What makes a good work boot? How do I get the right fit? | 13th February 2020
There’s nothing worse than a pair of shoes that doesn’t quite fit or isn’t up to the task, especially when we’re talking work boots which are on your feet day-in, day-out all year round. A great pair of work boots can make all the difference when it comes to performance at work and all-day comfort.
Whether you’re an electrician, concreter, plumber, welder, builder or something in between; you’ll find everything you need to know about work boots right here at All Trades Safety.
Selecting a Boot – The 3 ‘Need to Knows’
When shopping for work boots you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of brands and types of boot on the market, but don’t worry as there are 3 easy checks to help you narrow down on the right pair. Just check for the following:
Sole Type – the environment you most commonly work in will determine the type of sole you need. PVC? EVA? ABS? EVA? TRP? PU? If you’re not sure, we cover the different types of soles below.
Protection and Durability – Steel capped? Lace-up? Classic leather boots? Scuff pads? Determine what protection and features you are looking for in a work boot.
Comfort – Not all boots are made the same. If you value comfort, you should pay attention to the materials used in the construction of the boot.
By taking the above three factors into account, you’ll be homing in on the right pair in no time. To help you out, here’s a bit more detail on what to look for in each of the above:
The Type of Soles in Work Boots
The soles required by a plumber will be very different from those required by a builder. Ultimately your choice will depend on your role, here’s a bit of insight into the different sole types and their benefits:
TRP Bottoms – Made of rubber, these soles offer great slip resistance which is ideal if you climb ladders, work in wet conditions or work at heights.
PU Bottoms – A good multi-use sole which you’ll find on most boots in the market. PU is somewhat flexible, very comfortable and is also water resistant. The majority of workers will find this sole suitable for their duties.
PVC Outsoles – The main benefit of PVC outsoles is strength. They are also very lightweight and scuff resistant. A good choice for builders and those who work in construction.
TPU Outsoles – A good option for plumbers due to slip resistant properties, TPU also has high resistance to oil and chemicals, as well as temperatures of up to 130 degrees C.
BPU – If you’re looking for a longer lasting, heavier duty alternative to PU you should consider BPU. It offers better weather resistance and will withstand tough duties much better.
Protection and Durability
Now you need to consider the features you are looking for in a work boot. Here’s some top considerations:
Warmth – Do you require insulation? If you commonly work in damp or cool conditions, look for high-top boots which are also water resistant. They will keep your feet dry and toasty all day long.
Breathability – If you commonly work outdoors or in hot weather, you’ll want something which breathes. Look for a lower-cut, non-insulated work boot.
Hazards and Protection – If you’re working on building sites, you’ll need a steel toe boot. Think about the types of hazards you encounter on a daily basis, as not everyone requires the additional weight and cost of a steel cap.
Long Term Durability – Do you want your boots to last long term? Opt for a pair with a stitched sole. Glued soles will wear out over time, eventually detaching – and they are uneconomical to repair. Stitched sole work boots can be repaired, and the long-term durability is well worth the extra upfront cost.
Finally, you’ll want to pay close attention to the fit and comfort of your boot. You don’t want a boot which is too small or too big. A proper fitting work boot should be:
Snug at the heel
Comfortable to walk in
Pain-free (particularly at the ball of your foot)
A small amount of wiggle room for your toes
When trying the boot, make sure you wear the same type of socks you normally wear to work. Because feet swell throughout the day, it is best to fit work boots at the end of the day to ensure optimal fit and comfort.
All Trades Safety – Biggest Range, Right Advice
All Trades Safety are committed to providing customers with the best range of work boots and the right advice. With a focus on safety and people, you can trust us to deliver the right gear for you and your team.
We invite you to browse our range of work boots from leading brands including Redback, Wolverine, R.M. Williams, Hard Yakka, Blundstone, Baxter, CAT, Stubbies, Mongrel Boots and many more. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to phone us on 1300 533 537 and a friendly team member will take your call.