- Trendy “work boots”
A la Redwing / Gorilla
I fancy a pair as they look super comfy but also like they’ll last a while…. but the prices? Seem like they start around $200 and go up and up. Why so pricey? ‘cos they last a long time? Are there any brands that are similar in style but not quite so hefty price-wise??Posted 11 months ago
Why so pricey?
I think you put the word ‘trendy’ in the subject.
Where are you if you’re quoting prices in dollars? Something made reasonably locally (as in on the same continent) helps if value for money matters* – one nation’s mundane staple is another’s exotic import.
*even though all the boots will actually have been made in the Far East where the brand is actually based seems to make a real difference.Posted 11 months ago
It amazes me how cheap proper workwear is at Screwfix / Toolstation etc,
Depends on a great deal though. How well something might last and how well it might function are different issues.
I buy a lot of snickers workwear, especially their trousers. You pay a fair whack for them but they last and they’re really well thought out. They’ve spawned a lot of imitators though. Needing some shorts at short-notice I picked up some pretty similar looking Dewalt shorts for about £20 from Screwfix – as material and a list of features you’d think they’re pretty much the same. They were shit – wore them once then off to the charity shop. Although they have all the same pockets as the snickers ones, every thing falls out of the holster pockets and you can’t actually get your hands into any of the other ones. Its a feature of snickers stuff that if you put anything in the back pockets it doesn’t stab you in the arse when you sit down. Dewalt solves that by making the pockets so tight if you put anything in them you can’t sit down 🙂
Got a tshirt by them at the same time and I honestly can’t figure out how they got the cut so wrong – it fights with you when you move. With both garments it seemed like at no point during design, manufacture or distribution anyone had actually tried the stuff on.
So in some instances its not just the specification / materials / manufacture you’re paying for its the thoughtPosted 11 months agoMrSmithMember
Seem like they start around $200 and go up and up. Why so pricey? ‘cos they last a long time?
Made in America (redwing) so higher labour and materials costs, plus they do last a long time and can be resoled easily by the manufacturer (they do resolves in the London shop)
Do you want boots to work in or walk to the pub? I have a pair of redwing beckmans that get most used in the colder months but if I worked on a site or outdoors I would probably wear something cheaper and more disposable. Why spend £250 on something that is going to get scuffed/covered in oil,paint,or whatever hazardous substance you work with?Posted 11 months agoistoMember
I absolutely love my RedWings – I wear them pretty much every day in the winter, including to work (albeit an office job). They are expensive because they are exceptionally well made and are Goodyear Welted….meaning they should be comfy and durable. A lot of people who buy them wear them until the sole is worn down and then get them resoled (which costs around £80). Once the sole is worn down again you will likely have got ten years wear out of them and will have grown attached to your favorite pair of boots. I couldn’t recommend them enough.Posted 11 months agochakapingSubscriber
I am not a fan of those chukka-style boots myself, but was recently shopping for some Chelsea boots.
Timberland did some nice ones but I was between sizes, Dr Martens look lovely but surprisingly trendy (and therefore pricey) now.
Got some bargain Clarks boots for £45 but they tore my ankles apart so I took them back, in the meantime I got some Dickies for £23 posted off eBay.
Obviously these are in no way a “luxury” product, but are surprisingly nice-looking, not as heavy as I expected and pretty comfy.
So their lace-up ones might be a budget option for you.Posted 11 months agoCountZeroMember
Do you want boots to work in or walk to the pub?
I’ve got a pair of boots supplied by work, steelies, very soft, flexible leather, light on my feet, ‘waterproof’, and very comfy. I wear them to the pub, into town, as well as at work. They’re Portwest FW57, they can be had for less than £30.
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£35 from screwfix, I wear them pretty much everyday for work for a year then retire them keeping an old pair for nasty jobs and buy a new nice pair for work.
I work in TV so it’s all very hipster, but frequently involves manhandling 150kg road trunks into a transit. They do everything from meetings to climbing up a scottish hillside to film wild cats!
My boss pays for them but I choose them.Posted 11 months agocromolyollyMember
Surely no discussion if trendy work boots can be complete without someone bringing up blundstones? The original* made in Australia** work boot.
* Not really
** Actually China for a few years now.
Had an old Aussie made pair which really were comfy. I might try rebooting backs or Rossi next – they are still made in Oz.Posted 11 months agosharkattackMember
I’m on my second pair of these North Face Berkeley things. They’re fully waterproof and feel like slippers. Plus they’re always on sale somewhere so no paying desperate hipster prices.
I killed the first pair in a year working outdoors all day, every day. Hopefully these will last longer now I’m in an office but I’ll buy a third pair if I need them.Posted 11 months agoThe Flying OxMember
Just an alternative view on Redwings. They’re comfy, yes, and the zip-up sides are a game changer, but I used to go through a pair roughly every couple of years when I was offshore. So that’s 12 months (give or take) of daily wear, albeit in a fairly harsh environment. It was always the sole/grip splitting and letting water in. They were provided by the company so I just ordered a new pair when they went, but if I was paying £200 out of my own pocket I wouldn’t be all that impressed.Posted 11 months agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Try looking at Engelbert Strauss. Great quality stuff, not the cheapest, but reasonably trendy and good customer service.Posted 11 months ago
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