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ChicagoLawn
06-30-2011, 05:52 PM
Hello,

I need help and would like any suggestions from fellow experienced lawn applicators.

I have found that when I wear my "Brown Bear" boots from Gempler's my feet are always in a wet/sweaty state. Regardless of brand, it's a rubber boot thing.

http://www.gemplers.com/search/brown+bear+boots

I know this is probably something I should keep to myself, but I really need to find a better way to keep my feet dry/comfortable so I can extend my workable field time, less skin irritation, etc.

Thank you in advance!

Joe

vencops
06-30-2011, 06:38 PM
Take this with a grain of salt......but....

I'm an AVID traditional bowhunter. Early-season temps, here in NC, can see me going afield with temps well into the 80's. I've tried Lacrosse alpha burly (I most always wear rubber boots), uninsulated. Sweaty feet.

I bought a pair of Muck's and ended that. I "think" the ones I have now are called "woody max". You can even roll the upper down, when you want/can.

Like I said, this may be of no use to you (I'm not sure how they're "rated" for chemical apps.).

rlitman
06-30-2011, 06:48 PM
Well, I will admit that I don't know much about rubber boots, but I sure know about sweaty feet. I get that way wearing sneakers, sandals, anything. Doesn't matter if it breathes or not. Maybe I should have kept that to myself too. :)

Anyway, my suggestion would be to first try an anti-perspirant spray. Maybe in combination with a foot powder that has lots of zinc-oxide (gold bond comes to mind).

ChicagoLawn
06-30-2011, 06:52 PM
Ok, I will try the spray or powder and see what happens.

I wish there was a rubber boot that had a elevated sole to retain/drain sweat to. Maybe a few slots for ice packs, ventilation, etc.

Thank you very much!

Joe

Ric
06-30-2011, 07:53 PM
Well, I will admit that I don't know much about rubber boots, but I sure know about sweaty feet. I get that way wearing sneakers, sandals, anything. Doesn't matter if it breathes or not. Maybe I should have kept that to myself too. :)

Anyway, my suggestion would be to first try an anti-perspirant spray. Maybe in combination with a foot powder that has lots of zinc-oxide (gold bond comes to mind).

Chicago

I think you have a common problem that many of us share.

Try Food Grade Corn Starch. I use Argo Corn Starch from the Super Market. It might not stop your feet from sweating but it will help dry them. I also Spray my feet with a Anti Fungus because they stay dark and wet.

ChicagoLawn
06-30-2011, 08:06 PM
Thanks Ric.

Isn't it funny how the health of our feet mirrors the care of turf grass in many ways. (Too wet, air flow, etc.)

I still think the powers that be should create a summer rubber boot that can be cooled at will to resemble a 30 degree winter morning.

Joe

RigglePLC
07-01-2011, 12:28 AM
Yuck! Sweaty feet in boots smell bad. Things I have tried: take your boots off and drive in your stocking feet between stops. Change your socks at lunch time. Leave your boots in your truck cab over night and especially on hot Sundays. It really dries them out when the temp gets up to 135 in the cab. Use a bit of duct tape and one-inch diameter flexible corrugated hose. Put one end in the heater/AC outlet. Slide the other end down the front of your boot. Kick the fan on. Oh!!That feels so good!

R&S Lawn Care
07-01-2011, 01:31 AM
A couple years ago I bought some rubber overboots. They fit over my running shoes, and go up to my upper calf. Very loose, thin, and flexible uppers. They allow more air flow around the tops than my old rubber boots. Very light and comfy. Very inexpensive. Seems like $8.00-$14.00. After a while I figured out that I can put them on without taking my running shoes out.
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Buck_wheat
07-02-2011, 10:24 AM
Hello,

I need help and would like any suggestions from fellow experienced lawn applicators.

I have found that when I wear my "Brown Bear" boots from Gempler's my feet are always in a wet/sweaty state. Regardless of brand, it's a rubber boot thing.

http://www.gemplers.com/search/brown+bear+boots

I know this is probably something I should keep to myself, but I really need to find a better way to keep my feet dry/comfortable so I can extend my workable field time, less skin irritation, etc.

