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    Best Boots for the Shop

    What do you find to be the best boot for the shop - w/comfort and durability in mind? I need to get a new pair and as my shop has a concrete floor, do you all have any recommendations? Brands I've heard mentioned are Wesco and Red Wing.

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    Crocs are really good!
    "All great work starts with love .... then it is no longer work"

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    I like Redwing "comfort zone" boots.

    AZCRAIG

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    I wear Wolverine safety boots in the shop. I bought them specifically to use while chain sawing, but have found them comfortable with a good pair of insoles to use most of the time in the shop too, and I don't have to worry if I drop something.

    Doc
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    As far as boots/shoes are concerned, I've worn nothing but Red Wings for 35 years.
    Tom Veatch
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    I wear athletic shoes...great support, light weight, etc. I've never felt comfortable in "boots" or other more industrial type footwear.
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    If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say -- talk in your sleep...

    Be safety conscious. 80% of people are caused by accidents.

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    Z-coils. I call them boing-boing shoes!


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    Red Wing
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    Use the fence Luke

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    Rocky steel toed sneakers.

    Got 'em form Sportsmans Guide. Being the cheap bas... uh, person that I am, I don't like to pay a lot for clothes. Just ask my wife, or my kids, or any of my friends, or the folks that work at the hardware store......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    I wear athletic shoes...great support, light weight, etc. I've never felt comfortable in "boots" or other more industrial type footwear.
    Now these would be perfect for you Jim.

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=350029

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    Crocs get my vote

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    Overdoing It

    They're overkill, but I've been wearing my old pair of firefighting turnout boots. They're heavy, calf length leather, but they're the only footwear I own that I can slip on and off quickly, since I don't need to worry about laces. As a bonus, they're steel-toed, in case I drop something on my tootsies.

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    Don't forget the rubber floor mats

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Mason View Post
    What do you find to be the best boot for the shop - w/comfort and durability in mind? I need to get a new pair and as my shop has a concrete floor, do you all have any recommendations? Brands I've heard mentioned are Wesco and Red Wing.
    I don't mean to change the subject, but I've been wearing good quality comfort shoes for years trying to ease the stress on my knees. Those long hours of late night work seem to stress the lower body before my mind is ready to call it a night.

    Last year I purchased some of the Soft Surface inter-locking rubber mats from peach tree woodworking and they eliminated my need to be picky about shoes. They make life so much more pleasant after long sessions at the bench or tablesaw. (I'm not connected to Peachtree in any way.)

    http://www.ptreeusa.com/shop_accessories.htm#1202
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    Dennis,

    I also use individual rubber mats in my shop anytime I am standing at a work station. They are a lifesaver.

    AZCRAIG

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