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Work Boot Recommendations

bowhunter1023

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Boots are hard to come by in this town and I'm leary of ordering online. I need to replace my Ariat slip ons that finally gave up the ghost. I think I'm ready for some lace ups and will go back to a safety toe after buying that new weedeater blade. Any Thorogood fans out there? How is the sizing if you have owned a pair? I like this pair, any maybe prefer a 6" over the 8" for hot weather.

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The reviews on the lace ups said the tongues were too big and awkward to get positioned comfortably and that's the truth. I tried on the 6" and 8" versions today and definitely disliked the tongue. They had this pair of Wellingtons on sale at our local uniform supply store. Steel toes, comfortable, on sale, bought locally, and American made, so they check all the boxes expect being waterproof. I'll lather them up with the appropriate waterproofing material to help fight off the moisture, but I'm pleased so far. Just put 2 hours of chainsaw/farm chores on them and I'm not disappointed.
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whitetailjunky3

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I have both the 57s and the wellingtons i use to switch every week as they wear different. I find myself wearing the wellingtons a lot more now tho. Not sure if they are more comfortable or easy to put on hungover in the morning lol. I have had both over a year and still like new minus some scuffs. Waterproofing I have found hard and they can be cold in the winter outside. I work at a water plant doing maintenance so I put them to the test. We get a new pair every year in April. Haven’t figured out what I want this year but I would highly recommend either of those boots.
 

giles

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I've owned a few pairs of Carolina's. Pretty good boot back in the day. But I still think it's hard to beat those white sole boots for being on concrete all day.
 

giles

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I have a pair of fire-rated Thorogood boots for controlled burns and they are 100% awful. Terrible fit. Honestly the worst pair of work boots I've ever owned.

If you want something in that style, though, Irish Setter makes a very similar boot. The uplander, maybe? I can't remember the exact name. Coworker is on his second pair and loves them. Hard to go wrong with Irish Setters.

Tom is right about the custom made boots. You can't beat the quality and fit. It's just a matter of whether or not you want to pay that kind of money. I've got a pair of Wesco boots for wildland firefighting. They are a custom boot and were about 500 bucks if I remember right. Crazy expensive... but superior quality.

For "everyday" work boots without a heel, I would look pretty hard at the Irish Setters.

** Edit... it's the Irish Setter "Wingshooter" **
These ones BC
 
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bowhunter1023

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Some work boots are different than others 😎 I have these Dan Posts in black full-quill ostrich and love them. Literally one of the best footbeds of any shoe or boot I've ever worn. I've wanted a caiman version for almost 2 years, so I saved some gift cards up and made it happen. These are my "power boots" for when I've got important functions to attend and want to make a statement. Just so happens I'll get to do just that at high brow function tonight. Won't be many fellers in jeans and boots there that's for sure!

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