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barringtonbrothers
08-14-2004, 07:40 PM
Just bought another pair of Wolverines today with dura shock soles. I have owned about 3 or 4 pairs now. I love em, but I dont get more than 1 to 1 and 1/2 years a pair. Usually I just wear out the treads on em, but my last pair just fell apart. On one shoe the back sole was pulling off, and on both the front was coming apart like a those old hillbillies you see in cartoons. What do you guy like to wear - boots, tennis shoes, tap shoes?

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 07:41 PM
nothing but boots, last usually 1 1/2 yrs for me. Usually the salt during the winter months wreaks havoic on them

HOOLIE
08-14-2004, 07:42 PM
I used to wear football cleats, but I've switched to boots (waterproof). Last year was so wet I couldn't take it anymore. Boots feel a little clunky, a little heavy. If you're walking all day you gotta stay comfortable.

harley29710
08-14-2004, 08:01 PM
I like the waterproof hiking type boots. I think my current boots are Carolina's. They are great because the're lightweight.

RedWingsDet
08-14-2004, 08:05 PM
i had catipillars, but.... my basement got backed up with sewage and EVERYTHING got trashed, including baby pix. lol. going to buy another pair of cats tommarow :)

wiselawns
08-14-2004, 08:10 PM
I've thought about cleats on some of my accounts. I wear running shoes mostly. On one of my accounts, the back yard is so steep and full of succulent wet weeds that I end up surfing down the hill almost every time.

Green Care
08-14-2004, 08:11 PM
Steel toes boots always.

ElephantNest
08-14-2004, 08:17 PM
DuraShock steel toes Wolverines.

kppurn
08-14-2004, 08:34 PM
I have a pair of Timberland Pro steel toed boots that I have been wearing for the past three years. I will get another pair when I retire these ones.

NC Scaper
08-14-2004, 08:36 PM
Durashock Wolverines for me

BCSteel
08-14-2004, 08:41 PM
Steel toe boots in the winter. Steel toe shoes in the summer.

Creative Lawn Care
08-14-2004, 08:41 PM
Currently Durashock Wolverines, but for several years before this I was partial to redwings

barringtonbrothers
08-14-2004, 08:45 PM
I HATE having to start a new pair of boots cause I got the old ones all nice and broke in.

satch
08-14-2004, 08:52 PM
VASQUE work boots.waterproof &breathable.upside is i have worn them for 4 years.Downside their about $200.00 a pair.

Lawnboy112
08-14-2004, 08:59 PM
i just use a pair of steel toe boots or shoes dont matter to my. Just my two cents.

HOOLIE
08-14-2004, 09:34 PM
I used to work with a guy who mowed the entire summer long in his bare feet. He'd come in with shoes to please the boss, as soon as we got to the first house, off they went. He did this because his pants had caught fire one day, and burned his leg right down to the top of his foot. It was painful to walk in a shoe so he adopted this "alternative" type of (non)footwear.

kipper
08-14-2004, 09:59 PM
STEEL TOED FLIP FLOPS !!!! No just kidding usually work boots or tennis shoes, it depends which ones are dry and the cleanest. The wife won't let me keep them in the house. So they stay on the back patio next to the mound of socks i keep meaning to take to the laundraumat.

GreenMonster
08-14-2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by barringtonbrothers
I HATE having to start a new pair of boots cause I got the old ones all nice and broke in.

I used to wear wolverines until they discontinued my favorite style.

I switched to Chippewa, and there is NO break-in period for me with their boots.

Worst boots I ever had to break-in.... Carolina. Ugh. Timberland right up there with em.

gaither
08-14-2004, 10:19 PM
Over the past 14 years i have tried everything . For years i wore cleats and then boots. Finally i found the best thing for me was running shoes. I keep a extra pair in the tool box for those wet days but my legs and feet much better witout all that extra weight.

txlawnking
08-14-2004, 10:26 PM
I wear some cheap pull on lookin' grandpa shoes I got at Target for $18.... Super comfy. If I'm going to do a clean up or I'm going to a place I suspect snake action... I wear my Dr. Martens pull ons.. Best boots I've ever owned, Hands Down!

jsr2741
08-14-2004, 10:29 PM
Carolinas steel toe. Probably the best work boot I've ever wore. I imagine this pair will make it through most of next year too.

