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In the following articles we’ve gone through just about all the information with tips on picking the right pair of boots to getting the most of them so the stay around for years to come. As well as some of the new technology that is emerging to help you get your job done around the work site.

You don’t want to get a new pair of boots just to have them trashed and destroyed with a couple of months of use. Make sure you take care of the material the right way no matter what they are made of.

This is the same as making sure your boots snugly hug your feet and aren’t too big or too small. Getting the right size can mean you have to manipulate the material. We’ve covered some guides on how to do this. Check out the following articles and posts below.

How to prevent getting blisters from Boots

When you’re walking around at work and you can feel your feet are in pain from blisters it has to be one of the most annoying niggling injuries you can have!

All you want to do it focus on your job, but that rubbing feeling of your boots on your skin is making your feet more painful and sore. 
So how can you prevent blisters from boots or work footwear?

man wearing old boots on dirt

The first thing is make sure that the boots you are wearing actually fit properly to your feet!

Don’t fool yourself with this one. If the boots are too large and  and there is too much movement of your feet in your boots, it’s time to get a new pair. You can find some of the most comfortable boots here.

This also applies if the boots are too small. If the boots are so tight that your feet can’t move properly then again look at getting a new pair.
If you choose to keep wearing footwear that isn’t right you are going to be fighting a difficult uphill battle.

What else causes blisters when at work?

Blisters are caused by moisture that can soften the skin and this makes the skin not as strong and more easily able to create foot sores. It’s a good idea to have boots that are waterproof but still are breathable(meaning they let the moisture from your feet out while not letting unwanted water to come in).

The rubbing of your foot on your boot also creates heat which is another thing to consider.

Dirt and sand or other fine objects that get into your boots will most likely increase the friction and rubbing. If you have any holes in your boots or things are getting in the top of your boots it may be time to get a new pair. 

Cracked dirt

What can you do to prevent them

Thicker Socks

Adding cushioning in the form of thicker socks is one way to really help add another layer of protection. Just be careful that you are not overdoing it with socks that are too thick or this may cause your feet not to move correctly.

Taping Your Feet(where there's rubbing)

You may find that adding tape to areas of your feet that are experiencing pain or that already have blisters may provide some relief and allow the injured areas to heal.
Another benefit of using tape is that it allows the a layer of protection between the blister and shoe and this is especially important if the the blister has popped. The tape will stop the blister from losing the top layer of skin the protects the red open sore from further rubbing on your footwear.

Wearing Two pairs of Sock

I know what your thinking here. There’s no way I’m going to fit into my boots if I have to put two pairs of socks on and you’re probably going to be right.
The way that it will work is if you wear a thin pair of socks as the first layer on your feet and then a thinker sock that goes on the outside of the think

Concluding

Blisters and foot sores usually start will with incorrect fitting footwear. You'll know from walking around in your boots if this is the case. Remember don't fool yourself and if you think this is the problem get a new pair. 
Otherwise you can try a few of the other things on list. 

How Should Work Boots Fit? Like This…

Work boots are an essential piece of kit on a construction site and could mean the difference between a stubbed toe and a missing toe!

But all the extra protection they provide can come at the cost of comfort. Ill-fitting work boots cause serious blisters, foot pain, and contribute to joint pain in your back, knees, and ankles. Luckily all of these problems can be avoided by taking extra care when checking the fit of your new boots.

To Get The Right Work Boot Fit Follow These Steps

1. Wear your work socks when trying on new work boots. The extra bulk could mean the difference between a perfect fit and one that pinches.

2. If you have wide feet don’t be tempted to buy a size up. Although this may give you the extra width you’re looking for, oversized boots will also be more likely to rub, and the extra length will be a trip hazard. Instead buy wide fitting boot. These don’t come in as many designs as regular fitting boots, but they will be safer and more comfortable.

3. When you’re buying a new pair of work boots, try on both boots. Don’t assume that if one boot fits well the other will too.

4. When you try on a new pair of work boots, spend some time walking, kneeling, crouching, and standing on your toes, then remove your foot and inspect it for red patches. These marks usually indicate areas of pressure which may cause blisters or irritation if your wearing the boot for an extended period.

How should work boots fit? These 5 steps will tell you all you need to know.

Step 1:

Does your heel slip up and down within your boot? When laced in your heel should stay firmly anchored against the heel of the boot. A heel that slips is likely to develop nasty blisters and contribute to joint pain.

Step 2:

Do your toes slip forward? Your toes shouldn’t slip forward, if they do it could be an indication that your boot is too big. Slipping toes will likely result in foot pain, blisters to the top and sides of the toes, and sometimes the blisters on the ball of the foot. In some cases, this problem can be fixed with an insole.

Step 3:

Do both boots feel comfortable? Most people have different size feet and this can cause one of your boots to feel uncomfortable while the other is perfect. If you have this problem, make sure you buy your work boots in your larger foots size and place an insole in the smaller foots boot. If the difference in the size of your feet is significant consider whether it’s worth buying two different sized pairs of work boots.

Step 4:

Does your boot support your ankle? Roll your ankle in circles to check that you have a full range of motion then stand on the side of your foot (while being careful not to hurt yourself) to check that the boot will give you extra support should you slip or fall.

Step 5:

Have you laced your boots in a heel lock pattern? This relieves pressure on your foot while also holding your heel firmly in place.

How did you go? Did you find this article helpful or do you have anything to add? Please comment below and help us provide better information to fellow workers.  

How To Stretch Work Boots For A Great Fit

When you buy a new pair of work boots the likelihood is that they won’t be entirely comfortable. In order to get a perfect fit you will need to stretch them until they conform to your feet. but with so much conflicting advice and hacks available online it’s easy to get confused about how best to do this.

Some of the most common suggestions for how to stretch work boots include freezing them, heating them with a hair dryer, and submerging them in water. Some of the hacks even suggest submerging them and then wearing them for an hour or two. Unsurprisingly none of these common hacks are likely to work and they might even cause damage to your boots. Not to mention how uncomfortable soggy boots would be to wear!

(For a detailed guide How to Break in Work Boots click here​)

Top tips

1. Consider buying work boots with a guarantee which will allow you to return them if they don’t fit well after a month.

2. Wear thick socks when stretching out your work boots as the additional bulk will encourage the leather to stretch.

3. Use a leather oil or conditioner before you start stretching your boots to make the leather supple.

4. Avoid quick fixes and hacks as these rarely work and might damage your boots.

5. Keep a pair of old boots on hand for the first week of wearing your new boots on site.

Although quick fixes and hacks might seem appealing when you’re eager to wear your new work boots on site. There really is only one safe, sure fire way to stretch your boots out perfectly and it will require time and patience and different materials of boots will require varying times to make them fit. 

The first thing to remember before you begin is that your boots are likely made of leather which is an animal skin. The best way to make a skin supple is to moisturise it, so it follows that the best way to prepare your boots for stretching is to treat them with a leather oil or conditioner. Although this is not essential it should make the stretching process a little quicker.

