Salomon Speedcross “construction sneaker”?
Salomon Speedcross “construction sneaker”?

Built like a dirt bike tire, these sneakers could just be jobsite approved.

Because Facebook is what it is, my personal feed is algorithm-ized for tool content, so I see all kinds of stuff and have a newfound appreciation for Russian dash cams and phones on the jobsite that pick up the world’s most bizarre circumstances—often involving a dump truck or excavator and their hapless operators.

One thing that popped up was this ad for “construction worker sneakers.”

It took me a second to get past the photo to realize that I wear these sneakers. I don’t wear them on the jobsite, but if you’re a sneaker guy, I can stand by these as being just about as rugged a shoe as I’ve ever laced up.

The Speedcross lacing system is unique, fast, an I’ve never had one come loose come to think of it.
The Speedcross lacing system is unique, fast, an I’ve never had one come loose come to think of it.
Like a dirtbike tire, this tread bites when you need it to, but doesn’t hold mud or pebbles.
Like a dirtbike tire, this tread bites when you need it to, but doesn’t hold mud or pebbles.

I’ve literally run a thousand miles in the pairs I’ve owned. Not one tear either. Not even a small rip.

And the treads are just the best. I wore them for the running I did, mostly trail runs and obstacle course races like Spartan Race. And the reason I liked the tread so much (which is the only thing that wore at all) is that it gripped when I needed it to, and it cleared mud from the various mud submersions and stream crossings where other shoes held it. The soles—they’re as aggressive as a dirt-bike tire—also don’t hold pebbles, which other shoes do. Pebbles in shoes can scratch a customer’s floor (or new counter; don’t ask; it was a long time ago).

I won’t call the Salomon SpeedCross waterproof, but I’ve mowed enough miles of my own backyard and slogged through enough puddles and muddy trails to know they shed water extremely well.

The lace system is cool. You don’t tie them, you cinch them in a little cleat built in. The laces are thin and I’ve never broken one in the half-dozen pairs I’ve owned.

The foot support I consider to be outstanding for a running shoe. Not sure how I can measure that other than how they feel, which is extremely comfortable.

The one pair I bought online never fit right. I buy them at REI.

So, if you’re a sneaker guy, these might be the right choice for you and your jobsites.

If you’re a boot guy, check this review out.