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Old 03-08-2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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What boots are the most comfortable?

I've been wearing Wolverines for many years, but this last pair have got to be the most uncomfortable. So I'm looking for something with a wedge heal, possibly Red Wing's.


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Old 03-08-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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Red Wings. RW's are the only shoes I have found that are comfortable right out of the box - and I wear steel toes everyday. IMO other work boots are a waste of money.

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Red Wings. RW's are the only shoes I have found that are comfortable right out of the box - and I wear steel toes everyday. IMO other work boots are a waste of money.
Ditto X's 35 years of them.
Plus they still make 'em up
on the Mississippi!
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I wear Salomon hiking boots, comfortable, waterproof, and good for walking, which I do a lot of.


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New Balance trail running shoes are awesome if you are more of a residential contractor.
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Have you tried the 6" wolverine durashock SRs? Over the past 12 years ive had 6 pairs of wolverines. The last 4 have been SRs (slip resistent). They have a small heel not like the picture you posted. Ive thought of trying something else just to see but nothing else i saw has any traction. Everything is flat and smooth on the bottom. Redwings are nice and more expensive and probably a good if not the best choice for standing on a hard surface all day like concrete. I wouldent trust something like that on a steep metal roof or crawling through the rafters like i do the SRs. I wear mine all the time work and play summer and winter long pants and shorts. I also wear the thick gray Hanes crew socks from W.M.
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Most comfortable work boots out of the box?
Without a doubt, Wolverine MulitShox.
But unfortunately, their poorly constructed, the Gel Soles wheez as if they have ashtma and when you walk with them on hard surfaces, they sound like high heels.

Most comfortable boots broken in? Timberlands. It'll take a week or two, but once broken in, they feel like nothing on your feet.

I've heard great things about Red Wings and if I bought anything other than Timberlands, they would most likely be Red Wings.

Waiting to see how long Carhartt Boots last in the business. If they do, because I'm a hardcore Carhartt clothe fan, I'd consider them as well.
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Waiting to see how long Carhartt Boots last in the business. If they do, because I'm a hardcore Carhartt clothe fan, I'd consider them as well.
I had some insulated ones for about two years, and just a week ago, looked down, and on the entire right side of the left boot, the leather had separated from the sole. Quite a shock, since they weren't like that when I put them on in the morning.
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I had some insulated ones for about two years, and just a week ago, looked down, and on the entire right side of the left boot, the leather had separated from the sole. Quite a shock, since they weren't like that when I put them on in the morning.
2 years...not bad. My Timbs last me about that long with brutal use.
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Ok, I've worn the 6" Wolverines for a few years with durashock. They are alright, but I didn't like that the top wasn't padded and allows saw dust to get into your boot.




So, I bought these Wolverines instead

and I like everything about them, except the are killing my feet. I've had them about a year. I've been wearing them on and off. Going between tennis shoes and these boots when I need them. Every times I need to wear boots, these things make me want to thow them away. I've finally had enough and i'm going to buy something else. I just wanted to get some input before I buy my next pair. I know Red Wings are expensive, but at this point I'd rather have something that's comfortable even if it costs more.
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Carhartt 3908....by far the most comfortable things I wear. They are a bit heavy but I don't care. My feet NEVER hurt after hours of demo work, walking on concrete, etc. Never had a nail hit my foot either (though pulled many out of the soles)


Had them for almost 2 years and they're beat up but still going strong.
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Ok, I've worn the 6" Wolverines for a few years with durashock. They are ok, but I didn't like that the top wasn't padded and allows saw dust to get into your boot.



So, I bought these Wolverines instead
The SRs are padded at the top like the bottom pic but the sole is not flat like that one. But im the nail gun man more than the saw man so dust is not a big problem for me anyway.
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Timberland PRO series Titan Hiker-half the weight of a work boot, nice stiff sole, steel toe, and very comfortable.

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You cant go wrong with Red Wing boots. I have had the same pair of 406s for the past 2 years. I can probably get 6 more months out of the sole before I am completely out of tread. I will never buy another brand.
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For Carpentry...



For Roofing...


And a nice pair of steel toe loggers for demo work.
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I'm pretty brutal on boots..T'lands will only last about 6 months for me.
I pretty much wear only Red Wings now...I have about 4 pairs in rotation now:
Red Wing 406
~ My "everyday" boot...I have 2 pair to allow plenty of dry time...both are about 2 years old.


1411's for cooler/damp weather:



I have another pair of insulated that have since been discontinued??? ...I can't find them online ~ #5015, I think that's the number...they are probably 6 years old.

For the really severe type weather, I break out with my Irish Setters:
1826's


These boots are WARM ~ 800 Gram Thermolite Insulation and totally dry even after the worst mother nature dropped on NJ from 2004 to the present.


I have yet another pair of Red Wings that have been "retired" from active duty...they have been relegated to "around the house" duty. Probably about 6 years old, but the MOST comfortable boots I have ever owned....8" industrial slippers

Having comfy feet is very important to me.
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Most comfortable for me were Dr Martens 7735 steel toed boots. They lasted me for three years wearing them every day and walked an avg of 3 miles a day in them. Unfortunately they're discontinued and I can't buy another pair.

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Been using these the past year and like them a lot.

Danner Quarry 2.0 Alloy Toe 8 Inch Brown Work Boot

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For all you Red Wing guys...a "holy" alliance is in the works. Might strongly tilt me towards becomming a Red Wing customer.

Red Wing is currently working on partnerships with my two favorite manufacturers of work clothing and work gloves: Carhartt & Ironclad! I always believed that Carhartt had Red Wing making their boots because of the similar styling (almost identical in some cases) and unique features to both brands that don't appear in any other manufacturer's boots (this confirms that Red Wing had been subcontracted to produce Carhartt Boots).

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