Once your work boots have been treated with an oil or conditioner you can begin wearing them in. Before putting them on take each boot and firmly push the toe up towards the ankle. Repeat this three or four times to help encourage flexibility in the sole.

It will take some time for your new boots to stretch and conform to your feet so you should plan to wear them in for around a month before wearing them to work. Start off wearing them around the house for 10 to 20 minutes per day, ensuring that you take them off as soon as they start to pinch.

Over the course of the month you will need to increase the amount of time that you wear your boots every day until you are able to wear them comfortably for a full day.

As soon as you are able to wear your boots comfortably all day for two days in a row you are ready to take them out on site. Make sure you keep an old pair of work boots on hand for the first week of wearing your new boots to work, just in case.

The Best Work Boot Brands For 2018

Choosing work boots can certainly become a challenge and even though you might know about the features, you will also need to have some basic knowledge about the brands and whether or not the brand you select is not a knockoff.

While the top work boot brands are pretty apparent, they each also offer a few additional things that make them stand out.

We have decided to investigate to find out which of these many brands have asserted themselves to be some of the best in the world. While many people might also be patriotic and support their home nation, we tried to be as impartial as possible and focus on the quality and the features they may offer the user.

We have decided to investigate to find out which of these many brands have asserted themselves to be some of the best in the world. While many people might also be patriotic and support their home nation, we tried to be as impartial as possible and focus on the quality and the features they may offer the user.

Read on to find out which brands we consider the best!

Characteristics of a Great Work Boot Brand:

Aside from offering new and unique features like Gore-Tex or stylish designs, the good work boot brands will always do the basics correctly. This means that if they decide to use leather in their designs, it will be the best quality they can find. The same goes for the outer sole and the lug pattern will be designed to avoid any potential slips.

Thanks to the basic being done right, these brands that you will see have all built up a reputation and a great flowing of enthusiasts that always try and find their specific brand whenever possible.

Top 6 best work boot brands:

Deciding on the top 6 best work boot brands is no easy task as there are many good work boot brands that all spend thousands of dollars trying to improve the technology of their boots and add that one thing new that might propel them to the top. While these brands are still searching, here are the brands that we consider the best now.

Timberland PRO:

Established in 1952, Timberland PRO is one of the trendsetters in the work boot industry. They have revolutionized the way we see the work boot and they are always on par with new trends. These boots are predominantly known for their comfort and their durability.

Timberland PRO also asserts themselves from the rest f the competition with their unique designs. These trademark designs will let everyone see exactly which kind of boot you have and their exceptional durability should offer you many years of use.

Caterpillar:

Caterpillar has been around for around 20 years and they have been making shoes for the industrial industry from the start. Caterpillar is still renovating and making strides in this industry. They offer all-weather protection and they are known especially for their durability and to eliminate any potential threats that you might face.

Red Wing:

The Red Wing Heritage brand is a true American brand known for their handcrafted boots. These boots tend to be quite expensive. These boots are not particularly stylish in any terms, but they offer exceptional durability and they include all the safety toe features.

The biggest drawback to these boots is the price, but as with anything of real quality in the world, if you are looking for the very best, you need to be willing to pay for it.

KEEN:

KEEN is one of the newer brands on the market and they might not be as adept at making a wide variety of boots, but they do offer exceptional quality and stylish designs. The designs of these boots are ideal for not only working, but they can be used for hiking and everyday use as well.

KEEN has been known for their electric resistant rubber feature they add to all of their boots. This ensures that you have the ability to use these boots in virtually any working environment. However, they do often times lack durability and leather is not the primary material used for the boots. In terms of the price, these boots are also much more affordable than some of the others.

Wolverine:

Wolverine is one of the boots that stands tall for the comfort they offer. When looking for a classic boot that is affordable and offers you decent protection, Wolverine is certainly the right brand for you. These boots are famous for their short break in periods and the EVA used in the midsole will easily mold to the shape of your feet.

Wolverine, much like KEEN, will offer a great safety boot that you could pick up at a really affordable price as well.

Muck Boots:

Muck boots are also quite new on the market and they are known for producing high-quality boots that will withstand even the harshest of conditions. These boots work perfectly well in wet weather and snowy conditions and now they have also produced a line of toddler boots to give them the same comfort in these conditions.

While there are many similar types of waterproof boots, the Muck brand is fiercely known for the quality they provide and the reasonable prices.

(For more information on the best styles of work boots click Here​)

Which One Of These Brands Do You Consider The Best?

With a better understanding of these boots, you should now be able to find the perfect boot brand that meets your needs. We would like to thank you for reading this article and we would like you to voice your opinion on these brands. Please be sure to let us know in the comment section if you think we might have missed another great brand.

What Is A Composite Toe? And Should You Buy Them?

Knowing exactly what a composite toe boot is, is important when it comes down to choosing which boots are right for you.

In the construction industry, the safety boots are a very important to keep you protected from work pace hazards and keeping your feet comfortable.

The safety toe boot is designed to keep your feet protected from any potential damage that might be caused by falling objects. Since protection is so vital in this industry, employees are forced to choose between the composite and the steel toe boots.

The composite toe is somewhat more expensive than the steel toe, but we have decided to look a little deeper and find out exactly why and which benefits’ you might be able to reap when selecting a composite safety toe boot.

What Is A Composite Toe Boot?

What are composite toe boots? This is one of the questions we regularly find from readers and workers entering the construction industry and looking to buy their first pair of boots. However, to answer that question we will need to look at the composition of what the composite capping made of.

The composite toe is as the name says, is made from top quality composite materials. It includes Kevlar Aramid fiber and Carbon fiber that has been compressed to form the layer over your toes that will keep you protected. The composite cap still includes all the basic features you will find in other safety boots, it is just a little lighter and for some people, a little more comfortable.

(For The Best Composite Toe Boots click Here​)

Steel toe and Composite Toes what are the biggest differences?

When looking at the difference between steel toe and composite toe boots, the weight is one of the first things that come to mind. Since steel is much heavier than carbon fiber, it should come as no surprise that it will weigh you down somewhat and lead to some additional fatigue setting in.

Steel is also an excellent conductor of electricity. Unfortunately, for people working near electrical hazards and in the business of electricity, this might be a problem and the comp toe is a much better option to ensure the shoes are resistant to surges of electricity.

One of the main things they have in common is the fact that they both do adhere to ASTM standards and this should give you peace of mind. Some people also speculate that the steel toe boots may even cut off your toes if something heavy should fall onto them and force the steel downward onto your feet. Luckily, this is not the case with all steel toe boots.

The downside to the composite toe is that the composite materials do occasionally shatter if they take too much strain. It does, however, need a lot of force for this to happen and should not be something to worry about if you are simply buying a pair to replace your normal steel toe boots.

Additionally, you will also have the option of the alloy toe boots and these are much lighter than the steel toe boots is since they are constructed from alloy materials. However, it is still not recommended for facing electrical hazards if you know the area is riddled with these dangers.

In the end, it will come down to what you can afford and whether or not you are comfortable with the boots as there are many other factors to also take into consideration when selecting the ideal working boots.