Ursushorribilus
08-14-2004, 10:48 PM
Same as GreenMonster, I used to wear Wolverines and then went to Chippewa - but with the 2 pairs I've had there have been comfort issues, but I wore them anyway because they're so rock-solid and just plain good-looking:) I think, however, that I will go back to Wolverines to make my feet happy...

Gilla Gorilla
08-14-2004, 10:55 PM
Yeah the Docs are great boots, I like em better for casual or riding the Harleys. I used to have a pair of Wolverenes and they were great
I got a pair of steel toed boots yesterday morning and the whole after noon every step that I took I would say to myself how much my damn toes hurt. Had a big blister on my left big toe. Needless to say no more steel toed boots for me, I had just forgot how much they hurt and are uncomfotable on my feet.

TMlawncare
08-14-2004, 10:59 PM
Timberland, great boot but now I made the switch to steel toe Georgia boots. They are the best I have used so far.

chefdrp
08-14-2004, 11:05 PM
steel toe boots, waterproof

qualitylandscaping
08-14-2004, 11:17 PM
Right now I'm wearing Caterpillar's.. Alaska model

Also have some super waterproof Raliche's (sp?) that are about 3 years old and still have lots of life left in them..

broken leg
08-14-2004, 11:18 PM
Vasque pay about $145.00 for them I have two pair. A dress pair and a work pair. when the work pair wears out I use the dress pair for work and buy a new dress pair. I am 49 years old and tried redwing, wolverine, knapp, and about any other brand. Once you wear a pair of Vasque you will wear nothing else. Yes I wear them to church.

Liberty Lawncare
08-14-2004, 11:29 PM
Earth shoe waterproof hiker boots. I get them at wal mart for around $35. They last about 7-8 months. They break in easy and are not that heavy.They dont last to long but two pair is only $70. I dont mind getting new boots. Think about all that nasty foot sweat and stench.

Lbilawncare
08-15-2004, 12:25 AM
Timberland Pro w/ steel toe. Only $90 a pair and they last me a year and a half.

chuckers
08-15-2004, 01:15 AM
docs are the way to fly i love them because i do house framein' for my cousin and they have great flex in them to walk rafters and joices... but also really nice on the feet... long life also

MikeLT1Z28
08-15-2004, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by wiselawns
I've thought about cleats on some of my accounts.

poor man's aerator? lol :D

exmarkjockey
08-15-2004, 11:40 AM
Columbia Sawtooth hiking shoes, because it is the only thing I can find in a size 17. If anyone knows where I can find work boots/shoes in large sizes I would be greatly appreciative.

GrassBustersLawn
08-15-2004, 11:51 AM
WOW. I thought I had a hard time finding boots to fit. EXMARKJOCKEY - you win the prize!

I wear PROPET Hi-Camp walkers. Size 14 & 5E width. Only ones I can find WIDE enough. THey are not steal toe. They are more like a basketball shoe that is water proof. I LOVE THEM. I buy a couple of pair at a time for work. Even have a pair of each color (brown & black) for casual wear.

They are about $59 a pair and I can get a year to a year and half out of them. They have a "THousand Mile" guaranty. I'd bet an LCO that walked all day could take them up on that!


Mike

husky125
08-15-2004, 11:52 AM
Redwing steel toe, gortex lined and thinsolat insulation. The insulation makes for a padded steel toe and doesn't seem any hotter in the summer.

FosterGroundsMaint
08-15-2004, 12:50 PM
Blue Saucony Jazz. They may not do much to protect the feet, but they feel like they're hugging 'em, and they're damned stylish :)


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Ursushorribilus
08-15-2004, 02:02 PM
Exmarkjockey, Here's a great website for extra-large feet: www.2bigfeet.com They have size 17's from Atlanta Boot, Georgia Boot, and Weinbrenner...Tony

CamLand
08-15-2004, 02:05 PM
Timberland,very comfortable...

