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  1. Default What Boots Do You Wear?

    To all you guys that work as a Conductor, what boots do you guys wear that's the most comfortable on Number 4 Ballast? I got Carolina 8 inch but man they are not comfortable and my feet are really sore at the end of the day!

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    I'm not a conductor but work in MOW and walk in the ballast much more than conductors do, and these are the boots I wear.

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    Some guys are Democracts, some are Republicans, I'm a Danner man. Danner "quarry" style boots, made in Portland, Ore, feel like a broke in pair of slippers when you first put them on.


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    Conductor trainee for BNSF and i wear Redwings.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2005


    I dont work for the railroad, except when I was asked for pictures by a certain one.

    I wear Converse 9-inch Desert Pursuit boots with the steel reinforced Kevlar toe, shank, and heal. Mine are also side-zipper. I like them because they are very lightweight, they exceed OSHA/ANSI standards, my feet dont get cold or hot in the varied climates, and they are just easy one/off. They are marketed for military, police, PMC, and as I am in the firearms industry I found out about them from a RRSA.

    I've had the same pair for 5 years now. They look like duece, but they work and still feel great. I wear them all day, everyday. Best $100 I ever spent. LA Police Gear has good deal on them in khaki and black (caveat: I DO NOT work for them or shill for them)
    Guess, what. I got a FEVER!

    And the only prescription, is MORE COWBELL!

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    I'm a conductor in yard/local service. Many hours a day on large ballast. I tried several of the major brands (incl. carolina), but had the most success with Redwing loggers. Vibram soul, waterproof, and with a little insulation. I got 1-2 years out of my last pair (they are still wearable, but the outer soles are worn down and they lost their insulation and some of their waterproofness).

    Not the cheapest nor the most expensive, but they do the job well.

    I'm the musketeer that pushes buttons!

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    I also wear Redwings. With some polish every now and then I can make them last and look great for several years.

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    Whites. They're made in Spokane, WA. I've had a pair for ten years and still comfortable and holding up well, even having been worn in snowy conditions, rocks -- including ballast -- often for days on end. Mine were built to BNSF standards. They're amazing. Can't recall their website, but it should be easy to find.

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    Jun 2006


    I have the 8" Smokejumpers by Whites Boots, custom tailored to your foot.
    Not cheap but worth it, the boots are very stiff and hard when new but after a few weeks or up to a month of wearing breaking it in, the boots are very comfortable, Whites will rebuild the boots and they keep your foot measurements on file when you need a new pair of boots.
    Maintenance In The Way, NW division.

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    My Dad worked road construction for the state and wore Whites his whole life. He had three pairs and they were all rebuilt many times. I wear Nicks, also custom made in Spokane for firefighting. Just like slippers after you get used to them. I think Nick used to work for White.

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