Benefits and Drawbacks of the Composite toe boots:

Now that you have somewhat of a better understanding of the composite toe boots and how they are constructed, you might also just need to scan through some of the benefits and drawbacks these boots offer. After using these boots for a couple of years, it has become quite apparent which features do appeal and which you might not like:

Benefits:

These boots are extremely lightweight, helping the user avoid being dragged down and they also combat the effects of fatigue.They are resistant to electrical hazards as the materials used in the boots do not conduct electricity. However, it is worth mentioning that you should look for any metal parts in the rest of the boot as well.

These safety toe boots also offer a ton of durability and while they may seem a little weaker than steel, they are capable of handling the same pressure if not more.

These shoes are readily available to anyone looking for a new and improved upgrade over the steel toe counterpart.

Drawbacks:

One of the main drawbacks will certainly come to mind when you look at the price. These boots are a little more expensive and this could discourage users if they do not fit inside your budget.

Should the boots take too much pressure, the composite toe might shatter over time and since they are expensive, they can be expensive to replace.

Our Wrap Up of the Composite Toe Boot?

What is a composite toe? We would also like to pose this question to you and encourage you to let us know if you have had any experiences with these boots. Please let us know in the comment section if you have had any experiences with these boots and if you would choose them over the steel toe boots for your specific job.

Brick laying Robots. They’re here, will they replace Bricklayers?

Construction accounts for the vast majority of work around the world and many people rely on their construction jobs to put food on the table.

However, construction can also take a long time to complete and many companies and subcontractors are working on strict deadlines with penalty fees if they do not finish in time.

The new brick-laying robot might be the answer, but it will also cost millions of workers jobs around the world.

(See the video of the robot in action below...)

We have explored this topic to find out whether it is a good thing or not and how companies will feel when the robots are eventually released for commercial use around the world. 

The immediate impact:

The immediate impact will be quite troublesome and many people will eventually lose their jobs to this robot.

All construction companies including work wear and work boot suppliers will be affected and many jobs in between. 

Tests have shown that the average human is only capable of laying around 500 bricks per day, while these robots can lay a staggering 3000 bricks per day.

Are robots replacing humans? Watch and find out

That is significantly more than the average human and calculations say that the robot is capable of building a 4-bedroom house in around 2 days.

The mass job loss will have a tough effect on the economy and while those in charge of these companies will be making more money, it could potentially even force companies to go bankrupt.

The rich companies will jump on the bandwagon first and they will also get most of the construction contracts, leaving the smaller companies without business and potentially force them to declare bankruptcy.

Construction sites, on the other hand, will flourish and jobs will be completed in a much shorter period. This can have somewhat of a positive effect on the economy as new businesses are built much faster to contribute to the economy.

How the robots work and how effective are they:

While many will lose their job, a few will still be kept on to operate these robots. They will not need any breaks like lunch or tea, but they must be maintained for quality and setup to start working. The robots are designed with automatic routing, cutting, and loading.

This makes the job for the operator easier and the robot is capable of working for 24-hours a day. These robots will definitely be effective and expensive to buy, but they offer a new dimension to the construction industry that has never been seen before.
(Watch a robot print a small building here)

While millions around the world will be left without a job, those lucky enough to own these robots will certainly see their jobs increase and the money pile into their pockets.

brick laying robot

Nevertheless, there will certainly be some sort of public outcry or backlash when these robots are released for commercial use and petitions will start making rounds from those unfortunate enough to be laid off.


Final Thoughts:

This is certainly a painful thing for many and we would not like to see anyone lose their jobs to a robot. We would like to invite you to join in the discussion on our comment section and share your thoughts and emotions on how you feel about these robots and how effective they will be.

Please also let us know how you think they could shape the future of the construction industry.

Job site Crane Prank!

Pranks are common on every job site and you will have fun if you embrace them along with your coworkers. While they can sometimes turn out dangerous, pranks do make the job site funnier and build more camaraderie between all the workers.

Man I would hate to be this Guy!!

One of the top construction site pranks is when the portable toilet is attached to the crane. The person inside will have no option other than to stay inside and since these toilets keep all the urine inside, this can sometimes be quite disgusting. There is no need to tip it over, but by spinning it around a little, the person might become disorientated and you can have some fun.
(Check out the best construction work boots here)

We would like you to share a few of the common and uncommon pranks that you and your coworkers have pulled on one another.

We would also like to encourage you to let us know how these pranks have affected you and if you have any creative, yet safe ideas for pranks. Please share all your thoughts inn the comment section below.

Most common health and safety violations on the job site! Which have you used?

Health and safety is one of the most important parts of any job and companies spend thousands of dollars each year to ensure that they and their workers adhere to these standards.

However, there are still tons of job site violations that occur every year and we have found the most common job site violations that occur from time to time.

Most common job site violations

Workers do take chances from time to time and this could lead to serious injury and even penalties for your company. Here are the 5 most common job site violations that we have picked up from workers.

Fall Protection:

SHOCKING VIDEO!
Watch at your own risk! 

Having fall protection is place can definitely save a couple of lives. Workers working at heights can be extremely stressed out and this can lead to mistakes and even misjudgement and falling.

To avoid serious injury, safety nets and harnesses can be put in place to keep the individuals from falling and getting seriously hurt. It can also potentially save a life.

Head Protection:

With massive fines being imposed on employees without the correct head protection, people are still taking chances due to the uncomfortable design of the hard hat.

In the construction and mining industries, it is fundamentally important to have the right equipment and to set aside money to present your employees with the adequate head protection.

Lack of training:

Many employers still like to beat around the bush and minimise their labor expenses. This leads to inexperienced workers being employed without the necessary qualifications or training.

In jobs like construction, this seems to be a prominent issue and could lead to serious injuries and even death if the individual is unlucky. Employers should confirm the qualifications presented and also host training course for the safety of employees.

Face and eye protection:

Top quality safety glasses are quite expensive and people still take chances by working without them. This could lead to potentially serious injuries and the company can even find themselves in a lawsuit over medical expenses.

If you are working in dusty areas of in construction, the face and eye protection are important. Safety glasses should be a prominent feature for your workers.

Hazard communication:

This one can be quite tricky of the individual and the company is not aware of any potential hazards. Chemical hazards are occasionally found and this could lead to illnesses and also death. By scouting the area thoroughly and improving the data sheets, all workers will be aware of the potential dangers that could potentially cause them harm. It can also help with better preparation before big jobs.

Final Thoughts:

Job site violations are now severely punished by OSHA and to avoid these penalties, it is definitely recommended that you adhere to the safety regulations they have established. These 5 violations are the most common now and they can all be avoided with the right supervision and research of the area.
(Check out the best 11 work boots to keep you safe HERE)

Please share your thoughts in the comment section and let us know if we might have missed any other common job site violations that you have found at work and how these can also be avoided.

Best Phone Apps to use on the job site and why you need them

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something on your mobile device to do some of the work for you and give you that much-needed break?

