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« on: September 28, 2014, 07:05:12 PM »

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum but have been reading BirthdayShoes reviews and wearing bare foot shoes for over a year now and LOVING it! My feet no longer hurt at the end of a long day! But I have had to start wearing my old steel toe work boots for work and it has been such a pain. I had to work 12+ hour shifts last week and my feet were killing me at the end of each day. I have to go back out into the field next week and am dreading it. So I was wondering if there is any bare foot composite safety toe work boot? I know that it would be hard to have a thin flexible sole in a work boot, but even if it has a zero drop and a wide toe box, I'm sure that would make a huge difference for my feet. If anybody has seen a safety composite toe work boot that has a zero drop and a wide toe box please let me know. And the composite toe is preferred over a steel toe because I have to go through a metal detector which means I have to take off my boots each time. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 08:16:48 AM »

I am very pleased with my Bellvile MiniMil boots.  Mine have neither a steel toe nor a composite one, but I believe there are workarounds for toe protection.  The MiniMil has a Vibram sole and is zero drop or very close.  I have worn them all day without any problems.  My only negative would be that it took about 5 miles to break in (either me, the boots, or both), and I would recommend boot socks until you get through the break in period.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 08:47:40 PM »

It depends on your budget...  I typically wear Oashatoes over minimalist shoes...  However, when I am on the shop floor around lifts/manipulators I must wear steel toes with metatarsal protection...  I ordered a pair of composite I-Met Steel Toe boots in H width a few years ago and took them to a Cobbler.  He removed the heal, sole, shank and insole per my request and resoled them with a flat 6mm Vibram sole I chose from his catalog.  They must be a "sewn" welt design...  They are surprisingly flexible with ground feel comparable to a pair of VFF's with the Spyridon sole, and about a 3mm heal to toe drop.  It's been a while, but I think I had about $300 into them.  I'd do it again....   Wink      
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 08:53:03 AM »

Thanks Rex_Kwon_Do, yea I've seen the Mini-Mil boots and the look good but I need a safety toe. I don't think I can get away with having a toe covers for non-safety toe shoes because I have to do a lot of climbing ladders and crawling in tights spaces. I wish Belleville made a composite toe boot, I'd buy that in a heart beat.

And thanks Barefootin! That seems like a good option, but I'm not in the field every day just a couple months out of the year so I didn't want to spend too much money on this. I found these Red Wing boots that come in a width of H and was thinking about trying them out, but I don't know the heel to toe drop :/
http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/2240-red-wing-shoes/2240-red-wing-mens-6-inch-boot-brown

Anyways, after looking more online and in other forums this seems like a mythical unicorn that a lot of people need/want and nobody offers an out-of-the-box solution. Right now it looks like the only real option is to do what you said, Barefootin, and have a custom boot made  Undecided Hopefully a company will realize this hole in the market and fill it... And if anybody was able to find something, again please let me know, I'd be very interested in a minimalist safety toe boot.

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 09:25:02 PM »

Yes, what we seek will most likely never exist...  I've tried to get a couple US companies to pilot some steel toes with a minimalist flat and flexible sole and it all comes down to the $$$ that is needed to apply for certification and do the testing in order to market them in the "safety" shoe realm...  We are just not a big enough niche...  Just a warning, I can't fit in any Redwing shoes regardless of what width they claim they are.  If you don't need metatarsal protection any "sewn welt" steel toe could be re-soled with a flat flexible sole, shank removed, and insole removed for around $70-80 at an old school cobbler shop...  Mine were expensive due to the flexible composite metatarsals.  They MUST be a sewn style not a glued on sole like the one you pictured.  I will get a picture of mine (before and after) and post it as soon as I can.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 06:16:38 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2014, 08:39:25 PM »

Sorry for the late posting....  
Here are my "custom" work boots and what they started out as....  These are composite steel toe as well as internal metatarsal protection. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 02:25:47 PM »

In Japan, they wear steel toe tabi boots.

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