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Shoes or Boots

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Okielawman28, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Okielawman28

    Okielawman28 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    What do most of you guys wear when you are working, I prefer an old pair of new balance running shoes. They are more comfortable than boots, and I really dont have any reason to be wearing boots.

    Thanks for the imput.


    LBLC_LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 402

    I always wear boots. I prefer them over shoes, I don't even remember the last time I wore shoes, either working or not. I think you have more protection with boots when working outside, whether it be debris hitting your foot or rolling an ankle, a boot offers more protection.
    Currently wearing these Redhead 8" ironhorse from Bass Pro:
  3. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 322

    I'm a tennis shoe guy...but for working it's comfortable boots for protection from equipment/debris/critters. I wear 16" Red Head snake boots from Bass Pro as we have snakes in our area I try to avoid getting tagged by. They are extremely soft/comfortable (sole soft as a tennis shoe) and waterproof as well, I walk where I please w/o any worry with them on...safety first for me.
  4. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 484

    I wear CAT work boots. More protection than shoes
  5. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    Both. For just mowing tennis shoes are much more comfortable. If I am doing palm trimming on the ladder, than I break out the boots.

    I love you everyone always plays the boots are safer card. Sure they are, if you work in a factory. In the last 6 years I cannot think of a SINGLE time when I said to myself "good thing I had my boots on!"

    Yes I have had the edger kick back and hit my foot with both crocs and tennis shoes on, and the edger didn't do anything....

    Wear what's more comfortable.
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  6. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,551

    An edger kicked back, while wearing crocs, and your talking about it like its all fine and dandy? Might as well wear flip flops!

    And I wear boots, no matter what I am doing, boots for everything. Unless there is the occasional lazy day where we do nothing but cut I'll wear my tennis shoes because I know I'll be on the mower all day..
  7. SfTD_service_CENTER

    SfTD_service_CENTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 868

    illjust say this as a easy way to understand boots actually protect. i was on the roof of my trck fixing a gas price sign when i was doen i jumped into the back of my trauck but i fel down from this terrible pain. the wet grass was covering a steel rake turned upside down with the forks sticking up. one of the steel forks wen through my sneaker and into my foot it did some damage cause i couldnt walk at all for 2 weeks i had a 1/4 inch hole in the bottom of my foot it was very painfull and i can deal with pain! i snapped my arm in half and that wasnt anywhere near as painfull, well it wasnt as painfull till they bolted large titanium plates to the bone then it was throbbing for a week
  8. ferris09

    ferris09 LawnSite Member
    from Ms
    Posts: 75

    A lot of people say "well I have done it this way for years and nothing has happened to me". Just because it hasn't happened to you yet does not mean what you are doing is safe, maybe you have been lucky. It is always better to say " glad I had my boots on" and not "I wished I had my boots on"

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    BOOTS always, either my CAT's or Wolvrine's.
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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