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what type of boots do you all wear ?

I am trying some Jim Green Stockman’s – first time having a slip on pair of boots. Coming from a pair of Moc Toe Thorogoods.

Looking for some good insoles to put into the Stockman’s any recommendations ?

also recommendations for boots ? on concrete floor all day long

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I have pair of Haix something with anti-puncture sole and protective toe cap and for more casual use pair of Lowa Zephyr GTX HI TF. Both with gore-tex too. Nothing else really works here unless you stay on tarmac all the time and also no need to worry when wet seasons come. Good ankle support is also a must.

My next boots will be Lowas too. They feel good, they look good and they perform really well. Seems to last too.

I been also thinking those really hip minimalist shoes, but I don’t know. Seems kinda expensive test to find out if they are good or bad.

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Lowa and Meindl, various models from low to high.

In the past I had several pairs of Haix, but too many issues (mostly broken sole, manufacturing defects etc).

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Still a fave, but haven’t had any for years (thanx for reminding me!), were the “Vietnam Jungle Boots” that Sportsman’s Guide used to sell. Originally 17.76 a pair (I still remember), they went up in price as years trod on, but damn, those things lasted forever.

Rubber soles with such deep-cut treads you could walk up the side of a tree. Snow, ice, mud, no problem at all. I’d wear down the soles to slicks and the uppers were still in pretty good condition. Ugly as sin with the scuffs on the leather part, but the canvas around the ankles never wore. Totally intact.

No half-sizes, so I think mine were a size too big. Doubled-up plain ol’ Dr Scholls to take up the slack in summer, but in winter I just wore these thick thick thermal-sox (Seneca, etc.) that did the same function. Year-round for “jungle” boots…

I used to buy ‘em 2-3pr at a time. When resoling ‘em would cost as much as a new pair, well, I’d wear ‘em out and then toss ‘em. I used to walk a lot back then, city streets, too, hence the wear.

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Still a fave, but haven’t had any for years (thanx for reminding me!), were the “Vietnam Jungle Boots” that Sportsman’s Guide used to sell. Originally 17.76 a pair (I still remember), they went up in price as years trod on, but damn, those things lasted forever.

Rubber soles with such deep-cut treads you could walk up the side of a tree. Snow, ice, mud, no problem at all. I’d wear down the soles to slicks and the uppers were still in pretty good condition. Ugly as sin with the scuffs on the leather part, but the canvas around the ankles never wore. Totally intact.

No half-sizes, so I think mine were a size too big. Doubled-up plain ol’ Dr Scholls to take up the slack in summer, but in winter I just wore these thick thick thermal-sox (Seneca, etc.) that did the same function. Year-round for “jungle” boots…

I used to buy ‘em 2-3pr at a time. When resoling ‘em would cost as much as a new pair, well, I’d wear ‘em out and then toss ‘em. I used to walk a lot back then, city streets, too, hence the wear.

I have pair of those too! Can’t really use them because that canvas/leather section right around your ankle gives me horrific blisters. I can still feel the pain when used those in one summer. They smelled like a warehouse, like surplus usually does and they have that metal plate to protect your feets against nasty VC traps.

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Mine always had that wonderful tire-store rubbery smell from the soles. Gawd, I could spray that as air-freshener…

The only time I ever had any discomfort was the place… how do I describe it?… where the toe-part of the laces goes, and the 2 sides meet, sometimes the “tongue”(??) would fold inwards and poke the top of my foot right smack in the middle. I’d have to pull that tongue hard to stretch it when tightening up the laces to keep that from happening.

Once it wore and got flexible, it wasn’t a problem, but the first week or two could be Hell.

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I also remember that tongue thing. Only good thing I remember was looks and the sound they made on hard floors. Really loud and proper sound, rubber may have gone a bit hard in all those decades. Almost like the sound high heels make, but more manlier. Silly

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Once it wore and got flexible, it wasn’t a problem, but the first week or two could be Hell.

Also mine were maybe a bit too small and they might even be extra narrow or something like that. Can’t use them, but still keep them for “historical value”.

