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When it comes to work boots, there is no such thing as the right fit. In fact, there are dozens of factors that can affect how a boot fits and works for you. That's why we've put together this guide that will help you pick out the best boots for your needs!
How much time are you on your feet?
How much weight are you carrying?
What kind of terrain are you working in/on?
What work do you do in your boots?
What is the weather like where and when you will wear your boots?
Waterproof boots are great for working in wet conditions. But not everyone needs them.
If you don't work in a setting that involves getting wet, waterproof boots may not be necessary for your work boots. They can be expensive and uncomfortable, as well as heavy and bulky—so it's important to consider what you need out of the pair before purchasing them.
Insulation is important for warmth. It happens to be one of the most essential parts of any work boot, but it’s also so much more than just a way to keep your feet warm on cold days. Insulation can be natural or synthetic, and there are many types of both that can help you stay comfortable in work boots all year round.
Natural insulations like wool, down and fur are some of the best materials for keeping your feet warm in winter months. These materials trap air between their fibers to create an insulating layer that keeps heat from escaping out into the atmosphere around them (you know, like how a bubble bath surrounds you with heated water). Synthetic insulations like polyester, polypropylene and polyurethane provide similar benefits—they trap air within tiny spaces between threads—but they're less expensive than natural options because they don't require animals to harvest them from their bodies!
The next thing to consider is the type of toe protection you want.
Steel Toe: This is the classic style with a steel shank in the forefoot that helps prevent impact injuries. If you need this type of protection, definitely go with a steel-toe boot.
Composite Toe: A composite toe is made up of a hard plastic covering over an internal steel plate to provide extra protection from falling objects or other heavy impacts that could cause injury if your foot was just exposed on top of the ground without any protection at all (or without any shoe at all). Composite toes are often used in construction sites or anywhere where there are hazards present such as sharp objects like nails sticking out from wood surfaces or rocks protruding from dirt ground surfaces which might hurt exposed feet if stepped on by accident when wearing regular shoes but not so much when wearing boots with composite toes because they're specifically designed for such things happening all day long! So if you work somewhere like this then definitely buy yourself some safety boots with composite toes!
Lug soles are best for traction in outdoor conditions. If you work outdoors, you may want to look for lugged boots.
All work boots have some kind of tread on them (even if it's just little nubs), but if you're looking specifically for a shoe with a patterned tread like lugs or cleats, this is how they'll be labeled: "lugged" or "cleated".
Static electricity is caused by friction between two surfaces. It can be a problem in dry environments, but less so in humid ones.
If you're working in a dry environment, take precautions to keep static electricity at bay:
Buy the right kind of work boots (see above)
Be careful when putting on your clothes and taking off your shoes—try not to touch different types of fabrics together
Avoid wearing rubber-soled shoes if possible; instead, try leather or fabric with rubberized soles
The best work boot for you is the one that meets your needs.
It's not enough to read one person's experience or try on a pair of boots in a store and think, “These will do!” You need to find the right boots for your particular situation and environment.
If you're a construction worker who spends his days walking on concrete floors, then rubber soles are probably more appropriate than vibram treads. But if you work outdoors in muddy fields, then perhaps vibram treads would be better suited for you?
We hope this article has helped you figure out the best work boots for your needs. Choose the best PPE equipment for you!
Keep in mind that there are many things to consider when buying new workboots, so it's important to take your time and find ones that suit your individual requirements.