Lawn Mowing Shoes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mwalz, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,179

    Looking to expand next year and i will definitely need some decent shoes. Preferably semi-waterproof, and will take a lot of abuse and will last at least one season. I won't be mowing all day but possibly every day. I operate a wb w/sulky and a push mower. Just wondering what all you guys out there use for shoes? It's seems simple but it matters to me a lot. I don't like boots so maybe like hiking shoes or something like that. Looking at this pair so tell me what you think:

    If you recommend any try to keep the price at or below $80 if possible.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    $80 not enough for a good pair. I spend $110 2 times a year for Hi Tech boots and they don't last all year.
  3. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    New Balance 481. Super comfortable and lots of traction.
  4. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    When I was part time I used a shoe similar to that one. It lasted about a month. If I was full the maybe a week. I bought lawn grips which were very comfey. Not being able to find them, I bought a 200 pair of redwings. I'm on my 2nd season. I where them all over. I also do farm work in them. I hope to get another season out of them.
  5. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Hiking shoes with gore tex or some water proof membrane. I get one pair a year. Merrill refuge pro's. Light and supportive with lots of traction and totally waterproof.
  6. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,383

    Lot's of excavated hill sides between houses round here. I like a Medium to Heavy weight full leather hiking boot. Needles to say rabbit whole what whole. :cool2:
  7. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I used to wear steel toe loggers. My back started hurting so I bought a pair of Columbia hiking boots. They are awesome. I bought a pair of lawn grips and they only lasted half season. They were really comfortable but hot. I would like to try another pair if I didn't have to order them from Internet
  8. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,179

    Like i said boots aren't my thing but i've been wearing a pair of old nike and they don't seem very sturdy, anything you guys know of with support in them too?
  9. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    I don't like boots either but wear them early spring/fall when its cold and/or mushy.

    When its warm I wear the 481's and love them.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I use two shoes for different conditions. When wet, I use Lands End Duck shoes, ankle height. I often start out in the morning with them, when the dew is heavy. Or if I know rain is coming, I will change to these shoes.

    When dry, I now have Timberland Pro. I have used Carolina (model I wore was discontinued), and Wolverine Dura-Shocks. Both the Carolina and Wolverine lasted about one season, maybe a bit longer for the Wolverines. I only have a few months on the Timberland Pro, and they look to be holding well.

    I agree with an above comment: Spend $110-130, or more, on a good pair of work boots. The $80 variety won't last, and will not be kind to your feet. There are enough discomfort challenges in the field without having to be concerned about sore feet.

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