Only shoes that I haven’t had any problems when they were new was Lowas. They just didn’t need any time to adjust, just straight out of package, put them on and walked miles. No blisters, nothing else but comfort. Haix had a few days of break-in period.

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I used to wear suede Hi-Tec hiking boots a long time ago.

They're not work boots, however, they were some very nice shoes.  :THUMBS-UP:

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I also remember that tongue thing. Only good thing I remember was looks and the sound they made on hard floors. Really loud and proper sound, rubber may have gone a bit hard in all those decades. Almost like the sound high heels make, but more manlier. Silly

Ohhh, yeah, I definitely remember that.

When I was a subway rat and took the trains to school, work, etc., I remember quite a few times in my long leather duster, those boots, and the thud-thud-thud of a slow-walk down a half-full train that was waiting in the station, and all the head-turns as a result.

Reminded me of the RoboCop walk. LOL

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That’s it, now I gotta get a few more pairs….

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These Meindl’s got almost daily use for 8 years now, and they keep going. Before these I had the Dr Martens version and those were crap, completely gone in two years.

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I also remember that tongue thing. Only good thing I remember was looks and the sound they made on hard floors. Really loud and proper sound, rubber may have gone a bit hard in all those decades. Almost like the sound high heels make, but more manlier. Silly

Ohhh, yeah, I definitely remember that.

When I was a subway rat and took the trains to school, work, etc., I remember quite a few times in my long leather duster, those boots, and the thud-thud-thud of a slow-walk down a half-full train that was waiting in the station, and all the head-turns as a result.

Reminded me of the RoboCop walk. LOL

Damn, if that duster was black just like I had when I was younger and you also had black M65 trousers, then we just might be related in some weird spritual way.
Still that sound was something else. Those boots also felt real solid. Mine are Addisons. Shame that they won’t fit to be comfortable.

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I use North face Chilkat v1 (similar to these) best boots I’ve owned, lasted me many years now on dog walks every day in wet fields, never had even a dribble of water come in and they are quite warm too.

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Hate boots but when I must these:
https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/huntrite-men039s-insulated...
I got a pair of these but they were labeled Guide Gear at the time for $32 on sale. Best $32 boots I ever got. Water proof and comfortable.

I see the Jungle Boots are on sale for $31.49
https://www.sportsmansguide.com/productlist?sn=6196

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Danner and Alico make some good stuff.

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Atalaia Troller jungle boots. Rubber soles, not polyurethane. My go-to when it rains.

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Redbacks all day long when at work. Current pair I’ve had for almost 5 years and still going strong. Easy on, easy off, non slip soles and water proof(after I sprayed them with water proofing spray).

https://www.amazon.com/RedbacK-Escape-Chelsea-Bobcat-UK10-5/dp/B072ZM9RC...

I work in an auto repair shop and on my feet 10+ hours a day on concrete. Walking around 4 miles a day going back and forth from the shop to the office through all the dirt, grease, oil, etc and these are the best I’ve ever had. I change the insoles out every 5-6 months with these and really like them.

https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Relief-Orthotics-Soles/dp/B01M4OZ9GZ/r...

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I’m on my second pair of Danner Mountain lights. The first pair lasted 15 years, and I got them resoled probably 7 or 8 times before the leather finally gave out. I took good care of them, but I also wore them in an environment where they got wet and covered cleaning chemicals almost every day. I was very pleased with their performance.

I’ll only use my new(er) pair for hiking, so I expect them to last a long, long time.

I work in an office now, so I picked up a pair of Danner Romeos. I’ve only had them a few months, but I’ve loved them so far. Any time I’m not working, I’m probably wearing Chaco sandals whether it’s 10 degrees or 100 outside.

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I’m on my second pair of Danner Mountain lights. The first pair lasted 15 years, and I got them resoled probably 7 or 8 times before the leather finally gave out. I took good care of them, but I also wore them in an environment where they got wet and covered cleaning chemicals almost every day. I was very pleased with their performance.

I’ll only use my new(er) pair for hiking, so I expect them to last a long, long time.

