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Hey /diy/, not sure if this is the correct place to ask this but I figured it's the best option.

I got a job in a factory recently and spend eight hours a day mostly standing at a machine, pushing buttons and loading billets. My feet are fucking killing me, and I think it's my boots to blame; my posture is very good and I'm in pretty decent shape. I need steel toe and slip resistant, and I've had the set I own now for a few years and got em cause they were cheap.

TLDR: What're the most comfortable oil-resistant steel toe boots, budget of no more than $180?

>> No.1534041

Redbacks or hytest

>> No.1534044

Get better insoles. So many are just thin junk with no real support. The Dr Scholls machines that scan your feet are pretty nice if you can find one in your area.

>> No.1534047

>What're the most comfortable oil-resistant steel toe boots, budget of no more than $180?

It wholly depends on your knee structure and gait.
Go and try a bunch out at a boot store.

Meme or not, I bought redwings because I found a pair that fit me well. I stand on concrete 8 hours a day and my feet dont hurt.
I am not REQUIRED to have steel toes, even though its greatly encouraged. I wore my Aisics tennis shoes for several months because they were more comfortable when I am out and about but they just fucking killed me at work.

Being properly fitted matters most though

>> No.1534051

Anon, dont waste money on cheap boots, you will always be disappointed, go all out. If you are working in a factory you are standing all day, So get the best you can. its a one time investment. I have a pair of pro timbs like the one in your pic, with 70$ insoles. After about a week you get used to the weight and its like walking on fucking clouds.

>> No.1534069

Also buy the most expensive socks you can find, they are 1000% worth it

>> No.1534109

I find simply changing my shoes helps when I'm on my feet for a long time. Take an old pair to work and change them during lunch to see if it works for you.

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>Also buy the most expensive socks you can find, they are 1000% worth it

You really need to qualify this.

>> No.1534140

Wesr slippers/comfy loafers then put on boots whenever you gotta do stuff

>> No.1534141

This so much.

>> No.1534144

>mostly standing

CAT boots with dr. Scholls and youll just have to man up. Buy a good mat to stand on

>> No.1534167

These are gonna make concrete workSO COMFY

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wear these OP and some skinny jeans
machinists are fags youll get lots of raises

>> No.1534509

I just did what /out/ists do, one moister wicking sock under a wool sock. I works for hiking and all day in the garage work shop. Summers are mild where I'm at, so this might be not good in very hot and humid climates. Works great when cold as fuck though.

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get a boot dryer before its too late anon. Once you get mildew in your boots the only way to get the smell out is to buy new boots

>> No.1534539



You make your money on your feet,
Put some money into them.

I bought redwings and insoles,
8 to 10 hours a day running around a construction site,
My feet never hurt.

>> No.1534559

OP make sure your floor mat is in good shape and consider doubling it up. If you got the job recently are your current boots pretty new? You might want to just break them in. I’ve been forced into met-guards the last few years but the best boots I ever had were Caterpillar polished black leather. Had them for 5 years only paid about 150 and even when the sole disconnected I put hem back together with gorilla glue and they stayed waterproof for another year

>> No.1534580

He probably means something like Darn Tough brand work socks. $20 ish per pair depending on the specific kind and length, but they're pretty comfy. And they come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Also, get two pairs of boots and a boot dryer. Alternate boots daily while drying one out thoroughly. I like Red Wing welding boots (they come with good insoles), but I would recommend visiting a store that specializes in work boots. Look for the owner or a longtime employee who is knowledgeable about what would be good for your work.

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Wow, they couldn't even be assed to make unique socks for your money. Imma buy some normal socks and pay a nine year old girl to bedazzle them too!

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Lemme steal this thread.

I have problem that left heel lifts when walking and causes blisters, measured my feet and found that left foot is slightly shorter ~4-5mm. Right foot fits perfectly, boots GRISPORT 70416L VAR 82 size 47
Got gel insoles that helped a little, but double socks doesn't help.
is there way to reduce shoe or fit foot better? tightening laces didn't help.

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i've been wearing these for 6 monthsish. After about a week they felt amazing, got for like 150. I don't make enough money to afford a good pair of redwings

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my nigga
$250 and worth every penny

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put a stable mat on the floor, if they'll let you.

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I usually buy US made boots but decided to try these Timberland pros out. They have held up surprisingly well. I prefer a wedge sole and normally wedge soles wear out pretty quick but these have another coating on the bottom making them last longer. I've been wearing mine for a little over a year in a factory environment and they are still holding up pretty well.

>> No.1539339

keen and wolverine durashocks oddly enough are the only ones that dont kill my wide ass foot.

>> No.1540638

This man right here is 100% based

>> No.1540676

Since people are just throwing out names, I'll add Merrell Moab 2 Mid Vents. I've got a pair and they've served me well, both at a warehouse job and at a desk job. Add in a pair of those $50 inserts from the foot mapping machine for maximum comfy.

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>> No.1542722

Yeah this.

>> No.1542896

>Also buy the most expensive socks you can find, they are 1000% worth it
Get Wigwam socks. Awesome.

>> No.1542902

>Being properly fitted matters most though

+1 redwings fan

I go with the kingtoe version cause my feet are shaped like a slice of pizza $180ish

>> No.1542906

They make gel pads for the back of high heels to stop them slipping around and blistering they may help with this

>> No.1542921

Get a pair of Irish settlers. The higher dollar ones are Damn good boot and feel great. I am on my feet 12 hours a day on concrete and never bitch about my feet. And get boots that ride higher on your leg like 6 or 8 inch. The ankle support is also what contributes to comfort.

