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Well it looks as if I'm going to have to finally replace my OLD Timberland boots that I've used for hunting and working on the property. I think I may send Timberland a nasty letter as they're starting to fall apart. Man, ya just can't buy a pair of boots in 1987 and expect them to last forever any more:biggrin:

I've had the old Timberlands resoled a few times and the leather uppers are finally starting to fall apart. Any suggestions for a lace up work boot with a Vibram sole that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I looked at the Redwing 899 boots,however those are made to order they ain't cheap..... $260.00:ahhhhh:
 

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I've been wearing the same pair of U.S. Army desert tan roughout combat boots for the past 5 years. They're still comfy to me. I bought them large enough for 2 insoles in each boot & I stood on concrete at work. I paid $83.00 for them. They took a lot of pain out of my knees, hips & back. I don't know what they'd do for you.
 

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Georgia Boots makes a decent boot also
 
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I have always worn the Redwing 866 slip on Irish setter, but they have about priced themselves out of affordability

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Wolverine Multishox - only pair of boots I didn't have to break in! Mine are 9 years young and still going strong.
 

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Justin #754, been wearing them for 15+ years now, been thru several pairs, I tend to wear the toe off of them getting down on the ground, I wear them 16+ hours a day on the concrete, VERY comfortable! and other than the toe wear very tough, the current pair I have I've put "Tough Toe" epoxy on them an it's holding up VERY! well.
 
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I'd have to say the Wolverine multishox boots are the best work boots I ever owned. Felt good from the start. I have a pair of Rocky boots for hunting though, well insulated and comfortable after a long day chasing whietails.
 
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Not exactly the style you're looking for, but I have had the same pair of Double H wellingtons for more than 20 years. They're goretex, and have some proprietary Double H aerosole, that has lasted forever. I have replaced the heels several times. If they still made them I'd buy 2 pairs...but they don't so I'm still wearing the old pair.
 

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To start with don't throw away old friends. Go to an automotive and tell them you want some epoxy that was made to reglue bumper guards to chrome bumpers. You may have to go to a automotive restoration specialist to get it now days.

I raised a few teens that insisted on wearing their designer athletic shoes til the fell apart which was not long. That glue would out last the original stuff 10 times over.

I have three pair of Red Wings, all leather insulated, cordura insulated and cordura hiking, they all have the same sole, I bought them over 20 years ago that have some glue in them. But the soles are still usable.


Now days you are best off the get the glue before you buy the shoe. Now days they have Shoe Goop glue, not as good as epoxy but okay if you clean and dry before applying.

Wolverine makes a good boot. Then they will of course fall apart because of the glue long before they are worn out.
 

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For hunting I like the old L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Boot. Sized for two pairs of wool socks. Best working lace up boot I ever had was Redwing Irish Setters.
 
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Yeah, I've lost a pair or two due the the leather no longer being in good enough shape to stitch back onto the soles. Will be interested to see the responses here. My feet aren't meant for points or harness style either so good, old fashioned, engineer style is what I like to shoot for. I have taken to the lightweight combat style these days but, I'm dying for a good pair of 'engineer' boots that don't cost $300.00...
 
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Ga. Boots Farm & Ranch with Comfort Core(Water Proof) is what I wear! I've had several pair and I think they're most comfortable boots out there! I wear mine all the time, at home & work!!!!


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I have always worn the Redwing 866 slip on Irish setter, but they have about priced themselves out of affordability

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I bought a pair of slip over Ga boots last year and when I initially tried then on at the store, they fit great. well they never did break in right and for some odd reason the left boot and my left foot became enemies..... couldn't wear them any more.

To start with don't throw away old friends. Go to an automotive and tell them you want some epoxy that was made to reglue bumper guards to chrome bumpers. You may have to go to a automotive restoration specialist to get it now days.

I raised a few teens that insisted on wearing their designer athletic shoes til the fell apart which was not long. That glue would out last the original stuff 10 times over.

I have three pair of Red Wings, all leather insulated, cordura insulated and cordura hiking, they all have the same sole, I bought them over 20 years ago that have some glue in them. But the soles are still usable.


