Some people here must work in the trades. I do plumbing and most of it is the rough in / underground aspect of plumbing. As such my footwear is pretty important for both comfort and safety. I used to wear hiking boots and they would usually hold up great. I realized even though they lasted I wanted something that offered more warmth and more protection. Here is my experiance so far.
* I bought a pair of Die Hard boots for about $50. I returned them about four hours later after the steel had ripped right through the outside of the boot. *Next up was DeWalt. I spent about $100 on a pair. The next day my feet were killing me after work. $20 for Dr. Schools (sp?) inserts and that problem was solved. They started to fall apart after two months and some crazy glue took care of it. They didn't look like much after that but held up another four months before they were totally shot.
*I then bought a pair of Timberline Pro Series boots (basic high top suede boots) for $120. Within three weeks the front of the boot was worn right down to the steel. I don't know how I managed it.
*Sears allowed me to exchange them and as the replacement had to be made by Timberline I got some medium height hiking style boots with a steel toe. I've only had them a few days but the toe seems to be pretty heavy rubber so hopefully it won't wear through.
*I've had a pair of Roebucks for over ten years that I've worn to work for several years and they are still in great shape. Unfortunately they have started to hurt my feet and I can not find another pair.
Another big brand seems to be Wolverine. Does anyone have esperiance with them? How does the leather they seem to use compare to suede or rubber?
Go to a boot shop and ask them for a few good work boots. Try all them on and walk around a bunch in the store. Its up to you on whats best for you. I personally have used combat boots for years and they are like the best feeling boots ive ever worn.
Danner is my favorite.....plus, when the sole wears out, you can send them back and for a small fee they will re-sole them. Also, depending on the sole damage, they may just replace them. Just bought a new pair...my last ones lasted for three years!
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I have a pair of Timberland Pro Series. I've had them since sept and the steel is coming through the toe. Doesn't bother me since they're comfortable and priced right. My next pair will probably be leather Red Wings.
I go to farm and fleet and buy the most comfortable ones I can find. I heard Red Wings are good, but I could never find a comfotable pair. I would rather replace them every couple of months, rather than commit to a pair that are not comfortable.
I say either Red Wing's or Chippewa's. I'm in school for Plumbing right now and I bought Timberland Pros my first year and hated them, they sucked, my second year I bought a pair of Chippewa's and they are awesome, they are so comfortable and durable. Im in my third year in Plumbing and have had the Chippewa's for 2 years and are still as good as the day I bought them.
Redwing, Danner, or Wolverine. You can buy a bunch of cheap pairs of boots from Walmart and get what you pay for or buy a pair of boots that were made for working in. A good pair of work boots will do more than last longer they will reduce foot, leg and back pain.
I have some Wolverine ones, They are basic steel toe work boots with the durashock thing. I have wore them every day for the past 7 months. I work in a factory and i stand ALL day. I might sit down for like 10 mins for the hole day (10 hour shift).....Like 2 mins here and there when i have to get under a machine or something. As far as the leather, they have held up good. some of the stiching is coming apart but i have yet to wear then down to the metal. I have broke one speed-lace on each boot (note to self, real boots dont have speed laces), i have wore almost all the tread off the bottoms and i have wore the inside out. As in i have holes were my toes rub on the inside. A couple months back i bought some dr shorles (sp) pad things and put those in. now i have wore though them too. When i started my job my feet were killing me. Everyone said that it would go away after i got used to it. Well that never happend. my feet hurt every day all day. I blame the boots. They are also very heavy and cold in the winter but i think all work boots are going to be that way.
it is time for me to buy some new ones too. I think ill be geting some rockys if i can find some with steel toes. I have always had good luck with them. oh and i have heard good things about redwing boots too but have never wore any....
I wore Timberland Pro's (steel toe) for a couple years as a mechanic, hated them with a passion, the most uncomfortable thing ever! but recently got a job in the cable industry and am required to wear boots with a big heel on them. I [they] bought chippewa's, and they have been incredible since the first 5 min out of the box... no "break in" period, and all day comfort! I love em!
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