>> No.1543513

I usually buy wolverines cowboy style (rounded tip)

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>> No.1543975

bought a pair of Ariats that look similar, those pieces of shit started falling apart few months after buying them, the leather around the toe area started to degrade

>> No.1543978

Bought a pair of these Carhartts a couple of months ago and once I broke them in they work pretty great for 8h of working construction as a sparky.
I did pair them up with those Dr Scholls insoles that you get sized up for by stepping on a machine (like $35-40 at walmart) but the combo works great if you get the right size & lace em up tight

>> No.1544016

Orthotics. I would go straight to an orthopedist. Your feet and posture are extremely important if you do manual labor, and worth the money, even if you don't have good benefits. If you're poor, one of those machines that measures your feet might be enough, but being able to tell a doctor what your issue is and having the doctor take measurement will be better in any case. Bear in mind that orthotics will usually require you to buy new shoes as well, as they tend to take up at least a half size worth of space, and change where the bridge of your foot makes most contact with the shoe.

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Whatever you do, don't cheap out on your feet. Pretty much anywhere that requires safety boots will give you a stipend. So use it, don't pocket it.

I've tried pretty much every brand of boot, and for my feet, it's Georgia Boot FLX's with composite toe. Couple those with some merino wool socks, and it's heaven.

The merino wool socks ain't cheap, the least you'll find them is about $12/pr, but they are worth every single penny. And always wear them, even in the summer. Wool socks in the summer? FUCK YES!

These are the boots I wear, and have been wearing for over 10 years now.

And these are my socks. I have about 8 pair.

>> No.1544571

One more thing, if you have a desk or locker at work, keep your boots at work. Wear sneakers or whatever back and forth, and change into your boots after you get to work.

I keep my socks and boots in my desk at work, bringing home the dirty socks daily to throw into the wash. Every Monday, I just take them back to work, and throw them in my desk.

Even though my boots are waterproof, I will not take the chance of ever having wet feet. There is nothing on the face of this planet more miserable than working with wet feet.

>> No.1545306

Steel toed cop boots.

Magnum or 5.11 or something. They're about that price range and they're built like tennis shoes but with ankle support.

>> No.1545308

As for socks, if you can find the GI boot sock (the ones the Air Force uses anyway) they're wool and cotton with a bit of silver woven in the sole. They really do a great job on keeping smell and fungus down if you're wearing heavy boots all day and they last a long fucking time. I got 4 pair in BMT and I still have 4 pair 6 years later after wearing them nearly every day.

>> No.1545311


never again.

Timbs are on par with those godawful Nikes that aren't for running or basketball that the black fellas often wear.

>> No.1545464

Not buying Omni wool 70% Merino wool socks from Sam's club, 4 pairs for $16. I own darn tough and smartwool socks as well, the Omni wools seem almost identical in durability and ability. One problem, they are only available from Sept to December and then they stop ordering to buy spring stuff.

>> No.1545465

>Timbs are on par with those godawful Nikes that aren't for running or basketball that the black fellas often wear.
Just like those Chuck Taylors that aren't for walking or even wearing that the white fellas often wear.

>> No.1545563

Don't forget to buy them a size up, and wide if you can, steel toes will fuck your feet up in the winter if you can't layer up the socks

>> No.1545749

>These are the boots I wear, and have been wearing for over 10 years now.

Georgia Boot makes some good stuff, and some complete crap. I have a pair of

Almost as good as my Redwings and $200 cheaper.

>> No.1545772

>One more thing, if you have a desk or locker at work, keep your boots at work
A bit off topic, but listen to this man. I've been wearing nothing but my magnum stealth boots for the past 6 months because they were comfortable, but my ankles and all the related muscles got significantly weaker. Boots are so effective at supporting your ankles they'll start atrophying even if you're on your feet 8 hours a day.

>> No.1545782

>Boots are so effective at supporting your ankles they'll start atrophying even if you're on your feet 8 hours a day.

That might be true if you stand at a machine barely moving all the time, but even then, you do not have to collapse into your boots letting them keep you upright.

No wonder people need fancy mats and $100 insoles.

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Rossi boots (centaur model) are what I like.

I like them so much I find myself wearing them even when I'm not at work. they've basically become my everyday shoe.

super comfy and easy to out on and take. looks good with jeans and stuff too once they get broken in and worn in well

>> No.1545819

Can confirm, they're expensive but worth it.

>> No.1545882

I used one and the shit it suggested almost crippled me. My feet and back hurt worse than they ever had before.

I've had good luck with florshiem boots, relatively inexpensive and very comfy.

>> No.1545886

My go to have been Chippewa, ariat, and 5.11
5.11 makes some seriously comfy boots

>> No.1546063

I'm wearing 5.11s right now. Comfiest boots I've ever had. I would also recommend Justin, Danner and Double H.

>> No.1546090

Timberlands but the good ones, not the nigger ones. i do 10-15000 steps a day on concrete floors and not many boots have been able to remain comfortable but the timberlands. i got the boondocks for outside and the powertrain for indoor

>> No.1548518

I got those timberland pros at Meijer buy one pair get one free $180. They were great for the first year but now my feet sweat like crazy in them.

>> No.1548544

>zero ankle support
>basically the slip on equivalent of tard velcro


redwings all day every day.

>> No.1548555

Redbacks are the shit man. Don't know Hytest, but Redbacks all the way.

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Whats /diy/s opinion on thorogood?
I got a job unloading pallets for 8 hours a day for decent pay and i need something so my feet and back dont kill me and im willing to spend a couple days of pay on them.

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