New Job at Deere..Need safety shoes with internal metatarsal protection

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  1. Boxerdaddy

    Boxerdaddy Well-Known Member

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    #1 Boxerdaddy, Dec 21, 2012
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    So today is my last real day at my old job and I start at John Deere on the 2nd (After a cyclone victory/NYE celebration in Memphis). Anywho, I need some special shoes for this I guess described as follows: "Safety shoes with internal metatarsal protection are required"

    Does anyone have any ideas of where I can procure some of these? I would prefer to not spend any money but I guess not spending that much will have to do ;) Any ideas of where to look and what you've had experiences with? And more importantly which NOT to buy!

    Also I live in Des Moines but will be traveling to eastern Iowa for Christmas so really any stores from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids/Iowa City will work.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    EDIT: Also I will be in an office job so I won't be too rough on these I guess. But they are required nonetheless
     
  2. NebraskaCY

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    I would ask Santa for them.
     
  3. ISUAgronomist

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    Redwings. Only boots I'll buy for work around equipment. Hit a Redwing shoe store and find what you like with "internal metatarsal protection"
     
  4. Althetuna

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    Sounds like just standard steel-toed boots. You can buy a low $$$ pair at Wal-Mart but I would suggest investing upfront and going to Red Wing Shoes and buying Wolverine boots. They are way more comfortable and will last longer.

    Work Boots and Shoes - Shoe Finder - Red Wing Shoes
     
  5. Boxerdaddy

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    Metatarsal is more than steel toe. Metatarsal protects the middle part of the foot. And I was looking into the redwings but didn't want to spend that much right now until I get into the job to make sure I didn't spend $200 on something that I might want to change. Does anyone here work for Deere?

    Thanks again for the input and help guys!
     
  6. psycln11

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    Like others have said...Red Wing or G&L Clothing.
     
  7. Heisenberg

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    I'm sure most Deere locations are similar but I know that the Ankeny plant has a shoe cart at the facility certain days of the week that you can purchase this type of shoe from.
     
  8. Agclone91

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    I've had two pairs of Wolverine steel toed boots and both wore out within about 10-11 months of every day wear. Bought a pair of LaCrosse work boots for my next pair, have had them for almost two years and they're still going strong.
     
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  9. Boxerdaddy

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    I will be working in the Ankeny plant. Do you know if they have better prices as a benefit to the employees or just some local company selling shoes there? Thanks I appreciate this info!
     
  10. CyJack13

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    Are you working on contract or for Deere? If it's for Deere they will pay for a portion of your shoes and as mentioned above they have a shoemobile that comes around on certain days. I would wait and buy from them.
     
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  12. Boxerdaddy

    Boxerdaddy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I will be on contract. So right now all communication has to go through 2 other sources (my recruiter to the other recruiting company then to Deere). Which means I just now found out a start time and dress code...I've been asking for 2 weeks lol. So I am lacking a ton of information. This is great and really appreciated!
     
  13. Boxerdaddy

    Boxerdaddy Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to show up in these since they haven't really explained what the heck I'm supposed to wear :)

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  14. Heisenberg

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    It's not just some local company... there are a wide variety of shoes sold there. And I'm not sure how it works for a contractor, but for a Deere employee they come with a discount.

    I would get in touch with one of your contacts at Deere and ask what they recommend. Although they may be closed for the remainder of the year now.
     
  15. Boxerdaddy

    Boxerdaddy Well-Known Member

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    Yep and that's the problem...they won't let me contact anyone there until I start...ugh. I know they are closed next week as well so maybe I'll just show up in flip flops.

    But thanks for the info! Maybe I'll "rent" a pair from someplace that I can take them back after a half day's wear.
     
  16. besserheimerphat

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    I'd second/third/whatever the Red Wings. If you go to the Red Wing shoe store, they are really good about listening to what you will be doing and getting you the right boot. Having to get metatarsal protection kinda sucks (it's a plate in the tongue of the boot that covers the top of your foot - can be inside the tongue, or sometimes it laces in and is removable). I think they re-sole your boots for free if I remember right. They also have a bunch of insoles and can fit them to you and your boots if they start to wear out.

    It sucks to spend $200 on work boots, but as a contractor I assume it's at least tax deductible. And those things will last FOR-E-VER.
     
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    Pretty sure my Dad got them through Deere when he worked there and also pretty sure he got an employee discount.
     
  19. cobraclone71

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    Get a pair of these!

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  20. ripvdub

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    I work at the Ankeny plant, id go with G and L over red wing, red wing are very expensive and not comfortable. There are companies that come to the plant and sell them. red wing doesn't have stylish office type dress boots, i work on the floor and wear them.
    They do have slip on protection that you can use temporarily if you don't have them first day, but you'll sound like a Clydesdale.
    There is an employee discount, but not sure if contingent employees receive that.
     

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