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post #31 of 53

You can't stand people who wear crocks? Well up your nose with a rubber I've worn leather crocks for years.

post #32 of 53

what culinary school makes you go for 12 hour days 7 days a week??

post #33 of 53
Originally Posted by Quinn01 View Post

Im looking to to buy a pair of decent clogs to wear at work and what not. I dont really want to spend like 100 bucks just enough to get a decent pair of clogs that will help my back, feet, and my mind so to speak.

Thanks guys!

i've had nice clogs and cheap clogs but once i bought a pair of 6" work boots for $60 i've never used anything else. i get 1.5-2yr of use. for maintenance i just wipe 'em down every night with a damp towl, then dry it off and apply shoe polish a couple times a month as needed.

post #34 of 53
Croc bistro all the way. I Go through about a pair a year. The backless design is great to keep you cooler, and they are very comfortable. A huge tip: no matter what shoe you buy, go to a podiatrist and get properly fitted for an insole. plantar fasciitis is a very coom problem for people who are on their feet all day, and it's not fun. The insoles usually last for a very long time (I've had mine for three years.) Well worth the $100 I spent for the insoles. Also, wearing non slip shoes on asphalt will wear them much faster then normal kitchen wear, so I always bring something else to wear when I'm not working. Even a short walk to the car will take it's toll.

And if you buy shoes and they are uncomfortable and you can't return them, throw them out. Eat the money you spent and get a new pair. Its not worth $100 to have sore feet every day.
post #35 of 53

does anyone know of any chef clogs that are CSA (canada safety agency) approved?

post #36 of 53

Croc Bistro, White, No Other

post #37 of 53

I've been wearing professional kitchen clogs now for over 12 years and I've had Birki's, super Birki's and Klogs brand,..I'm not a huge fan of the cork insoles in the Birki's line so i always replace with somethng more cushined. The Klogs brand professional line is really comfortable..either one of the three will make a good clog for you,...all under 80 hard earned dollars

post #38 of 53
Originally Posted by foodpump View Post

You sure you want clogs? Contrary to what a lot of people say, they are not magic, and regardless of clog-style or normal, intelligent-style, you get what you pay for, cheap shoes are cheap shoes.

Yes, it's true, I hate those #$%^&-ing things they call clogs. During my apprenticeship, over 20 years ago, I was press-ganged into wearing them, and that's when the hate-affair started. The wood style ones are about as flexible as ski-boots, and the back-less design does not allow for foam inserts, or in my case orthotic inserts, and plus they're loud and clunky. Birkenstocks are far superior, with many models that have backs but again they ain't cheap.

I have to disagree, clogs the best shoes for cooking. They may be stiff but you need something with high levels of support when standing for 12-16 hours a day. Just buck up and pay 160 buck for a great pair of wooden clogs. crocs are bull shit dont waste your money. and if your flat footed go get fitted at a shoe store!

post #39 of 53
I have a pair of Danskos and a pair of Crocs and I love them both. I do find it easier to move about the kitchen in my crocs. When I was standing still at the bakery I liked using my Dansko's because they put less pressure on my back.
post #40 of 53

I am looking for a company that sells clogs only at restaurant shows.  I think the name was the clog lady but not sure can anyone help me out. 

post #41 of 53

Perhaps this is it?

Originally Posted by chefsteveo View Post

I am looking for a company that sells clogs only at restaurant shows.  I think the name was the clog lady but not sure can anyone help me out. 

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Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
post #42 of 53
Originally Posted by chefleon View Post

Klogs. With a "K". They're like $60 and they last longer than Birks and they're more comfortable than Danskos. Dansko is great for the back and knees, and it's nice to be elevated and slip-proof, but they hurt the feet. At least my high-arched feet. I tolerated them for a long time. And I love the Birks, but those leather ones are for suckers (like me), and those plastic ones, I dunno, they just don't feel good. I've gone through three pairs of them, mind you. But the Klogs are right on, and when they wear out after 18 months, you buy some more, but not at Zappos anymore. I found mine at some random store on the upper east side, luckily, because I had settled for the Danskos again and they were killing me.
But you know how we all have such a high tolerance for pain and suffering.


2 part answer.  Birkenstocks? how do they Klogs last longer? the entire shoe minus the insert i plastic lol.


