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#1753617 - 01/24/10 10:00 AM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: pondfishr]
zoomzoomlx Offline


Registered: 08/15/07
Posts: 194
Loc: Doylestown, PA


I'm on my feet all day and work with lumber so I need something durable. I had a pair of Keens which were more of lighter duty but got worn out from all the walking I do. I've been wearing Doc Martens for the last 3 months and have nothing but good things to say about them. They are a little stiff at first but get better once you break in. I wear these things for almost 10 hours a day 4.5 days a week and they are the most comfortable shoes I own.
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#1756018 - 01/26/10 04:20 AM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: zoomzoomlx]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 25339
Loc: a prison island
Got my second pair of my previously mentioned Olivers yesterday.

Worn through the sole into that rubbery part, which is the work imposed tread wear limit.

Lasted pretty well compared to the last 20 years of boots (Blundstones won by a mile, these a long second).

Boots usually only get really comfortable when they are about to be replaced, but I was surprised at how good the new Olivers felt.

Must be that rolling tread thing, as the ones that I'm replacing were worn in the middle of the ball, and the outside heel. Middle of the ball was major wear area. Normally I wipe out the outside heel, and crack the ball.
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#1758406 - 01/27/10 09:55 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: Shannow]
RH+G Offline


Registered: 04/05/04
Posts: 426
Loc: NY
What is this Blundstone boot u speak of Shannow. ANd also is any of the Oliver boots or Blundstone boots insulated? I am very interested in trying sum of these boots but cant have non insulated boots.

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#1759920 - 01/29/10 12:37 AM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: RH+G]
Shannow Offline


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Blundstone was a classic Oz company, making great boots. Moved all of their manufacturing to China. Still a good boot, but I don't know anyone who buys them anymore.

They are pretty well thermally insualted (get warm), but prolly not to NY stndards.

Electrically, they are.
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#1761003 - 01/29/10 06:53 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 63
Loc: TN USA
My new Danner Mountain Light Hikers were delivered via UPS this week. They are everything I thought they would be. Very well constructed and lightweight. I was able to order them from the Danner factory store via facebook. They won't sell over the internet unless you buy through facebook. Saved a considerable amount off the msrp. If you are looking for hikers In my opinion you can't buy a better boot.

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#1762266 - 01/30/10 06:40 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: pondfishr]
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Registered: 05/11/04
Posts: 1559
Loc: St. Paul, MN
Originally Posted By: pondfishr
My new Danner Mountain Light Hikers were delivered via UPS this week. They are everything I thought they would be. Very well constructed and lightweight. I was able to order them from the Danner factory store via facebook. They won't sell over the internet unless you buy through facebook. Saved a considerable amount off the msrp. If you are looking for hikers In my opinion you can't buy a better boot.


Did you write the previous post about Danner boots? I saw it in the customer letter section of the Danner website. I'd never heard of Danner before, but after looking at the website I am strongly considering getting a pair.
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#1762484 - 01/30/10 10:08 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: AcuraTech]
pondfishr Offline


Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 63
Loc: TN USA
Yes I have posted about Danner a couple of times before. I originally found them from researching boot reviews on the web due to the many foot problems I have had. My shoes are very important to me and you need to choose them carefully. Their factory is in Portland Oregon and they offer different packages to refurbish your Danner's once they get some wear on them. If you look around you can find the best price. I own two pairs and love them. If you buy them I recommend getting the stitched sole for the reason it can be re-soled in the future.

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#1762520 - 01/30/10 10:34 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: pondfishr]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
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Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
If the Danner boots are under about $200 they are imported. I don't know if you care but if you do make sure to read the label.
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#1762542 - 01/30/10 11:06 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: tom slick]
pondfishr Offline


Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 63
Loc: TN USA
That is true, they only re-sole the US made shoes. I called them a while back and asked about the non USA made boots and they told me they did that to compete with foreign made boot sellers. The boots made it Portland are Union made and are a superior product.

