So, I am in need of an excellent pair of soft-toed work boots. I spend all day on concrete which is often wet and muddy, so good traction and reasonable water resistance is a must (I understand that you can make pretty much any solid leather boot water-resistant with the right treatment, though, so I’m not too worried about that). I spend virtually all of my time on my feet standing, while also walking upwards of a few miles a day, so light-weight comfort is vital. I’m also underpaid, so durability is paramount. I came into this job with a brand new pair of Skechers hiking boots which lasted all of three months before the soles fell off; this is what I’m trying to avoid.
My price point is under $150. I could afford to spend more if I really wanted, but I don’t. And from what I’ve seen, it doesn’t appear as though that will be necessary anyway.
My top two choices at the moment are as follows:
They both seem to be well reviewed around the Internet, with the Thorogoods appearing to be slightly more comfortable. Apparently they do not have a Vibram sole as pictured, though, but I’m not sure if that’s a big deal or not since I don’t know how good (or bad) the replacement is.
I have a price watch on camelcamelcamel for the Thorogoods since they appear to drop down about $40 every few months (and I’m hoping that cycle is coming up shortly).
Thoughts? Other suggestions?
Oh and while we’re on the subject of footwear, I want to put out a recommendation for People Socks which I’ve been wearing for the last few months. This is my first foray into the world of wool socks, and I absolutely love them.