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Dureable waterproof footwear

I can never seem to get a good pair of waterproof work footwear.I've tried boots and trainers ( all protective toe caps) and never found one that's built to stay waterproof for more than a few months.What do you guys use and recommend?I do a lot of lawnmowing so that involves a lot of walking.Please no wellingtons :-).I have used brands from haix, 2 pairs, both leaked within weeks, to screwfix cheapies.They need to be comfortable and durable.Thanks

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  • PRO

    I wear Doc Marten industrial work boots , They last longer than any other boot i have tried and very durable and comfortable , I find the outer part of the boot outlasts the inner , I can't seem to cure this even by using inner soles , most boots only last me a season the later ones will have lasted Two seasons if they get me through December , also i have not suffered from the dreaded plantar fasciitis since wearing the doc's due to the foot arch support and i use the recommended dubbin on the outer skin .   

  • PRO
    The trouble with Doc Martins comes trying to walk quietly when you have a puncture.

    Andy
    • PRO

      Hi Andy The industrial ones have a solid sole with treads , so far not had a problem with punctures . 

      My one issue is with the snug fit , very comfy when working but a pain to get off after working in them for several hours , I think feet must swell up when warm . 

      slip on's are easier but end up getting grass and soil down them .

  • PRO

    Currently using Cat 8inch steels, and a pair of Haix 6inch kevlar (for working airside - saves taking off your boots and getting soggy socks for 12 hours!). Found both to be comfy and waterproof, including wading in ditches. But no matter the boot, i've yet to find one that will last for more than 2 years.I also use orthopedic inserts for extra comfort. And a monthly visit to a chiropodist!

  • PRO
    I use these a lot of cash but really comfortable:)
    http://mammothworkwear.com/timberland-pro-hampton-safety-work-boots...
    Timberland Pro Hampton Safety Work Boots
    The Timberland Pro Hampton Work Boot has Shock-Guard technology designed to absorb impacts before it affects the foot, and protects the metatarsal ar…
  • I wear trainers with army surplus goretex socks ( new un used because I am not a savage ) never let me down can walk through puddles and streams with them.
    If you cant get the ex mil ones sealskinz are who make them civilian ones are about £25 new and last me a couple of years
  • PRO
    How many of you are ensuring there is a protective midsole with a spring steel plate in the sole to protect you if you stand on a nail to prevent it penetrating your foot, as I had happen to me when I was a kid helping to take a shed down whilst wearing wellies.

    One guy I know managed to cut through the sole of a boot with a chainsaw and cut into his foot when he slipped whilst using a chainsaw in a ditch though that is not generally seen as a potential risk.


    Midsole penetration protection (P) – SB-P, S1-P, S3, S5

    Sharp objects where we walk and stand are a significant risk not only in the workplace but also outdoors and at home. Midsole protection will guard against nails and other objects. To meet this standard the footwear must be able to resist a penetration force of 1100N. Midsole protection is provided in one of these methods: a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole, or by Kevlar insole. The Aluminium and Kevlar solutions are the most flexible and lightest and cover the greatest area of the foot. Kevlar insoles also offer much higher thermal insulation.

    https://www.shponline.co.uk/safety-boots-footwear-a-buyers-guide/

    Andy
    Safety Boots and Footwear: The Complete Buyer’s Guide
    The complete guide to finding the right safety boots and footwear for your workforce
    • PRO
      I always go for s3 boots
      Safety Boots and Footwear: The Complete Buyer’s Guide
      The complete guide to finding the right safety boots and footwear for your workforce
      • PRO
        Who knows what is hiding in the stinging nettles?
        Safety Boots and Footwear: The Complete Buyer’s Guide
        The complete guide to finding the right safety boots and footwear for your workforce
  • Gore Tex, simpatex etc lined boots should be fine, if they're not, send them back, even if it is aftrr a few months.
    Spend £100+ or....
    Dunlop wellies are pretty good for a tenner
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