Many of us are tired during the day and it can be quite draining to do the small things that the apps are capable of doing with a click of a button.

We have checked out a couple of the top apps that you could use on the job site we chose the best of the best to show you how your life could be simplified by them. These apps are easy to use and install and will give you that much-needed break.

Top Apps to use on the job site:

These apps have been tried and tested and not only will they make life easier for you as a worker or as a company, but you could also use them to indicate to the public if you will be in the way. This will save your time and the time of the public during the busy times.

GPSTrackIt

Ever wondered what your workers are doing with the company vehicle? Well, this app is the perfect solution. It is a fleet manager app used by dispatchers to see the location of their vehicles, but many companies are also turning to it to see the location of their worker vehicles.

It is ideal for picking up the unauthorised use of the vehicle and checking to see how the vehicle is progressing when carrying sensitive equipment from one location to the next.

My Altitude

This is another smart app designed for the construction workers and it tracks the whereabouts of all your engineers during the day. The app provides data like the altitude along with their location for you to ensure that they are on the job and completing their duties as they should. This app is perfect for keeping track of your workers.

Cone ZONE

A US app for the roadside worker that has been designed in Minnesota is making the road safer and avoiding potential traffic jams. It enables you to document and upload road works and construction so you and your workers can steer clear of these slow routes. It will help save the time of those driving back from work and potentially save you a few bucks from having people notify the public for you.

StreetSmart

An effective timekeeping app with GPS that tracks the mileage of your employees. This app is also perfect for seeing their location and how much you should reimburse them for the miles they have traveled. It can save you a ton of money and workers will be more likely to drive the fastest routes and keep from doing personal business.

Raken

Last but certainly not least, we have the Raken app. This app is perfect for companies with subcontractors and instead of waiting for the reports the next day, the subcontractors are able to simply upload them to the app. This will give you a better indication of the progress that has been made the subcontractors.
(Want to see a bricklaying robots? Click here)

Final Thoughts

These are only 5 of many more amazing apps that could simplify your life as an employer and employee. We would like to thank you for reading this article and please let us know in the comment section if we might have missed any other of your favorite apps.

This 3D robot can ‘print’ a small building! Is your job safe?

Robotics is taking over the world piece by piece and while we might still feel in control, the question will be for how long will we stay in control.

Engineers from MIT are taking us one step closer to the future and they have designed a new robot that is capable of printing building in 14 hours. The robot is not fully functional, but the prototype is already tested.

This is another sensitive case as many people might still lose their jobs. The robot does not require any tea break or even lunch and it can possibly assemble a whole block of building in just a couple of days.

However, there are a few benefits of this robot that we have found and we believe it could also be a huge benefit to the public.

Why the robot might be a good thing:

The US and many Asian countries are barraged by natural disasters and every year, hundreds of thousands of people are left without a place to sleep. Shelters and refuge homes can only hold a couple of people and while the finances will be tough, they still need to rebuild and continue with life.

The robot can be an affordable way to assemble buildings in a couple of hours and with the materials, these people will not be left stranded without a place of refuge. The robot will initially be expensive, but this will pay for itself over the years of use.

While the robot is not due for release yet, the technology can certainly be used and you will still need to have technicians and event planners to ensure that the robot is working with precision.

However, there is always a downside and the downside will be that many people doing this could potentially be laid off. This means that the jobless statistic will rise and construction accounts for most of the jobs around the world.

If the robot is used correctly, it could save a ton of time and money and can help those in need, but the downside is quite daunting and many people will be left with nothing.

Final Thoughts:

We would like to thank you for reading this article and we would also like to know more about your opinions on these robots in the general construction use and as a method of helping those who have lost everything in disaster zones. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

How to Break in Work boots Leather | 4 easy steps

You couldn’t be more excited to put your brand new boots on and experience that new comfortable feeling while coworkers and friends stared on in envy.

The only problem is, once you got your feet in, your excitement quickly turned as you felt the stiff, unforgiving leather creating immediate discomfort.

In this guide, we’re going to teach you how to break in boots so you can get to wearing and enjoying them.

Regardless of what anyone says, all new boots need to be broken in no matter how flexible or supple the leather.

Some people also have wider feet which means your boots can feel very narrow and constricting.

As leather goes through the manufacturing process, it’s cut, stretched, and treated with chemicals that can leave a rough first impression on the buyer's end.

The process of “breaking boots in” is a means for simply softening the leather so it’s more pliable and responsive to your natural motion which will ultimately create that comfort you were after when you bought them.

How to Break in Leather Boots
(The Natural Way)

As nice as it is to speed up the natural process to save some time and anticipation, you run the risk of causing damage to the leather if you’re not careful. The natural method is considered the best way to break in boots because there is no chance of damage occurring, though it can take upwards of two weeks.

Supplies Needed:  None

Step 1 - Clean the boots thoroughly

Even if they’re fresh out of the box and have never touched the pavement, you’ll want to gently wipe them down a moist rag to remove manufacturing chemicals and other residues that can prolong the break in process. (How to clean leather boots guide here)

Step 2 - Wear them around first thing in the morning and in the evening before bed

This will help the leather conform to your foot’s natural shape and size to create a more true and comfortable fit. Wear thick, cushioned socks during the break in period to prevent blisters from forming and to minimize discomfort.

Step 3 - Crush, bend and twist the leather while not wearing the boots

Pay special attention to the seams and tough areas like the heels and toes. This helps to mimic what the leather undergoes as you wear them, resulting in more softness and a faster break in.

Step 4 - Enjoy your boots

In two weeks time, your boots should have a nice broken in feel to them so you can enjoy all of the comfortable benefits.

This boot expert shows you a great, simple and cost effective way to break in your boots with just water.

How to Break in Boots Fast! (Using Mink Oil)

Mink oil has long been used to waterproof (best waterproof boots here), condition, restore, and prolong the life of leather. It can save you some time if you need your boots ready to wear in a few days, but you’re going to have to put some elbow grease into it. Let’s get into how to break in leather boots using the Mink oil method.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mink oil
  • Blow dryer
  • Clean rags
  • Gloves

Step 1 - Clean the boots thoroughly

As we covered above, manufacturing chemicals and residue can increase the break in time of the boots. Give them a quick wipe down before applying any oil.

Step 2 - Test the Mink oil

Mink oil has a propensity to turn lighter colored leathers darker. Test a small dab of the oil on a lesser seen area to make sure you’ll be happy with the outcome.

Step 3 - Heat the Mink oil and apply to the leather with a clean rag

Using a blow dryer, thoroughly heat the oil until it is in a near liquid state. Dab a clean rag into the heated oil and begin to lather it into the leather using circular motions. Be sure to cover the entire boot while paying special attention to the seams.

Step 4 - Heat the oiled boots

Once again, using the blow dryer, gently heat the oiled boots. This will help to open up the leather’s pores and ensure maximum absorption. As more oil is soaked up, the softer the leather will become.