GreenMonster
08-15-2004, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by exmarkjockey
Columbia Sawtooth hiking shoes, because it is the only thing I can find in a size 17. If anyone knows where I can find work boots/shoes in large sizes I would be greatly appreciative.

You know what they say about guys with big feet....








they need big socks:D

i_plant_art
08-15-2004, 02:33 PM
i have 3 pairs of justin steel toe ropers. 2 slip on and 1 lace up.... they work great they protect my feet up to bout 6" above the ankle

CJ GreenScapes
08-16-2004, 07:33 PM
Georgia boots. I have tried Red Wing, Rocky, Timberland, Cats, and Herman Survivors (back when they were the best) - Georgia beats them all for me.

b & t lawn care
08-16-2004, 08:21 PM
I bought a pair of Danners work boot, waterproof and they have a little gor tex . They fit like a glove from day one .They were 190 bucks an worth every penny to keep those feet comfy all day. I am on my feet all day running trimmer. The wife wore moccasins when she ran the mowers . Now she can not mow due to her chronice pain syndrom.

draftlawncare
08-16-2004, 08:24 PM
nothing but tims

Firstclasslawn
08-18-2004, 12:17 PM
Ok get ready to laugh at me but honestly I just buy wal-mart shoes for $10-14 bucks a piece and wear them out, they are comfortable, lighter weight then hiking shoes or durashocks and very in-expensive to replace

Davis Lawn
08-18-2004, 12:37 PM
I love my ol' adidas's there comfortable but also falling apart.

meathead1134
08-18-2004, 12:40 PM
an old pair of running sneakers that were white which are now dyed greenish brown. Only comfotable boots I have are my old snowboard boots which are very big and very hard to drive in

barringtonbrothers
08-18-2004, 12:48 PM
I wont laugh at you but good luck. I bought a cheap pair at target. I started having these bad pains in my left foot. Finally went to the dr and they xrayed it and found out I had stress fracture. So I got to walk around for a month on a nice stress fracture. But wait it gets better. I was dumb enough to try wearing the shoes again, for 1 day cause I didnt know how I got the stress fracture. My right foot starts hurting, back to the dr. Another x-ray and another stress fracture. Nothing like getting stress fractures in both feet and having to work on em 14 hours a day lol. Havent wore the shoes since and have had no problems. I will never buy cheap shoes again. I wish I could though I got nothing against pay-less.
I just got back from taking my new boot back cause they were killing my feet. They didnt have the style I wanted the first time, but luckily they had em this time and I exchanged them no problems. I thought they would give me a hard time. I think it is very very important to take care of your feet. I had a girlfriend whos dad was a marine in nam. He was very neurotic about his feet. He would go to extreme lengths to take care of his feet cause he learned how easy it is for them to get messed up. After walking on stress fractures for a summer I am starting to think like him.

Scotlawncare
08-18-2004, 12:49 PM
i used to just wear my old tennis shoes that i wore out wearing for good to cut in. then i changed that quick when i almost slid off a hill and allowed a new 36" exmark metro to fall off a 5 foot retaining wall. I know wear very aggressive Rebook Cross trainers that are a cross between hiking boots and cleats. no more sliping for me.

Scot

NorrisG
08-18-2004, 01:27 PM
I used to wear the old tennis shoes too.... got enough of the wet feet and slipping down hills and went out and bought a pair of RedHead Gortex Hikers.... they've been great!

Gravely_Man
08-18-2004, 02:08 PM
Steel toe Redwing boots. They are the best boots I have ever worn. They last and are very comfortable.


Gravely_Man

spcfoor
08-18-2004, 03:00 PM
It all depends on the job I'm doing and where it is at. If I am mowing, trimming, and edging I wear my old new balance cross trainers. However if I am running a chainsaw or other equipment I where a pair of workboots.

