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Trust the Michelin man……

They look more comfy after AT. Optical illusion?
 
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pretty nice...


Yeah, they looked just like those! Looked pretty decent until I put 'em on; then they felt really decent:). Did 12-hour shifts in them for some years, and was only very rarely off my feet.

Edit: They do have a little of the look of ol' Bib himself, so I guess they even managed to work in some brand recognition:)
 
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At my project today I went on a boot poll to get an idea what the workers wear. A coworker thought I was on some kinda weird foot fetish kick as I snapped photos of construction workers boots. So then I snapped a photo of his boots.

Anyway there was no real consensus in what age group or what title made a difference to what each wore what type be it pull on or lace up. I did expect about 90% lace up but instead saw about a 50/50 lace up or pull up.

The white helmet guys (ie bosses) tended to have fancier looking boots though. No surprise there.

Now for clarity the project is pretty flat, mostly pavement or gravel and a lot of walking. When the pipe crews return I expect to see more lace up boots with soles made for working in mud, climbing ladders and the like. Pavers as a rule wear black wedge lace up type.
 
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At my project today I went on a boot poll to get an idea what the workers wear. A coworker thought I was on some kinda weird foot fetish kick as I snapped photos of construction workers boots. So then I snapped a photo of his boots.

Anyway there was no real consensus in what age group or what title made a difference to what each wore what type be it pull on or lace up. I did expect about 90% lace up but instead saw about a 50/50 lace up or pull up.

The white helmet guys (ie bosses) tended to have fancier looking boots though. No surprise there.

Now for clarity the project is pretty flat, mostly pavement or gravel and a lot of walking. When the pipe crews return I expect to see more lace up boots with soles made for working in mud, climbing ladders and the like. Pavers as a rule wear black wedge lace up type.

Just curious about whether most of the people you encountered are bound by specific safety-related regulations / required features like I was, or are most just free to wear whatever they like / choose? I'd have been escorted straight to the door if spotted in the plant I was working in wearing anything non-compliant. I'm wondering what I might choose if I had a wide open choice. Guess if I follow this thread, I'll find out, huh?:)
 
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For work I always used to buy steel toe dewalt boots from Costco they were excellent for around £30. I am not working at the moment due to Ill health so largely live in crocs, but when I do get out I wear kickers. A throwback to my misspent youth.
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Just curious about whether most of the people you encountered are bound by specific safety-related regulations / required features like I was, or are most just free to wear whatever they like / choose? I'd have been escorted straight to the door if spotted in the plant I was working in wearing anything non-compliant. I'm wondering what I might choose if I had a wide open choice. Guess if I follow this thread, I'll find out, huh?:)
As a rule most general contractors require an OSHA approved safety toe "boot" of 6" tall. Some contractors like a guardrail contractor requires metatarsal cover boots since they lift 25' long guard rail panels a lot. Folks working for say, Ma Bell have to wear electrical hazard proof boots. Stuff like that.

Now that I've worn pull on boots a few days in a row I realize if there's any kind of walking at a brisk pace I prefer lace up boots since they seem to wrap around my feet better. They just seem to cooperate more. Pull on boots seem to have a mind of their own since they fit looser. Each step with a lace up the shoe tends to move in concert with my feet. Pull on are always catching up so it feels a bit clumsy when not walking at a slower pace.

Part might be due to the pull on boots being new. But for style points I prefer the pull on kind. No doubt. Being a manager I get the option of form or fashion most days. The company requires that when I'm on their clock my shoes be OSHA approved 6" boots. But some of the younger office dwellers wear flip flops. When I was a book keeper I wore skateboard shoes most days. The bosses sneered until they asked for information and received it in seconds. After that they said "wear what you want"…… but in the field I always had boots on. Not because the rules said so, but because they support better.

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Todays compromise:
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10" tall Ariat pull on boots.

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Got that dressy-bessy urban cowboy thing going with these baby's. Unlined soft leather makes these boots pretty comfy from day one. I don't expect they'd hold up to the rigors those Irish Setters I mentioned before did. But if duty dictates……
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The Keens are ready for active duty……
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After waiting and waiting for my local safety supply store to get some Thorogood boots I had my eye on in my size it gave me lots of time to think, read reviews, and think some more. I was going to check with them tomorrow but went by my local Boot Barn after an especially aggrevating day at work. Check the work boot area for round toe boots thinking maybe they'd have the Thorogood. Nope. But they did have some carmel colored double H safety boots with a round toe in my size. Yet those are normally out of my price range.

