I dont work for the railroad, except when I was asked for pictures by a certain one.
I wear Converse 9-inch Desert Pursuit boots with the steel reinforced Kevlar toe, shank, and heal. Mine are also side-zipper. I like them because they are very lightweight, they exceed OSHA/ANSI standards, my feet dont get cold or hot in the varied climates, and they are just easy one/off. They are marketed for military, police, PMC, and as I am in the firearms industry I found out about them from a RRSA.
I've had the same pair for 5 years now. They look like duece, but they work and still feel great. I wear them all day, everyday. Best $100 I ever spent. LA Police Gear has good deal on them in khaki and black (caveat: I DO NOT work for them or shill for them)
Those are good boots but NS won't let us use them. Boots can't be side or front zippered, have to be lace up and have to have a 90% defined heel for locking onto grab irons, and must be at least 6 inch uppers.
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