Blundstone Boots Various Models Review: Original 500 vs Super 550

Blundstone is an iconic brand, their boots are stylish and comfortable. Blundstone boots have many different models and styles, they all look very similar, do you know the differences between Blundstone 500 and 550 boots? You may have been struggled on choosing the right one for yourself. In this article, we will teach you how to choose your first blundstone boot.

Background

Blundstone Footwear is an Australian footwear manufacturer, based in Hobart, Tasmania. The company’s best-known product is its line of laceless, elastic-sided, ankle-length boots. The official name for this product line is “The Original”, although the boots are colloquially known as “Blunnies” in Australia.

Today, we will show you the comparison of the major differences between the Original 500 and the Super 550.

The Original 500

This is the classic Blundstone: lean, clean and straightforward. Shaped like the human foot for ultimate comfort from the very first step. How did Blundstone make them so light? Easy. They left off the bells and whistles. The best-selling boot is simplicity itself and goes with everything – jeans, skirts, pants and shorts. We’ve seen a few attempts at knock-offs but nothing steps up like the Original.

The Super 550

This is evolution of a classic. After putting tons of miles on our Original 500s, we applied everything we learned into this series of boots. The result? A longer-wearing, leather lined, lightweight boot designed for ultra comfort, come rain or shine.

Ratings

Model Rating
1. Blundstone Unisex Original 500 Series 4.2 Check Price
2. Blundstone 510 Unisex Slip-On Boot 4.3 Check Price
3. Blundstone Super 550 Series Boot 4.5 Check Price
4. Blundstone Super 585 Series Boot 4.3 Check Price

1. Blundstone Unisex Original 500 Series

Price: ~$129

Everything you love about our original boots, turned up to max. Supple leather, leather-lined. More comfort. More protection. This boot provides comfort, cushioning and support along with classic style, making them ideal for casual town-and-country wear. Anatomical design, removable Cambrelle comfort footbed wicks moisture away, SPS (Shock Prevention System) reduces shock by 33%, upper is seamlessly fused to PU outsole, dual density outsole for softer walk.

The Original Blundstone Boot has been improved over the years to include easy on and off pull-loops, patented SPS shock absorbing system, full length comfort foot bed, and a molded, reinforced heel. The sole is made of very hard wearing but light weight oil and acid resistant TPU on the outside and polyurethane on the inside for toughness combined with comfort. The sole is bonded to the upper leather for structural strength and long life.

Key Features

  • Leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 5.25" from arch
  • Weather-proof leather 2.5mm thick with Shock protection system (SPS)
  • Removable comfort footbed
  • Expanded EVA shock-absorbing footbed with Poron®
  • Soft, cushioning polyurethane micro cell midsole
  • Suede upper with dual elastic side gores for easy on-off
  • Smooth leather lining
  • Polyurethane midsole
  • Polyurethane oil- and acid-resistant, slip-resistant outsole
  • Two pull loops
  • Heel: 1-½”
  • Height: 4-½”
  • Weight: 2 lb.

* The size on the boot is the AU Size, Please refer to the size chart for conversion

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2. Blundstone 510 Unisex Slip-On Boot

Price: ~$129

This model is the same as the Original 500 series execpt the color is Black

Here is the table of model and color comparion chart which have the same features as Original 500 Series.
Model Color
500 Stout Brown Premium Leather
510 Black Premium Leather
1462 Indigo blue Suede Leather
1458 Brown Suede Leather
1409 Stout Brown Premium Leather
1329 Brown and Pink Premium Leather

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3. Blundstone Super 550 Series Boot

Price: $139.99 - $279.98

The soles, toes and patented shock absorbing heels have been engineered by Blundstone to give truly amazing grip, stability, comfort and traction on all kinds of surfaces.

The Super Blundstone 550 boots are lightweight, durable boots feature 2.5mm thick WeatherSealed leather uppers that shed water (please note, this boot is not fully water resistant, for water resistant boots, I would suggest to checkout the Blundstone Work Series 140.) while maintaining a high degree of breathability.

