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BOOTS

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Just curious what boots everyone wheres. For the longest time I wore these payless 40 dollar boots, and basically it ruined my feet, my knees and of course my back

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I've been wearing Converse side-zip boots and love them. They are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn, and they hold up pretty well

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I suggest any military style and quality "Combat" boot., as they give good ankle support. You might have some BBP issues, as FDNY EMS is going through, as what they have now, but will soon go away from, a forest wildfire type boot so damnably large, members are tripping over their own feet, sometimes when negotiating staircases. One member nearly lost his feet to diabetic conditions acerbated by these things.

I'd suggest any boots with ankle support, which are impervious to oil (spilled by car crashes) or blood, and can maintain a decent shine, so you look good while "doing the deed". I do NOT recommend boot purchase based on low prices, as, you get what you pay for. Let the buyer beware!

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Im not endorcing a product here or being paid in any way...

5.11 ATAC Boot!!

I have booth the 8" side zip and the 6" station version

I wear the 8" as a duty boot and the 6" is my daily everyday wear.

VERY comfortable. They are oil and BBP resistant, anti slip, have a composite toe (not steel, carbon fiber), can take a shine if needed, water resistant (I never say proof unless its a yellow rain boot LOL) and comfortable.

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Your best bet is to go to a uniform supply store or a larger "shoe" store and try on several different pair. What works for me may not work for you and vise versa.

You want something with ankle support and protection for your toes and maybe even the soles. Personally, I prefer a front/side zip boot for easy on/off. Also, you can unzip them for comfort when you are lounging around.

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Although if you do wind up with a pair of boots with no zipper, they do make one that will lace into the front. They work ok

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I believe someone mentioned zippers that can be laced into non-zippered boots, for ease of donning, and as also mentioned, lowering the zippers for comfort at the station between assignments, re-zipping when the tones/bells/sirens go off.

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I believe someone mentioned zippers that can be laced into non-zippered boots, for ease of donning, and as also mentioned, lowering the zippers for comfort at the station between assignments, re-zipping when the tones/bells/sirens go off.

You can get the zippers separate... and "lace" them into the shoelace holes with zip ties

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I know In EMS you need some kind of footwear that protects your feet, but is there anything type of special shoe or boot that isn't "boots" if that makes sense. I'm not really the kinda guy who would be wearing boots... or even really want to.. (unless I need to).. So I'm just wondering if there is maybe like low cut boots you could wear or like an ankle type boot... something not so big.

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I know In EMS you need some kind of footwear that protects your feet, but is there anything type of special shoe or boot that isn't "boots" if that makes sense. I'm not really the kinda guy who would be wearing boots... or even really want to.. (unless I need to).. So I'm just wondering if there is maybe like low cut boots you could wear or like an ankle type boot... something not so big.

Something like these?

http://www.511tactical.com/browse/Home/Fire-EMS/Boots/6-Boots/D/30000/P/1:100:20000:20500:20504

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o0o0 yeeah.. like those. I'd feel so much better wearing something like that.. rather than big old boots. thanks : )

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No problem. Most companies make similar ones. Just look for 'ankle boots' or '6" boots'

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If your agency does not supply you with boots, check with them to find out what type(s) footwear they allow you to wear, brand name specific if need be, and where to get it (them).

Keep the receipts for taxes, as a "cost of doing business" item, and only if said footwear is exclusively used for the job. Mr Tax Man doesn't take kindly to "job use" items doubling as regular knock around or party dress clothing outside of your agency.

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Anyone know of any good WOMENS boots? I have a pair of magnum that I love, but they don't hold up well at all, and I need a new pair before it starts to get really wet outside. I have heard that a lot of the companies have actually stopped making women's boots. My local store is no help, they think the only difference is that the womens boots are smaller sizes. I have a really narrow heel, and there is way to much room in the heel in most mens boots for me.

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I wear the Haix Airpower X1 EMS Station boot with the front zipper.

http://www.haix-bootstore.com/rescue-station-boots/airpower-x1-us

They're pricey coming in at $260 a pair ... however let me through this out there.

I bought my pair four years ago. I've had them resoled once ($70) so in total I've invested $340 in my foot wear in four years.

