Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gear Review: Dewalt Steel Toe Work Shoe
Currently, my job entails spending half my time behind a desk and the other half of the time doing fairly dirty, rough, slightly hazardous contractor work. So, I needed a pair of "shoes" that could do double duty, not look out of place with slacks and a polo shirt, but also protect my feet when I get put to work (the other contractors I work with keep a second pair of "safety shoes" in their car, I wanted to find one pair that could do both duties).
I picked up a pair of these Dewalt Steel Toe Work Shoes at Sears for about $69 bucks, they are all black and gray except for a few reflective patches. They aren't as pretty as dress shoes but they look way more professional than sneakers, and don't stand out in slacks. They are also non-slip, steel toe, shoes so they were plenty are plenty of protection too.
Overall, I have been very impressed with how these shoes fit and hold up. They fit like a combination between a sneaker and a hiking boot. My feet have been comfortable, secure and protected in these Dewalt's.
I think these shoes might be the best of both worlds, comfort and protection. They're comfortable, light, and yet provide more than adequate protection in most any condition. Plus, these things have enough grip that I wouldn't feel unprepared wearing these on a hiking trail on slippery rock or mud (we've got plenty of both in Hawaii) and yet they look good enough that I wouldn't feel self conscious wearing them to the board room. No other shoe I've found has offered that kind of versatility.
For the price and the wide variety of uses, these shoes (short boots, really) are very hard to beat. Fit and feel like a sneaker with the protection of a boot. Also, I happen to think they look pretty darn good too. Seriously, the best of both worlds without a huge price tag!