Branchland
08-18-2004, 03:16 PM
Just old tennis shoes. Boots if it's raining sometimes.

g overbey
08-18-2004, 04:03 PM
Water Proof Redwings. They have Gortex lining and Cambriole Sock to wisk away sweat. They last for at least 2 yearsand have a smooth sole so that the dog s__t wipes off easy.

jbell113
08-18-2004, 04:06 PM
rock port 6" boots with a goretex liner to keep feet dry.

mmacsek
08-18-2004, 04:27 PM
I bought a pair of Wolverine steel toe Dura shock this past March. Biggest piece of cr#p! I threw them out about a week ago. The right sole split. I paid about $100.00 for them. I tried some of the other big names and I wasn't impressed. I was getting about 5 monthes out of Walmart specials and they were okay. I'm going back to LLBean hikers that sell for about $65.00. Matt

Aproct
08-18-2004, 04:32 PM
Boots all the time. Tried the Cabela steel tipped boots this time. Held up okay, but I am lucky if I get about 6 to 8 months out of a pair of boots. I am thinking about going back to hermans. They seem to last the best for me.

out4now
08-18-2004, 06:16 PM
Used to use steel toed Caterpillar or Red Wings. Red Wings lasted longer.

Woody82986
08-18-2004, 06:57 PM
I switch between Ariat pull on work boots when it is rainy or wet or when I don't have alot of walking to do, and Justin Chukka's for comfort and lightness when I have alot of walking.

SouthernFried
08-18-2004, 07:07 PM
Just bought my second pair of Justin Chukkas also. Real comfortable. Usta wear Redwing's exclusively...they did fine too.

I also put the best shock absorbing insoles in all of them...amazing how much a good insole helps.

Mr. Magpie
08-18-2004, 08:01 PM
Walmart $10 bobo cushion tennis shoes..... I buy the $1 sole inserts to give a cushiony feel to the sole. I don't work that many hours a week, so they last about 7 months, and I just buy another pair. The inserts last about 1 month, or if it rains, about 2 days.

Cheap, very very comfortable. End of story.

Rather Be Fishing
08-18-2004, 08:11 PM
Snagged a nice comfy pair of Gortex Red Head (Bass Pro shops) at the local Rocky Boot outlet store. BPS price $120, outlet store $50. :D

Never owned Gortex before but I really like it, feet stay dry in standing water.

barringtonbrothers
08-18-2004, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by mmacsek
I bought a pair of Wolverine steel toe Dura shock this past March. Biggest piece of cr#p! I threw them out about a week ago. The right sole split. I paid about $100.00 for them. I tried some of the other big names and I wasn't impressed. I was getting about 5 monthes out of Walmart specials and they were okay. I'm going back to LLBean hikers that sell for about $65.00. Matt

wow I dont wear the steel toe but I get at least a year out of mine. My feet really apreciate me trading my new ones in for another style though.

IndyPropertyCare
08-18-2004, 08:53 PM
Mechanix wear.....comfortable....long lasting....added protection

cracker boy
08-18-2004, 09:00 PM
Wolverines whitetail, bass pro shops or cabelas have them. Their camo which is good because their going to get covered in grass anyway, their waterproof, and only weight 2.3 lbs..

LB Landscaping
08-18-2004, 09:02 PM
Timberland Pro steel toe boots, very comfy and take a beating!!!!

crawdad
08-18-2004, 09:16 PM
If ya get somehing with a spike heel, you only need to wear one of them. Great traction.

barringtonbrothers
08-18-2004, 09:18 PM
Dammit now I have drool all over my keyboard

Fescue Farmer
08-19-2004, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by broken leg
Vasque pay about $145.00 for them I have two pair. A dress pair and a work pair. when the work pair wears out I use the dress pair for work and buy a new dress pair. I am 49 years old and tried redwing, wolverine, knapp, and about any other brand. Once you wear a pair of Vasque you will wear nothing else. Yes I wear them to church.

Broken Leg - I am with you - Vasque Sundowners for me - work/play/church!

NEPSJay
08-19-2004, 08:12 PM
I got my redwings.

lawnguyz2k3
08-19-2004, 08:28 PM
USUALY BOOTS WITH HIGH SOX ROCKS KIND OF HURT FROM THE WEED WACKER THEN WHEN IM DONE WACKING I PULL THEM DOWN AND PRESTO ....SHORTS!