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#1775656 - 02/09/10 05:35 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: pondfishr]
RichR Offline


Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 558
Loc: Chicago
Can you gents give me suggestions of boot makers.
I found Danner has discontinued the work boot I use.
I tried Wolverines.Good on the slippery floor but cant wear them.
Thanks for any help.
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#1777007 - 02/10/10 05:14 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: LAGA]
RichR Offline


Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 558
Loc: Chicago
Originally Posted By: LAGA
As a carpenter for 27 years, I am on my feet all day. For the last 10-12 years I have been getting boots from either Cabelas for B. A. Masons, mainly for the comfort. The problem was they just did not last more than 9 months. A month ago I bought a pair of Red Wings for $250. They felt great in the store and the plan was for them to last longer than my other boots. After wearing them for two weeks, I developed pain in my right foot. Long story short, doctor says I have developed a Neuroma or "pinched Nerve" from the way my new boots with the stiffer sole makes me walk. I am looking at either inserts, shots, or therapy, or a combination of all three to get rid of the pain. Anybody want to buy a pair of Red Wings?

My experience with Wolverine is the same.
Wore the boots around the house they felt good.
Wore them at work they became painful.
I'm on concrete and steel all day.
Anti slip boots are the priority.
Guys I could use some suggestions.
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#1777477 - 02/10/10 11:09 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: RichR]
LS2JSTS Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 3844
Loc: Motor City..What's Left
Read this thread in reverse and pretend it started with your post. Not trying to be a jerk, but every answer you'r likely to get is already in here.....no?

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#1777479 - 02/10/10 11:11 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: nepatternmaker]
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Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 3844
Loc: Motor City..What's Left
Originally Posted By: nepatternmaker
I've worked on my feet in mfg for 20 yrs. Swore by my Red Wings. Then they went to the 'poured' sole, non-resoleable outside the factory. They now cause me continuous pain; feet, ankles, knees & hips. Tried Justin lacers, they did real well, but I like wellingtons. Tried some Justin wellingtons. first pair the heel collapsed and wore away in 6 months. Justin warranteed them, and the 2nd pair did the same thing. I had like the lacers so much, I tried yet another pair in a slightly different style; same rapid wear to the point of causing pain in 6 months. Tried wolverines, also painful. Now have a set of lace up Zcoil steel toes. Ugliest boots I ever saw. Pain is gone and they have yet to show any wear on the outsole. Only complaint I have is that they do not provide decent traction on snow or ice. My pain level was starting to make me wonder how I was going to support my family, these zcoils have made a HUGE difference, I don't care what they look like or what they cost ($300) and they are 100% made in USA.

dave


Have you looked into these Zcoils?

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#1777485 - 02/10/10 11:19 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: Shannow]
LS2JSTS Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 3844
Loc: Motor City..What's Left
Originally Posted By: Shannow
I wear the Oliver 55-245 ( http://www.oliver.com.au/asp/show_products.asp?CatId=11 ) 10 hours a day, 5 days most weeks.

Without a doubt, they are the best work boot that I've EVER worn in 23 years of wearing safety boots.

They've made the cap extra wide, and can wriggle toes freely. The sole isn't work boot flat, but rolls with your stride. the yellow torsion bar things in the sole stop it from cracking (a problem with Oliver's previous stuff).

The "lace locking device" is just at the top of the foot, where when you pull on the laces, they clip in to the loop (that double looking one in the pic), keeping the area over the tongue taught, and allowing two different lace tightnesses.

The yellow kevlar stitching looks stupid, but a couple of treatments with parade gloss, and they disappear. Rubber over the toe annoys my but buffs up OK with parade gloss.

Been wearing the same set for 8 months now, and have just hit the tread wear indicators. Normally 6 months and my boots are unserviceable. Tread wear nice and even also, more wear under ball of foot, which is a nice change.


Or maybe one of these Olivers....some of their soles look like they would be very good as non slip choices.

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#1821028 - 03/17/10 05:32 PM Re: Lets talk footwear again [Re: AcuraTech]
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Registered: 12/30/09
Posts: 146
Loc: Utah
I like Dr. Martens boots. Very springy sole, well built, long lasting, and steel toes. Somewhat pricey at +/- $150 a pair.
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