Street Talk: Work Boots

The economy is affecting footwear spending across the board. But when it comes to today’s work boot consumers, performance takes precedence over price. In an informal Footwear News poll, New York construction workers said they spend an average of $150 on boots, with Red Wing the brand of choice.

JAMES RODGERS
On the job: 10 years
Wearing: Red Wing
Price: $150
Purchases per year: One pair
Key features: Waterproofing, insulation

JOE POPP
On the job: 10 years
Wearing: Red Wing
Price: $175
Purchases per year: One pair
Key features: Waterproofing, insulation

GABRIEL RICHARDSON
On the job: 17 years
Wearing: Red Wing
Price: $240
Purchases per year: One or two pairs
Key features: Comfort, steel toe, waterproofing

FRANK ALBINO
On the job: 28 years
Wearing: Red Wing
Price: $150
Purchases per year: Four to five pairs
Key features: Soft cushioned bottoms

CARLOS CALLE
On the job: 10 months
Wearing: Timberland
Price: $107
Purchases per year: Two to three pairs
Key features: Comfort, warmth, waterproofing

TERRY SWAD
On the job: 30 years
Wearing: Carolina
Price: $75
Purchases per year: Two pairs
Key features: Comfort, waterproofing, insulation