What’s the best footwear that you’ve found for this profession? I’m on foot a lot, and my old combat boots are wearing thin, and my ol’ flat feet hurt everyday. Thanks guys!
Blundstone boots. They’re about $200, super comfortable, you can slip them on and off for working inside homes, they shine up nice, and they have a lifetime warranty. Best boots I’ve ever owned.
I prefer boot over tennis shoe. Best boot so far I’ve found comfortable is the wolverine legend durashock. Work 8plus hours with no issues, waterproof all the way comfortable.
Im definitely in the market for a new boot as well. My arches really start to hurt after just a few hours, sort of considering a custom insole… but the $400 price tag is a little tough to swallow. Ive tried the brand name insoles and they help a bit but not much.
Has anyone gone the custom insole route?
i wear slip on dress shoes from sketcher, they look good, are comfortabel, easy to slip off for inside work (i wear slippers inside) and a nice grippy sole for roof work.
I was wearing Red Wing boots for years; concrete, hiking, oil rigs, and even window cleaning but I wear Altra when not in work boots. I tried the Altra Lone Peak 4 mid and I’m in HEAVEN!!! Had them 4 months and they still feel great and are water resistant. Great wide footbed and grippy soles. They are $160-ish but My plantar fasciitis is 99% gone.
Have some Irish Setters/Red Wings, after a while they felt like cement blocks on my feet. I rarely use round rung ladders so I try to rotate cheap lightweight sneakers now.
I like Danners and they last a while if you need a boot.
Josh I’ve been using Birkenstock inserts for a long time, and they help quite a bit, but not enough.
I wear my GI issued boots on the outside and converse tennis shoes for inside and any roof work
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I wear red wings for everything. They last forever if you take care of them. My main work boot I oil every weekend. The guy at the store can help you pick out the right one for your needs. I recommend getting a custom insole. they can measure where the weight sits on your feet and recommend one for you.
I wear the Altra Escalante -15 for work…most of my knee pain and plantar fasciitis is gone…
I have those in blue for my walk about shoes. Great product.
I love North face hedgehog waterproof hiking shoe for window cleaning. Awesome
I’m a big fan of Adidas Terrex hiking shoes. Depending on the model you choose , they have sneaker looks, and hiking functionality.
The Adidas Terrex Free Hiker is my current shoe ($199). It breathes well, handles mud and water well, and looks like it will hold up nicely throughout the season.
During the winter I used the Adidas Terrex Tracefinder. It was expensive ($275) , but very solid. Blocked out wind, water, and cold for me in negative temperatures. Post-season, they looked a lot less sleeker than they started, but still performed the same.
Last summer I tried the Adidas Fast-GTX Surround ($175) . They were great for hot weather, very breathable and dried quickly. They were starting to tear in multiple areas by the end of the season though. I might give them another try, they recently released one with “White Mountaineering” that looks very nice.
Well since my Main job is an Electrician/fixer… I wear composit toe Timberland pros. O.K for awhile but I be screaming to get outta those boys… So when I part time Window clean Im back to the grippy Awesome wearing sneakers!! I noticed Luke the window cleaner wear boots on his vids. Stevo wear Sneakers… If you want your feet to FEEL GOOD… my Brooks Ghost 10 is a must. It’s a neutral shoe so mind that for you that need Arch support (which I have a slight arch but these feel awesome.) Last convenient store I did this week I wore my Vibram 5 fingers shoes which felt great too… I probably will be wearing more often. In homes if its hard floor I wear the shoe covers or the just plain Socks if its light colored carpet.
it’s a walking shoe, but with the air cushion it’s themost comfortable shoe Ive ever worn over the years and grippy too, no, not that durable, so what, I go thru about 2 pairs a year
work 9 hours straight on feet and back is not sore and feet feel great, a far cry from other shoes, including redwings even with their custom inserts, those redwings beat me up bad when I use them for a volunteer job where I have to wear them, way different than the reeboks
if on a ladder all day, like ON A LADDER ALL DAY, I could see how redwing type would be helpful
My stipulations are…
Steel or hard plastic shank (for standing on ladders)
Vibram soles (for roofs)
Merrill GTX Moab 2’s work well, gotta watch the widths though.