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francopoli  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 29, 2018

Since there is nowhere else to really ask my question...

For some 20+ years I have worn timberland shoes. Why? It is hard as hell to find a decent, comfortable, presentable shoe that fits my size 14 wide feet. This one to be exact I used to swear by Redwing, but they stopped offering the good stuff in my size. I need a tall boot (6") to protect my weak ass ankles made of glass, but still kinda look like a work shoe. I'd go to Oxford style but I roll my useless ankles just by looking at them it seems.

The last two pairs? I think they changed the manufacturing and lowered the quality settings. I buy two pairs of shoes and alternate them day to day. This lets the boot air out, and the shoes last longer. I also have a backup in the event that I need to use one pair for grunt work and one pair for meetings and looking pretty. Using this system a set of boots will normally last 2-3 years. The last two, however, fucking hell. The eyelets are falling apart already, only nine months in. The soles are compressing. The tongues on all four shoes are showing signs of excess wear. The soles on two shoes (one left and one right else I would think it was me) are starting to pull loose. I've worn through the heel one one pair and the ball of my foot on the other. And they fit tighter than a normal 14W. Otherwise they look the same as the old pairs, the best of those I use in the yard.

I want to go back to Redwing, but the boot styles I like are no longer made in size 14. This is my problem. Also, $600 for two pairs of shoes is tough to suck up all at once.

Any guys out there with giant clodhoppers? Where do you get shoes? Any suggestions?

goobster  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm only a 12, but I used to wear boots exclusively. Timberlands, Docs, etc. I used to do the same shoe-cycling you do, to keep the wear down, keep them fresh, and keep my feet from getting nasty diseases.

I took a close look at my life about 3 or 4 years ago, and realized I need one EXCELLENT pair of boots to wear when I actually need them, and lighter-weight shoes for the rest of my life.

I have, like, 4 or 5 pairs of shoes like this, now:

I wear them most days for a couple of reasons:

1. They are much lighter weight.

2. They don't get stinky.

3. No ankle-rolling because they are basically flat. There's nothing to fall off of.

4. The bursitis in my knee has basically gone away, now that I am not lugging around 5 lbs of shoe with every goddamn step.


For the days when I need an actual BOOT, I go with Danner:

For your size 14 skis, I have no idea if any of this is helpful, but this is my experience moving away from the "I must wear boots every day" mentality, and the benefits I gained from it.

(Of course, if you work in a blacksmith shop on concrete floors 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can ignore this post... :-)

flagamuffin  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·  

r/frugalmalefashion has deals on red wings and red wings lookalikes pretty often. with your weird size you might actually snag some before everyone else does

kleinbl00  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Why are you buying your 7-hole Docs from Timberland?

My feet are tiny. However, a whole bunch of running-related injuries went away when I got some custom orthotics from a podiatrist. You might also roll your ankles less if you stop wearing a heel. I've always found it hilarious that the only people who wear high heels are strippers, bikers and cowboys.

francopoli  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Docs stopped making size 14 Wide a decade ago. They also fit my feet weird. The heel thing is kinda funny, in a "fuck my life" sort of fashion.

When I walk I strike my heel. Not so bad when you are young and fit. When you are old and large, it starts to hurt after a while. I do have a pair of sneakers without the padded heel. I paid to get fitted so that the shoes match my feet, and even still the heel and lack of arch hurt after 12 hours in the shoes.

I'm probably going to have to nut up and go to a podiatrist and a therapist and relearn how to walk and not fuck up my feet.

kleinbl00  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I'm probably going to have to nut up and go to a podiatrist and a therapist and relearn how to walk and not fuck up my feet.

Start with the podiatrist. Don't let him cut any tendons or give you any injections. They tend to go extreme.

A decent pair of carbon fiber orthotics are a revelation. Trust me on this. You do what you do except now you don't need to stop. Make sure they fit, though. The last pair I bought, I went running and finished with blisters the size of Oxy pads. Those suckas went back and they refitted.