If you’ve ever spent time amongst coffee-drinking, used-book-reading Pacific Northwesterners, you know they love a good pair of USA-built boots.
For some reason, they also have fantastic haircuts, but untamed and outrageous beards. I don’t get it.
Obviously, I’m making generalizations, and if you’re from Oregon or Washington, I want you to know that I’m from California, so I have my own avocado-toast-eating, Bellini-drinking issues, too.
But the deeper I get into the boot game, the more I see that the Pacific Northwest is where some of the most revered boots in the world come from.
And while I didn’t fork out the $500+ for a pair of White’s, I wanted to get as close as I could under $300. That led me to the Thursday Boots Logger: a logger style boot built in the USA with classic American materials like Horween leather and a Vibram sole.
After a few months, I have some thoughts.
Thursday Boots Logger Overview
The Logger is a bit different than most of Thursday’s other offerings: it’s made in the USA, with American leather and an American rubber sole.
But the Logger has a unique stacked leather Cuban heel, a taller 8” shaft, and contrasting nickel eyelets.
Things to Consider Before Buying the Thursday Boots Logger
The Thursday Logger is primarily for fashion and wearing on city-streets. Many logger boots are designed with specific safety features in mind, which are pretty important when you’re whipping chainsaws around.
I think the Thursday version is rugged, but I wouldn’t pick up a pair expecting them to perform or hold up to rigorous working conditions.
The Thursday Logger has a narrow silhouette—far more slim than any other logger boots out there.
Basically, this boot is designed to blend that Pacific Northwest American heritage workwear vibe with more fashion-forward, slim-jeans wearing crowd who’s idea of supporting local businesses is going to the brewery downtown, drinking four beers, and singing Ace of Spades by Motorhead when the karaoke DJ shows up.
So, you know: me.
Thursday Boots Logger Review
Of all the Thursday Boots I’ve seen, the Logger is my favorite from a style perspective. I’ll talk more about the Waxed Cacao leather later, but I love this stuff. I think it looks rugged and awesome, and that was my main draw to the boot.
There are Matte Black and Arizona Adobe options available for the Logger, but to me, it’s all about the Waxed Cacao.
With an 8” shaft and 11 nickel eyelets running up the front, plus the triple-stitched toe cap, this boot looks beefy.
Of course, the profile is a bit taller with the heavy lug sole and stacked Cuban heel, and the shaft is a few inches taller, but otherwise, the style works just as well with slim jeans.
Most Thursday Boots are made in Mexico, and some people take issue with that. I personally don’t mind so long as the quality is good.
But there’s still a part of me that expects USA-built boots to be better quality than anywhere in the world.
What I’ve found though is that my Thursday’s made in Mexico are actually more consistent and have better build quality than my specific pair of USA-built Loggers.
My Loggers arrived with some loose and broken stitches at the top of the shaft. This doesn’t affect the performance of the boot—these stitches are simply for style. But this is my only pair of Thursdays with this issue, and it’s my only pair of USA-built Thursdays, too.
So if you’re deciding between different models, don’t mistake USA-built for inherently better quality—at least, that wasn’t my experience.
Leather Quality and Care
As I mentioned earlier, there are three versions of the logger: the Waxed Cacao, Arizona Adobe, and Matte Black.
Both the Arizona Adobe and Matte Black are made with Thursday’s own Rugged and Resilient leathers. I recently picked up a pair of Captains in Arizona Adobe, and I’m a big fan of the Rugged and Resilient line.
If you really like the look of the Arizona Adobe or Matte Black, you won’t be disappointed with Thursday’s Rugged and Resilient.
But if you really want the best value, you have to go with the Waxed Cacao, which is a Horween waxed flesh leather.
It feels incredible—waxy and smooth out of the box with a distinct grain and a supple bend to it. But where the leather really stands out is in the aging.
I’ve worn my loggers 10-12 times now, and there are parts where the tea-core leather is starting to fully break in and show it’s true nature.
If you’re not familiar with the characteristics of tea-core leather, note that I’m not talking about British punk-rockers. You’ll see that the leather starts as a rich dark brown. As it starts to crease and scuff through normal wear, the lighter natural tone of the hide begins to show through.
This leads to a dynamically toned boot that frankly looks awesome.
I use Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner on mine, and I’ll likely condition them every six months or so. The Horween waxed leather doesn’t need much care or attention, and I think you’d be fine if you only conditioned these once a year, but I usually have a big boot cleaning day twice a year, so that’s when I’ll get to it.
The Thursday Logger features a Vibram Fighter sole, which is a thick, heavy-duty rubber lugged outsole. It’s super durable and rugged, and has tons of grip in wet conditions and walking around damp leaves in the mud.
The midsole is cork and leather, so it’s a bit stiff at first, but your foot will sink into the footbed over time.
What makes this boot a “logger” is the Cuban stacked leather heel. Measuring 1.75” at the tallest point, the heel adds a good deal of height to the profile. The stacked leather portion is just over 1” a the highest point, so you can expect a lot of durability here.
I do have one issue with the heel, and that’s with the toplift (heel pad). At 0.5cm, it’s quite thin. I’m a bit concerned because if the heel wears out and I start to scuff the leather stacked heel, it’ll be a much more difficult process to resole.
So if I wear this boot often, that means I’ll need to get the rubber heel pad replaced relatively soon—maybe every year or so.
