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Old 27th Jan 2009, 00:52
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Are boots comfortable to fly in

I would just like to know if anyone wears boots whilst flying. I have seen a few commercial pilots that wear them, and just wonder what they are like. I am not talking about massive lace up boots just the standard slip on type.
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Old 27th Jan 2009, 00:57
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It feels wrong if I wear anything BUT boots in the Yak.

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I've had a liking for GP's since serving and find no problem with flexibility, although have seen many student's who can't wear them. Zip up side types are available that make getting through airport screening a lot easier too. Breathable sides make comfort a lot better too.
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Old 27th Jan 2009, 01:32
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Good, unless swimming.....
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Old 27th Jan 2009, 01:43
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Good, unless swimming.....
.....in which case take 'em orf!

Worn GPs while flying for 25 years - no problems!

Need to ask the QF pilots what stilletoes are like to fly in though......
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Old 27th Jan 2009, 01:48
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I have been wearing boots for 39 years. Bought my first pair of RM Williams kid leather jodpur boots in December 1969 in Chinchilla. Cost me $26 - almost a weeks wages! They were THE MOST COMFORTABLE footwear that I have ever worn, but they only make them on custom order these days and they cost about $600 - and I can no longer afford them. I moved into RM Williams top boots in the early 80's, then went through a Tony Lama phase in the 90's. I am currently wearing a pair of Ariat top boots.

My advice applies to any footwear a GA pilot might wear. Make sure they are comfortable - and make sure that you can walk a good distance in them without getting blisters.

I think you are either a boot person or not!

Dr

PS: Army style GP boots are really comfortable if fitted properly. We used to take them to a good bootmaker and get a zipper sewn into the inward facing side so that you could leave them laced up - and just use the zip to put them on and take them off. Worked a treat until the RSM spotted them!

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Old 27th Jan 2009, 01:48
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Some of the boys complain the spurs get in the way.
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Rossi 301 Airsoles. The ones without steel toecaps.
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Call the fashion police for any footware with zips. Docs, diggers and rms all do the trick but make sure they are broken in or you will know what a 'bootfull' of rudder is.
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Bought my first pair of RM's 15 years ago. Cannot imagine wearing anything (feet wise) else!
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Bud Davisson always wears cowboy boots for flying.

Personally I wear Rivers black boots unless I think I can get away with Rivers joggers.
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Need to ask the QF pilots what stilletoes are like to fly in though......
I hear they are fine but their fishnet stockings are problematic due to snagging....
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Red Wing Shoes

Carry a hip flask or Derringer in these suckers as well as yer Copenhagen or Snoose.
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I wear these and they're fine...


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^ whats wrong with the mighty caribou? I wear RM's and hate them, the toe is not flexible at all even after 12 months, just scary at times. Prefer normal shoes but cant alway get what we want....
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I've seen a few float plane pilots wearing these.

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Old 27th Jan 2009, 03:45
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Nice stally. they issued or you have to buy em?.
I wear whatever I happen to have on my feet at the time I'm heading off to the aircraft. Done many many hours in thongs and bare feet (also done many hours flying in Jocks when it was really hot and I was on low level ops all day ). when doing charter work I wear rivers boots. look the part and are comfortable.
found my RM's and Thomas Cooks to be too slippery with a leather sole, so I avoid them if I can.
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Standard issue for deep field work wiz.
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Old 27th Jan 2009, 03:51
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So whats the news on the 18 meter core?. proof of a natural cycle or more sinister?. I bet the heaters get a workout at your place of employment.
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I find slippers are much more comfortable.
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