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Recommendation for good work boots?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Axtman, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    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

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It'd be worth it to check out Red Wing.
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Timberland is what I have and they've lasted well.
  4. +1
  5. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    If you're on a lot of concrete surfaces, the DuraShocks from Wolverine are great boots.

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

  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    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.

  9. dozicusmaximus


    Mar 18, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Red Wing
  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Another vote for Wesco
  13. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Can't go wrong with Royer or Red Wing.
  14. Subrage


    Oct 30, 2006
    Kansas City
    I just got a set of Danner Super Rainforest last week; stiff at first to be expected, but breaking in nicely!
  15. dieselbass


    May 15, 2010
    Davis CA
    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.
  16. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    A pair of Redwing's lasts me about four years. They're not cheap, but per annum they work out ok.
  17. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Red Wings.
  18. droppedurpocket


    Nov 11, 2011
    Plano, TX
    Here's another +1
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    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.

    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.