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shanky887614

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bought a set a of grafters a while ago

after 2 months of apprenticeship they are falling to pieces

what do you recommend?

don't have a clue what to go for, am tempted by dr martens as ive got a pair of there normal boots and like em
 

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Depends on what you're wearing them for! Shlopping about on a muddy site then you want a set of Scruffs Riggers boots, nipping into an office block to change a lightbulb and you want some ppe trainers! Cat's are good if you can afford the price tag, if not then you can pick up perfectly good unbranded steel toe boots from wholesale ppe suppliers for £15 - wear them for six months and throw them away!
 

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Dewalt boots have last me longest normally get 12 to 18 months out of them. I would take them grafters back and tell them there not fit for purpose and you want your money back
 
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shanky887614

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really need steeltoe capped boots, working a fair bit on different building sites.

the last pair i got from springfields and they got wrecked in 2 months, looking for a better pair, had a pair of cats before and was really disappointed with them.

will quite happily pay upto 50-60. working 5-7 days a week atm and normally 10-12 hour days
 
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bought a set a of grafters a while ago

after 2 months of apprenticeship they are falling to pieces

what do you recommend?

don't have a clue what to go for, am tempted by dr martens as ive got a pair of there normal boots and like em
anything that complies really and are comfy to wear,its not a fashion show:28: tho some will disagree,you know the posey ones..:pimp2:
 
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I've got a set of dealt apprentice 's comfiest boots I've ever had , light too!! But for house bashing I usually wear a pair of trainers!! ( tin hat on from the h&s police!!! It's ok my hard hat is on!!!)
 

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In my opinion,there are NO finer boots than Redwing.Wore them for thirty years (not same pair!) They come in half sizes,half a dozen widths and 'Last numbers' (actual foot shape).Comfy,waterproof and never had foot problems and have,in the past,had em' on for 30 odd hours at a time during emergency work.Now for the sad bit,Very expensive and to have choice,its a Stateside order!
 

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Mine came from Toolstation of all places... on their website they're just listed as "safety site boots" but the pair I have are excellent, quality is on par with any of the branded stuff
 

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I have dr martens tamarack, they are by far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn. They are about £95 though, managed to get mine for £70 odd in the recent arco sale.
 

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Got a pair of Altberg Aqua's from my last 'employer'. Fantastically comfortable, light and my feet don't get sweaty, just like wearing slippers. Downside is they're £164 to replace...

Got a pair of Scruff's Hikers, again comfortable but I've found you need to be a bit looser with the lacing near the top as they gave me a bit of ankle pain to start with, seem to be pretty hard wearing as well. Knocked a couple of bathrooms worth of tiles off whilst wearing them and there's next to no damage or cuts on them.
 
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^^ as above. im on my second pair now. the first ones went through too many site pubs and night clubs to mention (working that is) not sitting in them drinking lol. seriously though they are the best pair of steelies I have ever had. went through a hard winter with them and only got wet feet once. around £35 if you shop around and in my opinion they are worth double that amount but dont be telling them wholesalers :D
 
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shanky887614

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DM tread Chukka's, bought a pair after being recommended them by a friend and they are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn.

Arco Website - Dr. Martens Tred Chukka Safety Boot from Dr. Martens - Product 6G8100
bought a pair of these for £65 from doctor martens website (there called outdoor 7a something there)

very comfy, feel like slippers, tried dewalt aprentice boots and some cats at a local shop and they don't compare to the docs. maybe because the most expensive pair i tried on in that shop were £50
 

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im off to sports direct to replace my karrimor steel toe cap boots with another pair of same tomorrow, as they're simply worn out!

comfy waterproof and cheap, less than £25 i think.
 
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DM tread Chukka's, bought a pair after being recommended them by a friend and they are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. Arco Website - Dr. Martens Tred Chukka Safety Boot from Dr. Martens - Product 6G8100
had them 6 weeks. got them on 27th July and stitching has split and leather started to part on the side im not impressed, they are being returned tomorrow. thankfully there return policy is top notch. they give you a label to post back first class now got to go to a crap spare pair of boots, glad i waited before deciding to get another pair (the spare are horrible to wear but better than nothing)
 
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I used to get Catapillar boots from Makro (£35), untill they stopped doing them and started doing DeWalt Chieftens for the same money.
I recently tried Black & Decker brooklyn boots which are a lot lighter and only cost about £24.
Had them nearly a year now, and if I use my bike for work, I wear them when riding the bike.
 

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redback dealer boots

really comfy, well made and tough and they slip on/off. Although I don't really wear mine much anymore unless i'm in a factory/farm/site etc. normally a pair of trainers as i'm mainly domestic.
 

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Dewalt apprentice. If you shop around a bit you often find them being sold with a free give away such as a tote bag or something of that nature. Keep your eye out for a deal.

Alternatively, i just throw some flip flops on. :drunk:

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Ive also just noticed this thread is 2 months old. Im sure the OP has found himself some boots by now.....
 

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these will be approaching the end of their life soon.
purchased in screwfix around 2 years ago for 40 quid.. lightweight. worn them almost everyday, included some
hiking and occasional muddy sites.
big minus is that the upper is synthetic, and after all day wearing they smell... got to keep them in the shed overnight :)

may go for leather apperentice ones with next pair.11092012038.jpg
 
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shanky887614

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from my experience dickies footwear has either been incredibly uncomfortable or fell to bits in 2 months!
thats why i paid more for mine.

i believe there are two things you shouldn't skimp on
boots and matress. if your not in one your in the other

(whats the most comforable boots you guys have tried)
 

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bought a pair of dr martins for £80 had them a year or so before needing a new pair, i work in the petrol forecourt industry so they get covered in fuels which takes its toll on them, popped into arco the other day for a new pair to find the same ones on offer at £20 a pair, so quickly purchased 2 new pairs :)
 
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shanky887614

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bought a pair of dr martins for £80 had them a year or so before needing a new pair, i work in the petrol forecourt industry so they get covered in fuels which takes its toll on them, popped into arco the other day for a new pair to find the same ones on offer at £20 a pair, so quickly purchased 2 new pairs :)

just got email from dm

they sending me a replacement pair free of charge.
 

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I got a pair of timberland pro work trainers they look more like skater shoes but they have lasted a hell of a lot longer than my old dewalts, dickes and several unbranded screwfix specials.

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I got a pair of timberland pro work trainers they look more like skater shoes but they have lasted a hell of a lot longer than my old dewalts, dickes and several unbranded screwfix specials.
 
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