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Thursday Boots Hero Review: Remember the Titan

William Barton
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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2024
8 min read

The new Thursday Boots Hero looks like a winter-ready tank, but how does it compare to other popular Thursdays like the Captain and the President?

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to choose between the different Thursday boots, so in this Thursday Boots Hero review, I’m going to show you the ins and outs so you can decide if this boot is worth your money.

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Bottom line: The Thursday Boots Hero is a great looking boot with some solid heft to it. It’s very similar to the Thursday President, though it features a storm welt and Thursday’s Storm King outsole, which makes it a solid contender for a winter-ready boot.

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Pros:
  • 360-degree Goodyear storm welt and heavy lug outsole make the Titan a great option for bad weather
  • They’re comfortable right out of the box due to the Poron footbed, and the cork filler and steel shank provide enough support over time
  • The leather options are all water resistant and require very little care to stay that way
Cons:
  • I prefer speed hooks on my boots---all eyelets just takes too long to lace up in my opinion

As I’m writing this, rain is pouring down.

But I’m not worried. Because I have the new Thursday Boots Hero. With its storm welt and heavy lug sole, Thursday Boot Company built the Hero for this kind of weather. 

That said, just because a boot can handle a little rain and mud doesn’t mean it’s comfortable or stylish. 

So how is the Thursday Hero? Keep reading and get my full thoughts on this boot.

Thursday Hero Overview

Thursday Boots Titan product image on white background

The Hero is a newer boot from Thursday Boot Company (released in late 2022), and it’s basically like the President, but with a Storm King outsole. 

There are a few major differences, like the padded tongue and the introduction of a Goodyear storm welt (instead of the regular Goodyear welt). Plus, the three leather options are all practically waterproof. 

Thursday did something similar with their most popular boot, the Captain. You can find versions of the Captain with the heavy Storm King lug outsole as well. 

However, I think the Hero deserves to step out of the shadow of the President because of the 360-degree storm welt and the leather choices. 

The Hero is really Thursday’s first winter boot. It’s still got the slimmer, more narrow and fashionable style Thursday is known for, but the construction and materials make it a perfect match for terrible weather.

Thursday Boots Hero

The Thursday Hero is the brand's most winter-ready boot. But despite being such a hefty boot, it's still got plenty of the slim, sleek style Thursday is so well known for.

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Things to Consider Before Buying the Thursday Boot Company Hero

author william barton wearing Thursday Boots Titan

I have so many pairs of Thursday boots, I’ve lost count (but I know it’s over 14). But if I were only getting one pair, I’d be comparing the Hero against the President, the Captain Storm King, and the Legend (the Storm King Chelsea boot). 

The President is a fantastic plain toe boot, but it’s definitely got a slimmer and sleeker style. It’s not that the upper looks different, but the lower profile sole makes it look more like an everyday type of boot.

All of Thursday’s Storm King boots (Captain, Hero, Legend) have a bulkier look to them, purely because of the height of the sole

On that note, I think any boot with a Storm King sole is a good option for shorter guys—I get about a two-inch height boost when I wear these boots, which makes me feel like a giant. 

My comparison of the Thursday Captain and Captain Storm King

Thursday Boot Company Hero Review

First Impression

Probably the number one reason Thursday Boots are so popular is because they all have a more narrow toe box. 

Compared to legacy brands like Red Wing, which mostly have a boxy, bulky style, Thursdays were basically the first high quality boot that balanced dressy and rugged styles. 

author wearing Thursday Boots Titan in rain

The Hero is a continuation of that theme: the toe is fairly narrow—not uncomfortably so, but it definitely works with a pair of slim fit jeans

I think you could definitely pull off a straight cut pair of pants with these boots too because of the added size of the Storm King outsole. 

Thursday Boots Titan on foot with jeans

I picked my Heros, but I also have the Thursday Logger in that leather and I’d just bought two other boots (Truman and Nicks) in a very similar leather as well. That’s too many waxed cacao leather boots. 

Thursday also offers the Hero in the Matte Black leather, which I think is a way better alternative to the 1460 Dr. Martens, both from a style and a quality perspective. 

The Thursday Hero is a simple plain toe boot with a bit of heft to it. I’m not blown away with the style, but it’s solid, works well with a variety of outfits, and is exactly what I expected when I placed my order. 

Thursday Boots Hero

The Thursday Hero is the brand's most winter-ready boot. But despite being such a hefty boot, it's still got plenty of the slim, sleek style Thursday is so well known for.

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Leather Quality and Care

Thursday has always done a fantastic job with their leather selection, and I love that the three options available for the Hero are all basically waterproof. 

Both the Black Matte and the Tan Matte leathers are Thursday’s WeatherSafe Nubuck. 

Nubuck leather is robust—it’s made by lightly sanding the exterior of a hide and is stuffed with oils and waxes. This particular leather that Thursday uses also goes through their WeatherSafe process, which adds a layer of weatherproofing spray as well to the leather before the boot is assembled. 

So, for the two Matte leather options, you’re basically not going to ruin the leather unless you stand inside a river for an hour. Even then, once the boots dried out, they’d probably be ok. 

Thursday Boots Titan upper leather detail on white background

The Cacao leather is different: it’s a waxed roughout leather. Roughout leather is basically the reverse side of a full grain leather, so you’re getting the knapped fibers on the outside and putting the smooth side of the leather on the inside. 

This is how a lot of boots used in WWII were made because of how little care the leather needs and how sturdy it is. 

