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Old 11-14-2004, 05:19 PM   #1
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Best shoes for factory work?

I just got a new job last week at a factory where I have to stand for 8 hours a day (and not a minute less ) with only one 20 min break in the middle of the day.

By the end of the day, my legs hurt a little, my back hurts a lot, and my feet really hurt a lot. Is there anyone in here who's worked long days at a factory, and has shoes that they would recommend?

Steel toed shoes are not mandatory, but are recommended. However, @ a third of the other workers wear tennis shoes. So I'll take either. I've tried asking co-workers, but noone has had a pair of shoes there yet that they'd recommend, which I expected since I noticed most of those people stop their machines every 5-10 minutes to crack their backs.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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Old 11-15-2004, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: Best shoes for factory work?

I've worked in a factory for 25yrs more or less. I've never had to wear steel toed shoes. I'm on a auto assembly line and most of us wear new balance. I've had alot of problems with my feet lately and my OS has said that new balance is good but I should be wearing a higher number. Each new balance model has a number. I was wearing # 400 something and now have ordered a pair of 925. 925 is all leather and has good motion control (for overpronating) and good heel cushioning (heel spurs). I've also heard that #1122 is good alot of the nurses that work with my mother and stand on their feet all day have recomended #1122 to her. These # are womens models but they all have counterparts for men. I'll let you know how these work out once I get them.

Old 11-15-2004, 04:19 PM   #3
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Re: Best shoes for factory work?

I recommend New Balance also

Old 11-15-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Best shoes for factory work?

Thanks for the replies. New Balance was actually my first thought too, but I've never had a pair, so I just wanted to hear that they were good from somebody who has. I never knew that about the higher #s though. That may save me from buying the wrong ones, so thank you.

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