Recommendation for good work boots?

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  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

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    I need a good pair of work boots. I am tired of my cheap boots hurting my feet. I need good arch support as I am getting plantars fasciitis. Steel toe and shank would be nice but make for a heavy boot.

    I am not a professional carpenter, but do play one on TV. :) Actually I have quite a few house remodeling projects going on that require good footwear.

    Any suggestions welcome. Thanks!
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    It'd be worth it to check out Red Wing.
  3. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

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    Timberland is what I have and they've lasted well.
  4. DwaynieAD

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    +1
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  6. JFOC

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  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    If you're on a lot of concrete surfaces, the DuraShocks from Wolverine are great boots.

    -Mike
  9. iamlowsound

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    Another vote for Red Wings. You will thank us later.

    lowsound
  10. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    I've gone through a lot of work boots but Wesco's are best I have ever had. Once they are broken in they are really comfortable and provide great support. For the Plantar Facilitas you should get a good set of insoles. There are insoles designed specifically tor Plantar Facilitas.

    http://www.westcoastshoe.com/wesco/home.asp
  11. dozicusmaximus

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  12. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    I'm very happy with MY Herman Survivors from Wal-Mart. I have a Pair of Chippewah's that I Love. I rarely wear them because I want to keep them Mint since They stopped making them In USA.
  13. DwaynieAD

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    Herman Survivors are pretty darn good boots too. although I've only ever seen them at walmarts out west. actually have the pair i bought in wyoming on right now.
  14. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    Another vote for Wesco
  15. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid Supporting Member

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    Can't go wrong with Royer or Red Wing.
  16. Subrage

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    I just got a set of Danner Super Rainforest last week; stiff at first to be expected, but breaking in nicely!
  17. dieselbass

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    Schmidt boots from tractor supply have treated me well on 60 hour weeks. No break in, light for steel toe and good support for a 280 lb mech.
  18. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    A pair of Redwing's lasts me about four years. They're not cheap, but per annum they work out ok.
  19. atomicdog

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    Red Wings.
  20. droppedurpocket

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    Here's another +1
  21. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    I put MANY miles on a pair of those that just wouldn't quit when I worked as an industrial electrician a few years back. By the time the soles gave out, the tops looked like they had been run through a shredder. And I walk hard and fast everywhere I go. It took a little while for them to break in, but any good boots I have ever owned did. To be sturdy, they will have to be made of tough leather. And tough leather doesn't give very much new. So if you get a good sturdy pair of boots, be prepared to hate them for a few days. But after that they will form to your feet/walking style and you'll be good to go.

    All that being said, my dad and I both have wide feet. He says these are really comfortable to him.
    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Foot...=SBC;MMcat104797980;cat104183280;cat104109480

    I wear the Targee II Keens daily and they are really nice. (not steel toe though) Anything made for hiking should be more comfortable than a traditional work boot. And Keen is known more for hiker than work boots. Mine have lasted almost a solid year with daily use and they show no signs of giving up.

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