Feet Up! The Work Boot Thread

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Robert C, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    I used to want a pair of Cabelas Kangaroo boots pretty badly, which were likely made by Browning or in the same factory. Kept putting them on the backburner. I think they're all now made in China. Correct me if I'm wrong about that. I don't have "a thing" against that in general. I don't think twice about that most of the time, but with certain type products, it bugs me for some reason. Boots are one of them.
     
  2. So33

    So33 Familiar Face

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    image.jpeg Didn't need them, but had to have them. New in box Craigslist purchase this weekend. White's Smoke Jumpers, model 400v $200.00 and I didn't dicker the price
     
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  3. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    Yep, that's a heck of a deal!
     
  4. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    I generally try to avoid Chinese goods on general principles. It isn't so much that they are from China as it is that I try not to support any company who wants me to pay the same or a higher price for a product today that I paid a year or two ago when it was made here by someone making a living in favor of making it in a place where they pay a dollar an hour and have nets around the building to keep employees from jumping off and killing themselves. I am well aware that no company cares about my piddling purchase, but if we had collectively stuck Jack Welch's Chinese toasters up his backside 30+ years ago we would be living in a different country now.
     
  5. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    Can't blame anyone but ourselves, particularly Boomers and their parents. They absolutely builteth, but they also absolutely tooketh away. The Vietnamese didn't come up with outsourcing. The Chinese didn't either. And neither of them came up with replacing pensions and a living wage with 401K plans and eradicating organized labor. Now everyone is involved with Wall Street, and nobody wants to give up their piece of the pie, no matter how minuscule it might be. Everyone else be damned. Their few hundred dollars in dividends every year is well worth the future of their grandkids and beyond.
     
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  6. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    By their accounts...Generation X is lazy because they were given too much. Generation Y is weak because they were praised too much. Generation Z is too addicted to their technology. I'd rather be lazy or weak or addicted to devices than be selfish and greedy. They wanted democracy and capitalism to spread throughout the world, when in truth, they just wanted to exploit the world to continue their gains. Which is all well, good, and understandable...but then they pulled up the ladder behind them so everyone else could go down with the ship...and then...AND THEN...now have the audacity and impertinence to whine about the chaos they created, blaming everyone else...EVERYONE ELSE...but themselves. See, they too were overpraised, because they totally lack self-awareness and think they can do no wrong. That must be the consequence to naming them Greatest.
     
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  7. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    Viberg soft toe advices: I need help on deciding on a pair of Viberg. I saw two pairs retailed at the NYC store Freeman Sporting Goods. Extremely substantial, thick Horween (thicker than most Alden and anyone who uses CXL, comparable to Mister Freedom RC). Importantly the toe box was flat and already has that cleavage thing. However, none of the boots or shoes on their website appear to look like that, even the “unstructured” ones. Any experiences with them developing the cleavage? Much appreciated!


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  8. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    This is not from direct experience. I don't own such boots. However, I have seen loads of photos, and this seems to be normal break-in. You could ask the Reddit forum about this. They do expensive footwear like some people do Starbucks. It's nuts. Or at least they used to be.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/goodyearwelt/
     
  9. bluesmandan

    bluesmandan One of the Regulars

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    Wearing my White’s Semi Dress to church this morning... emphasis on the “dress”. What? These are work boots and this is where I work!
    [​IMG]


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  10. Woodtroll

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    Nice boots! We attend one of the stereotypical "little white country churches" and my normal footwear is a pair of brown White's lace-up packers that I keep clean and polished. They are not the least casual footwear at our church by any stretch of the imagination, but church is not about the clothes anyway.

    My normal work boots are Wesco or Drew's logger/firefighter boots, so the packers for "dress-up" feel right at home.

    Take care!
    Regan
     
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  11. Dm101

    Dm101 A-List Customer

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    Love my issued Belleville C320s. (Coyote ones on the left, right are the old Bates)
    Thought my Bates would slide past compliance regulations forever but nope...SGM told me to get in step or hump it back to Arifjan in my O-O-C boots.
    Photo is when I got them last year at Camp Beuhring.
    Belleville C320.jpg
     
  12. Colin G

    Colin G Practically Family

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    DSC_0144.JPG DSC_0143.JPG Just picked up these Lone Wolf woodcutter boots. First impressions are very good and quality is very high.
     
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  13. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    Iron Ranger with Filson insert, pure heaven. Without the insert, road to hell...[​IMG][​IMG]


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    Retromoto One of the Regulars

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    What is the advantage to the Filson insert? I've tried the IR's although they're much too wide for my foot. It's next to impossible to find a well fitting, well made, USA work or dress boot in a 10.5N....:(
    G.
     
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  15. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    The Filson insert/insole is a cork/foam design, it proves traction (no blister, more efficient energy transmission), and cushion. The IR has a bulbous toe so it allows a cushioned insert to be in there without reducing toe ceiling height


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  16. Retromoto

    Retromoto One of the Regulars

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    Gotcha, thanks for the info.
    G.
     
  17. Bushman

    Bushman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Jeans tucked into my Carolina loggers today:
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  18. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    [​IMG][​IMG] new custom smoke jumper lace to toe


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  19. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    [​IMG]


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  20. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    regius, what are those?
     

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