I work in an office now, so I picked up a pair of Danner Romeos. I’ve only had them a few months, but I’ve loved them so far. Any time I’m not working, I’m probably wearing Chaco sandals whether it’s 10 degrees or 100 outside.

You mean these Romeos? I’ve had a pair for a number of years now, unfortunately with that last I fit between sizes so they were never all that comfy. Otherwise a great little shoe.

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Damn, if that duster was black just like I had when I was younger and you also had black M65 trousers, then we just might be related in some weird spritual way.

Naw, tan “cowboy” duster. Too open at the top, but kept the wind off ya down below. Needed a thick hoodie underneath when it got really cold’n‘windy, though. Short of wearing ski-bibs, that kept your legs warm in cold’n‘windy weather, too, more than even the thickest down jacket which left ‘em exposed.

Was never into the whole school-shooter look. LOL

I know I still got my cowboy boots, though. Big Thing back in high-school, imagine they still fit fine. Not the sissy-fairy kind with the embroidery and pointy toes and tapered heels, but the regular High Plains Drifter type. Those had a nice resounding satisfying thud, too. Pretty comfy, I used to almost live in them.

Still remember, one of the “cool” kids took to wearing his pants inside the boots, trying to set a trend. We normal (well, relatively speaking) kids would snicker and say he looked like he was gonna go work in the sewer or something.

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Wolverine Ramparts are recommended by some warehouse workers I know.
https://www.wolverine.com/US/en/ramparts-6-inch-boot/40772M.html?dwvar_4...

I used to get Danner Feather Lights but they aren’t the same boots now that I used to purchase.

Both of these are rather expensive. I used to have a boot “allowance” when I used to work for the state so I didn’t have to pay full price.

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Was never into the whole school-shooter look. LOL

Yeah that was it. Your good old friendly school shooter-look. Big Smile Well maybe with an trench coat. Long coats and boots sure are nice. Mostly went with a shorter model, didn’t want to be too weird.

I remember one cool kid back in the vocational school who also rocked cowboy style boots and full denim. Almost too cool for school.

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I’m on my second pair of Danner Mountain lights. The first pair lasted 15 years, and I got them resoled probably 7 or 8 times before the leather finally gave out. I took good care of them, but I also wore them in an environment where they got wet and covered cleaning chemicals almost every day. I was very pleased with their performance.

I’ll only use my new(er) pair for hiking, so I expect them to last a long, long time.

I work in an office now, so I picked up a pair of Danner Romeos. I’ve only had them a few months, but I’ve loved them so far. Any time I’m not working, I’m probably wearing Chaco sandals whether it’s 10 degrees or 100 outside.

You mean these Romeos? I’ve had a pair for a number of years now, unfortunately with that last I fit between sizes so they were never all that comfy. Otherwise a great little shoe.

Those are the ones! They had them on sale for ~$75 last November, and I thought that was reasonable. Luckily, they seem to fit me really well. They hurt a little the first day, but since then they have been great. They’re nice enough I can get away with wearing them at work, but rugged enough that they keep my feet dry slogging through mud too.

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I’ve had a pair of RedWings for a number of years. I don’t wear them every day, probably a day a week. First work boots I’ve had that are comfortable to wear all day and so I’d buy again although they look to have plenty of life in them..
Composite rather than steel toe protection, so they don’t weigh too much. Waterproof …at least enough for my needs.

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Ah European shoes !! I miss traveling and having the ugliest shoes at the meetings!

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These are the best insoles I have found for long days on concrete. Do not waste time and money on the other ones, I already have. Wink
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ultra-Work-Memory-Plus-Insole/44781802

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These are the best insoles I have found for long days on concrete. Do not waste time and money on the other ones, I already have. Wink . https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ultra-Work-Memory-Plus-Insole/44781802

Those are great too, I just like the way the little “bumps” on the ones I posted feel on the bottom of my feet lol.

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I have had 2 pairs of Danner Acadia’s in the last 15 years or so. They are pricy, but my second pair is still going strong. I know they’ll make it another 4-5 years

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Thanks,

lots interesting boots, I also Have some wolverine logger steel toes for yard work

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