Now days you are best off the get the glue before you buy the shoe. Now days they have Shoe Goop glue, not as good as epoxy but okay if you clean and dry before applying.

Wolverine makes a good boot. Then they will of course fall apart because of the glue long before they are worn out.
I took a can of the rubber cement we used to use to glue tubular tires on to the rim from when I was racing bicycles so I could reattach the sole on one of them. That cement will damn near glue anything back together if you do it properly. We'll see how it turns out.
 

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I like the Wolverines too.

However, I take issue with the Georgia Boot's quality. Bought my son a pair of them and the soles fell apart pronto. Literally apart, they were of 2 piece construction with a thin outer surface layer that began delaminating from the rest of the sole which then began cracking and coming off in chunks. Boots were only about 2 years old and only lightly worn, mostly on dove fields. The uppers still look practically new. No decent warranty and they won't cover what is obviously a manufacturing defect. I will not buy another pair!
 

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Ga. Boots Farm & Ranch with Comfort Core(Water Proof) is what I wear! I've had several pair and I think they're most comfortable boots out there! I wear mine all the time, at home & work!!!!


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I like the *look* of those, they are right up my alley.

I like the Wolverines too.

However, I take issue with the Georgia Boot's quality. Bought my son a pair of them and the soles fell apart pronto. Literally apart, they were of 2 piece construction with a thin outer surface layer that began delaminating from the rest of the sole which then began cracking and coming off in chunks. Boots were only about 2 years old and only lightly worn, mostly on dove fields. The uppers still look practically new. No decent warranty and they won't cover what is obviously a manufacturing defect. I will not by another pair!
If the uppers are good, I have no issue taking them in to be re-soled although I would be *angry* if I spent a large chunk of change on 'em. I tend to look at good boots as needing a tire change on occasion so if there was a bad run on the sole material, it's not really a big whoop to me. What is of importance to me is the durability of the uppers. 'course that's just me.
 

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Do a search for Chippewa Boots............

Many styles are advertised as still made here in the USA. I have a pair of Chippewa's that are probably from the mid 80's.............I've done some repairs to the lining, and the toes are scuffed and worn but the Vibram soles are fine, but a little harder with age............

As to costs for new boots: I think you get what you pay for............But I stay away from the import stuff........Its NOT made to last more than a year or two........and usually they will hurt your feet after a few hours.

I just ordered a pair of #29405 USA made Chippewa Packers...... I hope they work for me as a casual wear boot....... I looked at Chippewa loggers, but they looked too heavy for my intended use.

The Packers have a Vibram sole and should be OK for wet street wear over the fall and winter.

My old mid 80's Chippewas will still go a few more years as work boot, as I don't wear them every day.

Danner also still makes some Boots here in the USA...........I have a Pair of Danner Elk Hunters that I'm very pleased with, for cold weather hunting.

L.L.Beans Maine Hunting shoe, Not so much............they lack lateral support, have no traction in slippery conditions, and are cold if your feet sweat, and mine do, the minute I put them on, because they are rubber........

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If the uppers are good, I have no issue taking them in to be re-soled although I would be *angry* if I spent a large chunk of change on 'em. I tend to look at good boots as needing a tire change on occasion so if there was a bad run on the sole material, it's not really a big whoop to me. What is of importance to me is the durability of the uppers. 'course that's just me.
CT, I plan on having them resoled but it still chaps my a** that I have too. Especially since he is a size 14!

BTW, they are the "Georgia Giants" and are made in China like so much other crap!
 

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As to costs for new boots: I think you get what you pay for............But stay away from the import stuff........Its NOT made to last more than a year or two........

Tom
Tomray is on the "money" here! Pardon the pun.
 

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Not lace ups, but these are my favorite by far: Dr Martens Icons.



After a long and arduous search for the right pair of boots, these were the finalists. Take a minute to break in, but once they do they're great. Tough, super comfy, padded around the ankle in case of runaway pallet jacks, and cut wide enough and stiff enough to support any number of revolvers at the cuff :flute:
 
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