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post #31 of 41

Hi,

 

in the past year I have been wearing my two pairs of Australian work boots (non-steel-capped Blundstones and Rossis), swapping them daily. Once broken in, they are surprisingly comfy. Of course, they are non-slip and although the outer layer on the toes wears off quickly, the boots are very rugged indeed. I am looking for an alternative pairs of work shoes at the mo, just to give my feet some rest from the same old pressure points day in day out. Birkenstock Londons look pretty good to me. Any wearers out there?

 

Cheers,

Recky
 

post #32 of 41

i currently sport a pair of birkis...without the backstrap, though. i think they are called super birkis, or something like that. they are surprisingly light, whilst made out of a seemingly dense polyurethane material. i had to buy some dr. scholl's, though, cuz the cork insoles that came with them sucked. they are much, much better on my feet now, and i am pretty happy with them.

 

previously, ive also worn kitchen crocs and the brand Klogs. both of which were decent shoes. the former had thread issues (premature wear), and the latter grew a gaping crack on the outer side of my right foot...but this happened after 2 years of beating them to hell.

 

crocs are cheap and light. they are also cheap.

 

Klogs are a bit more and heavy. and i dont believe, at that time, they were antimicrobial, so they stunk after awhile, as they were rather sweaty. they were snug fitting for a pair of clogs.

 

 

 

if i were to recommend anything, id go with a pair of clogs. stay away from shoes with laces, imo. the laces are guaranteed to get nasty without frequent upkeep.

now keep in mind, the kind of 'fit' that you want though.

i really like my birkis for the reason that they are rather loose fitting for my size, which makes them breathable and comfy (after buying the insoles). 

post #33 of 41

You guys should try Sanita clogs.  Sanita is the original Dansko.  When Dansko moved their production elsewhere the Sanita people decided to start their own business.

post #34 of 41
I have had the Croc Bistro clogs for almost a year now. This is my first non-Birki clog in about a decade. The comfort is fine, the slip resistance a little better, longevity is looking to be less. The tread is two pads that are glued to the bottom. They are starting to peel off a little bit. I'll probably go back to Birkis unless I see a good sale for these.

Generally, I find clog style shoes to be more comfortable, and I like the one piece rubber design because I can just spray them off at the end of the shift and they are clean again. I gotta say that breaking in the cork foot beds on the Birkis can be a bit painful, but once they've molded to your feet, they are wonderful.
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post #35 of 41

Shoes for Crews - they're great!  Super comfy and super slip-resistant, and they look a lot like low-top Converse.

post #36 of 41

My brother wears Dansko clogs, and has for years.  He loves them, and I decided to try a pair.  I've had mine for almost a year now and I absolutely love them!  They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.  They did run me $120, but I agree with some of the previous posts...you get what you pay for and your feet are worth the expense.  

 

My ultimate opinion on footwear, however, is much the same as my opinion on kitchen knives...you need to find what fits/works for YOU, not necessarily what everyone else uses (although popular brands like Birkenstocks, Dansko, and Crocs are popular for a reason).  Go to a few stores, try the shoes on, walk around in them for a while.  If they have a knowledgeable, experienced person there, talk to them.  The guy I bought my Danskos from has been doing shoes for decades and is very particular about the brands he carries.  He examined my feet (as well as my old shoes) and then watched me walk around the store in socks for a minute.  He then recommended two different types of shoes and after trying them both on and walking around the store in them for a while I chose the pair I now own because they were the more comfortable of the two (although the other pair were also quite comfy).  Almost a year later I am still wearing the same shoes, and I am not experiencing any of the foot pain that I used to deal with constantly.

post #37 of 41

Usually Chefs wear steel nose safety shoes. I am working in a kitchen now where safety shoes are not required. I have a pair of Crocs and they are like a feather!

 

 

Awesome!
 

post #38 of 41

Broke down and bought the Shoes for Crews.. 'Revolution' style

OMG worse things ever on my feet.. to the point that I have actually gone back to wearing the old shoes until a better solution can be found.

 

Only gave the SCF a whirl as the corporate discount made it silly not to try.

My bad

post #39 of 41

I like Rockport  because they are light in weight. I put  a Dr. Scholes  work jell support inside to. It makes shoe even more comfy. and I have Bilateral splay feet.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #40 of 41

i've tried worx shoes, dansko pro's, and crock bistros.  croc bistros are the most comfortable for me.  i'm 6' tall, 240 lbs.

post #41 of 41

+ 1 for Rossi Boots and Super Berkis

 

Both awesome and extremly Comfortable !!!!

My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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