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el_jewapo
10-15-2012, 13:52
I need some new footwear good for standing on concrete all day. I also work with forklifts and pallet jacks, so I think steel toe would be a good idea, I'm surprised it's not mandatory. I guess my main concern is the comfort factor. I was looking for tennis shoes, but a friend said the heel on a boot is better for standing all day. I'd rather wear boots anyway. I've got my eye on something like this.

http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/2270-red-wing-shoes/2270-red-wing-mens-11-inch-pull-on-boot-brown

I want western style like that on account of being a redneck. I don't care for the lace up ones. Anyone have any experience with something like that as far as all day comfort?

97XJ_Sport
10-15-2012, 14:45
I like these.

http://www.tonylama.com/en/Guys_3R_Western_Work.html?424fccf8=35137

crazycooter91
10-15-2012, 14:49
I've always preferred wolverine boots.

97XJ_Sport
10-15-2012, 14:50
I've always preferred wolverine boots.

I've had some of those too and enjoyed them.

DowntimeLA
10-15-2012, 14:55
i'm looking for the same right now...

i tried on a pair of ariats last weekend and didn't like the way they fit me, going to the tony lama dealer asap

el_jewapo
10-15-2012, 14:58
I was looking at some Tony Lamas online, I can't remember the exact boot, but I read a review from a guy saying when they get wet, the sole starts coming off. He said it's happened with 3 pairs.

97XJ_Sport
10-15-2012, 15:04
I was looking at some Tony Lamas online, I can't remember the exact boot, but I read a review from a guy saying when they get wet, the sole starts coming off. He said it's happened with 3 pairs.


I've never had that problem.

el_jewapo
10-15-2012, 15:09
I've never had that problem.

Yeah it's kind of hard to believe. Tony Lama is a big name in boots, they surely didn't get there by making crap. Either he's lying or got several pairs from the same bad batch.

K.Kiser
10-15-2012, 15:53
I looked at Tony Lama's last week, and the salesperson mention the same thing about the soles... His particular stories were from oilfield usage, but regardless I was surprised because the store actually sells Tony Lama...

I've had a ton of different boots, and I work in outdoor construction mainly and work with lots of guy's in all different type of boots.. There are some boots that are as comfortable or more confortable to me than RedWings, but I just don't believe there is a tougher pair made with the exception to maybe a custom boot maker or Danner which I believe are of equal quality..

I wear the rear outside corner of the soles out on mine in a couple years due to my step, but I've yet to have a sole separation of any kind or a stitching failure whereas by other brand ventures have had exactly that happened to them.. I have had a pair of lace-up Red's that were chinese made, and they were apretty good boot but there USA stuff are very well built..

jame
10-15-2012, 17:22
Look at Ariat Boots. The most comfortable outdoor work boot I know of. If they can talk a guy that's suffering from neuropathy in both feet out of my beloved Redwings, they deserve a look.

http://www.ariat.com/Work/Men/

crazycooter91
10-15-2012, 17:27
I've had some of those too and enjoyed them.

I've had mine for 4yrs now and they're more comfortable than any tennis shoes I've got...I've also got a pair of ariats when I need to dress up decent but I can't wear them for long periods of time.

brisk21
10-15-2012, 21:12
Danner.

stevemc
10-16-2012, 13:44
Red Wings are expensive but very good. When I was doing electrical construction, I would always double up on the socks too. Big difference.

KenMac
10-16-2012, 17:27
Wolverine Dura-shocks........the best I've found.

Fox184
10-16-2012, 17:46
I am saving up for some White's Custom boots. They are spendy but custom made to your foot.

http://www.whitesboots.com/

1-2man
10-16-2012, 17:55
I recently purchased a pair of Red Wings and initially was unimpressed at the comfort but they've since broke in and feel much better. Asides from dying all my socks black and not very warm (mine are not insulated), they seem pretty nice. Are they worth the money, not sure yet but have noticed the soles wearing down pretty quickly and they're less than a year old (I'm unsure of the model I have and spend alot of time on a concrete floor.)

professorpinki
10-16-2012, 18:58
I wear Rocky S2V's for a living, without the steel toe, but I'd have to recommend Rocky based off my experience with them.

