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    breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    i stand on concrete most of the day and weld periodically so they should be leather or something that can withstand an occasional spark or weld spatter. i have some cheap clarks but they don't breathe at all so my feet sweat, get cold and subsequently stink. when i wear my (meltable) running shoes i don't have these problems. but they will melt so i can't wear them (plus they are white).

    anybody got any good work shoe recommendations for general labor type work?



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    i stand on concrete most of the day and weld periodically so they should be leather or something that can withstand an occasional spark or weld spatter. i have some cheap clarks but they don't breathe at all so my feet sweat, get cold and subsequently stink. when i wear my (meltable) running shoes i don't have these problems. but they will melt so i can't wear them (plus they are white).

    anybody got any good work shoe recommendations for general labor type work?
    really? not a single person out of 60 views likes the shoes they wear? so much for this site being useful beyond sports.



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Keens are pricey but awesome. I wear Rockys as well. I love both.


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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    I don't think its as much of a matter of people not wanting to help, but I don't really know of any shoes that would be considered "welder approved" as well as breathable. In my experience welder approved shoes are meant to not be breathable due to the protection required.



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Toms, they are very sturdy.



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    I missed the welding part. Definitely Rockys. I stood on cement for two years and had Redwings, Justins and Rockys. The Rockys, by far are the best. Stay away from a western heel. Remember to get new ones about once a year. An old mechanic once told me boots are cheap, feet are expensive. It is a big deal on cement.


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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    I missed the welding part. Definitely Rockys. I stood on cement for two years and had Redwings, Justins and Rockys. The Rockys, by far are the best. Stay away from a western heel. Remember to get new ones about once a year. An old mechanic once told me boots are cheap, feet are expensive. It is a big deal on cement.
    Concrete? Sorry, Tre... somebody had to say it!



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    I don't think its as much of a matter of people not wanting to help, but I don't really know of any shoes that would be considered "welder approved" as well as breathable. In my experience welder approved shoes are meant to not be breathable due to the protection required.
    they really don't have to be "welder approved" as you say. i do a minimal amount of welding. they just can't be thin synthetic like you would find in most running shoes.



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    I missed the welding part. Definitely Rockys. I stood on cement for two years and had Redwings, Justins and Rockys. The Rockys, by far are the best. Stay away from a western heel. Remember to get new ones about once a year. An old mechanic once told me boots are cheap, feet are expensive. It is a big deal on cement.
    I've had the exact opposite experience. I have always had Red Wings and I tried a pair of Rocky work boots and they were absolutely horrible. But peoples feet respond to boots differently.

    But back to your Keen recommendation earlier, I think that would probably be a good fit for him since he isn't need welding specific boots. I have Keen shoes that I wear for everyday use and that includes meetings, walking fields, etc that work great for almost all situations. Keen has started a new work line as well. I have had not issues with Keens when standing all day. Only advice with Keens is they did have some issues 6-12 months ago with some bad glue. The sole's were coming off the shoes very early. I had a pair of them that the soles came off in 4 months, worked with the folks at Jax and they contacted Keen and I had a new pair of shoes in no time. No issues since then and those were the only Keen shoes I have had issues with.

    Some other "hiker" types of shoes that I have had that I loved are also Asolo's and Merrells. I went a whole summer of walking fields with Asolo hiking boots and they held up to everything I could throw at them and that included spilling 32% on them countless times and shop work.

    Edit. Forgot to add that my wife bought me a pair of Clarks 6 years ago. And they didn't breathe well either. The stank that came off them after only 3 months was impressive. They also didn't hold up at all and will never get another pair of them.


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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Edit. Forgot to add that my wife bought me a pair of Clarks 6 years ago. And they didn't breathe well either. The stank that came off them after only 3 months was impressive. They also didn't hold up at all and will never get another pair of them.[/QUOTE]

    yeah, my clarks are TERRIBLE. i bought one pair that held up pretty well, then got a second pair that were used and cheap (marty and liz). within days, they smelled awful. so bad that i thought i had a foot problem. wore my running shoes for a few days and no smell. wore the clarks again and within hours my feet were sweaty and smelly. **** clarks. never again.

    thanks for the advice all. appreciate it.



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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndCyCE View Post
    Concrete? Sorry, Tre... somebody had to say it!
    I knew someone was going to do that and many would be ****** reading it.


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    Re: breathable, comfortable workshoe recommendations?

    I started wearing Eccos about five years ago and won't buy a different brand of boot now. My first pair lasted me about 3.5 years and I've had a pair now for about 1.5. I didn't wear them extremely hard every day but they still should last a long time.



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