Choosing Footwear for Shop Use
From contributor S:
Although I have not tried them myself, my employees and my son swear by Redwing products. They have work boots and work shoes. I have worn nothing but Merrells for the last 12 years and they are the best shoe I have worn.
From contributor K:
From contributor C:
I had a few pairs of wolverine Duraschocks for a while and they were decent to a point. Now I am on my second pair of Redwing boots and they are really comfortable. Takes a little time to break them in but I will buy another pair of Redwings for sure.
From contributor W:
I worked in the oil exploration industry and around drilling rigs we were required to wear steel toed boots. I bought a pair of Redwings, added Spenco work insoles (replaced yearly), converted them to Vibram yellow soles when I began chair making. I have been using them for 21 years.
I bought a second pair about 5 years ago and now alternate days. They are going strong and comfortable. Steel toes are totally worth it.
All that said, I spent 2-3 hours at the boot shop trying on 6-7 pairs of different brands, standing for at least 10 minutes (as I might in the shop) on their concrete floor. This is a significant part of your life so go for the best fitting. Redwing fit me best and Wolverine was close, as were Rockys.
From contributor N:
Shoes are a pretty subjective thing, but I got turned on to Dr. Maartens a few years ago and they are my choice of work shoe.
From contributor B:
I needed a new pair of work boots a few months ago. Tried everything in local stores but ended up right back where I started… with another pair of RedWings.
From contributor H:
You can get custom footbeds from an orthotic specialist. They'll scan your foot and CNC machine a perfect match from a block of foam. Fixes your foot, knee, hip and back pain in one shot and improves your posture. They go for around $400 cdn up here though. Funny, I did a kitchen for the owner and he thought I was expensive.
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