My dad wears Red Wings. He loves 'em, and they've saved his foot from a 5 ton roller.

Reissman
10-16-2012, 19:42
http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/6662-red-wing-shoes/6662-red-wing-mens-chukka-brown

This is what I wear. My first pair lasted 7 years. I just bought a new pair 6 months ago. Very comfortable on concrete all day.

SinCityGlocker
10-16-2012, 21:22
If there is a redwing store in your locale that can resole, you will get a lot of use out of them, If not you will have to wait weeks to get your boots resoled. I am an HVAC guy and have gotten almost 4 years (1 resoling) out of a pair of redwings. No other boot has lasted me up to 2 years.

2bgop
10-16-2012, 21:27
I am saving up for some White's Custom boots. They are spendy but custom made to your foot.

http://www.whitesboots.com/

One of the best purchases I have ever made. I love mine. At the rate I wear them, they will last 25 years.

itisbruno
10-16-2012, 21:35
I just got these DANNER (http://www.danner.com/boots/rain-foresttm-mens-womens-work-boots.html) boots that are as comfortable (but heavier) as my cross-trainers.

http://images.danner.com/is/image/LaCrosse/14100?$pdp_main$

Seale Team
10-16-2012, 21:40
I've always preferred wolverine boots.

I too wear them often enough. One thing I've found, id if you do a lot of kneeling, the soles will eventually crack right across the middle. I said this on a bike forum and several others had the same happen.

Currently wearing Oakley Assaults with a cheap sole insert.

bambikilr
10-17-2012, 00:06
in order...Danner, Redwing,Timberline, Wolverine....BUT DANNER

Taphius
10-17-2012, 00:07
Highly recommend Dr. Martins or Redwings. Wore both for 5 years working in the shop.

brisk21
10-17-2012, 07:26
I just got these DANNER (http://www.danner.com/boots/rain-foresttm-mens-womens-work-boots.html) boots that are as comfortable (but heavier) as my cross-trainers.

http://images.danner.com/is/image/LaCrosse/14100?$pdp_main$


Yeah, Danners are pretty heavy. You won't find a higher quality boot though. Plus, they have their own recrafting department, which can stretch the life of your boots out for many many years.

K.Kiser
10-17-2012, 14:44
You'll not find any credible evidence of a Redwing Or Danner being junk other than a rare happening, they legitimately make a true work boot... I've heard great things about the White's and Doc Martins also, but I personally haven't had those two..

tantrix
10-17-2012, 14:47
I need some new footwear good for standing on concrete all day. I also work with forklifts and pallet jacks, so I think steel toe would be a good idea, I'm surprised it's not mandatory. I guess my main concern is the comfort factor. I was looking for tennis shoes, but a friend said the heel on a boot is better for standing all day. I'd rather wear boots anyway. I've got my eye on something like this.

http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/2270-red-wing-shoes/2270-red-wing-mens-11-inch-pull-on-boot-brown

I want western style like that on account of being a redneck. I don't care for the lace up ones. Anyone have any experience with something like that as far as all day comfort?



Red Wing #2231...accept no substitute. Been wearing this style for at least 15 years. Made in USA and bulletproof.


http://workingperson.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/400x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_60913.jpg

el_jewapo
10-17-2012, 15:05
Red Wing #2231...accept no substitute. Been wearing this style for at least 15 years. Made in USA and bulletproof.



I just did the comparison with those and the 2270's I've been looking at. The 2270's are waterproof, so I'm going to go with that. Everything else looks pretty much the same.

I think I'm going to load up and head to the big city on Friday and pick up a pair.

Good to hear some positive feedback on them. I'm sure the differences in the different numbers are all pretty minor. Everything I see points to a damn good boot for any of that style Redwing.

VC-Racing
10-17-2012, 16:02
Georgia Boots.... FTW :wavey:

Hauptmann6
10-17-2012, 16:36
If you don't need a boot, I love Red Wing 8618 work shoes. I get 2 years out of them before I replace them. Usually due to wearing out the sole(I could replace, but at that age, I will just buy new) I stand on concrete all day and I even wear them outside of work.

