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    Default Smooth soled shoes for shop

    Title says it all, anyone have a brand or style of shoes that don't collect swarf?

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    I have shop shoes that don't leave the shop ;-)
    If you benefit from the Dunning-Kruger Effect you may not even know it ;-)

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    Ask at a shoe repair, I was getting soles that were quite smooth but chip resistant most of the time.

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    I have New Balance 577. They pick up very little swarf.

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    Get one of those bristle rugs made for an entry door. Put it on the inside. Scrub your soles on it before you leave the shop.

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    I have found that smoother soled shoes bug me in the shop, I don't have much issue with chips sticking, I just hate walking on them. I have found that heavy work boots have a rugged tread pattern, and I don't notice the chips nearly as much as with my regular shoes. The tradeoff is the boots are not as comfy, and I can tell when I have been wearing them all day.

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    I have a pair of old work shoes that don't pick up swarf at all. They were made by Dakota and sold in Canada by Mark's Work Wearhouse.
    The soles are marked oil resistant, are quit hard and are a kind of an amber colour. I think they are urethane. I have been looking around to see if there are any like that sold these days but haven't found anything yet.
    Larry

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    Get one of those bristle rugs made for an entry door. Put it on the inside. Scrub your soles on it before you leave the shop.
    That's exactly what I did. (My wife did, actually.)
    It's cut-down on my swarf 'drag-in' by about 90%

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    I tend to just wear the usual "boat shoes" (Sperry) and find they do not pick up swarf, and also are not slippery.

    Yes, the safety snobs will jump on this thread soon and berate us for not wearing steel toed shoes. At least I got in before that happened.
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    I think if you have around 2 hp or less in a lathe or mill , it is less of a problem.
    When hogging material on my 7.5 hp lathe, set to break chips it becomes a problem..

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