5 points to discuss when choosing your next work boot

5 points to discuss when choosing your next work boot

The risks posed by manual work are diverse and no less dangerous. You’ll be surprised by how many injuries and accidents can be directly attributed to the type of boots you choose to wear. These injuries could be as simple as blisters, bunions, excruciating corns or the more severe dropped/fallen arch. Lucky for working personnel, the market has developed unique work boots that cater to your needs and protect you from a number of injuries.

Here are a few tips you should consider. What Should You Consider When Buying Work Boots? The Fit As simple as this may seem, how well your boot fits affects how comfortable you are when working. This, in turn, affects your productivity levels as well. Did you know that ill-fitting shoes can cause corns? Ensure that your work boots have a firm grip around the heel. This will ease your balance as you walk. A neat trick is to try out new boots while wearing the same type of socks you wear at work to get a more accurate feel of how comfortable it is to put on.

Do they have non-slip base rubber sole? The type of sole your boots has a profound impact on a lot of aspects of your work. For one, your sole should be leveled or flat to prevent injuries to your back. Go for rubber soles that are oil and slip resistant. Rubber soles are a great safety measure against electrocution and penetration by sharp objects such as nails that may be in your path. Remember to check the heel and toe alignment of your boots too. They should be in a straight line to improve your balance and prevent straining your feet as you walk.

The Mid-soles Mid-soles affect your balance and the comfort of your feet when carrying heavy objects. The major soles are Polyurethane and EVA ( ethyl vinyl acetate) mid-soles. Polyurethane mid-soles are heavy, strong and surprisingly resilient.They are made of organic polymers. They, unlike other types of mid-soles, do not flatten over time. They a have a long life but are a bit pricier. E.V.A. mid-soles, on the other hand, are light. They are made of a man-made foam that makes them soft for cushioning and shock absorption. They flatten very quickly which may lead to imbalance over time. They are cheaper than Polyurethane mid-soles but need to be replaced more often. Consider getting insoles for additional comfort or to correct imbalance caused by worn out mid-soles.

What material are they made of? This largely depends on your work. Waterproof leather work boots are ideal for people working with on sites with water to prevent your toes from getting wet. Insulated boots are great if you are working on a location with very low temperature while mesh boots will help aerate your feet in the heat. Steel toes are important when working on a site with heavy objects that could crush your toes. In another breathe, steel toed boots aren’t advisable for electricians because of the likelihood of electrocution.

The weight of your shoes could also do a number on the amount of weight you can carry. If your tasks involve carrying a lot of weight, then light material work boots would serve you best. Break in time The durability of your boots affects their break in time. In theory, durable work boots have a longer break in times than less durable boots. Keep in mind how soon you’ll need your boots to see what works for you. Your workbooks aren’t just for aesthetic value; they are safety measure while at work. They could save you from weeks of unending pain and misery. Choose them wisely!