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Old 01-11-2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default best boots for guys with back problems?

I'm one of those morons that didn't listen to his old man when growing up, and used my back to lift things when I should have used my legs. As such, I can't wear much more than tennis shoes without having bad back problems. Occasionally I can get away with wearing soft-sole hiking boots, but nothing with a tough or rigid sole (my old Vasque Sundowner's kill my back in about 30 minutes). I was wondering if any of you folks out there that also have back issues can recommend what boots you have and why?

I know there are thousands of boots out there, and a couple dozen that folks here have recommended (coastals, US-made redwings, etc.) but I didn't see any mention of folks having them that also had back issues. Just curious.....post up
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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I know that this might sound stupid...but what size do you wear? Some boots are not made in my size, especially composites that are much lighter and at times more comfy than the steel toe version, so that might make a difference in the choices available to you.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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usually 10.5-11 depending on brand
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:16 PM   #4
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I have found Timberland Pro pretty comfortable...
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:19 PM   #5
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You know what...I assumed you meant safety boots...did I assume correctly? If that is true, do you need 'boots', or just safety shoes (which implies no restrictions on the height above the ankle the shoe has to be)?
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:24 PM   #6
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An "old timer" that I work with has had back problems for 30 years. He swears by the design of White's boots. They have a high arch that positions your foot a little differently than say, a more flat soled boot like a red wing. They ARE heavy, maybe too heavy for your tastes, but I bought a pair about five years ago and they're very comfortable when you're on your feet all day. They take some getting used to and they're not cheap but they last forever. They have some good info on their site if you're interested.

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Old 01-11-2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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is your avator a older toyota hilux based 4runner?
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:30 PM   #8
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I love my Redwing boots. I think the softer sole and good arch will be easier on the back.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:38 PM   #9
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I'm one of those morons that didn't listen to his old man when growing up, and used my back to lift things when I should have used my legs. As such, I can't wear much more than tennis shoes without having bad back problems. Occasionally I can get away with wearing soft-sole hiking boots, but nothing with a tough or rigid sole (my old Vasque Sundowner's kill my back in about 30 minutes). I was wondering if any of you folks out there that also have back issues can recommend what boots you have and why?

I know there are thousands of boots out there, and a couple dozen that folks here have recommended (coastals, US-made redwings, etc.) but I didn't see any mention of folks having them that also had back issues. Just curious.....post up
There are TONS of options for you.

The problem is there isn't just one answer. Footwear happens to be something I know a lot about and what I can tell you is that no one can simply recommend a boot for you. Everyones foot is different, what works for me or the next guy might not be right for you.

Now on that note generally speaking most the time back pain from walking is caused by shock from your heal up your spine. But not always. Other things that can cause back pain is nerves damage from the wrong arch, or no arch support, etc.

My best suggestion is to go to several stores and try on many different boots. Do not be afraid o war them around the store for an extended amount of time while looking at other boots. Try to find ones that are have enough support in your heal and arch without causing you pain. If you put them on nd they feel wrong then they aren't the right shoe for you. There is no such thing as 'breaking in a shoe', you shouldn't need to. Because while you are breaking it in, the shoe is breaking you in too. A shoe should feel good right from the start.

Also if you find a boot that works for you and think you need a little more cushion or support try out a few different insoles. A $20 insole in a new shoe is not uncommon. Ask some runners if they use insoles in new shoes. If you are really having a problem with your feet, you might also want to consider seeing a specialist. Speak to your doctor, you maybe able to have a custom set of orthopedic insoles made specifically for you. They usually run well over $100 or so but if you have insurance you most likely would be able to get them to cover it if you are having back issues.

Now personally I can't wear boots, I hate stuff around my ankles. But I have tried many on due to my old carear and had to be very fimular with them. Some of my favorite shoes are Rockports. I have a pir of Rockport shoes that are about 3 years old adn I wearthem 3 out of 7 days a week and they feel as good and supportive as the day I purchased them. They do make boots but I havn't seen a true work boot with a protective toe from them in a long time. Redwings are also another excelent choice, and Timberland Pro series.

If you buy a pair of boots ask the sales associate about the return policy. I always used to tell people to go home and try them on around the house for atleast an hour to get a feel for them. Generally if they are not worn outside you can usually return them for a refund if they do not work out for you.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:14 AM   #10
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X2 on the White custom boots. Personally, they never fit my foot, but many old guys with back problems won't wear anything else.

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Old 01-12-2010, 10:32 AM   #11
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I started wearing wedge style soled boots and I noticed a big difference when work on the hard concrete floors. They are just slicker than a dog turd in the snow
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:35 PM   #12
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thanks for the suggestions, all sound like good avenues to chase. For the boots, I'm thinking shop boots that are heavy enough that I can weld in them occasionally, as well as for yard work / etc. Steel toe is a good option as long as they aren't too heavy, as that makes the back pain come up a little faster.

I agree about buying and taking home / testing. I never keep a pair of shoes / boots if they are uncomfortable. I'd like to test some White's boots, but it looks like their closest retail location is about 3-4 hours from me. I've heard of a shoe-sizing company for people with back problems, foot problems, etc. that I'm going to look into. I also have flat feet for the most part, so that adds to the mix

Has anyone heard of Avenger boots? Just found them, know nothing about them and was curious.

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:58 PM   #13
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I went into a shoe store 10 years ago to by Redwings because all the good I heard about them. I am a big guy with wide feet. The owner talked me into SAS time out shoes. He said if in 30 days I was not happy with them to bring them back. I said Ok these look like dress shoes and I would be back. ( i used to buy USA made Postal carrier shoes that would last me 6 months.) Well I went back 1 year later to buy another pair. That is all I wear now. I have on pair that is 4 years old. Usually they only last me 2 years. Wont buy anything else. BTW they are made in Georgia.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #14
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figured I'd bring this back up a year later to see if anyone else had any suggestions to add?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:59 PM   #17
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I just got a new pair of boots from Rocky, the model name is Alpha. It is their "tactical" safety boot with the composite toe. I've been wearing them for everday for two months and love them, although that's easy to say at two months. The composite toe is nice and light and keeps your feet warmer in the winter.
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i have redwing loggers, they are heavy but the high heel and arch makes them very comfortable. that along with orthotics makes them wearable for a full day of snow-blowing
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:25 PM   #19
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Have you discussed your back problem with an MD ? Do you possibly have flat feet ? Is it possible your are expecting a pair of boots to remedy a problem that really is not designed too ?

I have had lower back problems since childhood, I also have flat feet. I too cant stand for very long without sitting. The boots I wear don't help/hinder my problems, as long as I have arch supports.

The most comfortable pair of works boots Ive ever owned where made by Georgia Boot Company. More comfortable to stand in than my new balance walking shoes.

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this is something you really need to take up with a doctor and most likely what they'll end up doing is making some orthotic insoles. Back pain while standing or walking is often caused by how your foot is landing. No off the shelf shoe/boot is going to be nearly as good as something custom made.
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