With one of the highest rates of work related injuries in any field, it goes without saying that safety is one of the most crucial components of construction work. Those injuries can have long term effects on mental and physical health – but careful prevention can help enormously. Purchasing work boots for the jobsite is one way in which construction workers can ensure safety and comfort.
We’ve compiled three tips for your next boot purchase so that you can find the perfect fit:
Steel toes are recommended, but aluminum seems to perform the same function while adding less weight to the boot. Either way, a reinforced toe is the way to go. And don’t worry, these are compatible with electrical resistance – see below.
A metal plate between the sole and the insole that protects your foot if you accidentally step on something sharp, like a nail.
The outsole is the part of the sole that comes in direct contact with the ground. It should be a strong, gripping material and with a tread pattern designed to resist slippage.
2. Proofs & Resistance
Hopefully this requires little explanation, but aside from the benefit of comfort, keeping your shoes dry helps keep them well-maintained and long-lasting. If a boot is not specifically and prominently listed as waterproof, it’s worth a few minutes of research to find out.
If you work outside in temperatures that fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, insulated work boots will keep you comfortable (and safer, because you’re focused on the job and not your cold feet).
Usually marked with an EH, these boots provide a secondary source of protection if you come into contact with a live circuit.
Cement isn’t just for the foundation: cement construction can help keep work boots durable by turning them into a cohesive piece. An adhesive bond is applied to the upper part of the shoe and fastens it around the outsole.
3. Comfort & Fit
When it’s time to think about buying a new pair of work boots, check online reviews first.
See what the common complaints are – and what reviewers seem to like. See what prices are like online before you set foot in a brick and mortar store. Find your top three picks in the store and try them all on before making a decision.
If you buy a pair online, make sure free returns are included, in case they don’t fit when they arrive.