Considering switching from wearing shoes to using a work boot for the job you do or for everyday use? There are many benefits that boots have over shoes and for many jobs there is no question that a work boot is required, but in case you’re wondering if you should get a boot at all here are some benefits of using a work boot.
Safety is primary in all things, if you get injured on a job site you’re going to be out of commission for an indefinite amount of time. Not wearing the proper footwear can lead to serious injuries or even death in extreme cases. Boots provide a great deal of safety features that most shoes do not have. Working boots often have toe protection, metatarsal protection, puncture protection and slip protection.
The regular materials used on shoes cannot stand up to the weight of anything serious falling on them. Working boots can offer your toes protection from a great deal of threats. You can make the choice between having steel, carbon fibre, aluminum and kevlar/composite toes. If you need protection from heavy duty weight falling on you, choose between steel or aluminum. If you need protection for your toes, but also need to stay warm in cold temperatures go with composite toe protection.
If you are going to be in an environment where very heavy metal might fall on you, you should consider getting metatarsal protection for added protection to the top of your feet. If there is a possibility of you stepping on glass/nails or some other sharp puncturing material you should consider getting a puncture plate. Both of these tools will add safety at the expense of weight, but it is one of those situations where you’d rather have it and not need it, then not have it and need it.
If you’re going to be working in the rain or with slippery liquid that you could slip on you should get waterproof/slip resistant boots. These usually come hand in hand and most of these are leather because leather is highly resistant to these things.
Getting the major benefit now
Another major benefit of using a work boot is piece of mind. When you know that you’re protected you can move with confidence. If you can move with confidence you will be more productive doing anything that you’re doing. Don’t leave things to chance, if you’re thinking about getting a boot for some reason, then you probably should be getting a boot. It’s clear that you’d rather have a boot and could have been wearing shoes, than be wearing shoes when you really needed the comfort of a boot.
Boots with the proper slip protection can keep you from slipping off of a ladder, they can keep you from slipping on slick water, oil or other liquids, they can keep you warm in cold and wet climates.
The reasons you might get a boot are endless and pretty straight-forward. Boots are heavier and therefore more cumbersome, but there have been great strides in the materials used and if you get carbon fibre protection you can even have the protection of a steel toed boot with the weight of a shoe. Technology will allow us to keep making products safer, while making them more lightweight and more comfortable.
The most commonly cited reason for a person forgoing use of a boot in favor of a shoe is comfort, but with the advent of insoles and the creation of lighter protection technologies you can essentially get a boot that provides you with great water resistance, shock resistance, crush and puncture resistance while still being relatively lightweight. What more can you ask for from a boot?
At the end of the day you’ll have to make the decision that’s right for you. If there is very little risk of you slipping or very little risk of something falling on you during the course of your day then there may be no need for a boot, but if you want the piece of mind of knowing you’re covered go for it. If you’re working in any heavy industry you already know that it is a requirement you also know that picking the right boot is extremely important when you’re going to be on your feet for 12 hours a day.
Tread carefully and make your decisions wisely.