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  • Electrician Seeking More Barefoot-like Work Shoes

    Hey guys!

    I've finally worn out my pair of wolverine boots and I am happy to be rid of them. I'm looking for a new pair of work shoes that will provide a minimal heel lift and somewhat barefoot style while still being durable for the rough use on the job site. This mythical shoe may not exist but I figured this would be as good a place as any to inquire. Are there any people in construction or the trades that have found something that is functional?

    Chad

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    No idea, but I would love something like that that I could pass off as compliant with the uniform regulations in the Army (670-1).

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    • #3
      There's a health & safety conference here in TO so tomorrow I'll inquire at the safety boot booths. Was there today and happened to see that there are lots of new styles of safety boots, even (stupid-looking) Ugg styles, but I was only walking by so I'll see about minimalist boots.
      Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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      • #4
        Minimalist, as in thin sole and no heel, is not enough for me.

        If the shoe is still shaped with the typical last, I will have to get such a large size to be comfortable width-wise that I have a huge emptiness between my foot and the end of the shoe. My foot isn't QUITE this, but it's in that direction.

        Let's look at the New Balance Minimus for a second. This is supposed to be one of the leading "minimalist shoes." Here's an overhead picture of it: LINK. How is that shape at all minimal?

        I have yet to find any company-made shoes with a wide enough toe box.

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        • #5
          I think the merrill trail glove comes in wide sizes, . As does the whole new balance minimus line

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          • #6
            OTZShoes

            Minimalist Footwear from Russell Moccasin
            http://kitoikitchen.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              I have to wear steel/composite toed shoes at work, it sucks. They never used to bother my feet but now the more time I spend barefoot outside of work, the more my feet (heels especially) are starting to hurt.

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              • #8
                Ok, the answer I got from one booth was that because of the minimum safety requirements of these shoes/boots, they simply cannot make them with a minimalist style. The soles must be able to resist cracking with use (from flexing) and puncture-resistant, etc.
                Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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                • #9
                  feelmax makes a barefoot shoe with a kevlar sole (rubber impregnated as well for abrasion resistance and water resistant). They also make a boot. Barefoot Ted tried to puncture the sole with a sharp object and could not feel the sharp point on the inside, and it did not puncture. Seems like that would work.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Unamused Mouse View Post
                    Ok, the answer I got from one booth was that because of the minimum safety requirements of these shoes/boots, they simply cannot make them with a minimalist style. The soles must be able to resist cracking with use (from flexing) and puncture-resistant, etc.
                    Ok but what about wide toes and zero-drop heel? Those reasons don't rule them out.

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                    • #11
                      I have been wearing these the past 2 years.

                      http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Tactical-.../dp/B00BPWOP8U

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                      • #12
                        VivoBarefoot makes pretty good boots that are intended to be minimalist.
                        "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers (1759-1834)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wiltondeportes View Post
                          My foot isn't QUITE this, but it's in that direction.
                          I have the opposite feet...long and narrow, no doubt due to jamming them into too-small shoes as while growing (very fast.) Ahh, what might have been...they're so narrow it affects my balance. Have bought some overly wide men's shoes which help. Also got some silicone toe-spreader thingies to try and keep the toes from curling down like my elderly mom's. Anyway, happy boot hunting!
                          Age 55, post-menopausal, primal since August '12 with some dairy, lots of seafood, following PHD and the 5 Leptin Rules. Taking ThyroGold, eating RS and zero wheat with great results. My Primal Journal

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