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The Boot Debate

Today we’re looking at why not all boots are created equal. How come some boots will last you over a year and others fall apart within a couple of months? The quality of the boot is a big part of that but the other side is were the boots you’re wearing meant for the job you’re doing? The boots a finishing carpenter wears are going to be a heck of a lot different than the boots of a steelworker or even an electrician.

So here are a few questions to think about to get the best boot for you and your job:

  • Does it rain a lot where you are?
  • Does it get below freezing?
  • Is most of your work inside or outside?
  • Are you walking on uneven surfaces or rebar?
  • Do you need oil slip or just water slip protection?
  • Are your feet tired and sore at the end of the day?
  • Are you going up and down ladders?
  • Do you need plate protection in the sole to stop nails and other sharp objects?
  • Are steel toes a must on the job sites you work on?
  • Do you need insolation against electrical?

If you’re working on uneven surfaces look into boots with torsion protection, this means a firm sole and heal so that when you twist the boot it doesn’t move. If you’re finding your feet and legs are tired and sore at the end of the day getting a good insole or orthotics can help with that, as well as that torsion protection. If ladders are a big part of your day finding a boot that has a bit of heal can increase your stability while you’re on the ladder. If you spend most of your day outside in wet weather having a waterproof boot can help decrease your likelihood of getting athlete’s foot or other foot infections. Another way to help with wet weather is to look into getting two pairs of boots to allow one pair to dry while you wear the others. 


Click here to see a review of some of the best work boots out there!

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