It’s a very easy and inexpensive process—it may cost $20 or $30 at a cobbler, but you must catch it before you start to bite into the leather.
I would’ve liked to see a thicker toplift here, as it’s definitely going to be the first thing to wear out.
Fit and Sizing
I’m a size 10.5 in sneakers, so I picked up a size 10 in all my Thursday Boots, and the fit is perfect.
If you have wide feet, you’re better off with a wide-sized Captain (Thursday carries very few wide boots).
Otherwise, you may want to move on to another boot. Part of the charm of the Thursday Logger is that it has a narrow slim silhouette, so it’s unforgiving for the wide-footed.
As for comfort, the leather lining and soft footbed make it easy to walk for miles. There’s plenty of shock absorption from the thick Vibram outsole.
I’ve had more trouble breaking in the Rugged and Resilient leathers than I have the Waxed Cacao.
The Thursday Logger is somewhat heavy, but the break in process was quick and easy. For the first three miles, there was some minor rubbing, but after that first big walk, I haven’t had any rubbing issues at all.
Of course, I always wear thicker socks with these boots—one, because that’s what the style calls for, but I also don’t know how my feet would fare with thin cotton socks.
If you’re struggling with the break in, try conditioning the leather and letting it sit overnight. Then jump back in and give it another shot.
What do Other Reviewers Say?
On Thursday’s site, the Logger has racked up over 100 reviews, with an outstanding 4.9-star average.
After reading through most of them, a few things stuck out to me:
For a lot of people, the Logger is their second or third Thursday Boot—it’s always good to see people coming back to a brand.
The Logger just doesn’t work for people with wide feet. But if you’re not sure, Thursday’s returns and customer service get high marks from the reviewers who needed to get in contact.
And I didn’t see any other reviewers with the same stitching issues I had. Sometimes a rogue stitch busts, and it looks like it’s not a common issue.
Thursday Logger Alternatives
Thursday Boots Captain StormKing
One of the biggest issues I have with the Logger is the thin toplift. If that’s a deal breaker for you, definitely check out the StormKing Captain. The heel is much thicker, and the beefy sole gives you a lot of the same rugged look that you’d get with the Logger.
That said, I still opted for the Logger because of the Horween waxed leather and the unique Cuban heel.
But from a style perspective, the profile is nearly the same, and I believe they’re built on the same last.
The Danner Logger is a work boot, and not nearly as stylish as the Thursday Logger. But if you came here looking for something you can wear on-site that’ll protect your feet, the Danner Logger is a better choice.
It’s a durable beast of a boot with a thick rubber heel, high 10.5” shaft, and waterproof nubuck leather.
I wouldn’t pick up these boots with the intention of heading out for a Saturday night date, but I would definitely pick these over Thursdays if I was building a log cabin in the forest with my bare hands.
But if style is your priority, I’d stick with Thursday.
My Thoughts Overall On the Thursday Boots Logger
What I Like
With Horween leather, a Vibram outsole, 360-degree Goodyear welt, and a cork midsole—all under $300, the value of this boot is incredible.
I’m jamming on the mix between city-boot and logger style. It’s a unique design that I haven’t seen elsewhere.
The Horween Waxed Cacao leather ages really well—I like the tea-core natural hide coloring coming through, and the leather requires very little maintenance.
Free shipping and returns make it easy to shop with Thursday.
What I Don’t Like
My Loggers arrived with some loose stitches. While it’s built in a USA factory (so it supposedly has better build-quality), my experience with their made in Mexico boots is better.
The rubber top lift (heel pad) is a half-centimeter, so it may need replacing relatively soon.
Who is the Thursday Logger for?
The Thursday Logger is an excellent boot for anyone who likes the rugged American heritage aesthetic, but isn’t ready to drop $500+ on a pair of boots. Because it has a slimmer profile, it’s an excellent city boot with a workwear vibe.
My Thursday Loggers have a few issues, but I love them.
I’m a huge fan of the design—the Cuban stacked leather heel looks cool, and I like the 8” shaft. Plus, when you factor in the waxed flesh Horween leather, I couldn’t pass them up.
On the downside, I wasn’t as impressed with the USA-construction as I’ve been with what’s coming out of Thursday’s Mexico factory. My Loggers have some loose stitches, and while it’s just cosmetic, I haven’t had the same experience with my Captains, Presidents, or Cavaliers.
Also, the heel cap (or top lift) is quite thin at a half-centimeter. It’s fine for city-wear, but you need to be vigilant in getting that replaced when it wears down, because once you bite into the leather heel, repair becomes much more difficult.
Other than those two things, I’m super happy with the Logger. What I like most is how the natural hide color is starting to show through, and how the Waxed Cacao leather is beginning to patina—even after such a short time.
With a 360-degree Goodyear welt, and a beefy Vibram rubber outsole, I have no doubt these boots are going to hold up well to years of wear, and I’m excited to see them continue aging.
For a closer look at the Thursday Logger, check out my video review from our YouTube channel:
Are Thursday Boots made in the USA?
Most Thursday Boots are made in Mexico, but the Thursday Logger and Vanguard are both made in the USA.
How long do Thursday Boots take to break in?
Thursday boots take about 10 miles of walking to break in. That can take anywhere between one and two weeks, depending on how often you wear them out.
Do Thursday Boots have good arch support?
Yes, Thursday Boots have a shank, which helps a lot with arch support. Plus, the heel and ankle support offered by most boots is great for your arches.