Do sny og you hillbillies wear shoes in the shop?

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David, dbhost, steps on a nail. Was he wearing shoes? I hate shoes. And with this new knee in the works, I’ve been practicing using crutches and standing as long as I can. Trying to rebuild muscles that I’m going to need. Lost my balance, stepped forward and tore the nail off my right big toe. David, it has to be your fault. See what you started? lol
It made me think about how many are bare footing it, wearing flip-flops, tennis shoes, or do you suit up with steel toed boots and hard hats? Any hillbillies out there?

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#1 posted 1500 days ago

shoes , socks , barefoot ,

my shop is next to the bedroom/livingroom ,
depends on day/night time ,
and awake/asleep mode .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1500 days ago

I wear Dansko hard leather clogs w/ extra hard plastic soles – professional grade. I don’t want sharp or heavy objects falling on my toes! They have a built in arch and you can slip them off to wiggle your toes and still have protection. Flip-flops are comfortable to stand on but don’t give you any support and your feet need that when standing a long time.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 1500 days ago

Just a pair of old dock martins that i wore at work before having to retire. They really don’t seem to wear out. As far as being a Hillbillie. Does a boy from Missouri count since I do have a southern draw, and love the Hills of the Ozarks.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 1500 days ago

they don’t let you in woodworking class without steel tipped shoes. i basically wear them all the time, it is helpfull to rest heavy boards on yout shoetip and such. and the occasional board that falls that you can intercept with your feet safely.

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#5 posted 1500 days ago

This Arkie wouldn’t think of going down there without shoes. I typically wear an old pair of running shoes (so I won’t be sad if I spill something on them) or a pair of Georgia work boots. The boots are best if I’m going to have a long session.

-- Joe

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Les Casteel

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#6 posted 1500 days ago

Shoes? I shoots raccoons and make my own work shoes. Unless I need toe protection then I shoots armadillos!! Saves money so I can buy more wood.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#7 posted 1500 days ago

i wear tennis shoes every time.
as far as hillbilly, I will wipe my nose on my shirt (just work shirts) and I’ve helped skin a coon. but I don’t like mountain dew.

-- Derek, Iowa

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John Ormsby

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#8 posted 1500 days ago

I usually wear moccasins or tennis shoes in the shop. Much more comfortable. The shop also has a wood floor.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 1500 days ago

mostly tennis shoes but sometimes boots when it gets really cold. i may live in the hills above denver but i ain’t no Billy, unless wiping your hands off on your dog makes you a hillbilly.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 1500 days ago

Big clod hoppers LOL I just saw a survival tv show that two guys that hiked down and repelled of cliffs and waterfalls and went over rocky terrain and one was barefoot the whole time.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1500 days ago

I was wearing shoes. The accident happened in the yard. I stepped on a 2×4 that I had thought had been stripped clean… I found out the hard way it wasn’t. I had to remove the nail, board and all from my foot…

I sure could use some steel SHANK boots though…

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#12 posted 1500 days ago

My bare footin and pregnant days are over. LOL
I wear good socks and solid leather shoes. I have a pair of tenner shoe type of steel toes as well.
I have to because of the nerve damage from a fall. So this Okie Flatlander stands sure footed in and out of the shop.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#13 posted 1500 days ago

I got a pair of whatever the cheapest oil-resistant, lugged sole, “work shoes” was that Target had.

Went back and forth (Flip-flopped ??) about steel toes. I understand that … if something heavy enough falls ONTO the steel toe … that can be a Very Bad Thing.

Can’t even remember if I eventually got the steel-toed version, or not.

For finishing stuff … I’m good with my flip-flops or Birkenstocks….

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 1500 days ago


Everytime I see the name Birkenstocks I think of this:


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#15 posted 1500 days ago



Between MY tool belt, and Grizz’s red dress … we’re just about there :-)

That was one of the funniest vids I’ve seen in a long time !

-- -- Neil

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