Choosing the Right Work Boots

August 03, 2021 2 min read

Take Care of Your Boots...
And They’ll Take Care of You

Need help finding the right work boot? Consider the 3 C's.

Comfort

Construction

Cost

It’s tempting to sacrifice construction for what you think is better comfort, especially when you are on a budget. Bootmakers know this, often times tossing a cushion insert into a mediocre boot and advertising it as "the most comfortable boot out there." But those cushion insoles will compress over time and will diminish the support and stability you need.

Believe it or not, the best comfort doesn’t come from cushion - it comes from support.

 

When considering materials, start with genuine cowhide. Bonded leather and man-made materials will let you down every time. You’’ll also want to look for a “welted” boot that is sewn together, not glued.

For the sole, we rate these on a scale of good, better and best. If you continually work on aggressive surfaces, you'll need a “best” grade outsole. Most folks in agriculture can get by with a “better” grade sole to save a few dollars. Leave the “good” stuff for the weekend warriors.

In need of a waterproof boot? Just remember that wearing a waterproof boot is like wrapping your foot in a plastic bag. Waterproof boots don’t allow for air flow, which means they don’t let heat out. Most work boots are water resistant, so make sure you actually need the waterproof feature (or any other features) before you pay for it.

If you’re on a budget, you will need to determine which of the other two C’s you are willing to sacrifice – comfort or construction. If you are going to put these boots to work every day, then you can’t afford to sacrifice construction. Stick with a boot that falls in the “better” category (at least). You’ll find a boot that compromises construction in favor of short-term comfort will disappoint you in the long haul.

 


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