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  • beaglebasher Posts: 846
    Performance Poster beaglebasher
    13 Apr 2019 12:53 AM
    Looking for advice on a good pair of work boots. I had to chuck the old faithfuls in the bin the other day.
    I went looking in the shed and found a pair still in the box but they are at least 5 years old and after two weeks of wearing them
    the soles of my feet are sore. 
    Any recommendations would be appreciated


  • Nutty Posts: 256
    Stage 1 Poster Nutty
    13 Apr 2019 06:24 AM
    Quoting beaglebasher on 13 Apr 2019 12:53 AM
    Looking for advice on a good pair of work boots. I had to chuck the old faithfuls in the bin the other day.
    I went looking in the shed and found a pair still in the box but they are at least 5 years old and after two weeks of wearing them
    the soles of my feet are sore. 
    Any recommendations would be appreciated


    For comfort only, you cannot beat King Gee boots, they only last 6-12 months in worksite use but they're like cushions under your feet. I use Caterpillar on jobs and KGs in the workshop standing on cold concrete.
  • JFE Posts: 1384
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    13 Apr 2019 10:18 AM
    Quoting beaglebasher on 13 Apr 2019 12:53 AM
    Looking for advice on a good pair of work boots. I had to chuck the old faithfuls in the bin the other day.
    I went looking in the shed and found a pair still in the box but they are at least 5 years old and after two weeks of wearing them
    the soles of my feet are sore. 
    Any recommendations would be appreciated


    Go and get a pair of Scholl workbook inserts. Big W/Chemist Warehouse/Costco sell them. Cost around $20. They may very well make your 5 yr old boots much more comfy and if they don’t, you can put them in something else.

    I always put them in my boots and the make a BIG difference.

    Otherwise, I love Blundstones (with the inserts).
  • Wholehog Posts: 65
    Central Coast
    Stock Poster Wholehog
    13 Apr 2019 11:06 AM
    Oliver’s....Blundstones...Both not cheap though ????
  • Odin Posts: 317
    South Australia
    Stage 1 Poster Odin
    13 Apr 2019 12:29 PM
    Mongrel work boots. Best I have ever used. also Aussie made

  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3253
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    13 Apr 2019 12:59 PM
    I get steel blue, but I can order Blundstones, redbacks, Oliver AT's and a couple others
    work pays for them
  • Tim S.G. Posts: 4235
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend Tim S.G.
    13 Apr 2019 01:00 PM
    I use the Oliver high boot with an inside zip that makes them so much easier to get on and off , with much more support than the elastic sides type . They have a carbon fibre toe cap and are reasonably light , about $140- .
  • Grease Monkey Posts: 151
    Stock Poster Grease Monkey
    13 Apr 2019 01:08 PM
    Mongrels and Steel Blue here, the Blues soles don't hang in for too long up here, humidity or some such shit I was told but they are like old favorites when new, bloody comfortable, boots are an individual thing though and the different brands change sole compounds a bit so what was once spot on can be not to your liking next time around, the mongrels I wear have a high arch, that's not for everyone either. 
    I'd say your best bet is to leg it down to the local workwear shops and try a few pairs on.
  • Hog1 Posts: 22
    Stock Poster Hog1
    13 Apr 2019 02:03 PM
    Steelblue work good for me and comfy....

