I went to /fa/. someone there told me to come here b/c of reasons.
just got hired by UPS (under paid slaves).
going to start out as a pt package handler/sorter. basically, move ~2000 boxes that weigh usually 20-40 lbs (max 70) into or out of trailers for 3-5 hours. I need boots that can take the stress. I've never bought boots.
It needs to be/have:
1 black/dark brown (company policy)
2 hard toe cover (in case a box drops)
3 ankle coverage
I read the /fa/ sticky. There weren't a lot of options, and some of the suggestions on there were way above my budget (500 USD; im2poor). Came here for advice since you guys are experienced with buying boots AND using them.
cheap shoes are shit, so I'm willing to pay $150-250, maybe more for my first boots.
need advice, especially from anons with experience with warehouse jobs or something very similar.
i really like my doc martins. get em with steel toe or take em to your neares tailor/key maker (where i lived it was a tailor/shoeguy/keyguy) and have em put in steel to insert or get the ones that are super hard plastic but look ugly af.
fuck all the hardsoled boots (redwings, etc), they are great for /out/, but will KILL you walking on concrete all day
redback is fucking god tier for being on your feet on hard surfaces all day. they'll feel a bit loose at first (because they're slip-ons instead of lace up, so you can't tighten them), but when they soften up and mold to your feet they'll feel like a dream.
They have 8 inch apaches as well. I Have them and they're great. My job required that I stand for 7 hours and they kept me going.
Chippewas are known for being the best quality and construction for the price.
I use Sketcher steel toe ankle high boots for my warehouse job. Get the job done and with some new insoles are damn comfy.
Buy a pair of redwings and put some Dr. Scholls in them. That was what I used when I worked at Disney in the concrete jungle. They are stiff at first, but will be the only boots you want to wear.
Red Wings, expensive but the best boots I've ever owned. On my second pair now, first pair lasted about 4-5 years of some serious abuse
>redwings are great!
>as long as you buy something else to fix them...
or wear the redbacks right out the store with no adjustment needed. they have a soft sole specifically designed for your type of use op. plus they're lighter, and with the elastic ankle they breathe better and your feet don't get as hot as traditional lace-ups that you have to cinch down.
source: i'm a firemedic and everyone and their mother in fire and ems (at least here in northern california) uses these as their station/work boots.
My dad and uncle worked for FedEx and UPS and they both swear by Redwings. Probably half the guys in my shop wear Redwings. I wear Redwings. Buy Redwings. Definitely opt for the Dr Scholls if you're on concrete all day.
I also work for UPS up here in Idaho. I'm running with redwings' and haven't been disappointed.
pro tip: ask your manager about the company discounts for employees. Redwing was listed as an account when I was looking for a pair. You should be able to get the same discount anywhere I think.
Get Composite Toe, trust me.
I've been using these Cat boots for the past month or two, no complaints. They go for around $110, Sears carries them, and I think Bass Pro has them too.
I also have a brand new pair of Puma composite toes sitting in my closet. My boss reccommended them. I prefer the shoes instead of big boots since I'm walking around all day in them.
And pic related is the Pumas.
If you want to go the "athletic" shoe route like I do, Reebok also makes some decent composite toes. They have one pair that looks like a skate shoe, and they were decent, but I think there were better options. Cat shoes I posted earlier are some of my favorites, I'll def buy another pair in the future.
To add, Sears is the only big retailer with a decent selection of work shoes, so don't waste your time at other footwear stores. And Sears also sells these DeWalt composite toes that are pretty comfy and go on sale for like $75, but the soles are slippery at first and wear out fairly quick.
If you have wide feet, get timberland titan toe work boots. They lasted a damn long time for me working as a machinist and were comfortable the entire time. Machinists are hard on boots, we step on shavings and get coolant and cutting oil on them a lot.
...hmm, is Robson pass 23k from the trail head? Yep.
I started the trail, got to the site, walked back to the start in 13 (possibly 14) hours. Met some dudes from Israel, really nice people. And wouldn't you know it, i got a ton of pictures too.
Been wearing throgoods for over 10 years working on my feet. I've tried many other brands but these are extremely comfortable and sturdy. Their also made in the usa if you're into that sort of thing.
