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Old 08-12-2019, 01:03 PM   #21
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:35 PM   #22
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If it because of steel toes, they make them in cowboy boots also.



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Split the middle and wear Wellington’s aka riggers if you have the ankles for it. I used to be strictly lacers, mostly Carolina or Wolverine. Then tried a pair of Ariats because well you know it’s the South. Holy cow...work all day, feet not sore. Easy on and off. Only trouble I have had is I dropped a 2 foot long punch bar pointed end down just past the steel toe and bruised/broke something. Couldn’t wear pull ons for weeks. Had to go back to a wide toe box Carolina because I couldn’t find Wolverines.


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I spent two days in an attic with most of the roof removed . The framers couldn't believe I can walk trusses in flip flops . When osha comes round I have steel toed caterpillar tennis shoes . They come with an OSHA cut sheet . Olukia are my brand for flip flops .
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If it wasn’t for the Red Wings in this picture, I probably couldn’t work in the field anymore. At the height of my foot pain, I was in extreme pain at the end of the day. I switched to these, and now my feet feel like the’re in slippers.

I have a different pair of Red Wings for doing site work. But my feet hurt by the end of the week. I need a wide toe box.
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Ariat does make an excellent boot too. Got a pair of dress boots, pretty good for cowboy boots and comfy.
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If it wasn’t for the Red Wings in this picture, I probably couldn’t work in the field anymore. At the height of my foot pain, I was in extreme pain at the end of the day. I switched to these, and now my feet feel like the’re in slippers.

I have a different pair of Red Wings for doing site work. But my feet hurt by the end of the week. I need a wide toe box.
Is it the width of the shoe that is the root of the problem?
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Ariat does make an excellent boot too. Got a pair of dress boots, pretty good for cowboy boots and comfy.
If you have a lower back issue the stacked heel of a cowboy or loggers boot can lessen the problem.
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Is it the width of the shoe that is the root of the problem?
Yes I think that’s part of it. For fifteen years I bought the American made Red Wings. The American made all seem to have the same “Last” number, the number that defines the shape of the shoe.

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My feet were fine. I didn’t know it but they were probably too narrow, even though I was buying double or triple E width. When I started to really have foot pain I we and saw a few foot doctors. They all said the same thing. I have a hereditary foot problem with the cartilage between my metatarsal bones. The two outside metatarsals have dropped, the pinkie and the big toe. That with a high arch puts all my weight on the two outside toes.

I had the custom insoles made, but it didn’t help much. I went to an orthopedist, who I thought for sure would want to operate. He told me it could all be fixed with exercise. I thought he was nuts. I was on a five story job with no elevators. How much more exercise could I get? He sent me to a cobbler who put a metatarsal bar in my boots until I could get more of the right type of exercise. What a world of relief. The orthopedist laughed at the custom insoles. Said they never work.

Eventually it was a different salesman at the Red Wing store that questioned my choice of work boots because I mainly work on flat concrete floors. I always wore the typical heeled boot with treads. So I tried the flat bottom without the heel. Problem solved without adding the metatarsal bar.

In the end it was a combination of the wrong last number and the wrong type boot. When I was younger it didn’t matter I guess. As I got older those mud boots killed my feet. My metatarsal bones dropping may have been a result of the wrong last number, and not heredity. I needed a bigger toe box.
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The oxfords and the loggers have different last numbers than the rest of the American made ones. With my aching feet I sure as hell wasn’t going to try the loggers. My American made mud boots also have a different last number. Not as comfortable as the oxfords but bearable.
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Do they make those for men??
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I get them in a 15 is that man enough for you?

They have dielectric soles and steel toes.
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Yes I think that’s part of it. For fifteen years I bought the American made Red Wings. The American made all seem to have the same “Last” number, the number that defines the shape of the shoe.

http://www.shoeschool.com/shoeschool...asts_what.html

My feet were fine. I didn’t know it but they were probably too narrow, even though I was buying double or triple E width. When I started to really have foot pain I we and saw a few foot doctors. They all said the same thing. I have a hereditary foot problem with the cartilage between my metatarsal bones. The two outside metatarsals have dropped, the pinkie and the big toe. That with a high arch puts all my weight on the two outside toes.

