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#1 mangeface

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 01:47 PM

Just curious as to what shoes everyone wears on a daily basis. Give some insight as to why you wear them.

I personally sport Adidas Sambas. Great priced, good support and they've been my shoe of choice for the better part of 15 years (started wearing Adidas for soccer and have never turned back on the Samba).

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 01:55 PM

I wear new balance for every day stuff. Either a running shoe or a walking shoe. I like those because they give great support all day and they are comfortable.

For work I wear 5.11's. But I'm kind of unhappy with those. Wearing them all day they are fine but when I get in foot chases after my feet hurt sometimes. Any opinions on a good boot?

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 02:16 PM

I have been wearing Danner's since I was about 12 years old, now almost 20 years later I still have not found a boot I like better and I wear them almost every day. I use to wear the Danner Acadia, Recon, or the Ft. Lewis when it was cold, but now that I live in a warmer climate I wear the Danner Blackhawk II, which is the all leather, 6" non-insulated version, however as I am typing this I did a quick search and just discovered that Danner has discontinued this particular boot so I'm going to have to find a different model. I have tried 5.11 boots and UA boots and just have not been happy with them. I wear my Danner's pretty much every day of the week and I usually get about a year and a half to two years out of a part and I typically spend between $200-$300 for a pair of boots. They are just one of those things that I do not skimp on. 

 

Why I wear them... when I was a kid I wore them because they were great outdoor boots and I grew up in AK. As an adult I wore them for uniform boots while I was a firefighter and then at my current place of employment they were my uniform boot of choice for working in helicopters and though I am now not on the helicopters very much and spend most of my time in the head-shed I still wear them as I think a solid boot with good ankle support is a very important part of EDC. With my boots on I feel like I am prepared for just about any situation, as far as a footwear standpoint goes anyway. 


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 02:55 PM

Garmont T4 GTX

 

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They feel like New Balances on steroids. I'm about to pick up a pair in black to wear at work. Most comfortable boot I've worn, and I'm a die hard Bates fan. I'm about to convert after wearing these for almost 2 years now.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 02:55 PM

Thank you for the tip Davis. I'll have to check those out. Lasting that long is better than any boot I've ever used. I usally only get 6 months to a year out of mine.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 02:58 PM

Garmont T4 GTX
 
http://www.extremeou...armntt4gtx.aspx
 
They feel like New Balances on steroids. I'm about to pick up a pair in black to wear at work. Most comfortable boot I've worn, and I'm a die hard Bates fan. I'm about to convert after wearing these for almost 2 years now.


You have my attention with your first sentence lol. Will look into these for sure, thanks for the tip.
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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:01 PM

Thank you for the tip Davis. I'll have to check those out. Lasting that long is better than any boot I've ever used. I usally only get 6 months to a year out of mine.

When you check out the Danner's be sure to note that some of them are made in the USA and some of them are not. Typically all of their boots that are "stitch-down" sewn are made in the USA. There is a difference, I once had a pair of the imported Danner's and they did not hold up as well. With Danner's, made in America really does make a difference. 


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:12 PM

When you check out the Danner's be sure to note that some of them are made in the USA and some of them are not. Typically all of their boots that are "stitch-down" sewn are made in the USA. There is a difference, I once had a pair of the imported Danner's and they did not hold up as well. With Danner's, made in America really does make a difference.


Good to know. I prefer buying US made merchandise anyways, better to support jobs here.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:21 PM

You have my attention with your first sentence lol. Will look into these for sure, thanks for the tip.

 

Think New Balance or tennis shoe, but with more comfort, support and durability, I'm going to keep buying these til they stop being made. Hell I might buy a few contingency pairs so I have enough to survive the zombie apocalypse. They fit snug, but not so snug you get blisters. Perfect. They're a steal at $99.99.

 

I also have 5.11 boots, and there is absolutely no comparison whatsoever. They've been relegated to being a spare set in the truck for work. And one pair I haven't even worn that often. I'd trash 'em and buy the Garmonts.

 

If I were going back overseas, this is the boot I would take.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 07:24 PM

For work, CS Schmidt (Tractor Supply house brand made by Timberland) 8" boots and for everything else Timberland 6" boots

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:43 PM

I wear a pair of keen low top hiking shoes right now they work well as to why I happened to find them in sale.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 01:49 AM

... I typically spend between $200-$300 for a pair of boots. They are just one of those things that I do not skimp on.

 

I completely agree, footware is not something to skimp on. I would rather have a pair of expensive comfortable shoes or boots than a pair of inexpensive shoes or boots that kill my feet. My choice for everyday wear right now is a pair of dark brown Merrell Perimiter Gore-tex hiking boots with green Superfeet inserts. I originally got them just for hiking but they are far more comfortable than any of my other shoes/boots. I have had them for just under a year and they still look almost as good, and feel as good, as when I bought them. As far as my other available footware, for running I have a pair of New Balance (thinking about trying UK Gear when it's time for replacing), for lifting I have a pair of 8-year-old Cuck Taylor Classics, for yard work I have a pair of composite safety toe Blackhawk Black Ops that will soon be replaced with a pair of U.S.-made Danners, and finally I have a pair of hardly worn black dress shoes.



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 09:02 AM

When I'm not wearing "dress shoes" I wear my Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX and I love them!

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 02:04 PM

Garmont T4 GTX

 

http://www.extremeou...armntt4gtx.aspx

 

They feel like New Balances on steroids. I'm about to pick up a pair in black to wear at work. Most comfortable boot I've worn, and I'm a die hard Bates fan. I'm about to convert after wearing these for almost 2 years now.

haha, nice!  Definitely going to check these out.



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 03:21 PM


When I'm not wearing "dress shoes" I wear my Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX and I love them!

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Same here. I've got two, a Black pair and a green pair. The black pair I've completely worn out! They've been moved to yard work shoes.

I rotate a pair of Asolo Fusion 95 and Asolo Fugitive for SRT. It's good the team Lt lets us wear almost anything we want. Our Uniform is OD Green, both pairs are brownish so they blend ok. They are super comfortable and super quiet. Good for running, great for carrying heavy loads.

Uniform Patrol, I wear 5.11 Storm GTX. They do ok. They last about 6-12 months.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:28 AM

Danner Acadias at work, otherwise I wear either my Ariat square toe or new balance running shoes.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:04 PM

Garmont T4 GTX

http://www.extremeou...armntt4gtx.aspx

They feel like New Balances on steroids. I'm about to pick up a pair in black to wear at work. Most comfortable boot I've worn, and I'm a die hard Bates fan. I'm about to convert after wearing these for almost 2 years now.


I've been wearing the same boots for about 15 months now and I totally agree. I wish I could wear them for work.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:36 PM

I've been wearing some hippy minimalist shoes, for the last year and they're wicked comfortable. Unfortunately they're big time hippy shoes, (they're vegan, how can a shoe be vegan) so I feel shame supporting them. The company is called Lems if I'm not mistaken.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:39 PM


I've been wearing some hippy minimalist shoes, for the last year and they're wicked comfortable. Unfortunately they're big time hippy shoes, (they're vegan, how can a shoe be vegan) so I feel shame supporting them. The company is called Lems if I'm not mistaken.

 

So if they are vegan does that mean they are edible? 


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:49 PM

So if they are vegan does that mean they are edible?


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