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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.

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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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