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    Anybody have suggestions for comfortable steel toe works boots for standing on concrete all day?

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    Red Wing. Nothing better in my book.

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    +1 on the Redwings. I have had their black high-top engineer's boots for years. They are about the most comfortable boots I've ever owned, including lots and lots of different hiking boots.

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    White's. Packer Original. Yes their expensive but it's the only thing I can wear day in, day out. I usually get about 3-5 years between pairs. They last forever, and then you can send them in for rebuild after that. Custom sized to your feet. They have a cheaper line called Hathorn too, they're both better boots than anything off the shelf at the local stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscopco54 View Post
    Anybody have suggestions for comfortable steel toe works boots for standing on concrete all day?
    Hello Roscopco54
    Oh, I don't know. Try search, it can be a good source.

    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...earchid=230154

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    I'm also a big Red Wing fan. They are comfortable after getting them broken in, but require a break-in period for most people.

    It is worth a trip to your local Red Wing, they might have specific models on sale/closeout. I have a pair I got at about 60%-70% off list (about $200 list).

    One word of caution. Red Wing has been forced offshore to meet the cost demands, so all of their boots are not made in the U.S.A. anymore. They do mark them good, so you should check if that is important to you. I know it is for me and I would only buy boots made in the U.S.A. It's really getting hard to buy work clothes made in America, but Red Wing is one of the last to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciszewski View Post
    Hello Roscopco54
    Oh, I don't know. Try search, it can be a good source.

    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...earchid=230154
    Crazy how often this topic comes up and then becomes a multi-page thread. Good topic, but the same replies every time. $5 says someone jumps on Welden for being a liberal before page 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwmachine View Post
    Crazy how often this topic comes up and then becomes a multi-page thread. Good topic, but the same replies every time. $5 says someone jumps on Welden for being a liberal before page 3.
    Hello Screwmachine
    You're on. And $5 says Milacron locks it by page 5 for rude & obnoxious behavior.

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    Thorogood boots. Thats what ive been wearing for about 7 years. (new every 2) Machine shop, concrete floor. No break in, they are soft from the get go. And they are made in the USA. Only drawback is they are made in a union shop. lol. That oughta get some stirred up. lol

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    If you spend a lot of time on one machine buy yourself a rubber pad. Makes a huge difference.

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    This is a footsaver I learned from an oldtimer years ago. Have two pair. Switch at lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophijo View Post
    This is a footsaver I learned from an oldtimer years ago. Have two pair. Switch at lunch!
    This is what I do, and it helps a lot! Needs to be different brands of shoes though, so you stand slightly differently.

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    Chippwea (sp) boots, USA made. I have had several Red wings and out of the box Chippwea best hands down in comfort.Later Jason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by APE View Post
    Thorogood boots. Thats what ive been wearing for about 7 years. (new every 2) Machine shop, concrete floor. No break in, they are soft from the get go. And they are made in the USA. Only drawback is they are made in a union shop. lol. That oughta get some stirred up. lol
    If they just had composite toe caps and shanks I'd be all over them. Hard to find US made anything these days.

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    Whites, nicks, hathorn, and Hoffman's....all made right here and all good quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg y View Post
    Whites, nicks, hathorn, and Hoffman's....all made right here and all good quality.
    Any with composite toe caps and shanks?

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    Honestly I like redwings, but if your going to stand on a significant amount of chips for any period of time a 200 dollar pair will self destruct as soon as a 70 dollar pair, maybe sooner (CAT boots come to mind here). Even more so with bare concrete, theres nowhere for the chips to go but into the sole. And it doesn't take long to whittle em down almost to the shank.

    Mine usually give out like clockwork after 3 pairs of laces give up the ghost.

    I'm another one who agrees with the rubber mat idea, but I prefer the wood duck boards more, the more spring to em the better. Maybe I should start wearing those shoes the dutchmen wear.

    But if your JUST standing on bare concrete or a minimum amount of chips, go for the redwings.

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    I agree rubber mats are great. But, hickstick, what are duck boards? sounds funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by APE View Post
    I agree rubber mats are great. But, hickstick, what are duck boards? sounds funny
    Its a glorified pallet, a punch of 2x8s or something similar layed edge to edge with an inch gap or so between them for chips to fall through, with some 2x4 or the like nailed across the 2x8s, its the 2 x 4 that touches the councrete.

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    Ahh, I see. Never heard it called that.


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