If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of boots that’s a little out of the ordinary but far from ostentatious, then you’re in luck. Today’s article is all about the Thursday Rogue Boot. In this review, I’ll be taking a closer look at this stylish and functional pair of boots, which happen to be my second pair from Thursday.
If you’re not familiar with Thursday Boots, you might want to check out our review of Thursday’s Captain boot, which is a great example of their quality and style.
But for now, let’s dive into the Rogue Boot and see what makes it stand out.
Thursday Rogue Boot Review: Summary
Got somewhere to be? Here are a couple of quick bullet lists to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Who Should Buy Thursday’s Rogue Boot?
- Guys who like laceless boots
- Anyone who want a slip-on that secures the foot well
- Folks who like a slim, streamlined boot
- Value-minded guys; this is the best value brand on the market
- People who want a boot that can be resoled
Who Shouldn’t Buy Thursday’s Rogue Boot?
- Guys who don’t like suede; this comes in three colors, but they’re all suede
- Men who wear baggy jeans; Thursday works best with modern fits
Origins of the Jodhpur
- Origins in 1920s India
- Developed for polo players
The Thursday Rogue Boot is a stylish and functional footwear option that has its roots in the world of polo. Originating in India in the 1920s, Jodhpur boots were first worn by local polo riders, who needed a sturdy and comfortable boot that would stay securely in place during a match. These boots soon caught on as a fashion trend in the Western world and by 1927, they were being sold by Saks 5th Ave.
In fact, a Vogue article from that same year titled “A Habit for Informal, Cross-Saddle Dressing” praised Jodhpur boots for their versatility and suitability for summer shows. The article noted that the boots were “correct in every detail” and recommended pairing them with a swagger stick and canary string gloves for a complete and stylish look.
Today, the Jodhpur boot continues to be a popular choice for, well, equestrians, sure, but also the everyday guy.
The Rogue Boot is a modern take on this classic footwear style. With its sleek design, high-quality materials, and comfortable fit, it’s a versatile and stylish option that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. The possible exception would be guys that wear wide, baggy pants — this is a bit too streamlined to fit with that.
How The Rogue Boot Is Made
- Goodyear welt for water resistance and resoling
- Leather lined for comfort
- Three suede uppers to choose from
- Shock absorbing insole
The first step in making the Rogue Boot is selecting the right materials.
For this particular boot, taupe suede is used to create the outer shell, while a suede strap with a functional square buckle adds a stylish touch. The boot is also constructed using Goodyear welt construction, which ensures longevity and durability. You can resole them when the time comes, plus it’s extremely water resistant.
On the inside, the Rogue Boot is lined with simple glove leather and features antimicrobial, shock-absorbing insoles. These insoles are designed to provide maximum comfort and support, even during long days on your feet. Additionally, the boot features cork bed filling under the insole that form to your feet over time, providing a custom fit that’s both comfortable and shock absorbent.
Finally, the Rogue Boot is finished off with leather outsoles that feature rubber studs for traction. This ensures that you can wear the boot with confidence, even on slippery surfaces. The only asterisk is that these soles won’t breathe or flex quite as well as all leather soles because of the layer of rubber underneath the leather. But most guys won’t notice that and are happier to have boots with good grip.
[Further reading: How They make Thursday Boots’ Suede]
- Leather outsole with recessed rubber lugs
- The rubber sole sits underneath the leather one
- Better grip than leather soles
The outsole of a shoe is a crucial element that affects both the look and functionality of the shoe. In the case of the Thursday Rogue Boot, the outsole is a leather and TPU studded design that is both stylish and practical.
The TPU (thermoplastic urethane) material used in the outsole provides better slip and abrasion resistance, making it a great choice for guys who like the classy look of leather soles but want better grip and durability. (Albeit not as much grip as a luggy, all-rubber sole.)
One of the main advantages of TPU outsoles is their lightweight design, which helps to reduce the overall weight of the shoe relative to a chunky Commando sole. They’re also more heat resistant than leather, though we’re talking work conditions heat — and this isn’t a boot for a jobsite.
[Related: Our review of the similarly priced Beckett Simonon Jodhpur]
Straps: The Jodhpur Design
The Thursday Rogue Boot boasts quality straps that are both functional and stylish. Made with two strips of leather (“ribbons,” if you’re feeling fancy) and stitched throughout, this strap will maintain its form and not stretch out over time.
The strap wraps around the boot, going through a loop on the back heel and then through a leather loop on the front of the boot before being fastened down. It serves as a replacement for laces and offers great security relative to other slip on boots. The strap obviously needs to be undone to remove the boot so it’s not as convenient as a Chelsea boot, but Jodhpurs save more time than laces and the Rogue even features a clever hidden pull tab on the inside for extra ease of removal.
Thursday Rogue Boot Price
The dollar stretches very far with Thursday boots, and the Rogue Boot is no exception. As of the time of writing, these boots are currently retailing for just $199 on the Thursday website, which is an incredible value for a pair of boots of this quality.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of Jodhpur boots, this is easily the best value on the market. The materials are top notch and remember that this kind of boot can be resoled as many times as it needs.
Thursday Rogue Boot Sizing
- Order a half size down from your true size
- Note your true size may be half a size smaller than your sneaker size
- Not good for wide feet
When it comes to sizing, the Thursday Rogue Boot is designed to be a sleek and snug fit, which is part of what makes it such a stylish and comfortable boot. This also means that it’s important to get the sizing just right in order to ensure a comfortable fit.
As I mentioned in the video review of the boots, I am a size 9 on a Brannock device — what you measure feet with in the store — but found that the size 8.5 in the Thursday Rogue Boot was a perfect fit. Remember your sneaker size is often half a size bigger than your Brannock, or “true” size. Make sure you’re certain before ordering, but then again, Thursday offers free returns and exchanges so don’t be too worried about a wrong size.
This boot will be challenging for guys with extra wide feet. However, for those with average to slightly narrow feet, the Rogue Boot should provide a comfortable and stylish fit.
[Further reading; The Ultimate Guide to How Boots Should Fit]
Overall, the Thursday Rogue Boot seamlessly blends form and function. Inspired by riding boots, the Jodhpur design has been reinterpreted as a sleek, stylish option for those seeking something similar to the Chelsea boot. Whether you’re wearing them around town during the day or out on the town at night, the Rogue Boot is an outstanding value for the dollar and a testament to the quality craftsmanship that goes into every pair of Thursday boots.