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    Default Lace Up Vs. Pull On

    in the market for a new pair of boots just wondering whats your take on lace ups vs pull ons....... pros and cons


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    I prefer the ones with zippers on the side so it's quicker to get them on and off. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanEMVFD View Post
    I prefer the ones with zippers on the side so it's quicker to get them on and off. But that's just me.
    I agree, I have a pair of Bates, 8 inch with the zipper that I'm very happy with. You get the support and fit of a lace up with the convenience of a slip-on.

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    If you are asking about firefighting boots, think about this:
    I had lace up boots and liked them. But, got a new set of turnout pants that were a little shorter than my old ones. Cold air blowing up the pant legs made me go out to buy a pair of pull on firefighting boots to keep the cold air from freezing me on a cold day.
    That's something I had never thougt until that first gust of cold wind.

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    I have big monkey feet, so it can be tough to get shoes laced just right to suit me. Therefore the zip-up boots I had at one time suited me perfectly-- got the strings just right and never had to untie them.
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    yeah sorry not to clarify but i meant structural boots.....but thank you for the insight on the duty boots also

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    I was wondering exactly what types of boots you were inquiring about. As for structure fire boots, I prefer the pull on type. Never tried the lace up and frankly don't have an urge to either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Guidry View Post
    yeah sorry not to clarify but i meant structural boots.....but thank you for the insight on the duty boots also
    I've had both lace up with a zipper, and pull on, and for ease of use I prefer the pull on. The lace up ones were damn comfortable, and I would imagine for someone with weak ankles they would offer a bit more support.

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    I have left a pair of lace-up boots and a pair of pull on boots facing each other for two days, now and they have not fought each other. I really don't think they're enemies.
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    For structural, pull on always. Why have to deal with laces when you have so many options for shoe fit pull ons.

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    I ran with some Thoroughgood(sp?) zip/lace ups for about 6 years. They ended up as velcro ups (do not ask, just know it worked well).

    The fit was great but the narrow profile towards the bottom can be real drafty.

    Cold on a cold day and annoyingly hot in a fire...Especially when you are operating anywhere above heat.

    My worst experience was opening a wall in an attic during overhaul and finding a chase down to the original seat of the fire where a chimney had been removed years ago.

    There was still significant heat in there and when I pulled a dresser away from the wall I got blasted at my feet and it drafted right up my turnout pant legs.

    I've not had a problem since I changed to thoroughgood pull ons probably because they cover my leg higher and the wider top of the boot seems to seal off updrafts. I dont like the pull on fit as well, but they are faster...
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    I use pull-ons, but only because I've never tried lace-ups...
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    never tried lace up structural boots, i have only had pull ons. i would imagine pull ons would be faster, easier, and safer to use.

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