I thought, what the heck and tried them on. Awe man they were awesome. Check the price and that particular pair was the same price as the Thorogood boots I was waiting on.

Double H made in America, the Thorogood in China. Double H fit like a nice glove, Thorogood, well I don't know. Double H lined with soft leather, Thorogood have a mesh liner (that reviews said doesn't hold up). Double H made in Pennsilvania, Thorogood, a country sworn to over throw mine.

Thing is the same boot by Double H with a square toe was $100 more!!

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I really like the color combo of upper and sole.

Walking around in these was very similar to lace up boots and the sole is nice and quiet. Instead of a trendy name like "shaker", or "dylan", perhaps "brush killer" etc these steel toe boots are simply called DH1592.
 
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Man, that is a Nice Pair of Boots!!!

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When I was a teenager I had a pair of HH Brown harness boots from JC Penney they called "the snoot boot". They were the same color as the DH1592 above and had wood heel sandwiched between a leather mid sole and rubber slab for the heel. The front area was leather and my-oh-my they were slippery. It was a huge seller for them.

They later renamed the company Double H.

The HD1592 has what they call gel ICE rubber soles. Supposedly they hold up well. I'm pretty sure the insoles will be upgraded soon though. They're kinda flimsy.
 
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After waiting and waiting for my local safety supply store to get some Thorogood boots I had my eye on in my size it gave me lots of time to think, read reviews, and think some more. I was going to check with them tomorrow but went by my local Boot Barn after an especially aggrevating day at work. Check the work boot area for round toe boots thinking maybe they'd have the Thorogood. Nope. But they did have some carmel colored double H safety boots with a round toe in my size. Yet those are normally out of my price range.

I thought, what the heck and tried them on. Awe man they were awesome. Check the price and that particular pair was the same price as the Thorogood boots I was waiting on.

Double H made in America, the Thorogood in China. Double H fit like a nice glove, Thorogood, well I don't know. Double H lined with soft leather, Thorogood have a mesh liner (that reviews said doesn't hold up). Double H made in Pennsilvania, Thorogood, a country sworn to over throw mine.

Thing is the same boot by Double H with a square toe was $100 more!!

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Not for muddy conditions

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I really like the color combo of upper and sole.

Walking around in these was very similar to lace up boots and the sole is nice and quiet. Instead of a trendy name like "shaker", or "dylan", perhaps "brush killer" etc these steel toe boots are simply called DH1592.

So far - so good. Update after getting a little time / walking on them. I know for me and boots, I need a little time for the jury to come back in. I've fooled myself before (and I hate when it happens):)
 
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My boss wears that same boot like you bought today Megal. I had never heard of Thorogood until my boss had some. It seems they have become quite popular with iron workers who insist on US made boots. And that wedge sole seems to be a favorite. My boss runs a big bridge project and noticed those boots were quite popular on the project.

I almost bought Thorogood Hoss pull on boots the other day but opted for the Ariats. See, there's a fellow running the project for the contractor who sees a jacket, or a helmet or something I wear then he goes and buys one like it. He wears Hoss looking boots so I opted for the Ariat to see if he ends up having some later on.

I prefer lace up boots on the project in the field but lately have tried some pull on boots for office wear.

The wedge sole is the best thing about them. Very comfortable, and when new they put so much pep in your step you almost want to bounce around like tigger. It’s also very easy to clean, which is perfect for a plumber like me that is in a muddy hole one day and in a clean carpeted house the next day on a service call. I do also love the look of them and being (mostly) USA made. Just wonderful boots in every way and they’re what I’m sticking with.

That double H is a very nice looking boot.
 
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Megal, my boss works at a place where nothing is flat unless it's man made out of gravel, concrete or asphalt. Lots of hills, lots of climbing ladders and at times walking on steel beams way up in the air. It seems wedge boots are not only more supportive but safer as there's no heel to snag. Just looking at photos of the projects causes me to get gray hairs.
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AZ, I have boots now that fit like a glove. I also have some really nice, well fitting leather gloves. Knowing that a well fitting glove can begin to produce a squeezing sensation after a while, I understand your point about 'the jury is still out'.
 