Key Features

  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 6" from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1.5"
  • Boot opening measures approximately 10" around
  • Removable insole
  • TPU outsole and pu midsole for longer wear and comfort
  • Premium leather upper
  • Anatomic, removable footbeds are made of EVA and Poron
  • Steel shanks for strength and stability
  • Poron XRD in the midsole heel strike zones for superior shock absorption
  • Thermoplastic urethane / polyurethane midsoles for comfort and durability
  • Outsoles resist oil, acid, organic fat and heat up to 284°F
  • Sturdy front and back pull-on tabs
  • Injection-molded soles for seamless fusion to the upper
  • Shock Protection System (SPS) disperses shock at the heel strike and reduces skeletal stress on the feet, knees and vertebrae
  • Elastic gores retain their shape
  • Twin-needle reinforced stitching with high-tensile-strength thread

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4. Blundstone Super 585 Series Boot

Price: ~$184.95

The 585 model is the same as the Super 550 Series except the color is Rustic Brown.

There are many models in this series, often confused people, here is the table of model and color comparion chart which have the same features as Super 550 Series.
Model Color
550 Walnut Brown Premium Leather
558 Black Premium Leather
561 Crazy Horse Leather
567 Steel Grey Premium Leather
585 Rustic Brown Premium Leather
587 Rustic Black Leather
1401 Black Heritage Voltan Leather
1402 Brown and Olive Premium Leather
1403 Black and Blue Premium Leather
1316 Black and Red Heritage Voltan Leather
1319 Brown Leather
1430 Navy Blue Rub Premium Leather
1431 Red Rub Premium Leather
1440 Redwood Premium Leather

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Original 500 vs Super 550

The differences between the Original 500 and the Super 550 are almost unnoticible.

The Original 500

  • No Arch Stitch
  • Single Stitched Heel
  • Leather Lined Heel/Tongue
  • Thin Cambrelle Footbed

The Super 550

  • Fully Lined Throughout
  • Extra Stitching at Arch
  • Double Stitched Heel
  • Thicker Poron'd Insole
  • Less Visible Toecap
  • Better Leather
  • Deeper Dyes
  • Weaker Heel Cup

This is a great video visually explain the differences between the original 500 and the super 550

Size Guides

Blundstone boots and shoes are marked with Australian sizing. Blundstone 1/2 sizes refer to width only, not the length. Many customers return their boots due to the size issues, please check the size guide carefully before your purchase.

AU Size US Men US Women
2 3 5
2.5 3 wide 5 wide
3 4 6
3.5 4 wide 6 wide
4 5 7
4.5 5 wide 7 wide
5 6 8
5.5 6 wide 8 wide
6 7 9
6.5 7 wide 9 wide
7 8 10
7.5 8 wide 10 wide
8 9 11
8.5 9 wide 11.5
9 10 12
9.5 10 wide 12 wide
10 11 13
10.5 11 wide  
11 12  
12 13  
13 14  
14 15  

Competition

While Blunnies may be the more famous brand, the Redback Men's Bobcat Boot is the most famous competition round here. Redback is the choice of the locals, especially for a work boot. They’re made out of 3 pieces of leather instead of Blundstone’s one, which means they fit great from the first wear. Blundstones can be a little snug at first while the leather moulds to your foot, Redbacks hug your feet like a lover from the first go.

They also have an air-cushioned sole which gives you that bouncy, lighter-than-air feel underfoot. Great for when you’re on your feet all day. They’re also very much the traditionalists down at Redback – they find the right formula and they stick with it. They are less fashion driven than the Blundstones, so you know if you loved your first pair of Redbacks, chances are your next pair will be instant love as well.

Final Thoughts

Weather you choose the Original 500 or the Super 550, They both are good quality boots, you will not be disappointed by choosing either one. Personally, I would recommend the Super 550 models, they are stylish with all the elements of the Original Blundstone. The glove leather lining, polyurethane midsole, and a PORON® pad under the heal strike zone provide all-day comfort.

If you decide to buy Blundstones, some customers claimed that it takes some time to break in, it is a little unconfortable at first. Please note that the Original 500 and the Super 550 do not use the fully water resistant leather. If you are looking for water resistant blundstone boots, I would suggest to checkout the Blundstone Work Series 140.

If you are looking for work boot and you need to stand most of the time, I would suggest the Redback Men's Bobcat Boot, it is less stylish, but more durable and the air cushion helps you stand all day.

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Reviewer: Guo Huang

Blundstone Boots Various Models Review: Original 500 vs Super 550

4.8

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