While still relying on warranty, some techs, like Lesniak, also focus on price.
IF THE SHOE FITS
Boots get a little more tricky.
Although some techs will work with their tool dealer, the general consensus is to purchase shoes at a local store, where they’re able to try them on before they buy.
“I haven’t purchased shoes from a tool truck largely because the dealer isn’t too keen on it, and I can see why. He can’t really maintain a selection of models and sizes on his truck,” wrote Harry Zier, in response to the PTEN blog. “I could pick a shoe out of a flyer but … no one knows how true to size they’ll run.
“The dealer would have to send them back or try to unload them on someone else if the shoes didn’t fit. I usually get my work shoes from a shoe store. …”
Lesniak agrees. “Usually (distributors) don’t have them in stock, and you have to worry about whether they fit or not,” he said. “And they don’t stock a bunch of sizes on there, they order them in.”
Other shops provide pre-selected brands for their employees, avoiding a retail purchase all together. This includes Bethea’s shop.
“Most everybody here wears Red Wing shoes, we have a local store. We go and get them there,” said Bethea.
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