>>28675221 Merrills and Danners are common suggestions. I liked my old Merrills but they didn't last particularly long. Currently wearing a pair of Red Wing Wingshooters, and I love 'em. If they're meant for upland game hunting I figure they're fine for any outdoors activity.
>>28676966 People have been lying to others on this Taiwanese image sharing otaku hub saying that they need to waste their time and walk around in their boots for a few miles. Nothing other than blatant lies like someone trying to tell you to mix ammonia and bleach except instead of killing you it just wastes your time much like this explanation.
>>28677371 I've put my Bellevilles through hell and the only think that's broken is the shoelaces. Get the actual military USA made versions for best quality, don't go commercial. Also get Ironlace 550 bootlaces. They're fucking indestructible, and guaranteed for life.
>>28681999 I work 5 days a week in a butcher shop, feet get soaking wet every day from clean up. I ride a bicycle the pedals wear the bottoms of my shoes very thin. I have 2 dogs, every couple of months I am careless and find my boots in the back yard all chewed up. I spend about $100 on some tiimberlands and they last me about a year of this torture before they are no longer trailworthy/ water resistant. Knowing this would you suggest spending the extra 100+ on red wings like you have? do you think they would last 2 years? longer?
>>28682142 I think you will actually save money in the long run with red wings.
Why not keep a pair of work boots and a pair of everyday ones? That's what I do as of a week ago.
Something to keep in mind with red wings is that a red wings store will resole them for 75$. They also usually give out free laces as you need them. Just make sure when you get them buy a waterproof model, immediately boot oil, and next day polish them, then repeat that as needed. Giving them a try is definitely worth it, you might change brands over a pair of them.
I don't fanboy many brands but I tell everyone I can to get a pair of wings if they want something that will last for years. Like I said I'm going on 4 years with my first pair and they aren't even half life. There's a reason every old fuck in that machine shop had a pair, while I was going through shit walmart brand boots every 3 months.
>>28682310 Been meaning to get a second pir of boots for a long time but I am a poorfag and doling out extra cash is hard when you can spend it else-ware. Thanks for the info, when these ones die I might look into it, to resole those boots cost less than buying a new pair of these ones.
>family gives me Christmas money for whatever reason >been wearing Chucks my whole life >living in Korean winter, canvas isn't cutting it >buy pic related because why not? >don't expect much >pleasantly surprised at comfort, warmth, weather-resistance >new everyday boot
Thought it would be a meme or a shitty one-off. The only other boots I wear are GI combat boots, so maybe I just have peasants' feet.
>>28680136 I wear the Belleville 500 (or 580? I forget which model), they are mesh sided but with a gore tex liner that makes them extremely water resistant. I live in central/southern FL and I hike a lot around the Green Swamp, and Lake Kissimmee scrubs and such, and they are great for it. I have never feared a snake striking my lower ankle, though it hasn't happened yet. The only problem is they get hot and sweaty, so I usually powder up my feet and wear some thing merino wool socks if I'm going to hike, say, during the afternoon thunderstorm season. But most of the time if I'm just going on easy trails or even trail running I'll wear Merrell Moab Ventilators and some thin wicking socks.
>>28679871 For innawoods they'll do ya just fine. Dry, warm, and durable as fuck. Only thing is that the soles are literally hard as diamonds (fixable with inserts) and the stiff leather around the heel can cause irritable rubbing if you squat down or climb a lot which I do at work, otherwise they should be comfy.
The non-steel toed bates (that have a side zipper, iirc the steel toe ones do NOT have the size zipper) are very comfortable and reliable as well as cheap, and the zipper makes them great for putting them on/taking them off quickly without needing to sit down/do a balancing act.
Like when I just need to go outside real fast (trash, mail, etc...), and it's raining or snowing or something so I can't pop on some sandals, these things are faster than sneakers.
They're great in snow, rain, and hiking as well, been buying them for probably close to 10 years now
One weird thing though; they seem to have a 2 year life out of box. Like they'll start falling apart (zipper tag snaps in half, aglids come undone, sides separate from the soles, etc...) like COMPLETELY independent of how heavily you use them; 2 years of frequent hiking/hunting/outdoorsey stuff; they start to fall apart, 2 years of mainly wearing them when it's rainy or snowy and, they still fall apart.
That seems to be a constant across all the pairs I've owned, but at the cost/2 years, I think they're definitely worth it.
>>28682310 That's what I did for a while >keep Red Wings decent-ish for work >wear shit Wal-Mart tier boots for fucking around in the mud >wear them to the range >step on buried nail from a pallet >it goes through the sole and my foot, when I pick my foot up nail takes the sole down with it that was a bad day
>>28682437 Well since I blew my trucks engine this Volvo s60 is all I got besides my motorcycle and I can't haul all my gear on the bike. >>28682464 Required by the class for some reason and since I don't work in a steel yard I'm not too worried about falling objects.
My $100 garmonts from commando's surplus lasted through ranger school and 3 airfield seizures. Suffered a catastrophic kill during a 15k mountain movement in Wyoming though, the rubber of the sole cracked long ways down the center and a big chunk came off the heel exposing my actual heel. But they lasted so long it was bound to happen. I can't even imagine how many mile I put on them, I know I jumped with them over 15 times.
They are a little heavy, to be fair. However, after wearing the Nike's, the Belleville tactical boots you have pictured, and a pair of Blackhawk combat boots you find that the reduced weight leads to them wearing out REALLY fast. Like a year tops before the soles are falling off.
The Belleville 390s are resoleable, so that is great. They also need a bit longer break in period, but after you do they are really comfy.
They dont have drainage holes and dont breath terribly well. If you are in a very hot environment maybe choose a different boot. However, in a wet environment the lack of drainage holes means the water has to come up to the nylon breathing holes to get into the boot effectively. For innawoods fuckery that is great because you can get across many shallowish streams without soaking your feet. With good synthetic socks the 390s are great boots, but your feet will stink.
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