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Found out this week that we get a yearly $125 footwear allowance at work. Don't actually need anything, but going to get some these week anyway since the year is almost over.
The price of work boots is insane. I didn't know how bad until recently when I just happened to wander though the footwear section. Couldn't believe it.
 

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The price of work boots is insane. I didn't know how bad until recently when I just happened to wander though the footwear section. Couldn't believe it.
And it's something that's worth spending the extra money on for a good pair. I'm pretty cheap with most things, but work boots is one of the few things I'm willing to buy the premium ones. My current ones were around $250. Huge leap in quality and comfort from the cheap ones. I spent years wearing the cheap Walmart ones and years wearing more medium tier ones and none are even close and are lucky to last 6-12 months.
 

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And it's something that's worth spending the extra money on for a good pair. I'm pretty cheap with most things, but work boots is one of the few things I'm willing to buy the premium ones. My current ones were around $250. Huge leap in quality and comfort from the cheap ones. I spent years wearing the cheap Walmart ones and years wearing more medium tier ones and none are even close and are lucky to last 6-12 months.
That's the thing though. Even cheap ones aren't really cheap. They're just not great at being what they're supposed to be.
 

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That's the thing though. Even cheap ones aren't really cheap. They're just not great at being what they're supposed to be.
Yeah, I had a couple pairs of Wolverine boots and while they are comfortable they became no longer waterproof in under a year. The sole would start to pull away and let water in. And they are $120-150 boots. I got some Harley Davidson work boots on sale once and they didn't even last two weeks. I think they were more just for show even though they were called work boots.

Many claim non slip and all non slip are not created equal. When you're maneuvering a 2000lb pallet out on to a liftgate in the rain you definitely don't want to slip.
 

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Yeah, I had a couple pairs of Wolverine boots and while they are comfortable they became no longer waterproof in under a year. The sole would start to pull away and let water in. And they are $120-150 boots. I got some Harley Davidson work boots on sale once and they didn't even last two weeks. I think they were more just for show even though they were called work boots.

Many claim non slip and all non slip are not created equal. When you're maneuvering a 2000lb pallet out on to a liftgate in the rain you definitely don't want to slip.
Few years back I got a $50 pair of workboots. Worked in a warehouse, nothing strenuous, maybe carried like 50lbs max on cement floors. After a few months the fabric on the toes tore and the steel-toe piece fell down and pressed down on my foot when walking. Super uncomfortable lol! But I just kept wearing it because that was our max boot budget until the next year. It was one of the few sub-$100 options I could find.

Looking back my boss was such a cheapskate. I also had a gas mask that was held together with tape, had retake it every so often when it came loose again. Pretty sure it wasn't protecting me against anything, considering I was actually working with environmental toxins (and they stank!)...

Also surprised that Harley Davidson workboots are bad quality. I guess maybe that's why they were on sale. I had a pair of motorcycle boots from them that were super cute AND sturdy. Non-slip (or anti-slip? I don't know, they were grooved), full grain leather, Goodyear welted sole. I remember thinking damn, are their motorcycles this quality too? But they were covered under orthopedic insurance, and I got lucky cause usually they'd be sold out. Probably something like $500+ full price if I had to guess.

I find that shoes in general are worth investing in a good pair. The low quality ones literally fall apart on your feet as you're walking, or the cheap filler material pokes out and stabs you in the foot. Idek what they put in the soles but I got stabbed by things that feel like metal lol.
 

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Few years back I got a $50 pair of workboots. Worked in a warehouse, nothing strenuous, maybe carried like 50lbs max on cement floors. After a few months the fabric on the toes tore and the steel-toe piece fell down and pressed down on my foot when walking. Super uncomfortable lol! But I just kept wearing it because that was our max boot budget until the next year. It was one of the few sub-$100 options I could find.

Looking back my boss was such a cheapskate. I also had a gas mask that was held together with tape, had retake it every so often when it came loose again. Pretty sure it wasn't protecting me against anything, considering I was actually working with environmental toxins (and they stank!)...

Also surprised that Harley Davidson workboots are bad quality. I guess maybe that's why they were on sale. I had a pair of motorcycle boots from them that were super cute AND sturdy. Non-slip (or anti-slip? I don't know, they were grooved), full grain leather, Goodyear welted sole. I remember thinking damn, are their motorcycles this quality too? But they were covered under orthopedic insurance, and I got lucky cause usually they'd be sold out. Probably something like $500+ full price if I had to guess.

I find that shoes in general are worth investing in a good pair. The low quality ones literally fall apart on your feet as you're walking, or the cheap filler material pokes out and stabs you in the foot. Idek what they put in the soles but I got stabbed by things that feel like metal lol.

The Harley Davidson work boots did look really good, but yeah didn't last long at all. Might have been a one off bad pair because I've had some of their non work boots that seemed to last awhile.

