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rsanchez1203
02-19-2013, 11:07 AM
Morning Gophernites!

I had a quick question. Its about that time to get new shoes. I dont wear work boots just because they tire me out like no other! I have tried them all! So fo years i use tennis shoes. Not the old one that can talk, but decent presentable ones. I cam across Puma Men's Composite Toe Leather Running Shoes. I have only found them online, and didnt want to order something that would be as heavy as work boots because of the Composite Toe. Anyone have a pair of these or similar, and your take on them?

Thanks!

http://workingperson.com/puma-shoes-men-s-composite-toe-leather-running-shoes-64-257-5.html

BelleCityLawn1
02-19-2013, 11:28 AM
rsanchez1203,

I had some of those type of shoes when I had a job at culvers (before my lawn care business started getting started, dumbest job ever!) Anyways they are somewhat heavy but not as heavy as work boots. I would prefer work boots over those work shoes any day. Hope this helps!

Thanks!
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Steve
02-19-2013, 01:09 PM
I dont wear work boots just because they tire me out like no other! I have tried them all! So fo years i use tennis shoes.

If you don't like work boots, how about some black tennis shoes?

Or have you tried the Lawn Grip Shoes?

http://www.lawngrips.com/global_images/productimages/classic.jpg

stevef1201
02-19-2013, 04:10 PM
Like 'em or not (and don't) steel toed work boots are required by my company. I know I wrote the book. I checked with my insurance agent who cited a study done some years ago, that lawn care personnel, suffer an inordinately high number of injuries to their feet and lower legs due to material thrown from weed eaters, trimmers and mowers. By requiring steel toed boots, long pants, chaps for weed eating, a face mask or eye protection and work gloves has dropped my workers comp insurance premium by 30 percent

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-19-2013, 04:21 PM
Like 'em or not (and don't) steel toed work boots are required by my company. I know I wrote the book. I checked with my insurance agent who cited a study done some years ago, that lawn care personnel, suffer an inordinately high number of injuries to their feet and lower legs due to material thrown from weed eaters, trimmers and mowers. By requiring steel toed boots, long pants, chaps for weed eating, a face mask or eye protection and work gloves has dropped my workers comp insurance premium by 30 percent

Your right about that. I had two guys that wouldnt buy boots. I finally gave in and bought them both a pair. About a month later one of them had a large rock fall on their foot. They wouldve at least broke some toes if it wasnt for the steel toe boots. I probably saved myself a grand at least.

I got use to wearing boots to the point that I dont notice the weight.

JeffK26
02-19-2013, 08:21 PM
For mowing:

http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-new-balance-mw959br-brown-p_id277462?adtrack=gpa&term=Men%27s+New+Balance+MW959BR&offer=

I don't use that website, I get them from a local store.

For landscaping:

http://www.onlineshoes.com/mens-cat-footwear-argon-hi-wp-comp-toe-dark-brown-wp-leather-p_id240227?adtrack=gpa&term=Men%27s+Cat+Footwear+Argon+Hi+WP+Comp+Toe&offer=

again don't use that website, get them locally.

I have never had a problem with either of the footwear. I spoil my feet. When I go footwear shopping I ALWAYS try on multiple pairs by multiple brands and always end up with some type of New Balance or Cat boots. I don't shop for other items much, but I have spent a full day going to different shoe stores trying on pair after pair after pair.

Doing that is honestly your best bet. It's good to get reviews for wear and tear, but your feet are so different from anyone else's it's best to shop for shoes like a girl does. I go to a store with my Kindle, put on a pair and walk the store for 10 minutes, stop read for about 15 minutes whole doing toe curls in the shoe and walk around again. It may sound like a waste of time, but since 99% of my work day is being on my feet in some way it's the most important purchase I make.

Cashin H&P
02-19-2013, 08:57 PM
Your right about that. I had two guys that wouldnt buy boots. I finally gave in and bought them both a pair. About a month later one of them had a large rock fall on their foot. They wouldve at least broke some toes if it wasnt for the steel toe boots. I probably saved myself a grand at least.

I got use to wearing boots to the point that I dont notice the weight.

Same here I have been wearing work boots since I was like 10, its just second nature now. Chippewa supper loggers, are my boot of choice.

Steve
02-20-2013, 11:56 AM
By requiring steel toed boots, long pants, chaps for weed eating, a face mask or eye protection and work gloves has dropped my workers comp insurance premium by 30 percent

How does one go about getting such a discount like this? Do you just have to tell the insurance company you instituted these changes? Do they check up on you?

LawnBoy0311
02-20-2013, 01:49 PM
Let me tell you my not so awesome experience.

I was 16 when I started doing lawn care. I worked for a local company, the guy had a pretty big operation going. My older brother at the time, worked installing swimming pools. He was required to wear steel toe....I was not.

His boots needed to be replaced, so my father asked if I wanted some. Of course I said no. They are too heavy and I didn't like them. My tennis shoes were MUCH better. Well, he made me go, and he bought me some.

The next day I was out mowing. I was on a scag walk behind twisting and bending in a funky position and VROOOOOM! The mower went over the steel of my boot. It skimmed it, but was enough to make me soil my big boy pants.

Happy to say I still wear steel toe. Thanks Dad.

Billy Goat
02-20-2013, 04:09 PM
I wear the Redwing WORK 5500 steel toe shoes. These work shoes are great by Redwing. I hate wearing boots all day if I know Iam push mowing and/or weedeating all day. You have to think safety first and not comfort but these shoes are both. I did add gel inserts for added comfort. They also have a very agressive tread which is slip resistant and great on hills. The price is $100 but well worth it over time.

I Cut Grass LLC
02-20-2013, 09:19 PM
This is the type of question that needs to be asked to a shoe specialist- not other lawn contractors. Everyone's foot is unique in and of itslelf. Some of us have high arches, some of us have wide feet and so on. Running shoes are made for running which is not what you want when you cut grass. You need support more along the lines of a cross trainer. In reality, you need a boot for a variety of reasons. What would you do if your foot ever got under the deck of the mower accidentally? Dont think it cant ever happen- it can. A boot has a higher probability of protecting your toes than shoes do. Remember often times the terrain will vary from property to property. So, you might walk along even ground one hour and the next you could be on a hill or in a lawn that is very rough. You will get used to boots over time- the United States Marine Corps wear boots all day long and run through woods and rivers and creeks with 90+lbs back backs so you will be just fine with a trimmer or a blower or a mower even if you do it all day. You can get various inserts in the boots and if you dont like what is readily available like a dr shols then you can have a specialist make inserts for you based off of a mold that they take of your foot. Tennis shoes, running shoes dont belong on your feet when you are outside working.

ladymower
03-18-2013, 01:42 PM
For years I have worn Metal Cleat Baseball Shoes when push mowing or weed eating on steep inclines especially creek and pond banks. Other wise it is leather work boots. When have all day mowing on the tractor I wear Dr. Scholl work shoes. I used to wear Soccer Shoes, but by season end the cleats would be worn down and the shoe had no foot hold .