Step 5 - Twist, bend, and crush the oiled boots and then let dry for 24 hours

Using a pair of clean gloves, proceed to crush and bend the leather at its toughest points to make sure that the Mink oil effectively penetrates. Afterward, allow at least 24 hours for the leather to absorb and condition.

Step 6 - Lather the remaining Mink oil into the leather again

Repeat step 3 and apply as much oil as possible to the boots. This double coating of oil will help to ensure that the break in duration is shortest.

Step 7 - Buff the boots with a clean rag until no oil remains

Take a clean rag and thoroughly buff the boots until it’s free of excess oil and has a slick shiny coat. Slip them on to see if the leather has been broken in enough. If not, revert to the natural method above.

Which method do we recommend?

Congratulations, you’re now well equipped with the knowledge of how to break in boots. As we touched on briefly, we always recommend using the natural method if possible to ensure that there’s no chance of damaging your investment.

While Mink oil is fairly easy to apply so long as you follow the above guide, if it’s your first time and you’ve got some expensive boots, you can risk over oiling the leather and cause it to become too soft, thus compromising some of its naturally rugged support. (best work boot insoles)

We hope you enjoyed this article, and don’t forget to follow every step no matter which method you’ve decided on using. Enjoy your newly broken in footwear!

How to tie work boots | Clear simple instructions

On any job, you need to be confident and secure in your boots.

With loose lacing, you’re inviting painful blisters as well as creating a hazard for yourself (and those around you).

Whether it’s your first pair of work boots or you’re a seasoned professional, handling extra long laces and an army of eyelets in the wrong way can lead to unhappy feet.
Unlike normal shoes, learning how to tie work boots is completely different altogether.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to lace work boots depending on your occupation and personal preference.

How to Lace Work Boots the Right Way

Each pair of boots is going to fit differently. For one pair, you may need a more secure fit that offers extra ankle support, while for another pair, you may need a more responsive fit if the leather is thick and lacks flexibility.
(For a detailed guide to the best work boots click here)

The Over-Under Method

This method for lacing your boots is great for creating a snug, secure fit for the whole foot. If you work on unstable surfaces or your ankles feel like they have too much wiggle room, give this lacing pattern a try.

Step 1:

Start from the bottom two eyelets and thread from the outside. The outside means that the laces enter the eyelets from the top rather than from underneath.

Step 2:

 Cross the laces and thread from underneath at the next two eyelets. Be sure to pull the laces after each set of eyelets to ensure a snug fit.

Step 3:

Repeat this pattern until you finish lacing and tie with a standard bow.

Step 4:

Try your boots on and make sure the fit feels supportive and comfortable.

How to Lace Boots Military Style

This method for tying your boots works well if the leather is stiff and restricts motion. Common in military boots (hence the name), this lacing pattern will allow your foot to move more freely while letting the thick leather offer needed support. 
Speed lacing of combat boots is also important so you can get on with your job quickly. You may also find that your laces come undone while in the middle of doing a task so knowing how to get them tied up quickly and securely is important. Although they shouldn't come undone if you did them up properly in the first place! 

(For a full guide to the best tactical/army boots click here)​

Step 1:

Thread the laces through the bottom two eyelets from underneathMake sure you have an even amount of lacing on each side.

Step 2:

Instead of cross, thread the laces vertically through the next two eyelets
(Refer to the picture if you’re unsure what this means)

Step 3:

Cross the laces and thread them through the third set of eyeletsPull laces snug to make sure the boots don’t fit too loosely.

Step 4:

Thread the laces vertically through the fourth set of eyelets

Step 5:

Repeat this pattern and tie with a bow.
If there is a lot of extra lacing, double knot the bow and tuck it in.

Which method is best?

You now know how to tie work boots depending on your specific needs with each pair. The over-under method is not only great for giving you added support, but also for helping prevent blisters by making sure your heel doesn’t slip.

If your new boots are stiff and rugged, the army method is going to be your go to lacing choice that you can use until they’re broken in and even afterward. Refer to the pictures if you need help visualizing and enjoy your safe, comfortable work footwear.

How to Waterproof Boots – 4 easy steps Leather and Fabric

Here are some of the top tested ways that you can waterproof your boots easily. These methods will certainly help improve the lifespan and rejuvenate their durability.

Waterproof work boots are essential in wet conditions. Quite regularly you will find you have to make your footwear water-resistant yourself.
(Check our reviews of top-rated waterproof work boots here)

Once you know how to make your boots watertight effectively, you will be able to buy any pair on the market and still make them impervious to the conditions.

The best way of waterproofing leather boots:

Leather is one of the toughest materials on the market and naturally, it also has waterproof properties. Over time, this might wear off and they will be left vulnerable. Nikwax is one of the best waterproofing for leather boots that you could find on the market today.
(Best light weight boots here)

1. Wash the boots:

Before waterproofing leather boots, you will need to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. Take your time to wash them, get all of the dirt, and grime out as this could reduce the effectiveness of the wax when applied.

2. Apply the wax:

Next, you’ll need to apply the wax. This should be added to a cloth and gently rubbed all over the leather upper. You may also need to heat up the wax if you find it too hard to apply. This can be done with a hairdryer. You can repeat the process if needed.

3. Leave them to dry naturally:

The boots should be left to dry naturally and this could take anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the amount of leather on the footwear.
When it comes to making footwear water resistant , especially leather, you will need to do the process and wait for them to dry naturally. While drying it with heat might be tempting, this is counter-intuitive and the leather might even start to crack.

4. Buff off the wax:

Finally, you should buff off the wax when you are done. This gives them back that natural look and feel. The excess wax can be discarded and you will be able to use them in the rain once again.

Waterproofing Fabric boots:

Fabric boots are a little different and they might even be easier to waterproof or reproof than leather. Leather shoes occasionally contain fabric as well and these steps will help you when you when it comes to taking care of any textile fabrics:

1. Thoroughly clean the exterior:

Ensuring that they are clean is once again the first and one of the most important steps you need to implement. Since you will be using a spray, you will need all of the dirt and grime removed.

2. Apply the spray:

Holding the spray around 2-3 inches away from your footwear, and gently start spraying it all over the fabric. Ensure that all the fabric parts are evenly covered. With fabric, you have the ability to re-proof them whether they or wet or dry.

3. Leave to air dry:

Once again, it is important to let them dry naturally and not to apply any type of heat to the process. This might take a while, but with fabric, you do not need to buff off the excess. It can simply be wiped off.

Waterproof Suede or Nubuck:

Waterproofing suede or Nubuck is basically the same process as the fabric boots. A wax won’t generally work on something as rugged and it is better for leather materials. Boot waterproofing is an important way to protect your work footwear and these steps will help you with suede and Nubuck footwear:

1. Thoroughly clean the exterior:

Regular cleaning of any footwear is fundamentally important when it comes to increasing the lifespan, but before re-proofing, this becomes imperative and you should remove all of the dirt and grime first.
(For a full guide how to clean your work boots properly click here)

2. Apply the Spray and leave to dry:

Similarly, to the fabric uppers, you will also use a spray at around 2-3 inches from the shoes. Ensure that you have not missed any sports and they are all covered evenly. Once this is done, it should be left to naturally air dry and not sped up with additional heat.

