Footwear for truck drivers?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by texascajun83, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    When I'm driving I'm in socks. I'd go barefoot, but will wait until I get my own truck and can keep the floor cleaner than my codrivers have been.... :O ....

    I've tried driving in boots, but don't like the feel of the pedals. Recently I was in a Walmart and came across sandal like shoes with closed toes and heels, so they are within company regulations, and the real bonus is that the heels are rounded like a true driving shoe. Super comfortable and I can climb around the engine, windshield, etc. easily like with rock climbing shoes. Ozark Trail is the brand and if I remember correctly they are less than $20 a pair.

    Other footwear I have with me other than my now beloved OT's is a pair of steel toed boots (when they are needed), cheap flip flops for showering (nothing worse for a driver than to get a bad case of athlete's feet or other infections), and a pair of black work shoes that look like the old Reeboks (can't remember the brand off hand).

    Another bonus for having air flow around my feet is that it helps keep me cooler and stay alert.
  2. texascajun83

    texascajun83 Bobtail Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    Kerrville, Texas
    has any one worn and Rocky brand name work boots??
  3. eeb

    eeb Heavy Load Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    Yeah, mine have worked pretty good for a couple years so far.
  4. HotH2o

    HotH2o Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Bunyan Springs, Colorado
    Yep. I wear Rockys. Very comfortable.
  5. texascajun83

    texascajun83 Bobtail Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    Kerrville, Texas
    when it comes to steal toe boots... does it matter if its composite steal toe or the real steal toe or not??? this is according to a BassProShop Employee of the composite or real stuff
  6. Superquack

    Superquack Medium Load Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I wear my Wolverine steel toes 99% of the time. They are pretty comfprtable.
  7. Truck-N-Tech

    Truck-N-Tech Medium Load Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    If you are a professional, then dress like one. Nothing makes you look like a bigger idiot, than walking around in flip-flops or sandals. Sorry if this offends anyone, but Sandals are not proper footwear in a truck, open toed or not. Would you go into a steel mill wearing a straw hat for a hard hat? That would be no more silly than driving a truck in anything less than work shoes, work boots, or quality sneakers.

    As far as you hillbillies who drive barefoot, grow up and put some shoes on. This is not the kiddie play area at McDonald's. It's not your back porch of your house. If you want to drive a large truck on the highway, do it in proper footwear.
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  8. eeb

    eeb Heavy Load Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    As I understand it, if something really heavy lands on your foot real steel can deform and stay there, trapping your foot in the boot, while composite will flex back releasing your foot. You'll still have crushed toes, but it'll be easier to get your foot out of the composite toe boot.
  9. NoCoCraig

    NoCoCraig Road Train Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Thanks Mom, I spent 30 years in a suit and tie. I think I can dress any #### way I want to in my truck. I will be right over to your house to tell you how to live your life.
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  10. JetAgeHobo

    JetAgeHobo Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Solvang, CA
    The upside to composite toe boots is the box toes don't conduct cold as much in the wintertime, nor electricity if you're working in that sort of environment As far as deforming, if something's dropped on them, different kind of deforming. Steel toes will bend, composite toes sort of 'break" if that makes sense. Used to work for a military shoe company, we were developing composite toe boots for the air force, had to test the toes to see if they were strong enough. Once you drop something on a composite toe, replace the boots, the toes are done for. Also, composite toes have to be much thicker than steel, may be a factor at the area on the boot where the toe ends over your foot. Run your fingers down the inside of the boot to see if you feel a heavy ridge inside the boot where the toe ends. If so go to a different pair of boots, that ridge is going to be uncomfortable over time.
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