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.