Best Boot?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by BandBLawncare, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,901

    Aren't there some manufacturers of commercial grade work boots that don't make them in 1/2 sizes. I've heard of some lawn companies that have griped about this in the past!!:dizzy:
  2. Scagman 48

    Scagman 48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Redwing loggers hands down. best grip, optimal comfort, and can be resoled for extended life
  3. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    We had another thread about boots going recently and there is one main thing to consider here.....

    People either like their traditional work boot/logger boot style...

    Or, the hiking boot/mid type of style...

    It all depends on what you are doing and where.... I always wore steel toes no matter what. Even when I switched to the lighter Timby Pro mid style hikers I still got steel toe. Why? No reason, It's not like I am rigging I-beams all day or anything... I was just used to it...

    TPendagast said something really funny about wasting 20% of his day lacing up the logger/work boots... It's true though, if you don't need something so big and clunky then go with something lighter...

    I need mine to be light, have good grip, and be waterproof. I was looking at some Adidas outdoor hiker type shoes but I recently found these and although I have never owned North Face boots, everything else I have used of that company has been really good quality...

    Check these babies out.... BROWN / ZION ORANGE
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,546

    This is a pretty good shoe. Big advantage is light weight but yet durable. They also breathe well.

  5. Quality Island

    Quality Island LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Personally I love these Timberland Pro Steel Toe boots. I add insoles for better shock absorption. Have been using them for years. Very comfy and virtually no break in period. Not the cheapest boot but definitely not the most expensive. They also come in some half sizes. A pair usually lasts me about a year working in them 5-6 days a week, 10 months out of the year, Walking at least 5 miles a day in them.


    Hope this helps!
  6. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    For me its an issue of comfort vs. durability. Price isn't so much an issue as a more durable boot will more than justify its higher price tag within reason. I've worn out so many pairs of $150 dollar boots in a matter of months that spending $300 or so really doesn't bother me all that much if I get more than a year or two out of them. Especially if they have a decent warranty which many boots in that price range do.

    The comfortable boots I prefer as I said are Keen's but I'm on my 5th pair and these super comfortable boots just don't seem to be lasting like they used to. The foamy type rubber on the sides of the sole is just disintegrating off a pair of boots I started wearing two or three months ago. ...They're made in China.

    Talking to close friends who work on professional trail crews in national parks such as Yosemite and the Adirondacks and all over the country and the world the consensus is that the only decent boots that stand up to the abuse that that type of work brings are made in Italy or Romania. (brands like Asolo and La Sportiva) These guys and gals are some of the only folks I know who are tougher on boots than I am going day after day for months in back country doing rock work and hiking hundred pound packs into remote places everyday in all sorts of weather and terrain. They beat boots up and don't take kindly to blisters, wet feet or getting trench foot. Now what they do is a pretty damn good test for boots for our kind of work (which is hopefully a little bit lighter that what they're doing) so I've really taken their word for it. If you want boots that will last, and offer you good protection, you're going to want something thats almost fully leather. Leather boots with gore tex are awesome.

    Also, its extremely important to treat your boots. I use saddle soap, snow seal and or some kind of natural leather dressing. I'm currently using Red Wing's dressing which is Pine Pitch, Mink Oil & Beeswax and works fantastic to keep leather protected, waterproof and looking like new. You'll get more life out of your boots this way, you really need to treat them.

    While I have some Keen's and Merrell's I'll still use lightly, I had to find something a bit more heavy duty for the coming season to help me from going through two pairs of boots. At first I picked up a pair of LL Bean Cresta's. A full leather boot made in Romania, Goretex. A real awesome hand crafted old school boot. Unfortunately that night I took it for a 5 mile hike and by the end of it my feet were killing, beyond what you'd expect from breaking in a new pair of boots. The soles were just too narrow for my feet. I'm very thankful for LL Beans awesome return policy. They're a great company. I returned them the next evening and picked up a pair of Asolos from EMS. And I love these things. I'd recommend anyone to try out the Crestas as they're a well made boot, $240, and I've got a good friend who is rough on boots (we hike together often and sometimes work together) and he has 3 hard years on his Cresta's and they're still going strong.

    The Asolo's I picked up at EMS later that night are great. They're a bit stiff as I expected but very solid boots. I have two other close friends who are each on year 3 on their Asolos. One is a landscaper/tree climber, and the other a trail crew worker who is currently rocking his Asolos through the jungles of Belize and they both love them and their boots show minimal wear for the abuse they have dealt with. The pair I picked up was $295. The link is below. I know a few other people with these boots who love them, so I'd say they're definitely worth checking out. Be warned both these boots are stiff at first, which should be expected from a tough made boot. My Keen's are like walking around with marshmallows strapped to my feet, but unfortunately they also have the durability of marshmallows.

    Take care of your feet guys! Your back and knees will thank you!
    Hope for those of you that took time to read my boot rant, that it was helpful!:walking:
  7. norcoprop

    norcoprop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I swore by the merrils until I tried the moab I got 6 weeks and the soles fell right off now its the Hi tech altitudes. I get about 8-9 months out of them
  8. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 329

    Asolo works great for me.
  9. Simcoe Mt Service

    Simcoe Mt Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Danners if you don't mind the price. I love mine.
  10. King_Cooper

    King_Cooper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    What boot is good for ankle support? I have a weak ankle after cracking my growth plate early in life. I roll it quite a bit while mowing, just from walking.

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