Interesting, what kind of job is it that they pay for a portion of your footwear? You said it's a shop, like a auto shop or like a factory?
Any suggestions? I've landed a pretty sweet new job, starting in about 2 weeks. I'm going to be out on the factory floor a lot, so I'm going to need some good boots. Being able to ride the motorcycle with them on is a plus also, since I commute to work on the bike most days. Work pays for $75 worth of the shoe cost, so I'm open to anything up to about $150 bucks. I'm thinking about getting these
Are steel-toes a requirement of the workplace? If not - I have lots of suggestions.
The ones posted look decent, I have had the best luck with RedWings and Tims, though I am mainly familiar with redwings. RW have an AWESOME(in my experience) warranty process. They warrantied two pairs of my boots after one had an eyelet pop out/rip, and the other because the ankle-padding started to foldover inside the seams. This was after serious use and abuse, and at least one resoling.
Don't be surprised if you have to ditch the regular insoles for something different. My main focus with work boots is weight(which is one reason I dispise steel-toes), insulation (summer/winter boots), and durability. See which boots can be professionally re-soled when you wear them out, might be worth the extra coin to have that available.
I just got these last month for work and LOVE THEM. light, aluminum toe protection, THEY BREATHE...and mid-ankle which is acceptable for my work.
They (Red Wing) also make a high-top version. My last set of Red Wings Shoes lasted nearly 4 years. And their prices are very reasonable.
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My husband is union and works in a big shop, they give you a steel toe boot allowance once a year also. He once got some Doc Martins but usually gets Wolverines- I think these might be the ones he just picked up-
They suck with driving feel though. So either leave your boots in your locker and wear sneakers into work, or get yourself some steel-toed sneakers if they have them on the shoe truck. Not sure how much better they are though.
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i've had a yearly boot allowance, being an engineer who regularly visits the field and/or construction sites for extended stays.
i like Timberland Pro, I have these insulated steel toes for winter
i have these LaCrosse Highwall metatarsals for gas well sites
Cat makes good steel toes. I'm partial to Doc Martens though.
These might not be great on a bike though.
After what happened to a buddy of mine, I won't split firewood without them...
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At the steel mill I worked at, they required metatarsal guard boots, and fuuck they sucked. They weighed something like 6 pounds each. They were comfy as hell, but it was like wearing ankle weights.
Do you have to wear boots? IMO you'll get tired putting boots on all the time.
My last three pair have been these.
We get $80. I've had my current pair for over 2 years and I wear them nearly everyday, work or not they are so comfortable. No problem with riding with them on.
So far I've always been able to find them for the $80. Looks like I might not be able to this time. I actually gave my last two pairs before this pair away and they were worn even longer.
I been working at an Airline for 19 years. I have to wear steel toe boots. I walk on concrete all day long. I buy a new boot every 6 months. I use to buy Redwings for years. I stopped when the price went over $150 and they started to make them in China. The quality went down hill.
Since then, I have tried all kinds of boots. The ones I have been wearing for the last 5 years are these Timberlands. They are really comfortable and light. I pay about $115 locally.
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I love Danner boots, I rotate two pairs of their Acadia line with the steel toe. They're a lot more than $150 though but you get what you pay for. Acadia's are American made and fully repairable. I just had my first pair rebuilt; soles, liner, shank, the works.
I've been through Red Wings, Cat boots, Timberland's and Skechers. The Red Wings did save my toes a few times but the Skechers were the most comfortable out of all of them. Also they were the lightest of all of them. Though I've always had jobs that require me to walk on concrete. Just go try on a bunch and see which feels the best.
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for winter i wear wool socks with the boots, i think these only had 600gram thinsulate.
the only time i ever felt cold in these was in 10-ish degree weather, standing in a stainless steel duct on top of a ridge in west virginia. my legs were numb at that point in insulated coveralls and longjohns