They make a steel toed version 6618.

Hauptmann6
10-17-2012, 16:37
BTW if you find a Red Wing boot that fits you very well, check for the last number. Any other shoe with the same last number should fit you the same. Each last will fit differently.

crazycooter91
10-17-2012, 21:24
I too wear them often enough. One thing I've found, id if you do a lot of kneeling, the soles will eventually crack right across the middle. I said this on a bike forum and several others had the same happen.

Currently wearing Oakley Assaults with a cheap sole insert.

Hmmm, haven't heard of this issue and I'm kneeling all the time at my current job (CEL scans, stocking the store-bottom shelf items, etc). I guess I've got a good pair because they've lasted me 4 years with no problems other than stained black up to the pants line (worked as a grunt in a machine shop and was around grease a lot), the sole being wore down in places, and recently the stitching at the seam on top is coming undone.

samuse
10-18-2012, 09:01
Red Wing #2231...accept no substitute. Been wearing this style for at least 15 years. Made in USA and bulletproof.


http://workingperson.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/400x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_60913.jpg

I suffered through a pair of these for awhile. Most uncomfortable boot I've ever worn and the soles are not durable at all.

I keep 'em around just wear in water.

Unlocked
10-18-2012, 09:11
I've said this on here several times, but to reiterate... I wanna be buried in my Redwings! Best boots I've ever owned.

Rinspeed
10-18-2012, 09:22
I wanna be buried in my Redwings! Best boots I've ever owned.





Must be you've never owned Danners. :supergrin:

tantrix
10-18-2012, 09:58
I suffered through a pair of these for awhile. Most uncomfortable boot I've ever worn and the soles are not durable at all.

I keep 'em around just wear in water.

I'd double check the number inside your pair, because I've never had a sole last longer than the #2231...ever.

poles19
10-18-2012, 10:10
I wear boots to work everyday and have had good luck with Wolverines. I learned my lesson after I bought a pair of Dickies boots that were $50 and very uncomfortable. Spending $130 on a pair of boots is a lot of money when you work part time and go to school but it is definitely worth it. I actually just ordered another pair of Wolverines that have thinsulate, my feet are always cold in the winter.

Unlocked
10-18-2012, 11:01
Must be you've never owned Danners. :supergrin:

While that is true, I have owned and completely wore out several several brands. Redwings are by far the best so far. Everything is just about trash by comparison. Danners would just about have to lace and tie themselves to impress me over my Redwings. ;)

Agent6-3/8
10-18-2012, 11:18
I am saving up for some White's Custom boots. They are spendy but custom made to your foot.

http://www.whitesboots.com/

I've got a pair. Most well made pair of boots I've ever had. Truly superb! However, for me at least, they're not the boots I want if I'm going to be on concrete all day. Way too heavy, stiff and hard. I use mine for hiking and hunting in the nastiest of terrain and in that environment they can't be beat.


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samuse
10-18-2012, 21:21
I'd double check the number inside your pair, because I've never had a sole last longer than the #2231...ever.


Yup. Just went and checked. 2231

Popular boot down here in TX, but they don't fit me right.

The soles don't hold up on rock very well at all.

tantrix
10-19-2012, 00:50
Yup. Just went and checked. 2231

Popular boot down here in TX, but they don't fit me right.

The soles don't hold up on rock very well at all.

How old is your pair? And does it have the Made in USA tag inside the boot?

All of mine have outlasted every other boot I've tried, on various surfaces...mud, rock, and asphalt. If you're wearing them ONLY on rock though, you might want to go with a soft sole...the sole on the #2231 are hard as the rocks you're walking on, so it's probably not a good match.

cjcutter1
10-21-2012, 13:05
Good luck with the 2270's owned a pair for a short while most expensive boots I've ever bought and the most uncomfortable as well first and probably the last pair of redwings I will own anyways heard great things about redwing anyhow they just didn't work for me.I wear boots all day everyday thats all I own laceup,slipon,you name it,and I stand on concrete 10 hours straight at work.Rockys,georgias,timberland,justins,doublehh,carolina,wolverine,irishsetter,muck,some that I have had good luck with.