I worked at UPS as a package handler for a year, and now work for FedEx freight. I'm here to help, homie. I had a pair of light brown Timberland Pros for UPS, and a black pair for FedUp now. They are my 10/10 would recommend pair of work boots. Super comfy and waterproof, but also pretty breathable. They're also very affordable, and for the price hold up very well. I still have my UPS pair that I use for outdoor work and dicking around. They've barely worn down. At least go to your local boot stores and try some on. I hope this helps!
Also, just as a pro tip: Bring an mp3 player and a shit load of water. It'll make your shifts much more enjoyable. The first few weeks migjt be hard and exhausting, but it's great once you get used to it.They pretty much pay you to work out every night, it's rad. Your arms and legs are going to get ripped. Good luck at your new job man
I've worked at UPS for 5 years, get lightweight boots with a composite toe. Get some made for walking/running.
Most people will recommend boots for working in other types of manual labor. You're indoors doing more athletic things, red wings would not be the right boot for this job. You'd be better off with a "tacticool" boot, made for cops and firefighters, Bates are great.
Go with the Thorogoods, they are comparable with redwings in quality but about half the price. No need to break-in, they are comfy out the box. Their maxwedge soles are better than vibram wedges and last longer.
I'm a cobbler, let me know if you have any questions.
Heat moldable inserts. I ran them when I used to be a loader. Word of advice from a supervisor. Become a driver and never go into management.
I will recommend Timberland PRO all fucking day long. I bought a pair of these and they are the most comfortable things ive ever had on my feet. I used to wear them outside of work because they were better than my regular shoes. They are so beat up and ragged now they look like they were work by Christopher Columbus. If I can find them in black I might actually buy another pair and retire the ones I have now.
thank god, finally another voice of reason. i don't know why everyone keeps jerking off about wearing redwings, etc. on concrete when they immediately admit that they need a softer insole to be comfortable. re: tacticool, that's why i like my redbacks-super low key appearance. >>670529 >>670655
Out of interest, what do you guys do with your old boots? I've just got a new pair of Salomons because the toe box on the old pair went weird, now the old boots are sitting on my wardrobe looking at me. I don't want to throw them away as they're still good boots, but I doupt that a charity shop will take them. What do?
american boots are god tier for /out/ work, but every major brand seems so bent on protecting this image that they all insist on using only brutally stiff soles for everything and don't have anything specifically suited to urban or /in/ use. enter non-pretentious, soft soled aussie boots. i've said it before and i'll say it again, there's a reason 50% of firefighters and ambulance workers i know who are on their feet on asphalt all day wear redbacks: soft, comfy, light, breathable, cushioned... and no need for adding dr. scholls or anything like that; they're perfect right out of the box.
anyone know of any good workboots with impact protection toe (steel/composite/aluminium/alloy) and steel midsole, and steel shank? i need boots with those specs for work. preferably under 150 USD if possible
Man, you can get safety shoes that aren't giant, stiff boots. I need a steel or composite toe shoe for work and I have never bought real boots. Look at that pair of Pumas I posted earlier.
Too many people end up buying big, stiff boots when they don't need them. I'm not trying to walk around for 10hrs a day in Florida with big ass Timberlands with steel toes on my feet.
did you even read my post you retarded tripfag? i was specifically saying big clunky /out/ boots are dumb for op and to buy light breathable soft soled boots instead. plus those pumas won't work because op specifically said they need to cover his ankles. so fuck off and go drink more soda til you can into reading comprehension.
Why so salty?
I'm saying that there are plenty of options besides giant, stiff boots if you need steel toes. Even if you don't go with that specific brand. Plus I'm pretty sure OP is long gone.
People go hard on the internet...
As a NEET sc/out/ I do love my boots. Perfect for my needs
Careful with that edge m8, here are some angry puppies to help calm you down
OK so I already do this exact job at a Colorado hub facility.
>you won't know the difference.
The boots are just there so you don't crush your feet like a dipshit. Just make sure you get something with a gripp-y tread.
>I've been in a chewed up pair of milsurp desert combats while my buddy has fresh redwings and our boss has sneakers.
The #1 requirement is that they grip when you're dragging in irregs and they'll at least keep your toes safe from 20+ pound packages.
>the pay isn't worth it. The hours are short, the bennies are ok. The guys on your pd will be cool.
>it's like the military but less up your ass and douchey.