No, I'm really not that hard on them at my current job. It's 90% driving, but with self unload you want safety toe, waterproof, and non slip. Most of the wear comes from dragging heavy pallets on concrete that ends up wearing the heels. I switched to pull ons because I caught my laces on stuff constantly. It's a little weird walking in them at first, but you get used to it. I actually prefer them now over lace up boots for my job.
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I ended up just getting another pair of Ariats that are identical to the ones I already have. Kinda wanted something more plain and a bit cheaper, but all the other ones I tried on didn't pass my slip test. I try sliding around the floor at the store to test the non slip. I guess these are made for oilfield work or something, says oil exploration on the tag whatever that is. But the grip on the bottom is crazy good. I don't want to get out here in the rain dragging a pallet and slip.
Didn't know that about the stitched soles. There's a few boot stores in this area I guess that probably do sole repair and replacement. I wonder if they can get the super grippy non slip soles.