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Steel Toe Boots

by , Posted to on 05/05/2010 11:14 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/19/2005
Location: ND
I need to buy a new pair of steel toe boots.  I am looking for a good COMFORTABLE pair.  What brand / style would you recommend?  I definitly want uninsulated. Of course use would be standing long days, mud, some what wet.  So far the best ones I found were Red Wings.  Anyone use danners for steel toe?
 
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by on 05/05/2010 11:18 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2006
Location: ND
Check out the carhart line of boots. They are really comfortable and are made by red wing as well.
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by on 05/06/2010 00:05 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/17/2003
Location: ND
I've worn steel toed boots for years and after trying many different brands and styles over the years I'm convinced uninsulated 8" Red Wing lace up boots are the most comfortable and longest lasting boot out there. 

For what it's worth, if you wear them where they get wet buying two pairs at the same time and alternating every day gives them a chance to dry out and really extends the life of both pairs, almost like getting a free pair. Also, keep them clean and oiled up with mink oil and they last a lot longer.
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by on 05/06/2010 01:45 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/06/2008
Location: ND
I swear by Carolina boots.  The most comfortable boot I've ever owned and I've done the Red Wing/Carhartt/etc. brands.  The 4X4 series by Carolina will give you ultimate traction in mud/slippery conditions and they're waterproof too.


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by on 05/06/2010 01:59 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/19/2005
Location: ND

A lot of the people I talk with say Red Wing is the way to go.  I tried on a pair of non insulated 8 inch lace up today.  They were real comfortable around the store.  The guy said the water resistant not water proof.  He said if you buy a water proof boot and your feet tend to run hot, as mine do, he said to stick with water resistant.  I wounder how resisant it would be? Could a guy be in a damp enviroment during the work day.  How long before they were broke in?

 
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by on 05/06/2010 07:18 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
I too have a preference for and currently own for Red Wing steel toe boots and I have owned many pairs in my life of different brands. 

Water resistant is OK if you step in mud a few times a day.  Not OK if you are going to be standing in mud or are walking around wet grass all day.
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by on 05/06/2010 08:00 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/25/2008
Location: ND
I have wore red wings for over 20 years. It really bothers me that most red wings are made in china. I just bought a pair of georgia boots (made in china) with the carbon fiber toe instead of steel. very light and water proof.
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by on 05/06/2010 08:08 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
buckeye, There's an old military trick to breaking in leather boots, steel toe or otherwise.  I've done this a couple dozen times now over 18+ years and it works for your basic uninsulated combat boots.   I can't see where this wouldn't work with other types of leather boots.  If someone knows of a reason, please chime in. 

Step 1. put them on and lace them EXACTLY the way you are comfortable.
Step 2. while wearing them, put them in hot water (pan,bucket, shower, whatever)  
              until  soaked.
Step 3. walk them dry.

It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to get them to where they will hold their shape.

Presto, one pair of combat slippers that fit your foot to a "T", or in this case work boot slippers.  It saves time and blisters IMO.  After they dry, I like to add a lot of shoe polish to my combat boots, but work boots I would just oil'em up good.   Good luck.
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by on 05/06/2010 08:26 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/11/2006
Location: ND
Redwings are not like they used to be. I would never buy another pair. I wore a pair for 3 months and the soles were worn smooth while the steel toes were coming loose. I did recieve a replacement pair last year but they are on their last life too. I went with the La Crosse boots this time and they are dang comfortable
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by on 05/06/2010 09:15 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
kdm Said:
Step 1. put them on and lace them EXACTLY the way you are comfortable.
Step 2. while wearing them, put them in hot water (pan,bucket, shower, whatever)  
              until  soaked.
Step 3. walk them dry.

It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to get them to where they will hold their shape.

Presto, one pair of combat slippers that fit your foot to a "T", or in this case work boot slippers.  It saves time and blisters IMO.  After they dry, I like to add a lot of shoe polish to my combat boots, but work boots I would just oil'em up good.   Good luck.
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by on 05/06/2010 09:16 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2006
Location: ND
fear_no_fish Said:
Redwings are not like they used to be. I would never buy another pair. I wore a pair for 3 months and the soles were worn smooth while the steel toes were coming loose. I did recieve a replacement pair last year but they are on their last life too. I went with the La Crosse boots this time and they are dang comfortable
Well another important factor is that you get the correct sole for the type of job or environment you plan on using them. With me I use a shovel 75% of the day so the vibram sole is the most hardy. Also they will resole your boots as well. It's a heck of a better option then buying new expensive boots and breaking them in again.

