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Sonja Draven wrote:These look promising:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07RKP848L/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

I ordered a pair and will report back.



I'm reporting back!

These boots don't have a wide toe box. Sadly, my feet are too big to order anything bigger to get that toe space and after trying to wear them snug, my feet hurt. So they won't work for me.

I don't think someone with wide calves could get them on. And they have a strong rubber smell. But they seem fairly well made and I think they'd hold up pretty well. I wish I could test that myself...
 
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Sonja Draven wrote:I'm reporting back!

These boots don't have a wide toe box. Sadly, my feet are too big to order anything bigger to get that toe space and after trying to wear them snug, my feet hurt. So they won't work for me.

I don't think someone with wide calves could get them on. And they have a strong rubber smell. But they seem fairly well made and I think they'd hold up pretty well. I wish I could test that myself...



Thank you for taking the time to report back. I was on the fence about the boots you posted about. Both the toe box as well as the calves looked a bit narrow, but I know pictures can be deceiving. Now I know that the pics are telling a true story for these. I have pledged for the other boots I posted about a post back, meanwhile. I just couldn't resist the zero drop, the ethos of the company, and the felted wool. Oh, the felted wool... I have had slippers in felted wool and they feel soooo good. To get a pair of boots that are made of it that I can wear year-round - well, my feet will be heaven!
 
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Sonja Draven wrote:

Sonja Draven wrote:These look promising:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07RKP848L/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

I ordered a pair and will report back.



I'm reporting back!

These boots don't have a wide toe box. Sadly, my feet are too big to order anything bigger to get that toe space and after trying to wear them snug, my feet hurt. So they won't work for me.

I don't think someone with wide calves could get them on. And they have a strong rubber smell. But they seem fairly well made and I think they'd hold up pretty well. I wish I could test that myself...




Ah man, that's a bummer! Did anyone else order anything and find out if it was good?
 
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Yes, thank you Sonja, I was considering those boots too. You saved me some trouble.

Annie Collins wrote: Oh, the felted wool...



Oh yeah! I have a pair of wool Merry Jane's. They're my favorite.
 
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Heather Sharpe wrote:I ended up ordering these Bisgaard boots since they specifically mention having a wide toe box, along with being zero drop, flexible soled and everything else on my list. Plus being cotton lined! I will report back when I get them. Thank you all for the help! Hope all in search of such boots can find something that makes their feet happy!


I got these and have tried them on and walked about the house in them, but haven't had the chance to wear them to work in yet. I will say that they are definitely more comfy than any other rubber boots I've tried. The toe box is wider than most, but not as wide and roomy as my Lems. So I wish they were a bit bigger there. I suspect if I got the next size up, the toes would be fine, but then I'd have too much heel slip. Overall, I feel like they're pretty nice boots. They are zero drop and flexible soled. They have that weird little upward curve at the toe that most shoes have for some reason I don't understand. They seem very well made and have almost no smell, which is great since I am very sensitive to such things.
 
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Hi all, I have really enjoyed reading this thread! How wonderful that instead of doing research and reading hundreds of reviews alone, we have permies peeps to share our research and experiences with! I had read these posts awhile back but Nicole reminded me of them once again (thanks Nicole!) I have been looking for some minimalist, no heel, waterproof, non-slip work-boots for my upcoming trip to visit Wheaton Labs.

I looked online for about 3 hours (OfferUp, Craigslist, Amazon, individual shops) and then went to BootBarn & Dick’s Sporting goods to try things on. Everything I tried was super heavy, small toe box compared to what I’m used to now, and definitely too much heel. My trip to REÍ will happen Sunday or Monday... maybe they have what I’m looking for there.

These Lems waterproof boots are what I’m thinking most about but many reviews say that the tread isn’t great and can be slippery in mud. Some reviews also say that they need to be oiled frequently to maintain their waterproofing and one review said they trap moisture in and make feet sweaty inside. (Unlike the other stores online they actually have my size in stock.)

https://www.lemsshoes.com/products/womens-waterproof-boulder-boot?variant=32088926453818

(I LOVE my women’s Primal 2 sneakers from Lems in black (and brown.) The injinji socks are pretty cool too but wish I got wool ones and when the dryer hides one of them, it’s pretty annoying!)

Xeroshoes also make a waterproof boot, Alpine - Women's Snow Boot. It looks like the tread would be less slippery on them than the Lems. (They are out of stock in my size.)

https://xeroshoes.com/shop/boots/alpine-women/

I do love my Xeroshoes boots in the Mika style. I may just have to use those for now.

I clicked on the several links that you all shared so my list of possible options has definitely expanded!

I love my Hunter rain boots for shoveling manure, gardening and walking in the mud/rain but I don’t need to use them daily or for more than a few hours at a time, so I don’t know how the heel and lack of minimalness would effect me over time.

(I was trying to research how I could put a toe protector in my current boots... I found some pretty funny outside of shoe solutions...  OSHATOES Steel Toe Cap Overshoes for Women and Men in Natural Rubber with Back Strap. Large, US Shoe Size : Men's 11-14, Women's 13-15 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NRSY339/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_WD6GDY3SXW2TTMWC6YCY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)

(On a side note, Crocs Sexi-flip sandals have been my favorite ‘pretty’ minimal-ish sandal for many years now, so the crocs boots might be a good lightweight option for me. I still find it humorous that anyone would ever consider a Croc shoe/sandal ‘sexy.’

Happy minimal shoe hunting!
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Casey Pfeifer wrote:Do you have the water proof LEMs? I didn’t know about them until recently - my business partner purchased a pair and they work great for keeping dry. Not a typical shin-high muck boot, but you already have leather LEMs so you know their profile

https://www.lemsshoes.com/collections/waterproof-boulder-boot/products/womens-waterproof-boulder-boot?variant=32088926421050



Lems is having a 20% off sale today. I'm gonna give these waterproof boots a try.
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