Work boots are an essential piece of safety gear for many professions and even just for our Australian lifestyle. Whether you're a construction worker, electrician, or simply someone who wants to protect their feet in the garden, having a good pair of safety work boots is key. But with so many different options on the market, it can be tough to know which pair is right for you.
In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about work boots: what to look for when buying them, how to size them correctly, how to break them in, and how to care for them properly. So whether you're in the market for a new pair of work boots or just want the ones you have to last longer we have got you covered.
What to Look for When Buying Work Boots
The first thing you need to consider when buying a new pair of work boots is what they will be used for. There are different types of safety boots available on the market, so it's important to choose the right pair depending on your profession. For example, if you're working in construction or mining and have a risk from heavy objects falling you might be required to have steel capped boots. Whereas if you work in the electrical field you may be more inclined to use composite boots as they offer electrical hazard protection.
Once you've considered what type of work boot is required, it's time to think about the features. The most important feature to look for in a work boot is that it is slip resistant. This is especially important if you're working in an environment where there could be water or oil on the floor. Many work boots will also have a waterproof or water resistant finish which is great if you're working outside in wet conditions.
Another feature to look for is a good level of ankle support. This is especially important if you're going to be doing a lot of walking or standing as it will help to prevent fatigue. Many work boots also have a padded collar which adds to the comfort levels.
How to Size Your Work Boots
The most important thing when sizing your work boots is to get the correct fit. Too tight and they will be uncomfortable, too loose and they could lead to blisters, foot pain or even an accident from tripping. The best way to ensure a good fit is to go into a store and try on a few pairs if you don't already know your size. If ordering online, check the label of your current boots for sizing. Remember to try them on with the socks you will wear each day this will ensure the correct fit and comfort.
How to Break in Steel Toe Work Boots
Steel toe work boots can be a little stiffer when you first start wearing them as they need time to mould to your feet. The best way to break them in is by wearing them for short periods of time (10-15mins) and gradually increasing the amount of time you wear them each day. No one likes blisters and the best way to prevent them and sore feet is to take a little time to wear your boots in.
Tip-buy your new boots to wear in before your old boots wear out. You can also apply leather conditioner to soften the leather allowing it to stretch without cracking.
How Tight Should Work Boots Be?
Your work boots should be snug but not too tight. They should feel comfortable from the start and not require a lot of breaking in. If you find your work boots are too tight, consider buying a pair that is half a size larger. This will give you some extra room to move. If your boots are too tight you can try wearing thinner socks and stretching the leather until they soften.Taking care of your feet is important as you are on them all day so making sure your boots fit correctly is important.
How to Care for Work Boots
Once you've found the perfect pair of work boots, it's important to take care of them so they last as long as possible. The first thing you should do when you get your new safety boots is make sure the leather is looked after by applying a leather conditioner. This will help your boots stay supple and water resistant. Don’t leave your boots caked in mud or wet for too long. Correctly drying your work boots is important.
How Clean Your Work Boots
How often you should clean your work boots will depend on the environment they are being used in. If you're working in a dirty environment, then cleaning them every week is recommended. However, if they are only being used for office work then once a month should be sufficient. Cleaning your work boots regularly will help to prevent any build-up of dirt to the point where it could cause a safety hazard. It also helps protect them from falling apart.
Clean your work boots with a soft brush or damp cloth to remove any dirt or other particles. Make sure you dry your boots when they get wet! Wet boots not only get damaged but get stinky if left wet too long. To dry them out, place them in front of a fan and stuff with newspaper (change the paper regularly). Caring for your boots not only makes them last longer but cares for your feet too.
Want To Find Out More?
Ready to get your feet into a new pair of boots? Remember to take into account the environment you'll be working in and the features that are important to you. And most importantly, don't forget to take care of them so they last as long as possible!
At Award Safety we can help you in-store or online with all your work boot needs. Our friendly staff are here to help so come see us or contact us to make sure you get the right boots for the job.