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Recommendations for work boots/where to buy?

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Found 15th Jul 2014
My oldest boy is starting a Joinery apprenticeship in a couple of weeks. He received his official job offer letter last week that stated he needs to arrive dressed for site working. They will provide uniform when he has his induction which is fine.

I have bought him black workwear trousers and some polo shirts. Not sure about footwear though? He will get boots/shoes provided so don't really want to spend too much money to start with until we know what the ones provided will be like.

I have looked at B&Q site,Amazon and Sports direct. There are a lot of cheap ones but don't want to get kak even if only for a short time. Can anyone recommend anything or anywhere that sells decentish footwear to start out with?

Any advice appreciated

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buy a pair of kynox mariner/calf high boots on ebay.

Great boots, last for ages, very waterproof, and offer great protection.

I have these
screwfix.com/p/d…HAQ

I've been wearing them for over 5 years now & they're still going strong. Plus they are as comfortable as a normal boot, important if he will be on his feet all day.

Buy well & buy once!

I don't have any advice but great news re your son's apprenticeship!

This is the best type of boot for a construction site. I would wait because he will have to go through health & safety before he is allowed on site, so will have his boots sorted out with his new employer. wickes.co.uk/Dic…242

ALDI had some nice looking ones the other week. The offer was for that week only, but they might have some stock left if you check your local store.

link
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 15th Jul 2014

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wozzad1

buy a pair of kynox mariner/calf high boots on ebay.Great boots, last for … buy a pair of kynox mariner/calf high boots on ebay.Great boots, last for ages, very waterproof, and offer great protection.



Thanks will have a nosey

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spiderbifida

I have … I have thesehttp://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-bolster-safety-boots-honey-size-10/71321?kpid=71321&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=Cj0KEQjwopOeBRC1ndXgnuvx8JYBEiQAq4RPt586ZuUgWzU9VDgMSWRdxzURSdQ1Tz2cXBS29vYukd4aAh3V8P8HAQI've been wearing them for over 5 years now & they're still going strong. Plus they are as comfortable as a normal boot, important if he will be on his feet all day.Buy well & buy once!



Thanks,I never thought of screw fix. I would prefer to get him a really good pair however company are meant to be supplying footwear.

I'm not sure if he will be allowed to have his own,if so then I'm more than happy to get a good pair. If he has to wear ones supplied then pointless me spending a fortune for a week or two.

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therealslimkaty

I don't have any advice but great news re your son's apprenticeship!



Thank you,he is very excited about it
Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 15th Jul 2014

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SUMMONER

ALDI had some nice looking ones the other week. The offer was for that … ALDI had some nice looking ones the other week. The offer was for that week only, but they might have some stock left if you check your local store.link



Thank you will have a look
Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 15th Jul 2014

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dereklogan7

This is the best type of boot for a construction site. I would wait … This is the best type of boot for a construction site. I would wait because he will have to go through health & safety before he is allowed on site, so will have his boots sorted out with his new employer. http://www.wickes.co.uk/Dickies-Rigger-Safety-Boots-Size-10/p/190242



Thanks,they will be supplying all his stuff after his induction however he has been asked to turn up dressed for site working so will need to get him something suitable. He doesn't want to start off on the wrong foot

Will check the wickes ones.
Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 15th Jul 2014

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spiderbifida

I have … I have thesehttp://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-bolster-safety-boots-honey-size-10/71321?kpid=71321&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=Cj0KEQjwopOeBRC1ndXgnuvx8JYBEiQAq4RPt586ZuUgWzU9VDgMSWRdxzURSdQ1Tz2cXBS29vYukd4aAh3V8P8HAQI've been wearing them for over 5 years now & they're still going strong. Plus they are as comfortable as a normal boot, important if he will be on his feet all day.Buy well & buy once!



Thank you will have a look,I'm all for getting him decent ones- after all I have decent footwear for my job.

I would rather get him a decent pair but his work will be supplying some soon,I don't want to spend a fortune if he then has to wear the ones supplied only.

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ismail12321

sports direct


Yeah I did mention there

Some decent ones here that don't cost a fortune; m.wynsors.com/!/products/Mens/Safety-Footwear?main_page=index&cPath=1_1208&

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dereklogan7

Some decent ones here that don't cost a fortune; … Some decent ones here that don't cost a fortune; https://m.wynsors.com/#!/products/Mens/Safety-Footwear?main_page=index&cPath=1_1208&



That's great thank you,I appreciate you looking I will check those out it would be better if we knew if he will have to wear ones supplied or if he can use both his and theirs,that way I would get him a good pair!

If I was him I would get safety trainers and let the employer buy the boots. Wish him well in his new job.

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dereklogan7

If I was him I would get safety trainers and let the employer buy the … If I was him I would get safety trainers and let the employer buy the boots. Wish him well in his new job.



Thank you,I might just do that.
Appreciate your help.

Asda do a good line in safety footwear. I bought my safety trainers there for £20. Very comfortable too. They also had boots.

However, if it is a requirement to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) then the employer should be supplying it or giving your son an allowance for it.

I wouldn't buy rigger boots , a lot of the sites insist on lace ups due to the rigger boots offering no heel protection.

dereklogan7

This is the best type of boot for a construction site. I would wait … This is the best type of boot for a construction site. I would wait because he will have to go through health & safety before he is allowed on site, so will have his boots sorted out with his new employer. http://www.wickes.co.uk/Dickies-Rigger-Safety-Boots-Size-10/p/190242



No heel protection.

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paul123edwards

Asda do a good line in safety footwear. I bought my safety trainers there … Asda do a good line in safety footwear. I bought my safety trainers there for £20. Very comfortable too. They also had boots.However, if it is a requirement to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) then the employer should be supplying it or giving your son an allowance for it.



Thanks will look there,they are supplying it and will be kitting him out after his induction however they have asked him to arrive dressed ready for site work so need a pair meantime

Ask employer where to get, you may get a discount if this a regular thing for new starters, They may know/have a better option/opinion or account!somewhere, you can apply to. If he's signed on benefit maybe he could ask for work wear sub?

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2378

Ask employer where to get, you may get a discount if this a regular thing … Ask employer where to get, you may get a discount if this a regular thing for new starters, They may know/have a better option/opinion or account!somewhere, you can apply to. If he's signed on benefit maybe he could ask for work wear sub?



The employer will be supplying all his gear which will be ordered at his induction, he just needs a pair for starting with.
He doesn't need workwear sub as I,his parent will be buying it for him and then its all supplied.He has only just left school a month ago and will be starting his apprenticeship in a week and a half time so not on any benefits!
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