New boots...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by gcbailey, May 6, 2013.

  1. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    I know that most good leather will stretch a little bit to "fit" your feet, but I guess that's why I'm a little leery about ordering off the web without trying them on.

    I know as far as jeans go I can wear a 32w in some brands and others a 34 and 36.... so I figure that one company's 'E' might be another 'EE' or 'D'. I'd hate to order something that is way to wide and end up having problems from my feet moving around too much inside the shoe. I love the area that I live, but sometimes it sucks when it comes to retail being in a more 'rural' area.
     
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Keens appear to have a wider/roomier toebox.

    As far as resoling, my guess is that it would take a full leather boot to start with. Hot & humid with lots of morning dew around here = I want waterproof & breathability, so I choose mesh with Goretex.
    I order Vasque's (made by Redwing) online since I know my size/width. Although, since they've redesigned the Breeze model, will visit the Redwing store to purchase a pair. Online, can generally save $30-$40/pair.
     
  3. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All the more reason to order them online. Many online retailers have a great return/exchange program to ease your concerns. And once you get your true size you'll appreciate the difference from for instance going with a 12 wide vs a proper 11.5 EE.
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  4. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought a pair of Ariat Work Hogs last week and I love them. I put mink oil on them and my feet stay very dry and the boots are extremely comfortable and they have fully replaceable insoles. I paid $159 for them at a western wear store.
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  5. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I did take a look at the boots you just bought gcbailey they do seem very well made soo many choices out there!
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  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had a similar pair a few years ago. The sole was also similar and it did not provide enough traction on wet slopes like a hiker does while running a WB. Just my opinion, but full leather does not breathe like mesh & goretex...so Summer's heat will feel a bit warmer comparatively.
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  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see what you are saying about the grip. Thanks for the info I think ill look at the ones that gcbailey purchased!
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