  • beaglebasher Posts: 846
    Performance Poster beaglebasher
    13 Apr 2019 03:02 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions folks. I agree that comfy boots is a very  subjective thing. My  old pair were Blundstones  and they were great but the new pair are also Blundstones and they are shit.
    I wear the Steel Blues on the bike but didn't think to wear them to work  cos they're too comfy but that doesn't make any sense so I will wear them to work and get a new pair for the bike .
    Problem  solved!   Thanks again 
  • dyna13 Posts: 168
    Stock Poster dyna13
    13 Apr 2019 05:14 PM
    Oliver AT zip sides
  • Timmy Posts: 30
    Stock Poster Timmy
    13 Apr 2019 08:00 PM
    I argue with guys at work what the best brand workboots are.  They always swear their boots are the best.  I think all the big names you find at the safety shop are all good.  Try them on or go for looks.  If you’re a bit skint, scope eBay to save $50 on the pair you want
  • Baloffski Posts: 1587
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    13 Apr 2019 08:57 PM
    BB Depends you paying or employer?
    Employer, I scored Redwings. Self paying Blunstones have gone to China, so I fuck them, but similar are Rossi (Aussie) or Blue Steel. Aussie Rossie are good and comfortable.My Redwings are my fav"s though.
  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 299
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    14 Apr 2019 02:54 PM
    My old blunstones were great, the replacements took about 2 weeks to break in, they were VERY tight for the whole tome and I found the soles bloody slippery for ages as well, felt very plastic-y compared to the old ones, took a month to really come good. Very comfortabe now though.
  • Daggs Posts: 2408
    Lower South East, South Aust.
    Motor Head Daggs
    15 Apr 2019 09:53 PM
    Steel Blue
  • OILLEAK2008 Posts: 108
    Stock Poster OILLEAK2008
    16 Apr 2019 05:26 AM
    Caterpillar - also used for years as my only bike boot I wear as well. Great grip on the tar and built like a  - Caterpillar
  • beaglebasher Posts: 846
    Performance Poster beaglebasher
    16 Apr 2019 06:04 PM
    Quoting Ken in Cairns on 14 Apr 2019 02:54 PMedited: 16 Apr 2019 09:34 AM
    My old blunstones were great, the replacements took about 2 weeks to break in, they were VERY tight for the whole tome and I found the soles bloody slippery for ages as well, felt very plastic-y compared to the old ones, took a month to really come good. Very comfortabe now though.
    It was the soles on the new Blundstones that were giving me the problem. Too hard or something.
    They were sitting in the box in the shed for at least 5 years so I don't know if that would affect the rubber.
    I bit the bullet today and bought a new pair of Steel Blues ( $180 ) and while I was there I checked out the Blundstones.
    My old comfy pair were priced at $205 and the new ones that have been giving me grief were $135.
    Suppose that might explain  things.  I am almost looking forward to going to work tomorrow with comfy boots!     err  nah
  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3253
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    16 Apr 2019 07:44 PM
    what a crazy world

    I have trouble getting past you guys have to pay for safety boots, or safety gear in general
    we have everything supplied, when we need it, my crew just have to say I need new (fill in here) and I will order it, if I need stuff, I just order it and it turns up 2 - 10 days later

    my first role when I started (BHP) scarfe (recondition) semi finished steel with a 4 foot oxy/lpg cutting torch, I could burn through a new pair of dunlops within 2 weeks, never had a pair of boots worn in, imagine 3 crews with 8 each crew, how much just boots cost per year, we also had socks provided
  • beaglebasher Posts: 846
    Performance Poster beaglebasher
    16 Apr 2019 09:15 PM
    Fuck me dead Soapy!  I am surprised you haven't been issued with asbestos socks and jocks.
    I will never forget the time I had to change a set of teeth on a red hot 992 Loader bucket.
    Don't remember which make the boots were but they were pretty much fucked when the job was done.  
  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3253
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    16 Apr 2019 10:37 PM
    we had to recondition rail grade steel billets, if you know rails (train tracks) they are high carbon, and to cut them, you have to make the area hot, cut, then cool down slow, so for me to do my job, they were grey cool, between 250 and 400C, had to walk on them, the boots every step would flare up, 5 minutes on, 5 off, some times we could wear wood clogs but then it would get slippery, so one would go without them and work flat out to finish
    when I was operating at the caster, we got redbacks, they were very coumphy, and lasted for ages
    next job, production planning, safety shoes in the office
    I wore them a year when I moved to supervisor role I do now, but I have to have boots so just the Steel blues, I have a pair of Oliver AT's but I have them home for courses and I used to wear them on long rides
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