What BOOTS are the best.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by IntegrityGuy, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Wow, something we agree on NSP :). Redwing is the best boot I've ever owned. Wife is now a believer too!
  2. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Do the redwing boots come with steel toe?
  3. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Yes, but IMO steel toes wreck your feet. Less comfortable too.
  4. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Well, there have been many instances at which I'm glad i had steel inside. i chainsaw slashed part of my shoe on my right foot where my bid toe is, and also handling 100 pound logs at some jobs.
  5. Thats why I like the Lehighs with the TS-100 steel toe. They surpass the ANSI rating and have lots of wiggle room. Too many near misses in my life means I will not step foot on any job without my Lehigh's!

  6. Cracker

    Cracker LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Messages: 70

    Danner gore-tex boots - none better

    METRO FS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I have tried a lot of brands and have been disappointed in just as many. I stick with Red wing or Hermans for work boots and a lightweight Timberland for kickin' around. My grandfather bought me a shoe kit back in the '70s and I still have the original horse hair brush from that kit. He taught me to take care of the leather in only way...good oil. Here's what he taught me.

    - Warm the oven up to it's lowest setting
    - Put your boots on a pan and stick them in the oven for 5 minutes
    to let the pores open in the leather
    - Pull the boots out and rub them down good and hard with mink oil
    - Let them dry (pores close trapping oil) and then brush off excess with
    horsehair brush

    In the winter I use sno-seal which works pretty good too. Many of you may already know this but maybe it will help someone. Even with the waterproof liners of today the leather still needs to conditioned in order to last.
  8. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Redwing only. I have 4 pairs in rotation- two insulated for winter, two are fall and spring boots. GoreTex only!
  9. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I've got a pair of Timberlands that I'm mostly happy with, but I've found that the soles get damaged easily if you stomp on a shovel. They're fine for mowing, but I'd guess someone who does a lot of shrub installation would probably wreck them in a few weeks.

    I used to keep a revolving set of old sneakers for working in wet ground, since a revolving set of boots would have eaten up my whole paycheck. I'd wear my boots whenever they were dry enough, which would sometimes be every second or third day.
  10. mgt379

    mgt379 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35


    Geat Boots if you dont like high tops.(for really cruddy work i use timberland pro series with the rubber toe) but these cabelas ones have them beat hands down for comfortability they have plenty of wigel room and the hiker boots like this come wide for comfort (so im told) these were on clerance at cabelas last week for 25 bucks and there great!!!

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