3. Brush off the excess:

A normal shoe brush is perfect for removing the excess spray once it has fully dried out. The excess can easily be removed and they will be ready for any weather conditions you need to face at your job.

Why is Waterproofing Work Footwear Important?

Buying boots is quite simple, but not everyone knows how to waterproof boots and this is something that is extremely important when it comes to the longevity of any of your footwear and keeping your feet dry.

We really hope that you have found these tips helpful and we would like to thank you for reading this article. Please let us know in the comment section if how these steps worked for you or if you have another effective method.

How to Clean Leather work boots – And make them Last

Whether you took notice yourself or needed a coworker to point it out, you’ve come to the realization that your boots could use a good cleaning. Inevitably, as you put your work boots through wringer day in and day out, they’re going collect dirt and other debris, get wet and lose their overall lustrous shine.

(Full guide for top-rated work footwear here)​

Leather is not as easy to clean as a dirty shirt that you can throw in the washing machine. In fact, if you clean leather the wrong way, you can actually damage it and shorten the wear life of your precious footwear. In this guide, we’re going to show you step by step how to clean leather work boots.

How to Wash Work Boots

Leather is a durable, but delicate material in the sense that you need to take proper care of it in order to keep it in prime condition. By the time you’re done going through this guide, your boots will be their old envy-inducing selves once more. Before you start, make sure you have all of the supplies you’ll need.

What you'll need:

  • 4 clean rags
  • Dish soap
  • Small bucket
  • Mink oil

Follow these Simple instructions

Step 1: Remove the laces and wash separately

You can either throw the laces in the washing machine or do it by hand in the sink and let them hang dry. With the laces off, you’ll be able to get all of the nooks and crannies during the cleaning process.

Step 2: Use a dry cloth to wipe the outside free of loose dirt and debris

This is an important step prior to the lathering process. If you don’t get all of the debris, some of the harder pieces can get caught under the rag while scrubbing and scratch or gouge the leather. If you have to, consider using a toothbrush to get the hard to reach places.

Step 3: Dip a clean rag into warm soapy water and scrub the leather surfaces

Fill your bucket with warm water and add just enough dish soap to get some bubbles, this mix is used as leather work boot cleaner.
Dip the clean rag, wring it out, and begin lathering and scrubbing the leather surfaces. Make sure you get tongue and all of the crevices.

Step 4: Use a clean rag damp with water to wipe the soap away

Take a clean rag and soak it in water (no soap). While the soap is great for removing stains and stubborn build up, it can actually damage the leather if it’s not fully removed. We recommend that you wipe them down with the damp rag twice for good measure.

Step 5: Condition the leather with Mink oil

After they have been washed, it’s important to condition the leather so it doesn’t dry out and crack. Mink oil will soften, rehydrate, and prolong the life of leather so you can get more use out of your footwear.

Step 6: Let them dry overnight

Once the Mink oil has been applied, allow the boots to dry naturally overnight. Don’t do anything to speed up this process (such as using a blow dryer or direct sunlight) because you can run the risk of causing the leather to crack.
Allowing drying time is an important step in how to clean work boots for the mink oil. Now you can enjoy your clean leather work boots!

Optional Extra Steps

For those of you that are looking for a few more steps to clean work boots, you can use the below optional tips to ensure your footwear is handled on all fronts.

Waterproof Spray

If you face wet conditions on the job, your boots need to be waterproof. While you probably already know that (and may even have waterproof boots), actual water resistant coating can wear down over time and become less effective.

There’s no better time to re-apply a healthy layer of waterproofing than after you just cleaned your boots. Whether you use a spray or other product of your choosing, we recommend that you reinforce the protection each time you clean.

Read our full guide on how to waterproof boots here

Odor Control

It doesn’t matter how clean you are, your boots will pick up a bad odor over time. If your boots have removable insoles, give them a wash while you’re cleaning. Another great way to control bad odors is by tossing some baking powder in (pound it out before wearing them again) or using anti-bacterial sprays.

Why It's Important to Scrub Your Footwear

Now that you know how to clean leather work boots, it’s important to adopt a regular schedule of scrubbing your footwear. Whether you want to do it every other week or whatever time frame you decide works best, staying on top of the cleaning will make sure your boots will remain durable and clean.

From dusting away debris, scrubbing with soap, to wiping them dry, always remember to follow each step in order. That may sound like silly advice but it will ensure your footwear is properly taken care of and damage free.

Composite toe vs Steel Toe – Which one is best for You?

There has been a long time debate between composite toe vs steel toe boots over which is better. Whether you’re new to safety toe boots or simply replacing an old pair, you need footwear for work that is going to offer the best protection.

Depending on your job, each carries its own benefits and drawbacks that will apply to your needs. What kind of hazards are you exposed to on the job? What is the temperature of your workplace environment? These are just a few questions to consider when m

We’re going to first take a look at the key differences between the two protection types, and then review some of the best work boots that can get the job done based on your needs.

Boot

Design

Protection
Rating

Price

Top Pick!

Carhartt 
6 Inch
Composite toe

$$

Keen Utility
Pittsburgh
Steel-toe

$$$

Wolverine
Legend 6 Inch
Composite-toe

$$$

Caterpillar
Second Shift
Steel-toe

$

Irish Settler
6"
Steel-toe

$$

Thorogood
6"
Composite-toe

$$


Safety Toe Features

What is Composite toe made from?

This type of toe protection can be made from a number of materials such as fiberglass, Kevlar, and even plastic. While none of these materials are as tough as steel, composite toes still provide an impressive level of protection.

They’ve been proven to handle an enormous amount of impact weight, and will generally set you back a few more dollars than their steel counterparts. But don’t count composites out yet, we’re just getting started.

What do you think will happen when a 4.5t forklift runs over a composite toe?
Check out the video to find out.

Level of Protection

Certain jobs will require steel and others will require composite footwear. At the end of the day, each material is designed to protect your precious feet and both are approved by OSHA to ensure they meet safety standards.

protection level gauge

Steel

Steel toes are going to be the heavyweight champion in terms of sheer impact force protection. It’s a tough, long lasting material built to withstand the most intense beatings that a workplace can dish out.

This kind of protection is going to be particularly useful in construction settings or any other job where you run the risk encountering objects that can puncture your footwear and therefor cause damage to your feet. We’re also going to take this moment to quickly debunk the toe amputation myth.

Mythbusters proved that steel toed boots will not sever your toes even when exposed to extreme weight. That’s a relief.

Weight and Design

Depending on other desirable work boot features or how walking intensive your job is, you may not want protection that’s going to add a lot of extra weight. Of course, there’s not only weight to consider, but also how much extra room it leaves for your toes as well as visual appearance (if you care about that kind of thing).

Steel Toed boots safety facts

Naturally, as steel carries the highest level of protection, it also carries the most weight. Depending on the thickness and other construction factors (such as leather, rubber soles, insoles, etc.), it can all make for a heavier boot that you have to lug around.