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by on 05/06/2010 09:57 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/22/2003
Location: ND
Thats exactly how I was told to break in my Wolverine Laceups, and they were the most comfortable boots I ever owned.  Wore them for about 4 years, before the soles fell off.
walynut Said:
kdm Said:
Step 1. put them on and lace them EXACTLY the way you are comfortable.
Step 2. while wearing them, put them in hot water (pan,bucket, shower, whatever)  
              until  soaked.
Step 3. walk them dry.

It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to get them to where they will hold their shape.

Presto, one pair of combat slippers that fit your foot to a "T", or in this case work boot slippers.  It saves time and blisters IMO.  After they dry, I like to add a lot of shoe polish to my combat boots, but work boots I would just oil'em up good.   Good luck.
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by on 05/06/2010 10:04 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/22/2006
Location: ND
I would recommend using Obenauf's leather care products.  They work great and were created by a Forest Firefighter.

http://www.obenaufs.com/lp.php

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by on 05/06/2010 1:42 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/21/2007
Location: ND
I have worn several different brands of steel-toe boots. Danners were the most comfortable, but the only lasted 6 months before the stiching went. Carharrts are very comfortable and long lasting- I got 14 months out of my last pair. The ones I am wearing right now are Wolverines 8 inch Meteor. They are really comfortable, I have a wide foot so I have to look pretty hard to find boots that fit me properly. One more thing Red Wings make a good boot, but I could never make them last more than 9 months. Your working conditions will dictate alot in what boot you chose, good luck
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by on 05/06/2010 2:42 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/11/2008
Location: MN
Georgia boots    they got'em at home of economy       excellent boots

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by on 05/06/2010 3:36 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/19/2005
Location: ND
kdm Said:
buckeye, There's an old military trick to breaking in leather boots, steel toe or otherwise.  I've done this a couple dozen times now over 18+ years and it works for your basic uninsulated combat boots.   I can't see where this wouldn't work with other types of leather boots.  If someone knows of a reason, please chime in. 

Step 1. put them on and lace them EXACTLY the way you are comfortable.
Step 2. while wearing them, put them in hot water (pan,bucket, shower, whatever)  
              until  soaked.
Step 3. walk them dry.

It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to get them to where they will hold their shape.

Presto, one pair of combat slippers that fit your foot to a "T", or in this case work boot slippers.  It saves time and blisters IMO.  After they dry, I like to add a lot of shoe polish to my combat boots, but work boots I would just oil'em up good.   Good luck.
Thats sounds like it would work for a pure leather boot but I am guessing any type of liner this would do more damage.  I would guess that one has to take out the sole of the boot or it will get that old water smell to them.   I guess my question is should I strip the boot down to just boot and laces and insert the soles when I am completed?

 
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by on 05/06/2010 5:32 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
Ohio, I have no idea on the insulated boots.  I wear wool socks so I got nothin for the insulated boots.  Most of the insulated boots I have had didn't really need breaking in as the insulation works like a second pair of socks.  No blisters even when I was deployed and needed new boots with short notice.  My personal preference would probably be not to use the water method on insulated boots, but that is just me.
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by on 05/06/2010 5:37 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/09/2009
Location: ND
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by on 05/06/2010 5:51 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/07/2002
Location: ND
Go with the red wings 2414 I've wore several different kinds of redwing boots in the past, but by far these are the best pair I've ever owned.  I work constuction and am constantly bending over and I used to have back pain  with other boots, but with these i can go work a 12 hour day and come home and my back feels as good as it did when i work up in the morning and talk about comfortable.  They  are a little spendy, but make up for it in comfortabality.
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by on 05/06/2010 7:05 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
Over the years I have had quite a few pair if steel toed boots, a little over a year ago I purchased a pair of RedWing's, model #2408; absolutely love them in all 4 seasons.

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by on 05/06/2010 11:07 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/19/2009
Location: nd
double H ropers. the heel helps my banged up knees cuz i walk on concrete all day every day in the warehouse. also they are verry durable, i am well in to my second year ad are nowhere near worn out yet
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