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What kind of work boots/shoes do you wear?

My wife is insisting I replace my favorite old beat up Sears Diehard boots and I guess it is about time since even the dog won't go near them these days. These have been very comfortable/lasted longer than any others I've had and I would just buy another pair however I'd like to get something a little lighter yet durable enough to wear on a concrete floor all day. I see a lot of guys in the shops around here wearing sneakers and just recently learned there are some made specifically for work duty so I'm thinking of trying a pair of those however I am not opposed to a pair of 6" high or lower boots that are lighter. What do you wear/what have you worn in the shop before and how do you like them?
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I wear these everyday 10 / 12 hours a day. I've worn the Die hards, RedWings, Etc.... But I've settled on these. I should note I usually buy two pair a year.

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They make a workboot with a sneaker sole that is incredibly comfortable and at least worth a try on.
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Red wings for me.

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Back a bozillion years ago when I was working machine shops I preferred crepe soles on my boots.

They take all the hardness out of the concrete and don't leave you beat up at the end of the day.
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Reef Mick Fannings... but I'm a hobbyist and I'll be the first to tell you I've dropped wood on my foot before. Still, I hate wearing shoes.


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Rockport from Cabelas. Very comfortable on hard surfaces and just high enough to support my weak ankles. They also have a steel toed version. Same boot.

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Tony Lama TLX lace up boots
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I make mine out of wood:)
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I have had a few pairs of wolverines, they are very comfortable, but a bit pricy, and I don't think anything lasts as long as diehards.

One other option you might try is chefware shoes. Chefs are on their feet all day on tile floors, Chefware hold up pretty good.
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I wear Wolverines. Very confy but a bit pricey. Price isnt a concern for me though cause work pays for them!! The ones I currently have are a tad on the heavy side but Ive had others that were plenty light and still confy.

I also have a pair of Justin slip ons that I love. They have lace ups as well. They are very confy and very light weight and also a little pricey. They kinda have a western look to em.

Back in the day there was a brand called Texas Steer. I dunno if you can still get those or not. Those are by far the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. Problem with them is it seems like the sole would wear out in 3 months or so and you would have to replace them. They were only around $25 a pair thopugh so it wasnt a big deal.

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Hey...don't laugh. When the sawdust gets really deep you'll appreciate these.






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I could of use those when I was looking at property up north. Lol

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I wear sketchers shape ups, with back injuries in the past they are the best shoes I have ever found. I can stand on my feet all day without the back pain becoming severe.

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Boat shoes (Sperry) most of my work goes on Finished Floors. And my Shop is Spotless

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Yuppy. Shoes. Lol

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I always wore Carolinas, the boots I had were dubbed concrete walkers. Crepe sole, steel toes and super comfortable.
Now I wear Redwings because I couldn't get the Carolinas when I needed them. Neither are really light weight, but, I've always worn boots and that's not an issue.
I always get two pair and switch them daily, it allows the inside to dry out better, they don't get stinky and I've not had foot problems in over 35 years.
The sneaker types may be fine but the workplace requires "heavy leather" and steel toes. I've never minded the steel toes and have thanked God for them more than a few times.

C'man those are great when the shavings are gettin' deep and the concrete's not an issue.

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