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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Benning Boy, Feb 11, 2010.
List the best and worst boots you've owned, and why.
The best boots I ever owned were a pair of Rocky's in full leather 13 hole lace. I resoled them more times than I can remember, stripped and repolished only God knows how many times and they never showed wear on the leather. As time went on they only got more comfortable.
The worst was a pair of boots I bought to wear while my Rocky's were getting resoled. All I remember about them was "Magnum." They were part nylon and part cheap cheap thin leather. They were too wide, the soles weren't replaceable, they were slick in grass or anything wet and I couldn't shine the darn things even with Parade gloss. Hell I even tried Penny Shine and it wouldn't work.
I tried Danners a couple of times, but ended up selling them. They hurt my feet.
SWAT. Most comfortable boots ever, I wear them everyday. Easy to get the heel re-soled too so they last a long time.
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Worst boots, some cheap pieces of crap I picked up at wally world in a pinch. I couldn't wear them more then 2 hours without having to get off my feet.
best was probably a pair of Wolverines. Wore them for 4 years almost daily before the sole wore thru.
worst cheap boots.
Redwing's I have had 2 pairs of redwings and they took a ton of abuse in fact one pair is buried under some snow right now. My last pair had been soaked in grease, oil and diesel fuel, ground hog blood and many other disgusting things. They take it and keep on going.
I wore tons of different boots in the military and none of them ever were comfortable I had jump boots, jungle boots, issue boots, Matterhorn boots (quite possible the worst of any boot ever)
Worst - Had to be Texas Steer from K-Mart or K-Apart as I call it.
Best - Were a pair of Wolverines years ago when they were still made in the USA.
Heh, the best and worst boots I've ever owned have all been from Walmart.
The best ones were a pair of lower-topped boots (just enough enough for decent ankle support). I wore them daily for about a year with very little wear (not bad for $23). I ran in them, I hiked in them, when offroading I used them to kick sticks under the tires when stuck, etc. They had a steel toe and were waterproof. I actually only wanted the waterproof feature because it really helps keep out the cold, and when riding a bike a lot it's annoying to get wet feet after splashing through a puddle. The steel toe was really unnecessary for what I did with them, and only served to add weight. The only reason I got rid of them was my feet shrunk (yeah, it sounds crazy I know, but I went from playing basketball in a size 11 in High School, to wearing a 7 to 7.5 now) and they started fitting too loosely.
I got my current boots to replace those for mostly outdoor use (higher boots to generally better protect my ankles and lower legs). They are high-topped "Swat-Style" boots (yeah, the box really said that, haha). I walked two miles in them and they had already almost rubbed blisters into the back of my heals. They are built reasonably well, but I think the problem is the shoe-laces. Everytime I try to pull them snug, the thin, hard, round laces allow the boot to slightly loosen up before I can grab the next lace rung.
I thought about trying to just replace the laces with flat ones for more friction, but I am tempted to get some more "daily appropriate" boots. I have been wearing tennis shoes for the most part, but I run around with my dog a lot and everytime I step into a small hole in the grass or off a curb wrong, and feel my ankle get a little close to twisting, I wish I had the ankle support I used to.
The other pair of boots I remember were had a long time ago, when I was maybe 10 years old. I wore them my first year of Motocross, going riding no less often than every two weeks (but often more than that), until I outgrew them and got some real riding boots. They never tore, my ankle never twisted, and they never hurt my feet. I think they were like $17, heh.
Best boots were a pair of Browning insulated hunting boots--there were the most comfortable I've had. I ended up ruinging them on a hunt--it was so cold we built a big fire in camp and sat around it trying to get warm--I had my feet pointed at the fire and didn't notice that I was melting the soles of my boots--the rest of the hunt wasn't as comfortable!
The worst were all of the old leather combat boots I wore on active duty...
Best - the pair I have now, Irish Setter, a division of RedWing. Feel like I'm wearing slippers - and only just over $100 at Cabela's.
Worst - a pair of RedWings.
Worst- Some Sears crap I cant remember the name of. Always hurt my feet and started to come apart after a few weeks
Best- Wolverines. Hands down best boots I've ever owned. They never hurt my feet (I have wide flat Flinstone feet) have been to hell and back and keep coming back for more. Comfortable to hike in and strong enough to take on my Jeep (cheap ass harbor freight jackstand!) I cant say enough good things about them. If I ever manage to wear them out I will buy another pair for sure.
Best --- Timberland. They are super comfy and lightweight.
Worst --- Coleman boots, fell apart within a month.
I can't remember the names of the bad boots, but the worst was a pair of loggers I bought somewhere in SoCal.
My current favorite is a pair of Corcoran Desert boots. The only thing I don't like is that when I got them home, I noticed that they were made in China!
Corcorans' made in China? WTF?
Worst - Calf-skin Tony Lama's leather was too soft and they ripped out in no time
Best - Custom made Lucchase's (SP ?) brown full quill ostrich that fit like slippers, best part though is that they only cost $5.00 (won a raffle at the stock show). For work boots, I love my Hermans.
The worst ever was a pair of Caterpillars. As the story usually goes, they were bought at Wally World and in a pinch.
The best - Redwings. My company buys us safety boots once a year. Sure they're steel toe, but the are comfy and the price is right.
A close second would be Bates.
I second on the Texas Steer as the worst........
Best: I've always used Rocky's for police work and they have been very comfortable, dry, and with "thinsulate", warm in the Mich. winters.
Worst - First pair of POS army combat boots issued to me in basic training, back in '80. They really sucked. That's when you did PT, including PT tests, in issued boots and not in tennis shoes like it is done today. The boots I got issued later, were much better and comfortable, once I got to group.
Best - Justin pull-on work boots.
Best: Timberland Euro Hiker (all leather) ....Damn... I had 3 pairs over several years, they outlast and they are the most comfortable ever... I had some Merrel and Columbia too... they are excellent but not close to the Euro Hiker...
Worst... Venezuelan army jungle issue boots.... I received several pairs from friends (I studied with a lot of military sons because my HS was next to a military base). I still have 2 new brand pairs in the closet... the most uncomfortable POS ever...
Like this, but in woodland camo:
The best ground / hiking boots I've had and I wear them now are Redwing model # 2156 Red Wing Shoes
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I actually buy the Wesco's from Polecat Lineman Supply as they do foot measurments for factory custom builds.
Most comfortable pair for me were some ugly work boots, by Wolverine i think but am not sure. I wore them for many years, especially when my back was sore.
I've been breaking in a new pair of Rockys for a couple months now so the juries still out on the worst pair but as far as my favorite pair, I have a pair of La Cross
Burlys with 1200 grains of insulate that I wear for hunting and just love. I bought them a size bigger and put on an extra pair of wool socks when it's below 30 degrees and my feet stays warm on stand all day.