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Forum topic by Absolution posted 10-17-2018 12:47 AM 2660 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2018 12:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shoes boots footwear shop gear question

Hi All,

I’m looking for a decent pair of boots/shoes to wear in the woodshop and would love to know what y’all wear. I’m wondering if any of you know of a pair of lightweight boots that offer some foot protection without being full on construction grade, bomb-proof boots. I have a pair of steel-toed Timerlands that I use when I’m doing more construction type work, but they’re too heavy and wear me out when I’m dinking around in the shop. What do you all wear and why? Extra props if they’ve got some style too.

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 12:58 AM

I live dangerously by wearing open toe sandals…sometimes without socks. I know, crazy, so this will be an example of what not to do. lol. I do need to look for some easy fitting, comfortable, quick-to-put-on shoes as I’m in and out of the shop a lot right now as I need my computer to look up stuff that my tiny phone screen and mobile sites just can’t cut it. I’ll be following.

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 01:46 AM

I wear a pair of Keen light duty work boots most of the time. Love Keen shoes and boots. These have a hard toe(not steel, so not heavy or cold) and great support. Only drawback is if I want/ need to run into the house..not quick off/on.

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 01:46 AM

Crocs. Fo sho. With socks for added protection.

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#4 posted 10-17-2018 02:01 AM

Crocs. Fo sho.

- TheFridge

Can’t tell if serious. But I’m serious – I wear crocs when I’m lazy. I usually wear my everyday office-casual type shoes. For serious sessions, or with chemicals (stains, finishes, etc), or with really heavy parts like big table tops, I’ll throw on my steel toes if I think of it. Or crocs.

If you’re really worried about safety, the worst case I can imagine is either dropping a heavy piece on your toe, or maybe dropping a sharp chisel or something. Or maybe stepping on / accidentally kicking a stray screw. For that I would think reinforced leather would do you well. But at a minimum something closed toe, and probably not a mesh running shoe. Just use common sense I guess. GL

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#5 posted 10-17-2018 02:22 AM

In the summers, I mostly wear sandals, and in the winter it’s an old pair of whatever is close at hand. However, I never wear sandals when using chisels as all it takes is a slip and you could be explaining you lack of safety to a disapproving ER doc.

I do wear steel toes anytime I’m working with my track saw as I’m a little paranoid about a large piece of wood, or worse the saw, falling on my foot. I also only wear leather shoes when using a jig saw as I’ve hit it fall out of my hand before, and that’s not fun.

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 03:33 AM

Walmart…Treadsafe clogs. slip resistant, durable, easy on off.

-- "...I've been through the desert on a horse with no name." So name the damned horse already!

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#7 posted 10-17-2018 04:19 AM

Walmart…Treadsafe clogs. slip resistant, durable, easy on off.

- BlasterStumps

I like the price and look of what you linked, but they are mostly sold out. Bummer.

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#8 posted 10-17-2018 06:10 AM

Depends on what I am doing. Just regular working on a project usually I am in these, sometimes with socks, often not.

When I am out getting wood, or in a lumber yard where someone else may drop something on my toes I wear my shoes from work, they are made by Keen, are as comfy as slippers, but have an ANSI approved toe, and topside to prevent crush.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 10-17-2018 06:28 AM

You guy who like crocks. Just for you.

I believe the straps are of a woven Alder material.

What more could you ask for and only 200 bucks.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 10-17-2018 06:43 AM

I wear Dr Scholls advance comfort series work shoes. Primarily for the support. Saves on sore feet & back pain when I’m in the shop for 4 to 7 hours at a time. My shop floor also has the 2’x2’ foam pads are that connect to each other. which is also a saver.

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#11 posted 10-17-2018 01:04 PM

Crocs are the WORST shoe you can wear in a shop.

After dropping a chisel on my foot, I no longer wear them.

A comfortable pair of hiking shoes is best for me.

Leather uppers are best.

+1 on Keen.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#12 posted 10-17-2018 01:23 PM

Usually crocs for light-duty woodworking. But, if I’m doing something that creates a lot of chips like milling or turning, or if I’m working metal instead of wood, old sneakers. I like Sketchers with memory foam for comfort.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 10-17-2018 01:47 PM

+2 on the orange Keens

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#14 posted 10-17-2018 01:59 PM

I have a pair of Keen work shoes. When I first got them they were probably the most comfortable shoes I ever put on. Just yesterday I told my wife I need to get some new inserts for them or just get a new pair. They stay in my basement shop where I can put them on as soon as I walk through the door.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 10-17-2018 02:06 PM

I most wear slip on canvas or clog type shoes because I take my shoes off before entering the house and it’d take forever to unlace, relace, etc. Think about the kind that nurses wear in the ER, except you don’t need to spend a lot. Just something that offers minimal protection. I’d never bother to wear steel toe or other work boots. Too much bother.

I sometimes just wear my running shoes. They’re the most comfortable, especially if I’m going to be on my feet for a long time.

If you’re dropping things that are sharp enough to pierce a running shoe, you might be doing it wrong.

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