3 Tips for Selecting the Right Pair of Work Boots

4th Mar 2019

A good pair of work boots has a significant impact on your day at work. But, do you know if you are wearing the right pair of boots?

If you can honestly answer yes, then you really don’t need to keep reading. However, if you truly are unsure whether your boots are the right ones for you then keep reading on.

Whether you are a plumber, electrician, welder, builder or concreter there is a boot that is best suited to you as an individual and to your line of work. You want a work boot that is comfortable and secure throughout the day, but you also need one that is going to last a significant amount of time. Hence, why it is important that you select the right pair of work boots.

There are countless brands out there such as Steel Blue, Mongrel Boots and Blundstone. This can make it a challenge because there are so many options, but we make it simple with these 3 TIPS!

  • 1.Learn what Sole you need to have in your boot.
  • 2.Check out their characteristics and constructions.
  • 3.What makes up the fit of the boot?

These 3 tips make it easy for you to narrow down your boot selections. As you know, there are countless types of soles such as PVC, EVA, TRP, PU and ABS. Then there are different safety attachments you can have on boots such as safety toes and scuff pads.

There is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing work boots and it shouldn’t really be that complex. But if you are wanting to be comfortable at work then you need to look at those 3 things when making your next boot purchase.

Below we have gone into more detail about the 3 tips.

Tip 1: Learn what Sole you need in your boot.

Each type of boot sole offers different functionalities to its wearers. TRP, PU, PVC, EVA, BPU, TPU and ABS are all soles you will find when looking at work boots. Each designed for a different purpose.

TRP Bottoms are a rubber bottom that offer high slip resistance. This creates a safe boot option if you’re always up and down ladders or working on roofs.

PU Bottoms are water resistant, flexible and comfortable. This makes them easy to wear across most trades. They make boots extremely versatile hence why they are in used in many boots on the market.

PVC Outsoles offer a high level of strength in boots. The outsole offers scuff resistance and is super lightweight. This outsole is a good option if you’re in building or construction trades.

EVA Outsoles offer high levels of shock absorption. So, they are a good material if you are doing highly intensive work on your feet.

BPU is essentially a better version of PU. It’s a more resilient material and is more weather resistant then your regular PU Soles. These are a better option for someone who regularly works outdoors.

TPU Outsoles are another version of a PU boot sole. It’s a very strong, all-rounder. TPU outsoles highly resistant to most oil types and chemicals whilst also being heat resistant up to 130ºC. This type of sole is also highly resistant to cuts and tears and maintains a high level of slip resistance. So, if you’re a plumber this may be something to investigate.

ABS Outsoles are relatively new to the boot market. It’s a type of plastic which is durable, tough and doesn’t contain nasty toxins. They offer similar characteristics to the other boot soles. However, they have poor weather resistance and aren’t good for working outdoors.

The boot sole is going to be the most important part of your boot for both comfort and safety combined. So, boot soles are the first thing you should consider when lining up your boot for the job.

Tip 2: Check out their characteristics and constructions.

If you’re in a trade such as plumbing and are commonly working in cold, damp conditions then you are likely going to need high-top, insulated boots that also water resistant. The last thing you need in a job like this is thin footwear.

Alternatively, those who work in warm weather conditions are going to need a lower cut, non-insulated work boot, that breathes well.

Whether you want your work boots to have steel toes or not is entirely dependent on the hazards you commonly encounter in your trade. It is a good option to have in your boots, however it isn’t always needed.

Another useful characteristic to ask about your boots is in the stitching.

“Are they made with a stitch-down construction?” is the question you want to be asking, and you want the answer to be YES! ‘Stich-down construction is a method used by boot companies where the upper is sewn directly into the outsole. This results in an extremely durable boot.

There is also ‘cement construction’. This is where the upper and outsole are glued, instead of stitched together. This is a more affordable option, however not as durable.

Lastly, there is ‘direct attach construction’ where the upper and outsole are molded together. This forms a boot that’s waterproof and very durable.

Tip 3: What makes up the fit of the boot?

We can’t stress enough how important it is to have boots that fit properly. However, there are quite a few internal and external factors that will change how your boot fits.

When trying on your boots, make sure that you wear the socks that you would typically be wearing when at work. Thermal socks are a lot thicker than compression type socks. So, the fit of the boot is going to be completely different between the two.

There are certain factors you need to add into the equation. A well fitted boot should provide you with:

  • -A cosy fit in the heel,
  • -Comfort through the instep,
  • -Zero pain at the ball of your foot; and,
  • -Room for your toes.

This will provide you with good ankle support, and no discomfort through the arch of your foot. If you experience any discomfort when trying on the boot, then you should just move onto the next option. The last thing you need is a boot that doesn’t fit you right.

At Bolton’s we offer a wide variety of boot options for every industry. So, when you’re searching for your next pair of boots feel free to browse our store and check out what we have to offer. You can also get 10% off all footwear and industrial workwear through our E-Deals for Tradies system.