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Old 03-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #21
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Try cougarpaws.com they have the best roofing shoe i've found. However make sure you hold to the safty regulations given with your shoes.
Sorry I got ahead of myself, Two years ago we purchased 5 pairs for some of our employs.I myself was sceptic and aprehensive at first,and even though they do take some getting use to.They do work, as long as you stay within the guidelines the shoe was intended for.One draw back I've found the changable insoles do wear out after about ten roofs or so depending on their use.I hope this helped you,even with the down talk of cougar paws.I can only pass on what we've used..
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:09 AM   #22
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i like the wolverine carbon fiber toe. just a work boot. i like how light they are.
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I like new balance low tops. usaully pay around 40 to 50 bucks. they tend to last me 6 months or so. I buy a new pair every spring. I also have had great luck with vans. (skateboarding shoes)
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Skate shoes all the way.
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The traditional roofing boot is the crepe sole wedge boot.




Here is a company that makes what they call "roofing boots": Thorogood 633

http://workingperson.com/products/22...ots_633-1.html






Here's what I wear: Timberland PRO Pit Boss




And here's a pair Timberland makes specifically "for" roofing (and other abrasive situations):

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The traditional roofing boot is the crepe sole wedge boot.




Here is a company that makes what they call "roofing boots": Thorogood 633

http://workingperson.com/products/22...ots_633-1.html






Here's what I wear: Timberland PRO Pit Boss




And here's a pair Timberland makes specifically "for" roofing (and other abrasive situations):

Heh,where the hell you been?
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Heh,where the hell you been?
Me? I've been walking around in khakis and polos and pointing fingers and writing people up!

I'll be around more.

It's kind of weird working in the winter for me.
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My father kept a pair of Converse All-Star high top canvas basketball shoes for roofing. ("Chuck Taylor's", to us younger guys). He never wore "gym shoes" in his life, except for roofing. Swore they were the best for roofing traction and not leaving footprints on hot shingles.

I would second these, those things grip and are really flexible (full contact) and used to be cheap as hell, the last pair I got were a set of purple ones a company was giving away as advertising for their company.





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i wear deck shoes from walmart or kmart, but have to get the ones with rubber soles. They cost from $7-$10, and I can walk a 12/12 timberline roof with a bundle of timberline on my shoulder. they are slip on, but buy a 1/2 size smaller because they will stretch a little.
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I have a pair of cougarpaws. Nice boots with soft, replaceable soles (velcro). they also have sneakers.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:55 PM   #31
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I wear New balance bought from big 5 sporting goods clearance bin.....around $30 and last 6 month to a year

I clean them with starting fluid
If i have a steep metal roof I let the sole sit in 1/4 inch of "tire softner" we use for the stock car tires for an hour the night before
50% Xylene - 50% Toluene

I take 2 pairs 1 treated and only use on the roof and another pair for the ladder and on the ground
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I Guess i would prefer Converse hightops, as i still order the same pair year after year, about 18 or so. Good grip, good on the ankles etc. no need for some special roof shoe.
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I should also add that big ass boots always cut into a roof even w/out the guy realizing it.
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i am an independent insurance claims adjuster, and i agree that cougar paws footwear leaves a lot to be desired. one thing i've found is that they are uncomfortable to wear. i have found that crepe sole shoes (real crepe) are equally, if not more slip resistant than cougar paws, and they are much more comfortable. get the shoe with the moccasin type sole. (no heel/sold breaks) and without any tread design. the one i found happened to be merrell shoes. they are ugly, but do the job. i've had my present pair for about a year, and the sole is coming loose from the vamp. i'm presently looking for a new pair on the internet, but having a hard time finding some for less than $100. hope this is helpful.
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I second the Vans approach; I wear a low top slip on that I buy for 20$ two for one from the local outlet stores. Look at your crews; these guys are not wearing Cougar Paws.

I walk on roofs alot as a sales person and estimator. To me its about cheap and comfortable shoes that will not damage the roof in heat; I avoid walking in mid day to reduce damage; asphalt melts really nice at 100 degrees.

My favorites are sort of wearing out, but they are pin striped and kind of look like clown shoes; which I enjoy. My goal is to make roofing fun for my clients.

Cougar Paws run in the 100$'s. You can only wear them on the roof. If I were roofing everyday, all day, Id probably do Cougars. Adjusters I have met totally support them.

When I hike door to door, I switch to hiking shoes. I also invest in GOOD SOCKS and try to keep cool in Shorts and a big surfing hat. Its HOT here in TX.
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MJW If you can find em look for HiTech Altitude IV hiking boots. I swear by em in the wet months. Big 5 usually has them on sale for around $50. Comfortable, durable and very waterproof. Got about the same climate as you and have been wearing them for several years.
Other than that, just a comfortable running or xtraining shoe is all. Never been tempted enough to try cougarpaws.

edit: I just noticed that link 2gen posted has the altitude IV's also.

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Old 08-25-2010, 11:22 AM   #37
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its got to be skate shoes for me..
got to be able to stick to the roof and feel whats under foot...

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I've been a roofer now 20 years and I've been wearing the same brand boots...Carharrts have treated me well. Money's tight now so I've been looking for decent deals. Found some on one of them discount sites
http://www.shoppingblitz.com/. Hoping it saves us all a buck or two... equipment aint getting any cheaper.
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Cougar Paws? Not any more for the following reasons...

www.burcos.com/roofboots.htm
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I stick to flat roofs but I have worked on a couple pitched roofs. I used work boots (worst footwear to wear on a roof), Converse (I don't know if they were a little too aged or what but there seems to be lack of grip), Nike tennis shoes (pretty good as long as they are not brand new so the sole is broken in a little), and some flat soled pumas. Of course I listed the pumas last since they worked out the best for me, I think they are the "motorsport" style shoes, bind well to your feet with enough grip and real light...

Someone posted about a coworker using only socks to walk on asphalt shingles.. all I can say is if he was in Texas... OUCH! I could barely sit on a shingle roof for a second let alone be walking on it practically barefoot!

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