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sidekicknicholas 04-21-2010 8:56 AM

Steel Toe Recommendation
I have to get some Steel Toe shoes/boots/whatever for a job I'll be starting soon, and just wondering if anyone would recommend something something COMFORTABLE.

I'll only have to wear them when I go into the factory part of the business (which I don't see being all that much) but just don't really want monster boots and have to clunk around... Best case scenario they would be "dressy" and I could just wear them all the time - offices and factory

I've seen some steel toe boat shoes that look nice but also miserable to wear.... so I guess I was just wondering what people have and like/don't like

*and I asked if they had to be any specific ANSI/ISO/ASTM standard and was told no, so that shouldn't be a concern when I'm shopping*


wake77 04-21-2010 9:23 AM

zappos.com (and other websites) has some "lighter" weight composite toe shoes. If you are wanting comfort, than my advice is not to go for the cheapest shoe you can find.

I always liked Wolverine. I had a pair that was as comfortable as any of my tennis shoes.

jps912 04-21-2010 9:36 AM

Redwings are a nice comfortable boot but they are kinda pricey. I wear mine all day every day and have no complaints. They have some dressy looking ones too.

Chuch 04-21-2010 9:38 AM

Rocky makes a great boot with either steel toe or composite material. I have a pair of their S2V boot (which I believe they make in steel toe) and they are more comfortable than my running shoes. Its a specops military boot though.

Chuch 04-21-2010 9:39 AM

ahhh, I should mention they had wide sizes which was clutch for me.

guido 04-21-2010 11:00 AM

Redwings are really nice. They'll last a long time.

I'm wearing Coastal Boots right now. They're also really nice and comfy.

kyle_m 04-21-2010 12:53 PM

redwings are nice i bought a pair for my wildland fire boots and they held up great for a whole season out on the fire lines i could only see them being even better when there isnt the aspect of fire affecting them

rio_sanger 04-21-2010 10:02 PM

Another vote for Red Wings.
Been wearing them almost every day for thirty years plus, not the steel toe model, but I would think they would be the same comfort wise.
They are pricey, but they are re-soleable so they last a long time.

newty 04-21-2010 10:59 PM

I've had really goo luck Georgia Boots. They also make more of a loafer style steel toe as well.

jaegermaster 04-22-2010 9:27 AM

I wear Blundstones pretty much every day I'm not on the job site. http://www.blundstone.com/product_in...egoryID=130264

My current pair is 4 years old and still going. On the job I wear either Danner or Georgia. I just ordered a pair of Red Backs without the steel toes just for casual wear. http://www.redbackboots.com/ubbkboots.html

You can not go wrong with the Blunnies though. I bit pricey but you will get years of use out of them. I also like being able to slip them on and off.

buffalow 04-22-2010 11:44 AM


sordave 04-22-2010 11:48 AM

One of my customers has these steel toe "booties" that you put over your shoes. Kind of clunky, but work great for visitors who need to go out onto the shop floor every now and then.

chris4x4gill2 04-22-2010 2:55 PM

I use Dunham Boots for the last several years now. They are made by New Balance and are available in wide sizes and steel / regular toe.

04-22-2010 3:30 PM

Red Wing shoes use to be made in the USA. They were high quality with high prices. They have since transfered manufacturing to China and are now crap, but still have the high price.

mendo247 04-22-2010 5:51 PM

Check out Redbacks... Love mine...

jaegermaster 04-22-2010 10:14 PM

Hey Coop, where did you get your Redbacks? My sis in law is in Australia and shipping is killing me.


priszkid 04-24-2010 12:00 AM

don't go with wolverines. i wore thru a pair in less than a year. i have both danner and white's. they might be a little to much bulk for what you're looking for though.

ajholt7 04-24-2010 7:24 AM

I have tried many different ones over the years and, the best I have found are Timberland.

04-24-2010 9:50 AM

Redwings. Wear them every day. I have had wolverines, Doc Johnsons (I think that is what they were called), Timberlands. I have been going back to Red Wings. Problem is most people like the narrow rounded toe look and that just kills most people in comfort. Your toe ends up rubbing against the insides of toe box. I had a narrow ended boot that gave me plantar faciaitis cause my toe was always turned weird. On the Red Wings, they offer a line of the square toe box that offers much more room and my toes do not rest against the toe box. No more caulases.

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