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    Someone mentioned being on your feet a lot and their favorite workboot.

    I am not a little guy and I have worked on my feet in warehouses, farm fields, trucking, production floors, etc...

    The best workboot I found for me is the 'Caterpillar' brand steel toe workboot.

    These things take a beating and keep on going.

    out of all the shoes and boots I have ever owned, I always have a pair of Caterpillars around. both for protection and comfort.

    Big Bear
    No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.

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    I really like GoreTex work boots. Keep your feet dry and well ventilated.

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    I have worn many different workboots over the years and prefer Terra Military. Currently I have a pair of Exile's and a pair of Mercenary Mets. They have a website at terrafootwear.com.

    I can typically get 3-5 years out of Terras. The only other boots I've had last over a year is Wolverine.

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    I like my carolina's. American made & comfortable.
    They cost more than the Chinese redwings though.
    Dan

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    Dr.Marten Boots are the only way to spend $.

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    Carolina for a real work boot but a pair of Merril hikers can't be beat if you don't need the required all leather protection.

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    American made Red Wings. Not all Red Wings qualify.

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    Carolina work boots.
    http://www.shoeshackonline.com/site/623303/product/1922

    Years of use logging in the woods under harshest conditions. I have logged (with draft horses) in the rugged rocky Hoback Mountains in Wyoming between Pinedale (outside of Daniel) and Jackson hole), in south central Kentucky/north central Tennesse (Scottsville/Lafayette area), and in the wet East Texas Piney woods. Logging with horses and cutting your own trees with a chainsaw by hand requires constant wear and tear on your shoes. A pair of these will usually last me close to 2 years. American made and sold from an American family company in Tennessee. When I first started with them probably 25 years ago they didn't carry all these different brands, so if you want to stay with American built stuff (which I do) you might want to call them and ask about American only products.

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    DRU
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    I train bird dogs. Spend alot of time every day in the field walking through all kinds of cover. I buy twisted X work boots. Been wearing them now for four years and on my second pair. For me, hands down the most comfortable "production line" boot I've ever slapped on my feet. If I was to try another brand, it would be "white" boots, I beleive out of Oregon. They are handmade from each individuals foot measurements. A bit pricey, but I believe they still come with a lifetime guarantee.

    DRUR, since you are a logger, have you ever tried White boots.
    "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"...well that horse ain't got nothing on a bee.

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    US made Red Wings for me. Have tried many of the others and they would not hold up to even a years use.

    I wear mine year round, must be steel toed, insulated and waterproof. With that said it really narrows down the selection. The Red Wings I wear will last almost two years.

    G3

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACBEES View Post
    DRUR, since you are a logger, have you ever tried White boots.
    Tried many different boots, but don't recall anything called white boots. I have paid over $100.00 for logging boots that only last me a couple of months. I have red wings that didn't last over a few months and the cost lots of dollars. Climbing and walking on and over trees, climbing mountains, to cut a tree will rip the stitching out of the soles. Most don't have enough to re-sew at a shoe shop. The leather uppers would still be good but not enough leather at the soles to sew to. Finally, I found the Carolina logging boot. They cost a little more but they're worth it.

    Like I say, they have held up under the harshest conditions. Standing in barn manure, acidic horse and cow pee, etc, etc. sloshing through streams, standing in creeks to cut trees. I usually put a coat of dk brown boot polish on them when I get them, treat them with snow seal as needed and never polish them again; although I will occasionally re apply the snow seal.

    DRU
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    The last couple of pairs of Red Wings I got have the the regular sole on them and then they actually mold on another sole over that. Pretty darn tough.
    model number 2426 is what I wear.

    Only other tougher boot I found was many years ago, a Herman Survivor logger boot with the vibram sole, not real comfortable but tough.

    G3

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    One more thing I learned from my wife:

    What ever make of boot you have, if you can afford two pairs, wear them alternate days so that they can dry thoroughly between use. They will last more than twice as long as they would have otherwise.

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    Great point, that is why there are two pairs sitting by the door.

    G3

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    My wife and I wear the pull on type work boots called Wellintons. These types are made by many companies so I won't mention any brand names. We use them instead of the lace up types so when the bees get hot we can stuff our pant legs in them. This is very important when we are loading nights and climbing on the tops of the loaded trucks getting the nets in place. I realize these things may not apply to lots of us but that's how I roll as my kids say.

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