The boots are amazing. They are EXTREMELY comfortable. I can run a 24 hour shift in them and have no problems. I can stand on my feet for hours without any pain or discomfort. They care completely water proof and have saved my feet from falling O2 bottles, the stretcher, partners, monitors, doors, walls, and other weird and unforeseen events. The sides of the boots have saved me from spraining my ankles on numerous occasions. I can honestly say without them I would have done some serious ankle damage. I sleep comfortably in them and when I do want to take them off they're extremely easy to put on and take off. They fit like a glove! I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who is looking for an excellent pair of boots. Yes, they're expensive, but justifiably so. In the long run they've saved me money and even if they didn't, the comfort and protection they've brought my feet and my ankles is well worth the money.

Thats my two-cents worth.

PS. I get these boots in the mens, but the ladies boots are also comfortable. I have a wide foot and I didn't like the narrow feeling of the ladies boots. One of my partners has the ladies airpower x1's and she loves them.

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I wear a magnum stealth 8" boots with the composite toe and shank, plus the side zip. Been a good boot so far, I can get into them quick and they dont get too hot. I had a problem with the zipper on my first pair but it was replaced under warranty quickly. I have narrow feet and they still fit well, but I will be adding insoles due to my high arches. Other than that, great boot

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I wear the Haix Airpower X1 EMS Station boot with the front zipper.

http://www.haix-bootstore.com/rescue-station-boots/airpower-x1-us

They're pricey coming in at $260 a pair ... however let me through this out there.

I bought my pair four years ago. I've had them resoled once ($70) so in total I've invested $340 in my foot wear in four years.

Hey nice boots there !

I like the zipper with leather cover as my old mid zipper type that I used, would rattle like crazy, so not good for sneaking about quietly.

Word of advice: spend the money and get a good boot that fits well, everyone's feet are a different "last" boots are the most important part of anyone's kit.

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I wear ankle high boots from Puma with laces.

But I`m thinking of upgrading. I`d like to have zippers, they are just more comfortable, plus safer (hate the laces when they get open while carrying a patient). Also, My boots aren`t really what you could call cold-resistant.

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I ended up getting a pair of women's Magnum stealth force water proof with the side zipper. They are much more comfortable for me then the other brands I tried, good from the first day of wearing thumbsup.gif They don't zip on and off as easily as my older version of the magnums, they changed the zipper, but my zipper broke on my old boots, and I think this design is stronger

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Magnum Stealth II's all the way. Best boots I have ever owned, I have been using them for 2 years now and still holding up strong.

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Unfortunately, the Magnums have still not proven to hold up well, I just broke the zipper on my new pair of Magnum boots (I've had for about 5-6 months). Oh well, back to the quest of finding boots that are comfortable and hold up well

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You can get the zippers separate... and "lace" them into the shoelace holes with zip ties

I've seen the results of using 'zip ties' to attach those 'speed lacers' to a pair of boots. I thought it looked tacky as hell, and there was always that 'snag factor'.

I recently bought a new pair of boots. They didn't have what I wanted so I ended up getting a pair of Blackhawk Warrior boots. I'm still in the 'break in period', but they seem to be getting more comfortable as the stiffness of a new pair of boots wears off.

As far as ease of getting in/out, I'm not so sure about. Maybe I'm doing something wrong here, but it seems that I've got to fight with the boots to get them on...could it be that I've laced them up too tight?

They seem to be comfortable once I get my feet into them, and you can feel the 'squish' of the soles, so you know they'll cut down on the shock of walking, jumping and vibration.

I ended up having to get at least a half size larger than I normally wear, but they seem to breathe well, and highly water resistant/proof. These got 'tested' one night when I found out that my partner parked in a big puddle, and I had no choice but to step down in it. The water was over the tops of the lowers (foot area) of the boot, and didn't get water inside the boot.

I was looking for the traditional 8" boot, but this 7" boot is all they had near my size...

Blackhawk Warrior-ZW7

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I have tried several different brands. My favorite boots to wear on the job are not EMS boots at all. They're Red Wing work boots. The pair I have lasted three years. The leather is still good, they just need to be resoled. They are tough.

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A number of people in my service wear Danners, but I find them too heavy, and my feet ache by the end of the day.

I prefer 511's. They don't last as long as the Danners, and their tread isn't quite as good, but I find them a lot more comfortable, and to me, comfort beats long term wear any day. If my feet hurt, I am grouchy, and that makes everyone around me grouchy too...

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