However there are times when I need some foot protection, e.g. using
a strimmer or brush cutter, tree felling, etc. I have a pair of boots
I acquired when I worked in the oil industry and usually use them but
they have some disadvantages:-
They take a while to put on, need socks and laces to be done up,
thus I don't always use them when I should.
They're hot, especially at the moment.
They will eventually wear out.
So I'm looking for alternatives, my main criteria are:-
Easy/quick to put on, e.g. a side zipper or maybe velcro fastening.
It would be good if they were lined so don't need socks, less hassle.
Some sort of breathable material so my feet don't get too hot.
They don't *have* to be serious protection against droppping heavy
weights on my feet, i.e. steel toecaps are not necessary. That's not
what happens with a strimmer or brush cutter.
Any ideas or suggestions?
> However there are times when I need some foot protection, e.g. using
> a strimmer or brush cutter, tree felling, etc. I have a pair of boots
Yanks in Vietnam discovered the need for a new sort of boot - Big
cleated sole for mud, canvas sides rather than leather, with drainage
holes, and an anti-spike plate in the sole. You can get these through
mil-surplus or eBay. They're lighter and cooler than ammo boots, have
good soles for gardening and have a reasonable level of impact
resistance. You could always add zip-lacing if you wanted quicker
access (a pair of zips with lace holes in, that you lace permanently
onto the boots - you can convert your best combats into Damart
You tried local camping/outdoor shop? Surely they have something suitable?
Crocs maybe ?
> Easy/quick to put on, e.g. a side zipper or maybe velcro fastening.
Fairly easy, you only have to do up/undo the lace at the top, not all the
> It would be good if they were lined so don't need socks, less
> Some sort of breathable material so my feet don't get too hot.
Not too bad, better than boots in the hot weather.
> They don't *have* to be serious protection against droppping heavy
> weights on my feet, i.e. steel toecaps are not necessary. That's not
> what happens with a strimmer or brush cutter.
No, but a strimmer could do serious damage to toes I expect.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
Thanks for all the other ideas too.
I carry rigger boots in the car, mainly use them for taking the horses in
and out of muddy fields. They are quite heavy and although they are cheaper
on the web do try before you buy, because some have more supple leather than
others (even in the shop). Farm supply shops like Countrywide stock them
They soften up well if treated with lots of traditional dubbin. They pull
off if you get stuck in mud, I think this is a design feature for
construction sites etc if you find yourself about to be mown down by a
digger. They come in fleece lined and unlined versions but the lining isn't
particularly durable and you probably want thick socks (eg cotton sports
Wooden ones offer better protection. When using a strimmer I always
What, on your feet? :-) Quite agree though, I wear my safety glasses.