Survival Footwear

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by BobR1, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. BobR1

    BobR1 Well-Known Member

    In another post OldCooteHillBilly mentioned footwear as a Survival Preperation Item. This got me to thinking. I normally keep extra gloves around because they wear out quickly when used hard. I have not kept extra boots as part of my survival preperation inventory however.
    The last 5 pairs of lace up boots I have bought have all been pitiful quality. The last pair were camo Cordura lace ups from Wal-Mart. They started to come unstitched at about 3 months. I live in the country and I am hard on gear. I am out cutting fire wood, fixing fence, building things, etc all the time. I am a good test subject for using gear, and seeing how it holds up.

    Bottom line the last 5 pair of boots have all been made in China or possibly Vietnam on the 511 Brand boots. While they all looked good when I bought them, they all came apart when used hard way too soon. Not good when your gear may need to stay together for a long time while used hard.

    This is a subject worth a little research to determine what one should buy. I am sure you can still buy good boots that stay together, a source other than Wal-Mart is going to be called for on this one.

    Lets look into this a little deeper. Footweat is fairly important. It is a lot more important when you are barefoot, which you will be shortly with China made boots in a survival situation.
  2. Tirediron

    Tirediron RockyMountainCanadian

    We buy Dakota boots , supplied by marks work wear house in Canada. They are made in vietnam. the quality is good the price is reasonable , under $200 for solid work boots. they also make a leather winter boot with a removable liner, by far the best winter boot that I have ever had, also around $200, they seem like they will last for years if maintained.:beercheer:

  3. philjam

    philjam Well-Known Member

    Muck boots are comfortable, warm and reasonable.
  4. Reblazed

    Reblazed Member

  5. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

    I buy my work boots at Mills Fleet Farm, there fin an feather brand. I do construction work fer the state, perty rough on the boots, I get bout 2 years outa them before I put them in second string an buy a new pair.

    In the winter, most a the time I get buy with a good pair of undersocks followed by wool socks, my work boots an a pair a 5 buckle overshoes on top. When the temp gets well below zero I switch ta a pair of LaCrosse pack boots.
  6. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    Ahhh...I have a book that starts at size 4---these are next on my list after checking at TSC first...

    I ordered a military tent stove --it was here in less than a week and I have extremely cold hands and feet, so boots are next on my list--

    # 0801 black with valve ( size 4-14 wide, narrow, and regular) -20 degrees guaranteed!!! 69.00

    Coleman's Military Surplus
    Coleman's Military Surplus, army surplus. survival gear, hunting, camping gear
  7. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

    I like Timberlands. I had a pair of Timberland Pro's that claimed to be water proof (they're not) that fit like sneakers right out of the box. Work pays for one pair of boots every 2 years up to $150 but will replace them sooner if they have degraded to the point that they are no longer compliant to the safety regs in the level of protection they provide. I wear them a lot, and not just at work. I keep old boots as a "second string" as Old Coot said. My Timberlands just split across the sole after about a year and a half so I got a new pair of identical ones because they're so comfortable. They're made in China, of course.

    My current barn boots are a worn out pair of Red Wings with the toes worn down to the steel and bald soles. They've lasted far longer than any other boots I've ever had but they're just not as comfortable as my Timberlands. Especially since work pays, I worry more about comfort than durability.

    The last boots I bought on my own were Herman Survivors from WalMart. Also very comfortable but totally inferior quality. The bottoms of the soles split after a matter of months on 3 pairs that I had. Unacceptable, and it's a shame because they're really comfortable and they're nice looking boots.