The ones I have now are Ariat and they're the best work boots I've ever owned. Planning on getting another pair of these with the allowance from work. Well, it'll pay like half anyway. For half off I'll get a pair every year whether I need them or not and just keep them in reserve.

And yeah it's usually the sole and the seams on the cheap ones that go. I guess cheap materials and poor stitching. I remember growing up my dad wore the cowboy style work boots and he'd get them resoled every few years and they lasted forever. I also remember him saying they were a few hundred a pair back then, so in today's dollars they'd be very pricey.
 

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The Harley Davidson work boots did look really good, but yeah didn't last long at all. Might have been a one off bad pair because I've had some of their non work boots that seemed to last awhile.

The ones I have now are Ariat and they're the best work boots I've ever owned. Planning on getting another pair of these with the allowance from work. Well, it'll pay like half anyway. For half off I'll get a pair every year whether I need them or not and just keep them in reserve.

And yeah it's usually the sole and the seams on the cheap ones that go. I guess cheap materials and poor stitching. I remember growing up my dad wore the cowboy style work boots and he'd get them resoled every few years and they lasted forever. I also remember him saying they were a few hundred a pair back then, so in today's dollars they'd be very pricey.
1 pair every year, oh wow do you go through workboots that fast?? Ariat has some kickass looking cowboy boots!! I was ogling them online over the summer (too expensive to ship to me, and just too expensive in general), they look pretty good quality though.

There's actually a few shoe repair shops near me. I guess for older shoes with stitched soles (instead of cemented/glued) people still go to get them resoled and stuff. Nowadays most shoes seem to be glued, seems a better deal to just buy a new pair instead of getting them repaired (not sure if cemented soles can even be resoled). I wish I had stuff from long ago that can be repaired and reworn. It's so much better for the environment.
 

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1 pair every year, oh wow do you go through workboots that fast?? Ariat has some kickass looking cowboy boots!! I was ogling them online over the summer (too expensive to ship to me, and just too expensive in general), they look pretty good quality though.

There's actually a few shoe repair shops near me. I guess for older shoes with stitched soles (instead of cemented/glued) people still go to get them resoled and stuff. Nowadays most shoes seem to be glued, seems a better deal to just buy a new pair instead of getting them repaired (not sure if cemented soles can even be resoled). I wish I had stuff from long ago that can be repaired and reworn. It's so much better for the environment.

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.
 

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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.
"Pull-ons" as in Chelsea-type workboots (Is that a thing lol)? I have a pair of Chelseas with pretty thick/stiff leather - not sure how to describe, basically the kind of leather that doesn't stretch much / don't need break in - and it's a pain to pull them on and off, esp without a pull tab at the back. I was hunting for a second-hand pair of boots for a while and saw a lot of people selling their Chelseas in semi-new condition because of this problem lol. Although they do look nice.

And yeah I read there's a difference between anti-slip and non-slip, but I can't remember what it was. Kind of like waterproof vs. water resistant - one is like crazy expensive and runs up to a few thousand+, the other kind is like upwards of a few hundred and limited protection.

I'd assume shoe repair places have all kinds of soles, it's just a matter of price. You can probably hunt down some nice Vibram soles yourself and just pay the cost of having them switch it out for you. I've also seen people online slip-proofing their own boots with sandpaper and stuff, but if it's a nice pair you probably don't want to risk damaging it with some crazy DIY lol.
 

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"Pull-ons" as in Chelsea-type workboots (Is that a thing lol)? I have a pair of Chelseas with pretty thick/stiff leather - not sure how to describe, basically the kind of leather that doesn't stretch much / don't need break in - and it's a pain to pull them on and off, esp without a pull tab at the back. I was hunting for a second-hand pair of boots for a while and saw a lot of people selling their Chelseas in semi-new condition because of this problem lol. Although they do look nice.

And yeah I read there's a difference between anti-slip and non-slip, but I can't remember what it was. Kind of like waterproof vs. water resistant - one is like crazy expensive and runs up to a few thousand+, the other kind is like upwards of a few hundred and limited protection.

I'd assume shoe repair places have all kinds of soles, it's just a matter of price. You can probably hunt down some nice Vibram soles yourself and just pay the cost of having them switch it out for you. I've also seen people online slip-proofing their own boots with sandpaper and stuff, but if it's a nice pair you probably don't want to risk damaging it with some crazy DIY lol.
Had to look Chelsea boots up. Similar style, but I think western pull on work boots would be the name of the style. Like this:

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I've talked to a few of my coworkers on the phone about this over the last couple weeks. Being that we drive trucks around all night calling each other to pass the time is common. But only one other coworker and I wear these kind. A few wear lace up work boots or steel toe shoes and several just wear plain tennis shoes. Which seems insane to me. I would've lost toes already not to mention soaked feet every time it rains.
 