Thank you in advance!

Joe

medicated powder, 100% cotton socks, or ragwool in the cold months will make you feel more comfortable. But the minute your feet stop sweating in rubber boots... see a doctor!

Buck_wheat
07-02-2011, 10:28 AM
Chicago

I think you have a common problem that many of us share.

Try Food Grade Corn Starch. I use Argo Corn Starch from the Super Market. It might not stop your feet from sweating but it will help dry them. I also Spray my feet with a Anti Fungus because they stay dark and wet.

Corn starch will feed fungus; using it and an anti fungal is like using weed & feed, you're feeding the things you are trying to kill.

But if it works for you... power to you. Medicated talcum powder works best for me, like Gold Bond.

White Gardens
07-02-2011, 10:32 AM
I would maybe try some wool hiking socks too. They don't hold moisture like cotton does, and you can get different thickness or weights of wool socks.

Try a hiking store, or any good shoe store. Look for SmartWool socks, Columbia, or the such. I get sweaty feet in my normal boots too and they help. (Gore Tex Hiking Boots)

ChicagoLawn
07-02-2011, 11:08 AM
I like the idea of using a medicated foot powder. Just not sure about the other organic "ingredients" that can make oatmeal in my boots. I'm just saying.

Joe

CHARLES CUE
07-02-2011, 09:48 PM
No advice on sweaty feet but i hate those rubber boots!

I use muck boots and there work good

how about your favorite shoes and a pair of rubber over boots i used to do this

most labels call for shoes and shocks or water proof boots

Charles Cue

ChicagoLawn
07-02-2011, 09:53 PM
Hi Charles,

Thank you for the reply.

Can you provide a link to the boots you use?

Joe

CHARLES CUE
07-02-2011, 10:08 PM
Hi Charles,

Thank you for the reply.

Can you provide a link to the boots you use?

Joe

Try this http://www.muckbootsandshoes.com/work-boots-c-22_41.html

I bought mine at Tractor Supply

There are lots of differnt ones mine are 16 inch may be you can find some thing to fit your needs

Charles Cue

Think Green
07-02-2011, 11:03 PM
I use a thick nitryl rubber set of green gloves.............I do tell......you will have bathe hands of a child in 15 minutes. Then you can turn one glove over and a cap full of water drains out.
I agree to take the boots off between jobs will help. A couple clean pairs of socks to change will keep the feet dry. Otherwise, their isn't much I would do.......it is rubber boots and concrete workers will reply that--"It is part of the job and the day we agreed to the requirements........this was omitted." It sucks--But part of the job.

rlitman
07-05-2011, 05:19 PM
Corn starch will feed fungus; using it and an anti fungal is like using weed & feed, you're feeding the things you are trying to kill.

But if it works for you... power to you. Medicated talcum powder works best for me, like Gold Bond.

Yes, and no.
Corn starch won't feed fungus, but it can feed yeast.
Talcum is still worse, in that it has similar effects in your lungs to asbestos.
That's why my baby gets zinc oxide pastes (like balmex) in places which traditionally would get powdered, but powder is still ok, IF the area will stay reasonably dry on it's own (like behind his knees, or in the elbows, etc.).

That's why I recommended spray antiperspirant. It works by stopping the sweat glands from releasing sweat. Since the sweat from your feet isn't evaporating, it's harmless to stop it, because that sweat wouldn't be cooling you off anyway. And if your feet sweat enough, there is nothing you can apply that will absorb enough sweat to keep your feet dry. (I've tried using absorbent insoles that got removed overnight to dry, wicking socks, etc.)

Spray is probably the easiest to apply, but if that's not cutting it, a doctor or podiatrist can prescribe prescription strength antiperspirants that WILL stop your feet from sweating. They work so well, I have to use a moisturizer even when I wear boots, or my skin cracks on my feet.

bare spot
07-06-2011, 01:53 AM
http://www.thorlo.com/ happened upon these socks yrs ago, could be helpful. made in the usa. lik the lt wt made ones, over the heavy padded.