Lets talk boots...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bunton Guy, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    I've had issues with boots for the last couple years. For a while I was twisted I was spending $100 bucks on nike's for when im not working and trying to find the cheapest pair of boots for when I am working. After I finally got myself to switch that bad habit and started buying better boots I found so far they were no better quality then my cheap wal-mart boots I had been buying.

    A little over a year ago I bought two pairs of Timberland boots...they were on sale. I got them for $70 each so $140.00 for the two sets. The first set lasted close to 6 months after that I couldn't bare with the smell of them. They got wet during a period of time in which we had rain every other day so we worked in wet conditions for weeks. The boots never stopped smelling even long after they dried. I tried all different sprays and inserts...none killed the "wet boot" smell.

    So I chucked them knowing I had another set on standby. All was well until two weeks ago when we started to have a wet spell of rain every couple of days then a week of solid rain. So we've been working in soupy wet lawns for two weeks now and these boots are smelling way worse then the first set. Is it just Timberland boots that do this?

    Anyone else have this issue?

    Is it possible to keep a pair of work boots longer than a year? I've heard that there are a couple brands that have lifetime guarantee on the soles? that they actually screw in and out and they will send you a pair if they wear out?

    Both pair's of timberlands that I bought had the soles fall off within a couple months. The current pair are "gorilla glued" on right now.
  2. firebox700

    firebox700 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Red Wing...............You pay more for them but it is WELL worth it!
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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  4. green_with_envy

    green_with_envy LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 214

    I was buying HiTec light hikers (about $80). Very comfy but they would wear out at about 4 months. My wife talked me into buying a good set of Red Wings. I paid $160 for the. At first I hated them but after about 2 months they are finally getting comfortable. They are very waterproof though. So, bottom line, we'll see how they hold up. If it doesn't add up to the price of a couple pairs of HiTec's, I'll probably switch back.
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,054

    Hands down Redwing boots are arguably the most comfortable and longest-lasting on the market.

    Whatever you do, make sure you get boots with Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex is a bootie inside your boot that allows your foot to breathe while not allowing water through. I can literally stand in water all day for 12 hours and my feet will be 100% dry. My boots smell a little, but I've had them over a year. They're bearable, but any boot is going to have a bit of a stench.
  6. B Gillespie

    B Gillespie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Wesco for climbing and serious work; they make redwing and danner look like silver series from walmart. I have two pair of highliners, my 16" pair has thousands of poles on them and still look great. Both pair of redwings I purchased took months to break in and didn't last long. Other than Wesco, my choice would be Justin Boot Co.

    Keen for lighter tasks.
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  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wolverine is what I've been using for the last several years.
    I buy 2 pair at a time and rotate them every day. It works out good for me. Tony
    btw-I used to wear Red Wing and agree they are excellent boots but, expensive.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Timberlands Suck. Hands down. Highly expensive and not built worth a darn.

    I can't wear Red-wings, too large for my foot.

    If you want the best boot, look into high quality hikers. I use Asolo's and are the only shoe I've found to last more than 6 months, gives me the stability and protection I need, and I've almost eliminated foot fatigue from the days work.

    Merrel, (Wolverine), Asolo's, Vasque (red wing), Nike ACG's, and a handful of other hikers will work well and hold up. They are made to be walked on constantly unlike most work-boots for the construction industry.

    Check out REI's website. http://www.rei.com/category/4500006

    I always buy the gortex boots with the mesh uppers to help them breath. Their more comfortable than full leather boots, last as long as the soles, and my feet are dry and happy everyday.

    I swear all general workboots are tested on Gov't employees, or union members. :laugh:
  9. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I like Merrell moabs with gortex as they are lightweight, grippy, water resistant, and seem to be well made. Around $100 and up new. I have a full season on my current pair and they are probably going to need replacing by spring. I was using Hi Techs before and these are better and last a little longer.

    I cannot wear steel toed anything as they are too hot and heavy and I have decided I'm more likely to get injured tripping due to fatigue and the weight than I am shoving a foot into a blade on a mulching kit equipped mower which is what I use 75% of the time. Plus I use ZTR's for the other yards most of the time.
  10. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    The only problem I've encountered with Timberlands is the soles are too soft to withstand stomping on a shovel without getting torn up.

    For rainy days, I used to keep a pile of old sneakers so I'd always have a dry pair to put on - not as good as wearing boots, but who the hell can afford to keep 4 or 5 pairs of expensive work boots laying around?

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