I had the custom insoles made, but it didn’t help much. I went to an orthopedist, who I thought for sure would want to operate. He told me it could all be fixed with exercise. I thought he was nuts. I was on a five story job with no elevators. How much more exercise could I get? He sent me to a cobbler who put a metatarsal bar in my boots until I could get more of the right type of exercise. What a world of relief. The orthopedist laughed at the custom insoles. Said they never work.

Eventually it was a different salesman at the Red Wing store that questioned my choice of work boots because I mainly work on flat concrete floors. I always wore the typical heeled boot with treads. So I tried the flat bottom without the heel. Problem solved without adding the metatarsal bar.

In the end it was a combination of the wrong last number and the wrong type boot. When I was younger it didn’t matter I guess. As I got older those mud boots killed my feet. My metatarsal bones dropping may have been a result of the wrong last number, and not heredity. I needed a bigger toe box.

I have always bought at a specialty shoe store for the length of my shoes (15D or 16D) but in some brands I need an E or EE.

I used to buy at Nathan's or Michael's on 35N in Oakhurst.
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I have Powerstep Pinnacle Plus inserts for arch support in all my boots and work shoes. I learned early on that when working on concrete floors I needed the arch support as having all my weight on the balls and heel of my foot made for very tired and sore feet by the end of the day.


Well worth the $25 for the inserts to get the support I need and it allows me to buy boots that would otherwise end up returning.
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I have been wearing the cowboy style pull on boots for years. ( about 30 years) . I currently am rotating between Redwing Pecos, Georgia boot and I just got a pair of Ariat boots. They are all work boots and the redwings look the least like a work boot.
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I have been wearing the cowboy style pull on boots for years. ( about 30 years) . I currently am rotating between Redwing Pecos, Georgia boot and I just got a pair of Ariat boots. They are all work boots and the redwings look the least like a work boot.
I wanted a pair when I worked commercial.
Problem I thought is that the tip of the boot would wear down when working on my knees. Is that a problem for you?

I've been sporting Wolverines now for 13 years. No break in time at all. Love em and they last over a year.

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I use "Spenco" inserts in any boot/shoe that I wear. At one time the Redwing store carried them and that's why I tried them.
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I wanted a pair when I worked commercial.
Problem I thought is that the tip of the boot would wear down when working on my knees. Is that a problem for you?

I've been sporting Wolverines now for 13 years. No break in time at all. Love em and they last over a year.

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I never had that problem. I've never had an issue with the leather part of the boots. When I replaced them it was because they were very well worn and the heels and soles were shot. I used to get a couple years out of a pair when I only wore the one pair every day.
They last even longer now because I am currently rotating between 3 different pairs made by 3 different companies. Redwing, Georgia boot, and Ariat .
I am fortunate because were I am employed they provide a new pair of boots/shoes every year. I can order via a catalog or be reimbursed a set amount of money if I purchase my own else where
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Yeah that is my main thing, boots gotta last at least one year. When I started out in the trade I only wore Timberland's. I could never get a year out of them. The problem was I was always blowing out the sides. At that time Timberland only came in normal and wide. They didn't have width letters. I guess my foot was to wide for the wide.



I also wore them dirt bike riding, so they were always wet, and I only had one pair. Eventually I bought motocross boots. My feet sweat in the Timberland's and they were still always blowing out on the sides before a year. I went with Red Wing because I would be able to resole them. I never have. I get almost three years out of the black boots above, But there barely never in water. I also don't work as much in the mud either. I don't think I ever had a pair of Red Wings in any style that lasted me less than two years. I also never buy insulated boots.



If my feet are going to be cold I put on an over boot like NEOS. I think the extra layer helps. It also helps if I'm not moving around a lot like on a lift.
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White's or Nick's custom boots will give you that arch you are looking for. The break in is hell squared, but after the first 80 to 100 hours they are God's gift to feet. They are spendy, but durable and completely rebuildable. I bought my first pair of White's in 2004 and had them re-soled in 2007 and completely rebuilt in 2018- like brand new!
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