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Rugged Work Shoes

Douglas

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I'm in search of at least one, probably two pairs of rugged, everyday work shoes.

Requirements:

- Rubber soles. I work in manufacturing and I am on a shop floor that can have oil, grease, metal chips, or other debris on it every single day. Crepe is OK, but I'm really digging commando soles these days.
- Chunkier last. I'm a bigger dude, so overly svelte shoes just aren't proportioned well for me.
- Must be shoes. I already have too many chukkas and several pairs of other rubber-soled boots. I'm looking for something to get me through summer.
- No suede. It seems the best looking versions of what I'm looking for are all suede, generally in lighter hues. I need something a bit more bulletproof.
- To be worn in a business casual environment - even a few steps short of that. Button-down shirts, slacks or decent khakis. Not needed for suit wear. The occasional sportcoat is worn.

I tend to like the look of English shoes and I want something decent. I could just go buy a pair of Eccos or Rockports like everyone else but I am looking for something a bit more fun than that.

These Alden walkers are along the right lines:



Any and all suggestions appreciated.
 

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If you like that look then just type "brown English brogues" into a google image search. This will at least give you a visual catalog, so to speak, that will help you discover and refine your choices. You know, not to swank but work worthy: Dr. Martens makes excellent factory-floor-worthy shoes and their tassel loafers were just stunning.

Check out their new catalog as I think you will find something you won't mind getting dirty without the Alden price tag.
 

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Trickers ilkley comes to mind.

I also like a lot of the shoes in the Alfred Sargent Country Line, but I don't think you'll find any of the models with commando soles. Worth checking out though.
 

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Allen Edmonds Benton or Ashton might be good candidates--dressy, yet very comfortable.
 

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How nice do you want them to be, and how much do you want to spend?

Florsheim Havilands would fit the bill, and they're not expensive. (Check Sierra Trading Post.)
 

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