Weight aside, steel does typically have a low profile design. Due to its dense nature, the steel layer doesn’t have to be too thick to provide high-grade protection. A thinner toe cap gives the boots an overall sleek and even look.

army helmet protecting boots

Steel also gives your toes more room to breathe and wiggle. However, some steel caps are prone to rubbing against the toes and causing discomfort after seeing significant use.

Composite toe safety boots

On top of providing well above average protection, the best composite toe boots are usually up to 30% lighter than steel. The variety of materials that they can be crafted from give companies more versatility to incorporate protection without adding too much weight.

The drawback is that composite materials require a thicker layer to provide the work safety standard level of protection. Composite caps will usually have a bulkier design that protrudes more than other features of the work boot.

This will also compromise toe space and make it a little more cramped. On the plus side, these types of caps don’t cause the same discomfort issues as steel after being broken in.

Insulation and Electrical Safety

construction sign danger high voltage

Certain work environments may expose workers to extreme temperatures and electrical hazards. It’s important to pick the toe protection correct for your job so you can perform comfortably, and safely.

(best winter work boots article here)​

Steel

When placed in extreme temperatures, steel cap footwear is prone to cooling down and heating up. This can lead to quite a bit of discomfort, and the primary reason that steel toed boots are not recommended for these kinds of jobs.

Contrary to what you may be thinking, it’s not uncommon for steel protection to meet or exceed electrical hazard safety tests.

Composite

Composite materials fair much better against the elements than steel. Most are naturally resistant to extreme temperatures while helping to keep your toes insulated and comfortable throughout the work day.

These materials also pass electrical hazard safety tests, making them a great choice for jobs where this is a relevant concern.

Composite vs Steel Toe - Summary

As you can see, each type of safety toe offers unique pros and cons that are heavily reliant on your line of work. We’ve compiled a short summary to help make the selection process easier before we dive into the reviews.

Steel

  • Highest grade impact protection
  • Puncture protection
  • ​Heavier weight
  • ​Low profile design
  • Can offer electrical protection
  • Poor insulation

Composite

  • Above average impact protection
  • Not puncture proof
  • Lightweight
  • Bulkier design
  • Can offer electrical protection
  • Great insulation

Keep in mind your job requirements and what conditions you'll be working in when deciding if composite toe vs steel toe footwear is better for you. 


Reviews of the Best Steel & Composite
Work Boots

Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 Six-Inch Composite Boot

These Carhartt work boots have a lot of awesome features that make them extremely versatile. To start, they come armed with the Rugged Flex technology which features five unique layers of flexibility, durability, and comfort.

The slip and oil-resistant rubber soles with ladder lock lugs provide extra traction for better stability. In addition, multiple shock absorbing layers in conjunction with energy-returning heel inserts help to make time spent on your feet a breeze.

Moisture wicking internal lining and a removable PU insole top them off to give you exceptional comfort. These composite work boots are built for the long shift worker that needs equal parts comfort and toughness.

Pros

  • Flexible rubber sole
  • Multilayer comfort features
  • Breathability
  • Wide composite cap for extra room
  • Durable long lasting design 

KEEN Utility Men’s Pittsburgh Steel Toe Work Boot

These visually dominant boots have two layers of waterproof protection. Between the water resistant leather and KEEN Dry technology with an internal breathable membrane, your feet will stay dry and comfortable no matter the conditions.

The metal speed hooks make these boots easy to get on and offer a secure fit all the way through the ankle. The external body has reflective webbing to increase safety for workers that have the night shift.

A dual density PU midsole and full-length stability plate help to keep your footing firm and confident while the naturally contouring arch support prevents fatigue from setting in. This pair of work footwear is not the cheapest boots around, but the KEEN name makes the price tag worth it.

Pros

  • Excellent waterproof features and breathability (Full article on waterproof work boots here)
  • Arch support is great for flat feet
  • Little to no break in period
  • Durable leather and fabric design

Cons

  • Soles lack durability
  • Heavy design
  • Comfort features need upgrading

Wolverine Men’s Legend 6-Inch Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boot

Starting with the soles, these Wolverine boots come with slip-resistant rubber lugs that have advanced treading so you can grip any and every surface. A waterproof membrane and leather exterior keep moisture out.

They’re equipped with Wolverine’s Durashock technology that is focused on returning energy to your step. The H-plate suspension system is designed to give your feet superior support and stability along with the soles.

CarbonMax safety caps offer a lightweight design with ample room so your toes don’t feel cramped. To wrap up, your feet will be cradled by the removable Ortholite cushion inside this tough work footwear.

Pros

  • Snug feeling and secure fit
  • Durable leather build
  • ​Great energy return features
  • Strong laces

Cons

  • Can cause toe discomfort
  • Soles prone to falling apart
  • ​Membrane is not breathable

Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot

Caterpillar boots are well known for their extremely durable design. High-grade leather along with Goodyear welt construction form a solid base for these work boots. The soles are slip & abrasion resistant, as well as electric hazard safe.

Climasphere technology lines the inside of these boots for moisture wicking and exceptional temperature control so you don’t get too cold or warm. The removable contour insole also has Climasphere technology.

Lastly, the steel cap in these boots pass class 75 certifications so you can be sure that your toes are under some of the best protection. Caterpillar built these boots to last and stand up to the worst you have to throw at them.

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Provides good ankle support
  • Spacious toe protection
  • Temperature regulation

Cons

  • Needs better comfort features
  • Boots are not waterproof
  • Stiff and long break in period

Irish Setter Men’s 83608 Six-Inch Steel Work Boot

Keep grounded and grip all surfaces with polyurethane V-Grip outsoles. They’re wrapped with the standard Irish Setter durable leather to ensure a long lasting design that can weather the elements.

A non-metallic shank is built in for added support and energy return, ideal features for the worker that walks a lot and spends time on their feet. They’re lightweight and flexible to prohibit fatigue from setting in.

The safety and electrical hazard resistant steel toe keep you ready to tackle a variety of workplace settings. These work boots carry a very affordable price tag with a top name brand.

Pros

  • Roomy fit
  • Anti-fatigue and support features
  • Long lasting leather
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Lacking sufficient arch support
  • Leather is hard to break in

Thorogood Men’s GEN-FLEX 6-Inch Lace-Toe Composite Toe Boot

Few boots come packed with as many unique features as these. If the dual density rubber outsole doesn’t offer enough for you, the extra abrasion resistant rubber around the toes and sides will.

Understanding the importance of being confident on your feet, Thorogood has incorporated an anti-roll heel bar for extra support and stability. The composite shank also helps with this.

The insoles and midsole are both EVA, but there’s an added extra layer of gel to help take care of any jarring shock that makes it through. For being Thorogood branded boots, they offer a price tag that will make any worker want to buy them.

Pros

  • Extra ankle support
  • Versatile use in multiple environments
  • Superior shock absorption
  • Flexible wear out of the box

Cons

  • Rubber toe prone to peeling
  • Heavy build
  • Soles lack durability

The Chosen Winner is...

