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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Shop mats/pads

Keep reading articles on the groups, and in the magazines about cushioning mats for the shop floor.

I think this just nuts. Buy a good pair of work boots that actually fit well, and have a cushioned sole. I have several pair of these, http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing...nch-boot-brown
That I have been wearing for years. They cushion at least as well as most mats, and go wherever I go. When the soles wear out, the local boot shop resoles them for $30/pair.

I know that the initial cost is a little high, but they fit well, breath well, and properly cared for will last for decades, just like any other high quality tool.

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After about 6 months of break in, I have worn nothing but my red wings. I did have to get the $50 arch support insoles but the most comfortable boots/shoes I have ever owned.
Where are you getting your boots re-soled? I took my boots to Red Wing to see about getting them re-soled and they gave me a price of around $100. Would be cheaper to just get a new pair in my opinion....
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I have worked on concrete 10 to 12 hours a day for the last 40 years. 40 years ago my shoes cost $50. Now I pay $200 every 8 months or so with $50 inserts. I don't use mats in my shop because of tripping hazzard. Given the choice, I would have a wood shop floor in a heartbeat.

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A brand like redwing while higher priced you get a lot for your money in service such as fittings cleanings, etc. my last pair I got there they gave me one 11 and one 11-1/2, never had any other shoe store do that before to get me the proper fit.
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+1 on all the positive comments about Red Wings. I bought my first pair of Iron Rangers earlier this year and after a bit of break in, they are the best shoes that I've ever worn. I wear them in the shop all day and my feet don't suffer like they used to when wearing sneakers. I added a pair of Dr. Scholl's inserts and they are incredibly comfortable and supportive. Shop mats are just one more thing to keep clean!

  
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Heavens to Betsy those are expensive! I could use some new boots but keep thinking about all the tools I could get for that.
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Just consider them high quality american made tools, that will last twenty years or more with proper maintenance.

And the last pair I bought was only $130, but that was about ten years ago. The dealers frequently sell for less than msrp.

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After about 6 months of break in, I have worn nothing but my red wings. I did have to get the $50 arch support insoles but the most comfortable boots/shoes I have ever owned.
Where are you getting your boots re-soled? I took my boots to Red Wing to see about getting them re-soled and they gave me a price of around $100. Would be cheaper to just get a new pair in my opinion....
The ones I have resoled have the soft soles like the mats are made of. They are specifically made for working on concrete. The new soles glue on, so it is a lot easier to replace them than the heavier lug soles. The resoles come in different hardnesses, I get the medium ones. The soft ones are too mushy.

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