Everyone is going to say something a bit different simply because everyone is different. Some swear by a brand, mine is  Birkenstocks the full plastic ones, the leather ones will eventually crack, not as easy to clean and so forth.. but the plastic ones i got cost me $100ish. First pair saw me through 3+ years of service. 

Note though before i found birks, i went through 3 different pairs of shoes fellow line cooks loved, but at the end they weren't for me. Some i felt i had to break in and put self through some pain and the shoe never ended up really getting broken in the way i wanted. Thankfully to craigslist i was able to sell them used and only loose a small %. But it's going to happen.


 Birkenstocks are a little like clown shoes. They are a little bigger than the normal shoe you would normally pick and a little loose like you shake your foot a bit inside, but i got to tell you once you move around i'm not slipping inside them and the added natural size to the shoe helps (at least me) stay a bit cooler during service and at the end of the night, i can take out the insert, wash the entire thing, dry them and be on my way in less than 2 minutes. Worth every single penny IMHO.


Note though, 2nd pair i got squeaks a bit when i walk, i don't remember if my other pair started like that (these are only 2-3 months old) but once in the kitchen with all the background noise you don't hear it at all (could be a defect? in mine? lol)

post #43 of 53

I call mine the "cripplers"

post #44 of 53

Why not use work boots?? I wear a pair of Steel Capped, Heat Proof, Acid Proof, Oil Proof and Slip Proof. Paid $100 for them and have used them for 2 years now.

post #45 of 53

I've used Dansko and Saneks my whole life. Always liked them both pretty much equal. I just recently picked up a pair of MOZO, by Marcus Samuelsson and I love them.

post #46 of 53

Hi, I wear size 15 wide. I am looking everywhere in the web but so far I have not found anything yet. I have seen Dansko shoes in different websites. Does anybody knows where I can get some shoes around $130.00.


Thank you,


Chef Carrasco

post #47 of 53

I wear size 15 super birkis they work great for me, can't stand to wear anything else now. They cost about $80, and are the ugliest shoe ever made.

post #48 of 53
RSuper duper forum, its so personal for everyone! Im surprised im the first to mention naot. I wore birks until about four years ago when I was working at any indian spot pouring tomato curry into a bus tub and a single huge molten drop splooshed directly into that sweet spot at the top that your pants leave open sometimes. Its still my biggest scar. So I swore off clogs and bought some steel toe combat boots. My feet were invincible to lowboys, walkin doors and #10 cans but it really #&$%ed my ankles up. So I asked EVERY chef I knew, the guys at shoe stores and the guys at my knife shop who have a huge line of just about everything. naot stands for national association for orthopedic therapy, their shoes are supposed to mimic walkin in sand. I dont think theyre supposed to be made for kitchens per se but theyr slip resistant, look quite similar to birks and are well made so they stand up as least as long (im going on a year and a half\minimal wear). But the one defining thing for me is that these are the most comfortable shoes ive ever worn, hands down. I will be hard pressed to ever wear another shoe in the kitchen
post #49 of 53

Try a pair of Crocs.  I wear them any time I can.  If they don't work for you at work you will still use them.

post #50 of 53

after 10 years in the kitchen i have found my personal favourite shoe.. its made by an Australian company under the export label "global chef" they are a short cut boot so it stops at the ankle like a clog, but offers full inclosed leather, non slip sole and a steel cap toe. absolutley fantastic, with a culinary discount i got a pair for Aus $65.

post #51 of 53

I just bought a pair of Mozo Sharz two days ago and so far their ok. I've had more comfort before but they really are designed for the line. I've worn shoes where I'm running up and down the line and they seem to let my feet slide within the shoe or the shoe will slip on a greasy spot on the floor. The Mozos don't have this issue at all and are actually pretty good. I know had a sale on them last week you might want to check those out.

post #52 of 53
Alpro by Birkenstock are a great shoe. I have been using them for about 4 months and my legs and feet feel fine after 14 hr shift. Though they do take a little while to break in.
post #53 of 53

I swore by dansko for years and still love them although i live in sweden now and as ironic as it is the name dansko ( translates to danish shoe) they cant be found here so i bought a pair when i was back in the us broke them in when i got here and one was stitched wrong and kills my feet. i ended up in a pair of birki and i cant say anythign bad they are rubber you can pull the cork soles and run them through dish. they are very wide and the non slip is great. 

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