Finding the right pair of work boots to fit your individual needs and the harsh environment of your job can be difficult. It’s important that you take multiple factors into account when making a decision. Let’s take a look at what these are below.
How They Fit
Most people spend at least eight hours a day on the job. This means your feet are going to be in your new boots for long hours. You want to ensure they are the right fit for your feet as you can’t just take them off if they hurt. Finding the right fit can be done with a few pre-tests before you buy the work boots.
You should always take your work socks with you to the boot store as a tool. This will allow you to try on the work boots with the sock thickness that you are used to wearing. Once you put on a potential pair of boots, you want to slide your foot to the front. There should be about a finger width between the heel of your foot and the back of the boot. This will ensure there is enough space for your feet to remain comfortable all day long.
Quality Over Price
We all have a certain budget that we need to stick to, however, you shouldn’t try to cut yourself way too short when it comes to work boots. As we have already discussed, you will be in them all day long. Buying higher-quality work boots will ensure they hold up to the rigorous conditions of your job and they last for a long time. Investing in a quality pair of boots will pay for themselves over time as compared to the lower quality boots that will need to be replaced every few months.
Choose The Qualities You Need
Each job requires your work boots to have different qualities. If you are in the construction field, you may be required to wear steel toed boots. If you work out in the cold, you should opt for insulated boots that will keep your feet warm throughout the entire day. If your job requires a good bit of daily wear and tear on your boots, going with a welted and stitch down boot will allow you to resole the boot multiple times before having to purchase another pair.
You should consider all of these factors when searching for a new pair of work boots. Once you get your new boots, you should be taking proper care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. This means drying your boots out thoroughly at the end of the day. You can use a boot dry or simply put them near a heater. Cleaning your boots after work is another must-do as it will help to remove mud that may dry out the leather on your boots. Lastly, use a leather conditioner to ensure the leather continues to stay waterproof well into the future.