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Had to look Chelsea boots up. Similar style, but I think western pull on work boots would be the name of the style. Like this:

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I've talked to a few of my coworkers on the phone about this over the last couple weeks. Being that we drive trucks around all night calling each other to pass the time is common. But only one other coworker and I wear these kind. A few wear lace up work boots or steel toe shoes and several just wear plain tennis shoes. Which seems insane to me. I would've lost toes already not to mention soaked feet every time it rains.
Cool look!! I can't tell which part is stretchy for you to get them on though.

I thought your company had policy for mandatory steel-toe and that's why you get the allowance? But I can see how it might not be the best (or most comfortable) for driving. There's also driving shoes which basically look like tennis shoes, but I heard they have especially thin soles (or maybe they're thin everywhere, idk) and you can feel everything under the ground when you walk in them. Would give great sensitivity on the pedals, and look kind of posh too:

 

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Today whilst getting something from the cupboard I saw someone at work that I'd never seen before. This person got the wrong idea from our conversation. They are not impressed so far with some things I can tell that from what he said and how he was looking at things.

He assumed I worked in the kitchen. I said no I do the cleaning. I do the cleaning but not down here. If you find anything dirty here it's not in my section ( a staff member before has just assumed something that wasn't being done was my job). He repeated " not in your section". I said that does sound like I don't care but I can't keep cleaning someone else's section when I have too much to do in my own. But to my words not in my section and it sounds like I don't care he said "and you don't, that's okay" with a face not impressed.

I have never said "I don't clean down here, so if you find anything dirty it's not in my section" to anyone before; I feel like crying when I see how things are left sometimes, "after they've been cleaned" just because of his body language; the way he was looking at things and his disapproval it just came out.

Then I remembered that show Undercover Boss, I think that's what it is called, and just was thinking how my words "not in my section" would be perceived when it is the complete opposite. At jobs I have missed out breaks to get the work done and done to the best of my ability.

I love my job and I give all that I can. I don't like it when people get the wrong idea about me.
 

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I'll give this one bonus points for a comfortable looking shoe that also looks as sleek as an expensive car. I think my feet would be nice and aerodynamic in those. They would just glide through the windy days like butter.
A pair of shoes that glide through things like butter sounds like a recipe for falling on your *** lol! Back in middle school I only had flat-soled sneakers and would walk to school in winter. I learned to do this shuffling thing on the iced pavement to keep my balance. Not great for the soles. I mostly wear boots now, and I'm kind of picky about chunky soles. Some of those indoor floors can be damn slippery.

Today whilst getting something from the cupboard I saw someone at work that I'd never seen before. This person got the wrong idea from our conversation. They are not impressed so far with some things I can tell that from what he said and how he was looking at things.

He assumed I worked in the kitchen. I said no I do the cleaning. I do the cleaning but not down here. If you find anything dirty here it's not in my section ( a staff member before has just assumed something that wasn't being done was my job). He repeated " not in your section". I said that does sound like I don't care but I can't keep cleaning someone else's section when I have too much to do in my own. But to my words not in my section and it sounds like I don't care he said "and you don't, that's okay" with a face not impressed.

I have never said "I don't clean down here, so if you find anything dirty it's not in my section" to anyone before; I feel like crying when I see how things are left sometimes, "after they've been cleaned" just because of his body language; the way he was looking at things and his disapproval it just came out.

Then I remembered that show Undercover Boss, I think that's what it is called, and just was thinking how my words "not in my section" would be perceived when it is the complete opposite. At jobs I have missed out breaks to get the work done and done to the best of my ability.

I love my job and I give all that I can. I don't like it when people get the wrong idea about me.
Did he start off accusing you of not doing your job, or did he just ask you, "Do you work in the kitchen?" and you volunteered all this info yourself? I feel like some people in the workplace are just waiting to catch you out, and it's probably best not to tell them anything unless you need to. Especially if they're not your manager anyway.
 

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My sister, who's a couple of years younger than me, got her first job not that long ago. She now works going into elderly folks homes to take care of them and do their bidding. So good for her. 🎉The only thing that's weird is that she wears black nursing garments to work... like sis, you work taking care of the living, not the dead!

Her agency is desperately hiring... I think these kinds of nursing jobs are women dominated though. But it seems like a good way to practice social skills and sounds like a good beginner job as a whole.
 

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I told my team leader I’m starting a treatment program for generalised anxiety, and we are mapping it out first. It will cause me to be away from work a little over an hour once or twice a month, so I figured it would be best to just tell him. He said that was good, and sort of cheered on me.
Feels weird that he now walks around knowing this about me. It was unexpected that he took it so well.
 

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Woke to a call from my boss asking me to cover for one of the delivery guys who hadn’t showed up…said I’d shower & call her to pick me up & then right when I was about to step in the shower she texted saying he showed up late
 
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