But, unless absolutely necessary for what I'll be doing (e.g. lifting heavy stuff), I don't care for steel-toes at all anymore.
I find them terrible in cold weather or on a cold floor. The steel transfers the cold right into my toes and when I need to squat down to work on something, after awhile they feel like they're cutting my toes off at the edge of the metal.
Maybe it's just me getting older and feeling it more?
I just purchased my first pair of Wolverines Durashocks. They are 6" without steel toe.
Very comfortable boots, they come with a pretty nice insole.
I do wish they had the hooks instead of the eyelts on the 6" Durashocks.
I've been buying the $20 cheapies from Wal-mart. For me they take a week or so of breaking in (I'd alternate days with the old pair), but they'd last just as long if not longer than the more expensive brands.
New Balance shoes are the most frequently recommended shoes for people that have foot problems. In work shoes the New Balance foot support design is sold under the name Dunham. Dunham shoes have a limited number of steel toe designs but they do have good support. A search on the internet will let you see what Dunham offers. Regardless of the brand of steel toe shoes you buy get 1/2 size larger to avoid wearing the toe out of your socks.
I bought a pair at a end of season sale from the army-navy store in Alaska for $10. Best I've ever had. They are "Kit" name. Have worn these for 5 years and believe they will last many more. I've never heard of the "Kit" brand before or since, so can't help with a link.
I wear Matterhorns with the composite toe and shank. They don't conduct cold like steel does. Wear like iron too. I've got a pair of redwings but I've been less than impressed and would never buy another pair.
Double H, Carolina, Red Wing, Chippewa and Wolverines are all very good boots. Double H and Carolina are owned by the same company, and Red Wing and Chippewa are sister companies.
Find a store that carries several brands of good quality boots and that will assist you. Stay out of Wal-mart or "Boot R' Us" type stores.
Try on several pairs of different boots. Put them both on and walk around for a couple of minutes on the carpet. All boots are made a little differently, and different boots will fit different people differently. One boot may be the most comfortable that one person has ever worn, and may not fit the next person at all.
Make SURE you have room in the toe, and that the steel is not touching your toe anywhere. If it is, it will cut your toes once it starts breaking in. You will NEVER be able to make them comfortable.
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