Best Work Boot Insert

Discussion in 'Health & Safety Forum' started by Mike Antonetti, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Depending on foot needs what’s the best shoe insert for comfort. I’ve seen Custom I guess you step on a forming mold then send it in for design/selection/making.

    Off the shelf I’ve bought Dr. Shoals gels and use to get some from foot specialists but nothing custom designed.
  2. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member Senior Member

    Bet if you went to Hong Kong you could get custom. My Dad had one leg longer and had custom shoes made in less than a day there on one trip.
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  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    My foot was always my favorite work boot insert. I must say, though, I rarely used boots. I used white(ish) soled athletic shoes prob'ly 99.5% of the time. The other .5% I used boots only because they were required and the chance of getting booted (no pun intended) from a job without them was high. That was usually gov'ment work at the nearby military base, the prison or the Forest Service, so that .5% was prob'ly more like .2% over the course of 35 years.

    Can't say I never tried shoe inserts - several different kinds - but just never found any that I liked and mostly just felt like I didn't need them.
  4. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    I'm a work boot guy. Specifically timberland pro work boots. I haven't owned a pair of sneakers in probably 10 years.
    Every now and then I'll do some dr shoals inserts. But their really not for me. Stuffing them in my pro knees would suit me better.

    I do like these boot toe protectors though. They'll extend the life of your boots quite a bit. 15431830161133825911162843248064.jpg
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  5. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    I just bought my first pair of Keen shoes. Very comfortable. I'm told they last a long time. I did not get the steel toe. Black Friday sale. Regular price $124.99. I got them for $94

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  6. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I have the Keens it’s just the inserts are basic. Foot injury and other issues I need to walk on a cloud.

    My brother has Keens he said are now 2 years old. Think the toe finally wore through and he says he’s getting another pair, longest lasting he’s had.

    I was gettin the Mt. Vernon model but recently switched as the inside of sole was separating from outside but were most comfortable day one I guess because of the cushiony inside of sole.

    Celia at Keen has been good for customer service I’ve sent back a pair that when I called them spoke to another rep recommended a boot that I emailed what was most durable and they were not better than the Mt. Vernon’s which may have separated due to walking on wood coals during burning land clearing. So last I said I’d pay 600$ for an extremely durable boot. She emailed a few weeks ago but I haven’t emailed back.
  7. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    I do want to get a soft insert for them.
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  8. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    My Brother bought three pairs of expensive arch supports ( I'll ask him for the name later ) so I gave them a try for appx. a week or so. He swears by them, but I had no relief.
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  9. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    What helps one doesn’t always help another. But dam same dna you ought to have the same foot design no? Twin ? No, world can’t handle X 2!
  10. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    The name on the arch support is Neutral Arch / Sofsole FIT / anatomical fit

    It has appx. an 1/8'' cushion attached to a hard plastic arch support. It looks like it should work wonders and for my Bro. it does, but for me toooo much arch. Best of luck for relief.

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  11. flrguy89

    flrguy89 Pro Member

    I use redwing 6” boots and have used them for many years. Always get their inserts. Warm them up in oven then step in boot, basicallynmolds to your foot. Your at about $100 per foot with boot and inset but I figure I drop at least that one decent dinner with the wife and feet I work on everyday. I know the redwings are more upfront but I would go through timberlands in about 4 months.
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  12. Dan Schultz

    Dan Schultz Certified Wood Floor Inspector Charter Member

    I'm with firguy89 on this one, only I prefer an 8" boot. My current pair are four years old and worn daily. The soles are almost ready to be replaced, but they are FOUR years old. Keep them polished weekly or so and they can be worn for most any occasion. Yes, even funerals.

    As to the Red Wing inserts, you step on a scale looking thing in the store and it displays where your weight is on your feet. That dictates which insert you need.

    By the way, most~but not quite all, Red Wings are union made in the USA!
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  13. Jeggers

    Jeggers Pro Member

    I wear these redwings with their upgrade inserts.
    The boa lacing system keeps my boots tight all day, even when my pro knees are rubbing the top of the boot. I also use the tufftoe epoxy on the fronts. RW04216C_MUL_N1_0115.jpeg
    I think I'm due for a new pair
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  14. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    That’s weird, looks like a ratcheting system. Your legit, you know those fn proknee pads mess with some laces. I cross the laces 3 times on the loop then triple tie the knot.

    Gotten away from Redwings due to narrow toe box. Many were not made in USA and the designed toe top guard on the Keens have not worn out on me, my brothers pair maybe. Thoroughgood also has the toe design made I believe out of Urethane integrated with the sole.

    Unaware of upgrade inserts by Redwing as I was purchasing from mom and pop shop for about 10 years. They warranted a pair of Redwings for me said to be waterproof only for couple months. I’ve given up on that claim as now keen says they have a metal plate in one of their boot models.

    Redwing laces I’ve heard are free if something goes wrong with them just stop in a Redwing store.

    I hear ya Redwing your just not doing it for me!
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  15. flrguy89

    flrguy89 Pro Member

    buy me they would give you a 10% discount if you have a union membership. Not sure if they still of that. Like mikeI can't use narrow boots so i just can't do the steel toe thing
  16. Jeggers

    Jeggers Pro Member

    It is kind of a ratcheting system, they use the same system on some snowboarding boots. The best part is when you want to release them you just pull the dial outward and the laces release. I've fallen asleep with my boots on over not wanting to untie and take them off.
  17. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Rockies were a nice wide steel toebox I recall.

    Some naps I want my boots off knowing I won’t doze with them on.

    Hot Florida I remove them and the inserts flip upside down on vanity for dehumidifier blower to dry often. Organics from breached soles and moisture don’t mix well, kept on for couple days for family emergency followed by thorough cleaning and some odoban.

    Some inserts trap moisture under them, current have 1/8”holes in them. I would like a wicking system to bring moisture out of boot, Florida humidity in air there’s nowhere for moisture to go it’s balanced.
  18. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Best thing I’ve found for me throughout several different brands of boots is a quality pair of wool socks, even during the summer. Warmth in the winter and wicks moisture in the summer. I carried a spare pair of socks and switched them out if needed. Cuts down on the ol foot odor and helps avoid athletes foot.
  19. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I don't want to hijack subject but if you have athletes foot don't wipe your feet first then wipe your crotch, athletes foot spreads, speaking from experience here. It not comfortable.


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  20. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    I buy keens like Chris’s, did the math and they’re cheaper than wearing out cheap shoes regularly. The keens will last me about a year of work and be more comfortable than the $50 sneakers. The toe is pretty much perfect for flooring installation
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