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Forum topic by Bill Szydlo posted 12-15-2013 04:10 PM 1865 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Szydlo

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12-15-2013 04:10 PM

I recently retired and am now spending more time in the shop (concrete floor). Lately I have begun to notice knee issues and I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good shoes/sneakers for the shop? I am not interested in steel toe just comfort. I have been wearing your run of the mill cross training sneaker but that does not seem to be working well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 04:15 PM

I have been wearing Merrell lace up “sneakers” for a long time. Long-wearing sole, good arch support, and wider toe box. They’ve worked well for my needs.

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 04:16 PM

Get yourself some rubber floor mats. I have 6 orr 7 big ones, they really work. Mine are from Grizzly. If you are in an area with a big farm and ranch supply, you can get a big horse Mat and cut it to the sizes you need.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 04:22 PM

Get a anti fatigue floor mat. I do have one and move it around. When I will have some $$ to spend, I will get a second one. It makes such a difference. Shoes won’t make a big difference. However if you can, make a wood floor, or cover your floor with mats.
You will certainly get as many different recommendations as there are people on this forum. This is the beauty of diversity.

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 05:04 PM

I love Redwing boots.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Bill Szydlo

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 05:07 PM

Thanks for the help. I do have some floor mats and they do help.
Charles, you mentioned Redwing boots. I stopped in at a local store and the young salesperson was not very helpful. Is there a specific model you find works for you?

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 06:26 PM

Duplicate post.

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 06:27 PM

@Bill—My shop has a concrete floor too. I don’t currently have anti-fatigue mats (maybe Santa will drop off a few in the shop). I just wear some Wolverine safety toe boots for comfort and I get the extra benefit of steel toe and ankle support. Like Charles above, I like Red Wing boots too—no specific model to recommend. BTW, good luck with your retirement. Enjoy owning your own time!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 06:58 PM

I put tongue and groove sheets of plywood over my concrete floor. Just tacked it down in a few places. Has a little spring to it and sweeps up well.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 08:03 PM

I wear Rockport ProWalker all the time. The podiatrist told me they were the best and keep wearing them. I wear the Chranz style shoe. They give good support the sole of my foot. They also have a soft collar around the top that gives a little ankle support. I use anti fatigue mats on the floor. I also bought some of the colored puzzle looking mats from Sam’s wholesale when they were cheap. I think they have gone up in cost like other things. I saw them on “This Old House” . They work pretty well. They are actually made for day care businesses.

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 08:15 PM

I’ve worked in machine shops and warehouses and wood shops. I always wear safety toes. It saved my toes at least once in a warehouse when I was breaking down a cardboard box, so you just never know, do you. I also wear hearing and eye protection religiously. I’d buy some stout safety boots and some mats. In fact, I did. I feel that even in my tiny shop, and probably because it is small, the boots will one day prove to be a good choice.

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#11 posted 12-15-2013 09:30 PM

I suggested Crocs once and some woodworker went crazy on me. Questioned my manhood and all. They are comfortable but sawdust gets through the vent holes.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 09:36 PM

I hate shoes. I wear flip flops 24-7… The only time I put on boots anymore is when I make a trip to the lumber yard.

I’ve also suffered my fair share of foot injuries, but I don’t care. My loathing of shoes is greater than my discomfort in injury.

I do not recommend this except to the heartiest of men.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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404 - Not Found

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 09:45 PM

Safety shoes for me, they are useful for handling sheet goods, put it on the toe cap and you can get your hand in underneath for lifting.

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 09:53 PM

Uncanny….lol. I wear flip-flops in the summer, and slippers in the winter. Not advised for all.

I would love to have wood floors though.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 12-15-2013 10:37 PM

I second the Crocs. I wore my Crocs all last weekend and my feet didn’t hurt at all. Earlier in the week while working in the shop, I was wearing my Redwings and by the end of the day was really feeling it. I don’t know if it’s because of the extra weight or what.

I have incredibly flat feet and Plantar Facitis in my right foot. I have inserts that I wear with my shoes/boots but forgot to put them in the Crocs. I’m not saying that’s the reason because I’ve forgotten to put them in my boots in the past and may as well have had someone beat me on the bottoms of my feet with a ball peen hammer. The Crocs are just plain comfortable.

Whatever you get stay away from Lugz. I had a pair that lasted 2 months before they started falling apart. I’m still getting the runaround from customer service – biggest mistake I ever made and 80 bucks down the drain.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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