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Shoe recommendation

I am on my feet all day in a retail situation...I like the style of a black low cut boot style with thick soles. I like the look of my sketchers brand...but they dont last. Any help? Thanks

created by dino on Oct 22, 2011 at 10:05:04 pm     Health     Comments: 17

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If you can...redwing. My husband wears them for his work - which has him on his feet sometimes standing on telephone pole pegs for hours on end. He swears by them, and they last forever with a great warranty. He puts his boots through hell 365, and they hold up, and keep his feet comfy.

posted by OhioKimono on Oct 22, 2011 at 10:31:50 pm     #  

Be ready to fork out some huge bucks for redwing shoes. I had to get a pair once for my job and they were outrageously priced.

posted by hockeyfan on Oct 23, 2011 at 12:44:01 am     #  

Paying for quality is a novel idea!

+1 for the Redwings.

posted by micah on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:01:56 am     #   2 people liked this

Red Wing = American made, high quality shoes, with amazing warranties.

My husbands last pair lasted 4 years worn every day to work: in sewers, on telephone poles, in snow, in mud, in rain, in intense heat.

There was a minor issue and they were repaired and back on his feet in no time. Amazing quality.

Go buy cheaper shoes and go through several of them 0 and in that span of time you could have bought just 1 amazing pair.

posted by OhioKimono on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:21:52 am     #  

Thanks for the info. I too work on my feet all day, much of it outside in rough conditions. I need solid footing and comfort. I'm going to give Redwings a try. Right now I'm wearing Patagonias. They hold up pretty good. They are expensive also. I have two pairs so I can alternate them. If one pair gets soaked, it sits at home drying out while I wear the other pair. No amount of water proofing keeps heavy rain from getting in eventually through the tops.

posted by holland on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:48:38 am     #  

Two brands besides Red Wings that I like are Doc Martens and Timberland.Doc Martens wear extremely well as does Timberland.For me, the more important aspect is how comfortable they are when you wear them.At work I wear the Timberlands and for casual I like Doc Martens.Both of these brands have a work style shoe/boot if that is what you are looking for.The brand that was the least comfortable for me was Wolverine.Maybe because I am a Buckeye fan I can't wear that brand.LOL!The Wolverine brand has always hurt my feet.

posted by buckeye278 on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:52:33 am     #  

Ditto on the discomfort of Wolverine. Mine were awful. I thought they just needed a break in period, but after three months I realized they were just a bad brand. They dont flex and shock absorbtion is minimal.

posted by holland on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:54:06 am     #  

The Red Wings on some models have a steel support bar that runs through the bottom sole of the shoe - ideal for comfort for people who have to stand on ladders and things like telephone pegs.

posted by OhioKimono on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:20:16 pm     #  

Husband also says...

"Red Wings at first are hard to break in, but they are built high quality. The break in period is not due to them being cheap. It will take a few days to break in - but once broke in they are the most comfortable shoes I have worn. Working mans slippers for on the job." We have gone through Timbers, Wolvs, and Harley's - we stick with Red Wing because they take care of his feet no matter how insane his job gets.

posted by OhioKimono on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:22:25 pm     #  

also - he hates Wolvs, he went through 3 pairs in less then a year. They are cheap, and that is it. If you are a guy who is on your feet a lot and is going to put your shoes through some hell, he says Wolvs are a waste of money.

posted by OhioKimono on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:25:01 pm     #  

I've bought nothing but Wolverines. I have two pairs one for work and one for everyday wear. My work pair is over 5 years old and still good, except for the paint and concrete on them. My every day pair are the same and still look brand new because I take care of them and condition them at least once a month.

posted by lfrost2125 on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:40:46 pm     #  

my red wing shoes were too expensive for shoes. I wanted shoes, not 2 cars to put my feet into.
To me, the soles wore out slower than cheaper shoes, but nowhere near what I could justify the cost for.

If they work for you, great. I just never saw that much difference for the price.

posted by hockeyfan on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:11:12 pm     #  

go to Yeager shoes. I cannot remember the brand, but they have a shoe they recommend for folks who stand all day. the above are all fantastic shoes, but you did say this was a retail situation, and the Yeagers that I have are more 'dressy', and as comfy as my new balance shoes are.

posted by billy on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:07:32 am     #  

Check out Lands End boots as well. Super comfy and they always seem to be having a sale.

posted by Anniecski on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:17:03 am     #  

It's your call Dino, but if you like Sketchers, you will be able to buy about 6 pairs of them for the same cost as one pair of Redwings. How long will 6 pairs of Sketchers last?

Redwing makes a good boot, but their styles are limited and they are a lot of $ to drop at once. I used to work on my feet all day too, and Redwings were comfortable, but there are other boots that I thought were just as nice without the price tag.

posted by slowsol on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:08:34 pm     #  

I learned years ago
Hurt more, pay less

posted by estioney on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:10:35 pm     #  

New Balance :)

posted by INeedCoffee on Oct 26, 2011 at 02:14:55 pm     #