Rick’s got another one for us: “I was in the market for some new shoes, and decided I wanted to give a try to some US-made Redwing Boots. They’re a Christmas present, so I’ve yet to try them, although the dealer really made sure that they fit correctly and that they were comfortable for me. I’ll let you know after Christmas. I liked them because they were Steel toe, but they didn’t look like serious work boots. The sole isn’t as deep as regular workboots so you won’t track snow and all kinds of crap into the office. I work in a corporate casual environment so I can pull these off with a pair of Khakis. I think of these as a Gentleman’s work boot.
“On a side note.. what’s up with all of these tool manufacturers [branding] work boots? Here are some pictures I took of some Craftsman, Dewalt, DieHard?, CAT, and Dickies foot wear. Dickies I can kind of see, but the rest? What’s a battery brand doing on a boot?”
Nice find, Rick. I think you could totally pull those off as “business casual,” and you’re certainly not alone; a lot of engineers working in factories need steel-toe shoes for when they’re “on the floor,” but spend a good bit of their time in the office. (One of my friends does this, by the way, and he wears this type of shoe.)
Of course, they’re never gonna look the same once you’ve put the steel toe to good use. Here’s what mine look like:
Most of the nastiness on the toes came from when I was moving equipment and dropped an approximately 1,500 LB lathe and table on my foot. It didn’t fall far, so it didn’t even deform the steel toe, but it definitely freaked me out a bit. The damage on the right shoe (left in this pic) came from the lathe. The damage on the other shoe came from me frantically kicking the crap out of the lathe trying to get it off my other foot.
You know, we should bring back Doh! of the Week.
Note: My boots in the picture are “Mack” branded — yeah, like the trucks — so I guess I can’t gripe too much about the weirdo brands. My selection criteria: they were cheap, they looked pretty sturdy, and they were there when I needed ’em.