Engineer Boots, Harness Boots...

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Creeping Past, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. bluesmandan

    bluesmandan One of the Regulars

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    Not shoveling coal, but...
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  2. andy b.

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    I work for CECOM. LOL


     
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  3. Woodtroll

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    I would think that kind of work would involve a lot of climbing, walking on uneven ground, etc. Engineer boots were not originally designed to really walk in, and while I know that a lot of folks here say theirs are comfortable to walk in for extended periods, I don't think you're ever going to find a pair that work for "work boots" as well as a good pair of lace-up boots. I have a couple of pairs of engineer boots that I wear occasionally for "going out", but I wouldn't consider actively working in them all day. And yes, they are difficult to get to fit right if you're only able to work through mail-order, so I feel your pain and share your frustration!

    Good luck!
    Regan
     
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  4. Dm101

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    Thank you for the info. Perhaps I'm looking into the wrong type of boot. I had a pair of Frye loggers that I paid 220 for back in the early 90s, but they are not comfortable to wear for more than 4 hours. I gave them away to goodwill when they wouldn't sell on Craigslist or eBay.
    I certainly don't want to go through that pain again, however, my issue boots don't fit everything I wear.
    Can you imagine me going to church in dress clothes and a fancy coat with dreary combat boots on?
    Don't you think that sounds utterly ridiculous?
    Good...because that's my life currently. I have one kind of footwear and they don't fit every situation.
    Love the fit...but they don't fit every situation.

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    Awesome!
    How long have you been in Army comms?
    I'm attached to the 6th Mlmc.

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    Perhaps I misunderstood how you are planning to wear them; I thought you meant they were going to be every-day work boots. I think they would be fine for more casual wear, so I hope you are able to find a pair that fit you and suit your taste.

    By the way, I occasionally wear my cleaned and polished logger boots to church, but I do understand what you mean! ;)
     
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  7. Dm101

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    Well, I would like to wear them when im garrison side. And if they were comfortable enough to wear in the dev lab all day and during an occasional lunch outing hiking or at the archery or gun range...that would be great.

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  8. bluesmandan

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    I wear my White’s semi dress to church. They clean up real nice and just look like a pair of plain toe oxfords with a suit or slacks. And you can walk miles and miles in them. Super comfortable. If I were walking uneven terrain I’d get some smoke jumpers for the extra height and ankle stability.

    I don’t think I’d want to wear my engineer boots for heavy walking/hiking or uneven terrain. They are quite comfortable but not really suited for that purpose. The straps cinch up over the top of the foot near the ankle, to keep your heel stable, but the forefoot (and to some degree the instep) can move around just a little, which makes them great for shoveling or other upright work, or just as a casual boot... snug at the ankle and a bit looser for the rest of the foot—I think that’s the intent of the design. Makes them comfortable to stand in for a long time. Good vertical stability and comfort. But they aren’t hiking boots.


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    My normal "church shoes" are a pair of White's packers I use only for dressier occasions. Like you say, unless you look closely, you can't tel the difference between them and dressier shoes.
     
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    I see...well, it makes sense to have boots for each function. I will have to look up these "smoke jumpers" and see what they are. I think I am still going to get the engineer boots simply for ease of traveling and inspection checkpoints. Last time I got sent to Germany they made me take off my boots 4 times. With 10 eye lace ups you can imagine the hassle that created.


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    Chipps?


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  12. regius

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    [​IMG][​IMG] well worn RRL. Shoveled mud, snow, crawled in the yard planting trees.


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    Hmn, and on another thread I find myself saying the opposite. I do firmly believe that there is an opening in the market for mid-range priced boots that you might seriously expect to last a long time, or even consider wearing on a motorcycle, as opposed to fashion-wear only.
     
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  14. bluesmandan

    bluesmandan One of the Regulars

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    Yep.


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    Perhaps a mod could just merge all of the boot threads
     
  16. bluesmandan

    bluesmandan One of the Regulars

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    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
    !


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    I have to laugh again because that is exactly why I've been flying wearing the engineer boots. Even with TSA pre-check I have to take my footwear off 90% of the time.

     
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    I wanted to wear the Indy boots when flying, fantasizing being Indiana Jones who flies to places.... not in the modern days! Taking off lace up shoes is not doing it in today’s air traveling.


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    Some vintage engineer boots photos [​IMG] check out that fat welt! [​IMG] flat toe[​IMG] RW from the 50s, square bulbous toe already


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  20. Dm101

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    Same here!
    My last deployment to Kuwait changed my feelings on standard travel wear. I might wear a skin tight Spider-Man suit and carry my wallet and keys in a purse next time....ugh.

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