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Old April 19th, 2020, 08:01 AM #1
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Boots?

Iím in need of some new work boots and am looking for recommendations from people here.

Iím a lineman by trade and have always worn lineman/logger style boots. I have a good pair of them and will keep those in the truck for times that I do need to climb. Iím looking for a standard workbook that will last a while for all work on the ground & out of a bucket. Something without a logger style sole/heel (better on my back). Iím open to hiking/hunting style boots as well.

So far Iíve looked at
Irish Setter Ravine
Danner Bull Run
Thorogood American Heritage.

Open to any and all suggestions. Just looking for feedback on what you have & what has worked well for you.
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I love my Irish Setter boots. They aren't the same style you are looking for, but they are by far the highest quality piece of footwear I have ever owned.
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I have a pair of Carolina USA made boots and they have been fantastic. Waterproof and they are super warm in the winter.
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I like Keen. Merrill sucks.
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I like Keen. Merrill sucks.
Well, that's because Merrell doesn't make a classic 8 or 9 inch leather boot the OP is looking for.

Their Moab Ventilator shoes are some of the most comfortable and popular out there. I think they are one of the few, if only one company out there that offer wide sizes in some of their hiking shoes/boots.
And not every model of their shoe is waterproof. Not everyone wants sweaty feet when it's warm out. I enjoyed dry feet on a 13 hour flights to Kuwait, etc...

Keen is the best simply because of their wide toe box. Kind of weird looking at first, but to not have your toes hit anywhere up front is awesome. The pair I have got to be I dunno, 8 years old.
I bought my daughter her first pair of steel toe work boots and they were Keens.

I like the Carolina work line that Norton talked about up top.
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I would actually prefer boots in the 6-8” range. My climbers are 10”. For normal routine work I don’t need them to be that high but nice to have them when I do need that extra ankle support. I’m now a troubleman so I’m in and out of the truck a lot throughout the day and do mostly troubleshooting and a lot less climbing. Looking for that good blend of comfort and durability
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I’ve used Chippewa for work boots before. They were well made, fit well and weren’t hugely expensive.
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I picked up a set of Danner crafters a short while ago and have been impressed with the quality so far. Granted it’s not as much a logger style but the craftsmanship is great.
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I've been wearing a pair of 6" Carolinas with the composite toe for the last 3 years. They are comfortable and have held up well. I wore Redwings before then but they shipped most manufacturing overseas.
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Check out Hoffman boots. Made in the USA, different lines of boots-hunting, work, military style. I have a pair of linemans boots but they are military style desert tan/green jungle boot style. You buy the boot and when it needs to have a new sole put on its $100. I found my pair at Goodwill for $11.80
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