties of the fire- and water-resisting leather. You’ve made a significant investment in your new pair of boots. Proper care from the very beginning will help to ensure performance for years to come. Wesco’s tip for breaking in a new pair of boots: Wear Them.

Boot Care:

If you know what’s good for your boots you’ll keep them away from direct heat!Your Wescos are going to get wet, there’s just no getting around it. But they are special boots and you want to protect your investment. So this is what you do: Let them dry in their own due time. No blow dryers, wood stoves, ovens, microwaves, fireplaces - use nothing with a heating element to dry them. It ruins the leather and the rubber. So, there you have it, the right way to dry out your boots.

Mud is the enemy

When it comes to leather, mud is the enemy. In fact, if mud is left on boots for any length of time, it draws out all the natural oils and fat, robbing the leather of strength. The best advice is to clean boots promptly after getting into the mud and apply the appropriate boot dressing - this will keep the boot from losing its shape and wearing out sooner rather than later.

Boot washing

Never use detergent. Simply wash the inside of your boot with a combination of warm water and baking soda. Do not rinse them. To dry, stuff the boots with newspaper and lay them on their side. Allow them to dry naturally. It is best to leave a bit of moisture in the leather to keep it pliable. To finish, apply appropriate boot dressings.

Boot storage

To prepare your boots for storage, remove all mud from the outside and, if you want, wash the inside according to the instruction above. Apply Mink Oil and place boots in a cool, dry area.

Recommended boot dressings

Natural dressings - Bee Seal Plus, Bee Oil, and Mink Oil - are to be used on oil-tanned leathers. Use the Bee Oil as a primer and follow up with the Bee Seal Plus. This will make your boots water-resistant while serving as an excellent leather protection. We suggest you apply dressings once a month or as needed. Mink oil is to be used when storing boots. Wesco Silicone Protectant is a synthetic leather preservative used for water resistance on our fire- and water-resisting leather.

Customer Reviews

Rated: Excellent Review by: Dakota Lee

“I think these boots are amazing cause I had myself a pair for years and they've kept me climbing all day long. Like I say; when in doubt, climb it out.”

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