Good work boots for Auto Tech.

Discussion in 'XDTalk Chatter Box' started by beitzel15, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Aug 18, 2009 #1
    beitzel15

    beitzel15 XDTalk 3K Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    3,511
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Clemmons, NC
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    I want to go look for some nice steel toe work boots today and would like to hear what some good brands are...

    Im in college for Automotive Systems Technology and all I own is tennis shoes and I don't want to be in the shop without boots....

    So, what are some good brands? the only brand I know of really is Redwing... I'd like to get a decent comfortable pair now that will last through school and onto when Im done and get a job at a shop.
     
  2. Aug 18, 2009 #2
    Teksan80

    Teksan80 XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Messages:
    618
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Farmington NM
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    I wear Danner boots. I have had these for 3 years and they are as comfortable as the day I bought them. I worked outside for the first year in snow and mud and never had a problem. The last 2 years I have worked inside on concrete and still have no issue. The only thing I have done with them is replaced the laces with paracord and have added an insole to them. Pricy not quite as much as the redwings I looked at but for me personally they were much more comfortable.
     
  3. Aug 18, 2009 #3
    beitzel15

    beitzel15 XDTalk 3K Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    3,511
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Clemmons, NC
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    I've looked at some Wolverine boots online for around $130 and they look good. Also, some timberland PRO series boots for around $100.

    I'm just curious about this, because most of the guys in my class have the gold/tan colored boots... Is there a certain color that's prefered or something?
     
  4. Aug 18, 2009 #4
    nateroach

    nateroach XDTalk 500 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Messages:
    778
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0
    I have several pairs of CAT work boots that I have had good luck with. I have Steel toe, non steel toe, and EH (electrical hazard boots for work in substations) and all of them have been comfortable and hold up well. Really I think that preference will be alot of it. I have found that the CAT boots are comfortable for me, but my feet aren't too picky.
     
  5. Aug 18, 2009 #5
    Buffman

    Buffman XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2008
    Messages:
    1,754
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    SW Michigan
    Ratings:
    +17 / 0
    I've had wolverine boots, and the last about a year then they are worthless to me. The sides like to stretch out, and not provide comfort abd support..
     
  6. Aug 18, 2009 #6
    fett701

    fett701 XDTalk 100 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Hampton Roads, Va
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0
    The workboots i like the best are Redwing for work in the auto industry followed closely behind by Timberland Pro. Both boots lasted about the same amount of time about 2 years before they were worn out. They are not the most slip resistant or oil proof but work well. If money is an issue i would suggest shoes for crews. They are the most slip resistant shoes i have worn on the market. They also come in all different styles so you can probably find a style you like. The best part is they cost about half of the more popular names and last about 1.5 years. One last note do not buy the Snap On boots or shoes off of the tool truck. I did that twice and neither pair lasted more than a year.
     
  7. Aug 18, 2009 #7
    Groo

    Groo XDTalk 10K Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Messages:
    14,442
    Likes Received:
    558
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Western U.P.
    Ratings:
    +2,444 / 60
    I'd stay away from steel toes myself. cold, uncomfortable, and that fear in the back of my mind that they might get bent if a car or truck were to roll over them.

    I you feel you need steel toes, you probably need the arch plates too.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2009 #8
    Gravel

    Gravel XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2007
    Messages:
    2,915
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Bellingham Washington
    Ratings:
    +6 / 0
    I used good old Sears work boots for a long time. I finally decided to save up and get the Redwings, biggest waste of money ever!!!!
     
  9. Aug 18, 2009 #9
    VDubbinMI

    VDubbinMI XDTalk Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    St. Hgts, MI
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I love my Doc Martin Air Wair boots. Steel toe, slip resistant and shock resistant etc. Ive had the boots almost 6 years now, and they are still in pretty good shape. I've had to replace the insoles every now and then along with the laces but the leather is holding up just fine. Think I paid $115 back then, cant remember. Def. two thumbs up from me.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2009 #10
    Tally XD

    Tally XD XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    3,762
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    North Florida
    Ratings:
    +22 / 0
    Over the many years that I had been an ASE auto repair tech I have tried many different kinds of footwear. While there are many that are very good, comfortable, built well and are steel toe non-slip like you will need, not many will stand up to being soaked with gasoline, oil and transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is the worst punishment imaginable for leather boots.

    No boot I ever found would withstand transmission fluid. They all became soaked with it and it will not come out. It will bleed through to your socks and feet and ruin the socks as well.

    So, if your field of repair will put you in an environment where you will be repairing, servicing or flushing transmissions I recommend just buying the cheaper boots, such as the ones sold at Wal-Mart and plan to replace them about twice per year. Over all it is cheaper and will be more comfortable than wearing oil soaked boots.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
auto mechanic boots
,
auto tech boots
,

automotive work boots

,
automotive work shoes
,
best automotive work boots
,
best boots for auto mechanic
,
best boots for mechanics
,
best mechanic boots
,
best mechanic shoes
,
best shoes for auto mechanics
,
best shoes for mechanics
,
best work boots for mechanics
,
comfortable mechanic shoes
,
mechanics boots
,
snap on boots review