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    Most superior work boots?

    I need to replace my redwings a.s.a.p. and could use suggestions. Dont know which model they are, but they are 6" with external metatarsal guards. They lasted about 9 months before the soles started to fall apart. Looking at replacement redwings, the reviews arent great, boots falling apart fast and poor customer service.

    I'm currently eyeballing some carolinas with the external metguards but I'm open to suggestions. I dont want a steel toe sneaker or faggy slip on cowboy boots. Just some basic steel toes with external metguards.

    I do have some gripfast boots that I love, and have thought about cutting the guards off the redwings to throw on them. Last resort...

    So, what are you wearing, what's good, what sucks donkey dick?
    Big Labia Matter

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    I wear Whites, because my right foot is fubar from getting run over by a cow years ago. Thorogood is a decent boot made in USA, might look into those. I've only had slip on ones from them and redwing.

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      #3
      Most comfortable slip-ons I've ever worn were Doc Martins. I did a job where I had to have a lace up that went over the ankle, found a Cat boot that was very light and comfortable.

      Can't you get a metguard to add to just about any lace up boot? I have no real experience with them, but I do remember welders having something on their boots that wasn't actually part of the boot. It was something they bought and laced in.
      Kevin

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        #4
        I have custom built boots. Local shop, called Viberg boots. They will rebuild, repair, or resole as needed.
        My dad has a pair pushing 20 years old. He's had em rebuilt 3 times, resoled 5 I think? Plenty of loggers and equipment guys with older pair than that around town too.

        Maybe there's someone around your neck of the woods that builds boots?

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          #5
          Reebok Rapid Response. It has an oil slip resistant sole composite toe and/or side zip are options. It's available in 6"-8" heights and your typical .mil colors. It's a very supportive boot so buy a wide version or half a size bigger if you have any doubt about fitment.

          Also they're only a hundred bucks a pop and last 2+yr of constant walking on asphalt.

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            #6
            Nicks boots. In the same vein as whites or viberg. I’ve tried wesco, whites, nicks, and JK brand custom boots. The nicks were the most comfortable and durable for me. Whites are second. Jk were okay, I gave them a shot because nicks has started catering to hipsters and fashion people, and it hurt their turn around time. The JK’s just never felt quite right. And wesco is good if you have flatter feet. My sole came off inside of a year, so that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. The rest of the boot is good quality, but the sole wasn’t attached like nicks or whites does theirs.

            Off the shelf and cheaper, but not by much. Thorogood is a good brand. Made in USA redwings are good. And I have a pair of danner steel toe loggers I liked a lot, but they discontinued that model. My favorite steel toes ever were a pair of Carolinas, also discontinued, I wore them until the soles wore through, I think just shy of 2 years. I never oiled them, and they were constantly wet and muddy, and they just held up
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              #7
              My vote would be for thorogood. Best boots I've ever owned. I've had several guys at work try them and not go back to there old boots again.

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                #8
                Oliver AT's.

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                  #9
                  I alternate between a pair of thorogoods and a pair of docs. Both are regular steel toe, no met guards. I had met guards once on a Redwing boot and they got hung up on all sorts of things, fawk that. Job doesn't require the metatarsal, so I don't bother anymore.

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                    #10
                    I bought a set of RedWings Logger boots last year. Not a fan at all. Took forever to break in. They're all sliced up from who knows what. The insides slide out each time I go to take them off. Honestly the Chipps I had before were great. But those were bought about ten years ago, so I'm under the impression they've swapped hands since then causing the quality to go down.

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                      #11
                      I'm a big fan of rotating boots. If you wear the same pair every day, especially if you are in a humid climate they never really dry out. I wore the Timberland Pro's with the composite toe for many years. My feet look like they belong to Fred Flintstone, with high arches and wide across the front, so I have to get a really wide boot.
                      RIP PBB

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                        #12
                        Chippewa Super Logging boot, steel toe - 2 pair bought four years ago. Just sent them out to get stitched up again.

                        Trying a pair of Thorogood Men's American Heritage 8" Moc Toe - Safety Toe while my Chippie's get repaired. So far, very comfortable for an old man boot.

                        Also bought a pair of Thorogood Men's VGS-300 Series - Static Dissipative Slip-On, Composite Safety Toe Oxford for garage work, when I need to slip my shoes on/off often.

                        So far, very comfortable, too.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Grendel View Post
                          Chippewa Super Logging boot, steel toe - 2 pair bought four years ago. Just sent them out to get stitched up again.
                          Are those the ones? I checked them out and they were something like $500 or something stupid. There were all these normal boots, then this one series of Loggers that were totally made in the USA for twice as much.

                          edit: nevermind. They were RedWings @$400 (come down in price now it seems) https://www.redwingshoes.com/work/lo...html?cgid=work
                          Last edited by woods; 07-08-2020, 02:20 PM.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by woods View Post

                            Are those the ones? I checked them out and they were something like $500 or something stupid. There were all these normal boots, then this one series of Loggers that were totally made in the USA for twice as much.

                            edit: nevermind. They were RedWings @$400 (come down in price now it seems) https://www.redwingshoes.com/work/lo...html?cgid=work
                            Yes, the Made in USA ones. I won't buy anything else have to be US made.

                            https://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Apac...4236151&sr=8-7

                            These. I have a brown pair and a black pair.
                            Last edited by Grendel; 07-08-2020, 03:10 PM.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Grendel View Post

                              Yes, the Made in USA ones. I won't buy anything else.

                              https://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Apac...4236151&sr=8-7

                              These. I have a brown pair and a black pair.
                              Yawp, that's what I had before I bought these RedWings. I had them for like six or seven years. Beat to shit. Eventually they somewhat snapped in half. The shank in the middle broke through. I wanted to buy them again, but I was being told that Chippewa boots weren't what they used to be. Got these RedWings and wasn't impressed.

                              Punched in "Thorogood" into Amazon. Got a decent chuckle:

                              Question:
                              Do they come in a soft toe?

                              Answer:
                              I doubt it, they are made for men.


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