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Lawn Mowing Shoes

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

  1. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Have worn Ecco shoes for the last 15 years. Very comfortable. Before going fulltime here I delivered soda for long long time. Ecco shoes were the most comfortable I could find. Not cheap but worth it to me.
  2. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    I cycle through new balance cross trainer's. I walk everything-and I think I'm on my 6th pr. for the season? I can burn 'em up pretty fast. Due for a sock restock for sure.
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    I 'did' like Ecco...but they seem to change their styles WAY too often...can't seem to find what I had more than a time or two...and then it's ALL way different.
  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    I'm with you. I'm currently cycling through my 3rd and 4th pairs of Vasque's. While I'd like to spend less money on footwear, my body dictates differently. A good pair of hikers will last around 10 weeks before my body rejects them. The boots may appear OK on the outside, but they've broken down internally and I FEEL it somewhere (Feet? Ankle? Knee? Hip? Back?)... Simple fix...another new pair & I'm pain free and back in business.
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Yup, I can spend as much as I want and nothing, absolutely nothing lasts ALL season.
    So I get $10 shoes, I go through 4-6 pairs a year.
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    The last post echoes comments made in other posts, "... 4-6 pairs a year."

    I'm curious, what defines failure of a pair of shoes that requires replacement? Of all the comments about "4-6 pairs ...," or similar, nobody says why they needed a replacement. Do the soles wear out? Do the sides split? Do they get dirty? Do they get wet and shrink? Does the dog chew them? Well, j/k about the dog. But, there has to be some good reasons why so many pairs of shoes for one year. As somebody who gets at least one full year of service, I'm just wondering why other shoes are replaced so often.
  7. rockycrab

    rockycrab LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Messages: 159

    Wow! Bet it would take an Army to push you over.. LOL
  8. rockycrab

    rockycrab LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Messages: 159

    Seems that shoes/boots fail faster the older you get. For me toes and ankles start hurting and I can feel the foot support junk becoming flexible over time.
    I went to "Good Feet"
    they said I had ideal feet. Then tried to sell me some $80 arch supports. To make my feet better than ideal I guess. LOL

    I usually wear my footwear until the tread is flat. Unlike a truck tire tread that I will change between 4 and 3/32nds.

    I learned in the Marines to keep backup gear available and ready. Nothing worse than working with wet feet for 10-12 hours.
  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I have 3 pair of running shoes I've been rotating since last season.
    2 are worn smooth on the bottom.
    1 pair is no longer comfy due to the insole being worn out.
    1 pair is like new.

    Usually a new insole pad will extend the life of the shoe.
    A decent shoe isn't likely to wear out in a month or three.

    I think that if you're buying ten dollar shoes, you get what you pay for.
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    What I mean by they wear out?
    The soles wear through, the seams come apart, among other things the whole shoe falls to pieces.

    One thing I did find out, size matters, or more precisely, the fit.
    The better the shoe fits, the longer it lasts.
    At least from that perspective, doesn't make it last forever but finding the shoe that fits makes a difference.

    Yup, and if you buy $100 shoes they don't last ten times as long as ten dollar shoes either, and to me that's a waste of money.

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