There is no way I could stalk anything but a telephone pole in mine. Do your Pronghorns creek when you walk?Danner Pronghorns for hunting.
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Nope...quiet as a mouse.There is no way I could stalk anything but a telephone pole in mine. Do your Pronghorns creek when you walk?
After seeing this above and knowing how comfortable my younger son said his Ariat "Ramblers" are, I bought (ordered online) me some Ariats. I didn't get the "Workhogs" model though as I didn't want the steel toe nor the "Rambler" model as his Ramblers doesn't have a stiff upper. Instead I got the "Ariat Men's Sierra Wide Square Toe St Boot". Hopefully they will be as comfortable as you and my son say Ariats are. GI1I destroyed my Oakley boots, went through 2 pair in one deployment. Ended up going back to the issue Altamas for the remainder. All of them ended up tearing the inside heels out.
After graduating to civilianhood, I picked up a pair of Ariat Workhogs. I decided to forgo laces, as I am coming in and out all the time and hate dealing with them. Best money I ever spent. I've had knee, hip, and back issues ever since joining the Army, and they've been near non-existent since buying these.
I've worn them hunting in the cold with pouring rain with no problems, including dragging a deer out about a mile. Gotten them covered in mud, a quick rinse in the sink, a brush, and out to dinner with them. Honestly, I don't think I've worn another pair of shoes in months.
Mine aren't steel/composite toed. They have like 4 models though.After seeing this above and knowing how comfortable my younger son said his Ariat "Ramblers" are, I bought (ordered online) me some Ariats. I didn't get the "Workhogs" model though as I didn't want the steel toe nor the "Rambler" model as his Ramblers doesn't have a stiff upper. Instead I got the "Ariat Men's Sierra Wide Square Toe St Boot". Hopefully they will be as comfortable as you and my son say Ariats are. GI1
My workhogs are waterproof with no steel toe. Like I said earlier, I shattered both of my heels 6 years ago and a lot of shoes hurt like hell. Those workhogs are so comfortable, I don't even wear sneakers anymore. I'm done with laces as well.Mine aren't steel/composite toed. They have like 4 models though.
My suggestion for break in is to take out the insert for a week or two, then once it feels comfortable, put them back in. First pair of boots I broke in this way, and first without a blister too.
I couldn't find Workhogs without the steel toe, but that was probably just my crummy shopping online ability. I also had to find boots in a size 14, which makes the selection less numerous to choose from as well. I used to wear a composite toe, but with my left foot being messed up, I prefer not to do so. I just went back and checked the description and these do have a steel toe after all...I guess I missed that after searching so many different boots and sites. Oh well, it won't be a deal breaker if it doesn't rub my toes on the left foot. The steel toe (if comfortable) will actually come in handy with my doing stuff around the farm and woods.
I will probably treat the boots with silicone if they aren't as water resistant as I prefer, but really, I have found a good pair of rubber boots gets the job done when it is nasty outside. I also have to wear my inserts from the VA or I pay for it later.
Here are the ones I got: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074901G8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
These are the ones I bought from country outfitter (they usually have sales right now). Amazon has an easy return policy if you really don't want stereotype.These are mine. Amazon has a 14 but D. I have a 10.5 EE. I had to put a 36" culvert in at the bottom of my pasture and after placing rip rap and sealing one end up with whatever wire fencing I could scrounge up, I had spent an hour and a half in the creek with no leaks in my boots.
For quiet walking in the woods, nothing can beat moccasins (unless it's bare feet but then you end up watching out for your feet too much). For a while you could buy hightop 8" moosehide 'mukluk' versions that offered some ankle protection (against bites and scrapes etc) and were great. They were actually made for snowshoeing and not for the city or tourist trades; haven't seen them for years.There is no way I could stalk anything but a telephone pole in mine. Do your Pronghorns creek when you walk?
Lets talk boots and other footwear. You can only go as far as your feet will take you in many a true SHTF situation.
As I get older, I am having more and more foot issues from years of punishing my feet in the military when I was young and invincible. I wish I had paid the extra for the best shoes and boots when I was younger and I probably wouldn't have the issues I have now, not to mention my knees would be in better shape as well.
Around 2006 or so I began searching for the best boot to wear while in uniform and though not "authorized", I ended up wearing the full-size Converse Desert boot with the side zipper as it was the most comfortable boot I had ever worn. Now that I am older and have even more issues, I have to add my inserts from the VA to them, but they are still almost on a par with my Nike running shoes that I also have to add an insert to make them comfortable. They will wear out over time, as I have gone through several pairs (8 inch and 6 inch versions), and they can not be resoled as far as I can tell, but like a pair of high top basketball shoes, they are lightweight, comfortable and give good ankle support. They are definitely not for colder climates.
I wear the 6"version now, and the last pair I bought were made by Reebok as Converse has discontinued them. The boot is pictured here: http://www.lapolicegear.com/coc86mecotoe.html
If you are looking for a comfortable boot and can find any of the Converse ones in stock in your size, these are comfortable. If you can't find any, the Reeboks look to be basically the exact same boot.
How about the rest of you - What boot or shoes do you recommend for a combination of comfort/wearability and durability?