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I have to have steel toe boots for work and the ones I currently have I picked up from Wal-Mart for like $30 when I first started the job since I was pretty much broke. They're not real comfortable but I can at least get through my 9.5hr shifts with them. But yesterday the inner part of my ankle (just above it) started to hurt pretty bad. It's happened a few times before and a few hours of staying off it took care of it. But now it's been over 24 hours and I can barely walk on it because of the pain. I'm guessing my cheap ass boots are to blame. So now I need something relatively comfortable that isn't going to break the bank. Preferably something that one of ya'll has used before.
 

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The only time I wore boots of any sort was when I played very realistic Airsoft with loadouts similar to and using brands of military apparel. Not sure if they were steel-toed but they were comfy being on your feet for 7-8 hours through hills and brush. Also not cheap but they last a long time!

They were Bates boots. Here is the link to their Work/Uniform boots. They have some steel-toed ones on their site. Highly recommend the brand for whatever use it may be.
Boots & Shoes - Police & Military Boots & Shoes - Batesfootwear.com
 

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The only time I wore boots of any sort was when I played very realistic Airsoft with loadouts similar to and using brands of military apparel. Not sure if they were steel-toed but they were comfy being on your feet for 7-8 hours through hills and brush. Also not cheap but they last a long time!

They were Bates boots. Here is the link to their Work/Uniform boots. They have some steel-toed ones on their site. Highly recommend the brand for whatever use it may be.
Boots & Shoes - Police & Military Boots & Shoes - Batesfootwear.com
Those aren't too badly priced. If the company I work for hires me on full-time, they'll pay $90 towards a pair of boots each year.

I owned a pair of steel toe boots from wal mart.... Never again! They were so damn uncomfortable and hurt my feet.
No kidding man. I've been hobbling between my chair, the couch, the kitchen, and the bathroom as little as possible since yesterday afternoon.
 

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Red wings are the best boot I have ever worn. Check the labels. They have a made in china line that are good but not as good as the American made ones.
I've got 2 pairs of red wing riding boots,2 pair of lace up work boots and a pair of hiking boots and shoes. I don't mind paying more for quality.
The first pair i ever bought was 16 years ago. Those boots lasted me 12 years throw winters and mud. They stayed waterproof the entire time and got incredibly comfortable. They are triple stitched and are made to last.
 

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Yep, Redwings. I've worked as a chef for a few decades. Walking and standing for way too many hours a day and Redwings are my shoes/boots of choice.
 

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I have said this time and time again. "Don't be cheap when it comes to your shoes and your tools" You rely on both to make a living.

I wear Red Wings. I will not wear anything else. I am harder on my boots than probably anyone here. I have burned holes in my boots, melted soles, ground through soles, been exposed to various chemicals. Not to mention, I weigh 280lbs. I go through 2 pairs a year on average. All bs aside, my feet don't hurt for one reason. I wear good boots.

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I have said this time and time again. "Don't be cheap when it comes to your shoes and your tools" You rely on both to make a living.

I wear Red Wings. I will not wear anything else. I am harder on my boots than probably anyone here. I have burned holes in my boots, melted soles, ground through soles, been exposed to various chemicals. Not to mention, I weigh 280lbs. I go through 2 pairs a year on average. All bs aside, my feet don't hurt for one reason. I wear good boots.

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Exactly...

I also remove my insoles and spray Lysol everywhere usually every night, keeps athlete's foot away and makes your boots NOT STINK!
 

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I have said this time and time again. "Don't be cheap when it comes to your shoes and your tools" You rely on both to make a living.

I wear Red Wings. I will not wear anything else. I am harder on my boots than probably anyone here. I have burned holes in my boots, melted soles, ground through soles, been exposed to various chemicals. Not to mention, I weigh 280lbs. I go through 2 pairs a year on average. All bs aside, my feet don't hurt for one reason. I wear good boots.

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Absoltely. I'm hard on shoes too, and when I was in the oil field, there was nothing else. My red wings were as comfortable as tennis shoes.
 

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I honestly like Wolverine, my dads had a set for at least 10 yrs, their covered in paint and what not, still amazing so I got myself a pair like 3 years ago, if you have to work in the snow, mud or water their boots
Men's Novack - Wolverine WP Insulated 8" Boot - W03511 - Hunting Boots

Me and my dad have the same pairs, their a little expensive but they have some others that are less expensive.
 

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+1 to red wings.

I work on cars and my boots take a beating as well, from oil and grease to red hot chunks of metal, they haven't failed me once. I'm on concrete floors all day every day, and this pair has lasted me since march of 2011. I really have no complaints at all. I'm gonna need a new pair soon, but I am thoroughly impressed with them! They cost $130 when I bought them, but they were worth every penny.
 

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Believe it or not I got a pair of Brahmas from Walmart that worked out great for about $55. They lasted through a few years of landscaping, roofing, and industrial work. Still have them. They survived nails, stone, shingles, you name it. Comfortable too. They were one of the more expensive pairs there but I certainly got my money's worth.
 

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I learned the same lesson. I had those ugly tan wal mart boots and they lasted me a month before they got ****ed up and uncomfortable. Got some Chippewa boots for $150 and they are some tough ass boots! A year of beating them up and they are still holding up great but need new inserts. Carolina boots are supposed to be real good too but a little more expensive. If I'm going to stand in them for hours on end I want them to be comfortable.
 
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