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My old boots split so I grabbed some new ones.

Got a pair of elastic sided Blundstones with the soft toe. $165

They're awful - its like walking barefoot on concrete. I tried some innersoles to cushion the ride but they make the fit too tight.

Just something to consider if you're looking at Blundstone slip in boots.

That happened to me at the end of last season. I bought Steel Blue after they advertised their comfort. I returned them after two days. I've been getting about in these Redbacks for two days and so far I'm very happy.
 
My old Oliver ST's are still going but they are starting to show their age. After nearly 9 years of service I am happy. I like a high cut boot but also hate how loose you need to make the laces to get them on. So I have been looking at side zippered boots. Are there any that use plastic zippers?

Out of the hiking style boots, the most heavy duty I have found are Keens. Not cheap but worth it in the long run in my opinion. Targhee III's are the ones, and I think from memory only the last (top) eyelets are metal.
I use gumboots or gumboot ankle books i bought at kmart last year and buy a size larger 11 they have elestic sides, they also made womens identicle to these but in smaller sizes and are very easy on and off, i dont know if they made them this season or not i got two pair of them.
 
Footwear is such an individual thing, so what may suit one person perfectly could be problematic for someone else.
There are so many variables with shoes and boot comfort and performance, like toe box room, heel support, instep height, arch support, inner sole padding , etc. So all these features need to be accomodating to Your particular shaped / sized plate of meat.
Personally I have long suffered from plantar fasciitis ( a painful heel and sole condition ) and I definitely need comfort over endurance in a detecting boot.
I have tried numerous brands and find the Keens like Moneybox’s above are my go to boots for this reason. The terrain in his part of the world must be horrendous to shred his like that.
So yeah, horses for courses.....
 
I've been getting about in these Redbacks for two days and so far I'm very happy.
My last pair were Redbacks and were reasonably comfortable.

They copped lots of abuse including walking in shallow water, I'd just give them a coat of dubbin every now and again.
 
I use gumboots or gumboot ankle books i bought at kmart
I bought a pair of Kmart rubber clogs for $35 for wearing around camp sites and for ducking out to shut the gate at home at night.

Surprisingly comfortable, they'd probably be good for beach detecting.
 
I agree with the Redbacks.
I take a probe with me when getting or checking boots these days even if I know the brand.
Rossi used to yrs ago have no metal, then one day they added staples and I wondered what happened getting false signals till I realised. I tell them at the shop before hand what im going to do and why. Get some very strange looks if you dont.
 
Footwear is such an individual thing, so what may suit one person perfectly could be problematic for someone else.
The terrain in his part of the world must be horrendous to shred his like that.
So yeah, horses for courses.....

No I don't think the terrain has a lot to do with it.... 😂

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Yeah, I thought as much, must be like walking behind a bull in a china shop on that stuff.😳

I've been sticking with the Keen boots because apart from the comfort they have exceptionally good grip even on a wet surface. I'm on the wrong side of 70 now so a fall out there could end badly. I've only changed to the Redbacks because I don't think I'm getting value for money with the Keens when they need repairs after one season.
 
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