    I wear boots more than sneakers, even in the summer. Good boots are essential to your safety and well being, as well as the safety of your family. If your feet are blistered from shoddy footwear, or your toes broken by a dropped object, you'll have a hard time bugging out, tilling ground to plant food, harvesting what you've planted, and defending your home and loved ones.
  8. Reblazed

    Reblazed Member

    Thanks JayJay mine started at size 6 ... I'll be calling first thing tomorrow.
  9. MrSfstk8d

    MrSfstk8d Well-Known Member

    I'm with Jason, that Red Wings are amazing. They're a bit expensive, but they last; very good quality. They're made in US as well. Not sure where they source materials from, but I do what I can to "buy local" lol. Anyway, I get about two years out of a pair of Red Wings as well. Last time I submitted an expense report with shoes on it, my boss nearly choked. He asked why I don't buy $30 shoes from W$lm$rt. Told him they'll fall apart in three months. He said, well then buy another. At three month intervals, I'd spend more in sh*tty boots from W$lm$rt in the same amount of time I'd kept one set of GOOD boots. He doesn't get it. (BTW he's Chinese, if that makes any difference)
  10. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

    I used to buy Redwing but they didn't really last any longer than the $60 boots I could get elsewhere. After everything I had heard about them I was very disappointed.
  11. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

    One brand of boot that my dad and I seem to like and they last for 2 plus years is from bamason and they are I believe called work america boots. They are all leather and well ours are steel toe but seem to last quite awhile and are comfortable.
  12. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

    I have a pair of Timberlands I bought 20 years ago and tho they look ruff they are still good solid boots. I use them mostly in the winter and treat them with mink oil once a year. DH wears some he gets at the farm supply store can't remember the brand, cost about $89 but he goes through 2 pair a year wearing them everyday. He operates heavy equipment for the county road department.
  13. BoyScoutSurvivor

    BoyScoutSurvivor Active Member

    I buy CAT work boots at Fleet Farm. They are in great shape for a little over a year and I usually replace them after that. I do keep the old pair and usually wear them for another two years. They work good but they are worn out. I only had one bad pair that the tread worn off in six months but thats one out of 6 pairs of boots.
  14. lotsoflead

    lotsoflead Well-Known Member

  15. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

    I've never had a pair of boots resoled. I always wear out the uppers as fast as the soles and so there's really nothing left to resole. I get my boots at a work clothing shop that my place of employment has an account with to provide us with what we need and they specifically told me whan I got my first Timberlands there that that particular boot could not be resoled.
  16. Wiswash

    Wiswash Active Member

    Ive had my LaCrosse Icemans for nearly 20 years. Still going strong. And they are the warmenst boot Ive ever owned.

    For workboots Ive had redwings that were durable. I gotta go with whats comfortable though. A quality hiking boot goes for 75 - 200 dollars and theyre more comfortable than a work boot IMO.
  17. FreeNihilist

    FreeNihilist Well-Known Member

    Im quite partial to tall moccasins/plainsman style boots as theyre warm, easy to make by hand even in a survival situations and can be greased to be made waterproof. If lined with fur inside and worn with wool socks, theres nothing warmer or better IMO.

    Here's a reference picture to the style Im referring to though this is without fur lining.


    Native ways are the best ways, IMO.
  18. BillM

    BillM BillM


    Can you tap dance in those !

  19. ajsmith

    ajsmith Well-Known Member

    I buy Rhino brand work boots from a local farm supply store, cost about $70, last me between 3 to 4 years. I work in a mill (lumber re-manufacture) and am pretty hard on them.
  20. kolob

    kolob Member

    I too work on my feet all day. Several years ago I bought my first pair of White's boots with their arch ease support. These boots are very comfortable. They are expensive but can be resoled and one of my pairs is currently on its fifth set of soles. They use heavy 7 to 8 oz weight leather in their construction. I have two pairs so that one can be getting resoled while the others are on my feet. Just as the saying goes; no hoof no horse. I believe that poor foot wear are a huge contributor to back problems in people that stand all day. I take care of my boots always removeing mud and dirt with a stiff bristle brush at the end of the day. I use Skidmore's leather cream or Obenauf's lp boot protection to protect the leather. No matter what boots you wear I would suggest having a pair of Spenco brand insoles. I think the insoles will be a hot trade item come long journey day.