But rather than leaving the fibers out, this particular Cacao leather is waxed, so like the Matte leather options, it’s essentially waterproof. 

Thursday Boots Titan leather performance in puddle

I have to note: the Hero isn’t fully waterproof, but practically speaking, it’s so water resistant that I sincerely doubt your socks will ever get wet wearing them. 

All three of these leathers don’t need much care beyond occasionally wiping them down with a damp rag and brushing them down with a horsehair brush. 

If your Matte leathers get super muddy and you’re feeling like you absolutely need to clean them (I wouldn’t do this in the first year unless I had to), you can follow my procedure for how to clean Thursday Rugged & Resilient leather. The Matte leather is a little different, but I’d follow the same process. 

Here’s how I clean my Thursday boots

Sole

Thursday Boots Titan outsole performance demonstration in rain

The sole is the star of the show on the Hero. 

Thursday released their new Storm King outsole a few years ago, and it’s basically a heavy rubber lug sole with half-inch lugs for excellent traction on wet surfaces and essentially never-ending durability in the heel. 

If you’ve ever been frustrated at that rubber piece in the heel wearing down too fast, you’ll love the Storm King outsole because the heel is a solid 3cm (about 1.25”) of rubber. That’s not going to wear down any time soon. 

The Storm King outsole offers a good balance of shock absorption, durability, and traction. Shock absorption and traction usually go hand-in-hand, and are often opposed to durability (softer rubber is most comfortable and grips better—harder rubber lasts longer but is less comfortable). 

Thursday Boots Titan storm king outsole detail on white background

Overall, the Hero is a very comfortable boot. 

The insole is a high density foam, so it’s comfortable right out of the box, and Thursday uses cork filler in the midsole, which allows for a more consistent break in.

Boots with full synthetics through the midsole often just “give up” at a certain point, but while cork compresses a bit to mold to the shape of your foot, it never collapses.

Fit and Sizing

Thursday Boots Titan style model standing on stairs

The Thursday Hero felt a bit snug at first, but after two wears, they’d stretched just a bit and fit really well. 

I ordered a half-size smaller than my Brannock sizing—your Brannock size is likely what you most often get for your sneakers and dress shoes

For example, I’m a size 10.5 in sneakers and dress shoes. I got the size 10 in the Hero and they fit perfectly

I also ordered size 10 for all my other Thursday boots, and I think the fit of the Hero is spot on. 

Read my complete guide to sizing Thursday boots if you want more details on how to find your size. 

Break-in Period

breaking in Thursday Boots Titan

There’s almost no break in period with the Thursday Hero. They were pretty squeaky for the first two or three wears, but that went away as the tongue broke in more. 

Comfort-wise, they’re great out of the box. 

The leather will stretch a little as you wear them, so they’ll feel the most snug when they’re brand new. 

While I didn’t try the Cacao leather for the Hero, I know that leather is stiffer than the Matte leathers because of my experience with the Thursday Logger. You may want to avoid committing to a five mile walk for your first Hero Cacao wear, but overall, I wouldn’t worry about the break in at all. 

What do Other Reviewers Say?

There aren’t many reviews up for the Thursday Hero since it’s a new boot. But after scouring the web, I’ve found some other guys who’ve recently picked theirs up. I haven’t found anything negative (other than the squeaking, but since that goes away so quickly, it’s not an issue). 

Some reviewers said their Hero boots fit a bit more snug that their President boots, but ultimately none of the reviewers who said that recommended a different size. That’s probably what people struggle with the most when choosing their boots: the size. 

Order a half size smaller than your sneakers and you’ll be set. 

My Thoughts Overall On the Thursday Boots Hero

What I Like

  • When you combine the storm welt, the heavy lug outsoles, and the basically waterproof leather, you get an excellent boot for bad weather. 

  • With a poron footbed and cork filler in the midsole, there’s an excellent balance of comfort and multi-year durability. 

  • I love that the three leather options basically never require any care and they’ll stay weather resistant for many years. 

What I Don’t Like

  • I prefer speed hooks on my boots—all eyelets just takes too long to lace up in my opinion.

Who is the Thursday Hero for?

The Thursday Hero is an excellent boot if you want a winter-ready boot that isn’t absolutely massive on your foot. You can still wear the Hero with a pair of slim fit jeans from a style perspective, but you don’t have to sacrifice your dry socks, either.

The Verdict

I’m really impressed with the Thursday Hero

It’s not the most adventurous boot in terms of its style—it’s a straight-forward plain toe boot with a heavy lug outsole. 

But the 360-degree Goodyear storm welt, weather resistant leather, and Storm King outsole make this a winter-ready boot that can handle all kinds of nasty weather and still look stylish. 

It’s not an insulated boot, but it’s got a 2mm leather upper and a 1mm leather lining, plus a padded tongue, so you’re getting a good amount of leather to protect you from the elements. 

Overall, this is a solid boot for the tail-end of fall and through the winter for everyday wear. 

Thursday Boots Hero

The Thursday Hero is the brand's most winter-ready boot. But despite being such a hefty boot, it's still got plenty of the slim, sleek style Thursday is so well known for.

Check Price Read Our Review

FAQs

Does the Thursday Hero have arch support?

Yes, the Thursday Hero has a steel shank, so it offers plenty of arch support.

Does the Thursday Hero have a gusseted tongue?

No, the tongue of the Thursday Hero does not feature a gusset.

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