Being an upper middle aged woodworker, over the last 10 years or so I've
been gravitating toward the lighter workboots, and over the weekend I think I
found out why. I bought a new pair of conventional heavy boots and wore them
to the family reunion. The next day I experienced some fairly severe though
not disabling back pain. After switching back to the "leather sneaker" type
shoes, the situation improved in the course of the day. Just something you
might try if you feel it coming on.
As long as you can keep the sawdust out of them, New Balance has a
comfortable walking shoe (MW811) that works well in the shop on concrete
floors, and Rockports are also hard to beat for comfort in the shop.
If you're talking about the ones made in San Antonio, had a pair of those
and lost them to the flood of '01. You're right, they were very comfortable
shoes, but I haven't seen them around lately. I bought a pair of ecco dress
shoes to go to England in recently and was impressed with their comfort.
Approaching 61, that old saying about spending your money on good shoes and
a good bed, because you're either in one or the other, is starting to make
Now if I could just find a pair of dress western boots that were as
comfortable as all the above ...
I've found what appears to be a workable solution to my footwear woes.
I purchased a set of these Timberland boots (http://tinyurl.com/3n82s )
at an outlet for $60, and put a pair of custom footbeds that I
normally use for ski boots into them. My feet haven't been tired or
sore at the end of the day since I've been using them.
I'm planning to get another pair so they have time to dry and air out
between uses. I like the looks, they are comfortable, and with a
heavy waxing they should hold up well to the occasional splash of
finishing material or solvent.
Next up: Pants.
Maybe they're called "custom footbeds" or "orthotics" or something...
I got mine made at a ski shop in Breckenridge, CO called The Racer's
Edge. They heat up the bed and then have you stand on it so it molds
to the bottom of your foot. For skiing, it's (IMNSHO) an absolute
must have. The only problem with using them for work shoes is that
the ski boots in which mine sit fit my feet much more snugly than a
comfortable workboot. As such, my toes tend to hang over the edge
while working. What I'll probably do is have a pair made just for
Yeah, well...I date almost all my foot problems from a couple decades in cowboy
boots. There are times when I wish I'd never seen a horse, never mind rode one.
Of course, those weren't dress boots, and the roper's heel will cripple anyone
who walks far.
"When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose." Dwight
Definitely a contributing factor. Looking back, my foot woes seem to have a
genesis in those forced marches in three levels of training in the service.
Then RedWing ropers were my footwear of choice for a couple of decades after
that ... on reflection, you pretty much get what you'd expect clomping
through life like that.
I'd recommend these:
But there's no way I can adequately prepare you for the sticker shock.
who actually tried some on one time and almost fell waaay down that
I'm 45 and what causes problems for me is the height of the heel. Tennis
shoes, sandles & anything with low heels are fine; boots & dress shoes that
have my heel more than 1/2" higher than the balls of the feet are killers
after a few hours of use.
Do orthotics come in flavors? I'll do a
search. Working in peoples homes
is also a factor in what kind of footwear
I look for. It's hard to find anything that
a) doesn't have a vibram type of sole,
picking mud and rocks out of them
could be made into a full time
b) comes with a side zipper for E-Z on and off.K-Mart
was selling a suede Wellington-
type boot that met both criteria,
originally they were made by Totes,
but the quality kept going down and
I'm currently wearing "Swat" boots that
lace up but have a side zipper. They're
light but have the lug soles and only
come in black.
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