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Time add a water repellent to the double h boots with camp dry.
If I hadn't already discovered the stuff dries clear I'd have freeeeeeeaked out after applying the first coat.
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Nooooooooooooooo! They're dark brown now.
Yikes

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One hour after coat #5 and the leather is turning back to original color.

The stuff has a volatile odor so they need to be left outdoors until the smell is gone…say 12 hours. Here comes a thunderstorm so I stuck them in a shed until the morning. Will add an after photo in the morning.

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Still curing in the shed.
Opened the shed door and "wham"!! FUMES.
Good gosh. Yup still curing. Uh oh, I hope I didn't do to many coats too fast……

Lots of fog this morning and the shed was pretty humid so I'll open up the door later for better circulation.
 
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Mrs Fixer likes a model of shoe by Skechers called "Bob's. Bob's has an entire line up for shoes from sneakers to slippers to boots. She had her eye on some rain boots for a while so today we went to a store that had some and I bought her a pair for Mothers day. Then I Mrs Fixer to a movie for Mothers day this afternoon. The newest Liam Nesson adventure called Memory. She wore her new rain boots. I wore some Cody James harness boots.
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It was a cool, drizzley day so the rain boots were perfect. They're pretty much rubber goloshes for the new millenium.

My double H were still curing from drowning them in Camp Dry so I did not want the folks at the theatre to have to call in the local hazard squad due to all the fumes they're still wofting and went the Cody James route.
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HH Mason used to have a similar boot they called "snoot boot" back in the day.

Now the movie takes place in El Paso Texas and two of the main players in the movie wore that same style boot. Man I felt so James Dean cool wearing mine while Hollywood fellows had on the same boot.

The movie is about an aging hitman who is righting some wrongs while a couple frustrated police officers try to catch him. Liam pulls out some of his stage acting skills in this one.

The Cody James boots are an unlined 10" softoe boot made reportedly in a really good boot maker shop in Mexico. The inside features a soft footbed with an orhotic footbed over that. The soles are a solid rubber that is firm enough to quietly go "clomp clomp" when walking on concrete but soft enough to be forgiving. From day 1 they have been very comfortable.
 
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and then there were the first Red Wings Boot collaboration...

done up to Eric Clapton's desires and wishes.

may i present the Clapton Classics

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These were gifted to me sometime around 2000.

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Other than the word PRADO stamped on the heel, this is the only remaining markings that identify their maker.
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I was working part-time for my best friend, who also employed four or five guys from Mexico. One of the guys, I forget his name after 22 years, returned from a trip home and brought back two pairs of these boots as gifts for the Boss and me. He told us they were not very expensive, but he did have to pay two different groups of banditos that stopped him on his way back to the US of A.
 
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Some history of the work boot.

Blucher (named after a war hero from the 19th century) is the original lace up work shoe, also called high-low and are what are now the modern day lace up work boot. Worn by laborers in Europe they began as ankle high boots. There were some in the 1960's called "the Beatles boots".

Cowboy boots apparently began in Kansas from Wellingtons, Vaquaro boots and Hessians. Wellingtons are Hessians redesigned by the Duke of Wellington. Hessians were military boots that were also used by noblemen for fox hunting and fashion. Vaquero boots were Hessian style worn by Mexican cowboys (also called Texians by some).

Americans figured out a lot of ways to improve work boots and in the 1940's Hollywood movie costume designers added that fancy look. In the 1960's motorcycle riders added the rings on what are called harness boots to engineer boots to lessen burns by the exhaust pipe.

Various toe shapes and heel shapes were developed based on the particular use of the boot be it lace up or pull on. Higher heels for snagging stirrups, pointy toes for easier insertion into stirrups. Flat soles and/or short heels for walking around. Square type toes were added after the turn of the 20th century after cowboys and construction workers used alternative to horses for transportation.

The really sharp pointy toe was eveloved from Vaquero boots, pointy but round tip from Wellintons and wide front from Hessians and Bluchers.

Prior to 19th century boots were for nobel folks. The more nobel the taller the boot. One of the charges against Joan of Arc was for wearing tall boots.
 
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