Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.
I had this great idea about shop footwear. I have terrific Wellington steel-toed boots with non-slip soles that offer fabulous support. They are especially comfortable on my shop’s concrete floor. There is a nearly-zero chance of sliding, even if water or oil gets on the floor.
It was a great idea until I started walking around. Those boots are heavy! If there is any danger of dropping something on my feet I’ll still wear them, and I like wearing them for a number of outdoor jobs, especially when I’m working on riprap on our shoreline.
For most occasions in the shop I wear my “everyday” Reeboks. They used to be my good Reeboks, until my last everyday pair was completely worn out. Then, they graduated. For a while the oldest tennis shoes were strictly painting shoes. By then, they were dilapidated and my feet hurt within minutes of standing on concrete. Even I can be convinced to throw things away eventually.
I have a number of things to stand on while I work, but I move around so much that they aren’t much benefit except for sanding, and some finishing jobs, the only times I stand still. Mine aren’t “real” anti-fatigue mats, but you can get some nice ones of those for about $50.
Second picture from the top…
Second row from top… from left side, Like the scrubby Black pair of shoes… pretty much looks like what I wear most of the time… If not, maybe just some casual good slippers.
Along with a white tee shirt & Black shorts…
Mine have Hook & Loop flaps… NO strings attached! 🙂
I remember the Portland Oregonian headline when Imelda Marcos ran for the presidency of the Philippines “Marcos a Shoe-in!”.
I wear Crocs in all but the coldest months here in Arkansas. Much easier to get the sawdust out of them than socks or cloth insides of tennies.I have learned not to do heavy grinding or arc welding in them 🙂
I have a set of anti-fatigue mats (actually 4 sets – 16 tile), the kind that link together like puzzle pieces, surrounding my assembly bench. They seem to help a lot. I have considered putting them elsewhere, but I was concerned about trip hazards near the power tools, and sawdust would be a pain.
All summer long I’m barefooted 🙂
I usually wear a pair of San Antonio, Texas-made SAS-brand suede shoes that are comfortable and can be worn for hours on my concrete shop floor. I bought that pair specifically for my woodshop and other not-too-messy work around my property. (Wet and muddy conditions call for a pair of, yes, rubber Wellington-style boots.) But if I’m working in my shop for two or more days, I do sometimes go to moccasins or a pair of Crocs to give my feet some relief from being confined to the same shape for a long time. The key, for me, is not only to have comfortable shoes but also a variety, to give my feet a break.
I have a pair of Keen brand “Utility Atlanta Cool” steel toe shoes that are great. They are extremely light with great support, and I wear them daily now, not just in the shop, best I’ve ever had. They look like a low cut hiking shoe/sneaker. They make you fell like a man ought to feel. And stylish for those who care.
The best I’ve found for concrete are New Balance MW928 walkers.
U.S. Army (pre-Desert Storm, et. al.) leather boots. Stand and deliver all day without fear of dropped anything.
I wear no shoes in the shop. I am an amputee and I think concrete floors are the best for my chair. What are feet?