We’ve covered a lot of high-quality boots, but one, in particular, stood out above the rest. Our selected winner for the best work boots with safety toe protection is the Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 Six-Inch Composite Boot.

They come complete with a wide composite toe to ensure you have enough room, electrical hazard protection, and great energy returning features that complement the comfort insoles.

The composite caps offer lightweight, high-grade protection with great insulation that works well with the moisture wicking lining. They come ready to stand up to the toughest jobs and make sure you go home with happy feet.

The right composite toe vs steel toe footwear ​for your occupation will vary, you should consider all the aspects before making a purchase. 

Most Durable Work Boots | Footwear that will last

Your job is extremely demanding on your boots and your current pair finally reached the end of the line. Now, you’re stuck with the difficult task of picking out the most durable work boots that will be able to stand up to your working conditions.

In this review, we’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of the toughest work boots available to tackle even the toughest jobs.

There are a ton of brands out there that claim to be the toughest, leaving consumers to find that after a few months of use, they begin to fall apart.

Key Features to look for in Long Lasting Footwear:

In order to make sure that you have the longest lasting boots, there a few key features that you should look for. We’re going to take an in-depth look at the most important aspects of what makes tough footwear so that they will last for years.

Boot

Design

Durable Rating

Price

Timberland
PRO
Hyperion
Waterproof

$$

Skechers
Men's
Workshire

$

Timberland
Pro
Direct Attach

$$

Full Grain Leather

This material has time and time again proved to be the very best material that footwear can be constructed from in terms of durability. It’s flexible, scuff resistant, and almost always treated with some kind of waterproof agent.

Have you ever bought a pair of leather boots and realised that they're too tight?

Check out the short video above for a cool tip how to stretch your boots quickly to give you a comfortable fit fast.

Waterproof Technology

It depends on your work environment, but typically the most durable designs include waterproof technology (reviews of the best waterproof boots here). This will not only help to ensure that boot construction lasts the longest, but it will also keep the rest of the stitching intact as they weather the elements.

Why Rubber Soles Matter in the Most Durable Work Boots

Not only do rubber soles offer slip and oil resistance, but they also offer the highest durability for soles. Rubber is a common component as well and can offer a number of other versatile features such as flexibility.


Reviews of The Longest Lasting Mens Boots

Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Waterproof XL Steel-Toe

This strong boot design offers two layers of waterproof technology with treated leather and a water-impermeable membrane that will ensure your foot stays dry during the work day. They also come equipped with the Timberland PRO rubber toe and Ever-Guard leather backstay for increased durability.

The lightweight alloy steel toe meets I/75 and C/74 impact and compression safety standards to provide top of the line protection. Complete with a Vibram outsole that offers oil and abrasion resistance, you can be sure that they will keep you grounded and maintain a scuff-free look.

With a modest price tag between CHECK HERE, these Timberlands unquestionably made our list to rank as one of the longest lasting with their array of durability features. They even come with cast metal top hardware allowing lace customization for the more stylish worker.

Pros

Cons

  • Cement construction
  • They run a little narrow
  • The tongue can cause discomfort

Skechers for Work Men’s 77009 Workshire Relaxed Fit Steel Toe

Combining the well-known comfort features of Skechers with long-lasting construction produces these lace-up steel toe work boots. Smooth full grain leather and reinforced stitching make these heavy duty boots top contenders.

They feature the Skechers Relaxed Fit design providing a roomy and comfortable fit. A Flexible nitrile rubber lug gives them slip and oil resistance as well as electrical hazard safety for workplace versatility and confidence in your stride.

Contoured memory foam removable inserts create comfort along with the flexible and lightweight shock-absorbing midsole. These strong work boots sport the most affordable price tag on the list falling between CHECK HERE.

Pros

  • Durable metal eyelets for quick lacing
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Heel and side panel leather overlays
  • Relaxed Fit and soft fabric lining

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Steel toe can cause discomfort
  • No insulation

Timberland PRO Men’s Direct Attach 8” Soft-Toe

Their famous 6-inch men’s Direct Attach are adapted for extreme durability with premium waterproof leather and seam-sealed direct-inject construction. The sleek design is complemented by Timberland PRO oil-resistant non-marking rubber lug outsoles which also provide electrical hazard protection.

A nylon shock diffusion plate supplies excellent comfort while the lightweight blown-thermal plastic midsole adds a great deal of flexibility. They can withstand cold conditions with Thermolite insulation that will also wick away any moisture that forms during your work shift.

Listed as one of the toughest work boots designs, these come with a reasonable price tag between CHECK HERE on Amazon. They provide high-end durability features without breaking the bank.

Pros

  • Seam-sealed construction for increased waterproofing
  • Timberland PRO rubber lug soles
  • Timberland PRO 24/7 Comfort Suspension
  • Nylon shock diffusion plate

Cons

  • They take a while to break in
  • Leather scuffs easily
  • Cement construction compromises durability

And the winner is...

It’s time to reveal our chosen winner as the most durable work boots - Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Waterproof XL Steel Toe. Complete with dual waterproof protection and a wide alloy XL safety toe, they can take a beating without the risk of falling apart.

Also featuring the durable Vibram rubber sole, slip, oil and abrasion resistance will keep you on your feet in slick work environments. These heavily equipped boots are your go-to choice for the longest lasting work footwear.

Best Work Boots For Plantar Fasciitis – Give Your Feet the Correct Support

We've conducted thorough research on the subject and crafted this list of the best work boots for Plantar Fasciitis.

For some of us, standing on our feet for several hours a day and working hard is a part of our daily jobs. Unfortunately, such occupations not only cause our feet to feel sore and tired, but can also result in medical problems.

One such medical problem is Plantar Fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. This painful medical condition is a result of the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to toes.

The Plantar Fascia, when swollen and irritated, can cause serious pain in your feet when you walk or stand.

cross section of foot heel toes

Who can this foot condition effect?

Although this condition is generally observed in middle aged people; young people can also suffer from it, especially individuals who are constantly on their feet such as soldiers and athletes.

People who suffer from this condition usually feel uncomfortable wearing normal work boots and footwear. Fortunately, there are plenty of specialized work boots available in the market. These boots are designed keeping in the mind the comfort of people who have flat feet or suffer from sore feet after working or standing for long hours..

Choosing the correct footwear for Plantar Fasciitis:

Several factors come into play when choosing footwear, and it is therefore not easy to determine which ones are exactly the best for you.

However, we are listing here the crucial factors that you need to consider when choosing footwear for suffering feet. Understanding and keeping these factors in mind will greatly help you in making an informed decision when the right shoes or footwear for work.

Boot

Design

Comfort Rating

Price

Top Pick!

Caterpillar
Men's
Second Shift

$$

Timberland
PRO
Pitboss

$$

Wolverine 
Raider

$$$

Timberland
PRO
Rigmaster XT

$$

Justin
Original

$$$

Cushioned Insole

A cushioned insole is absolutely essential for working footwear that are designed for sore and flat feet. You should also look for extra padding around the arch for supporting the heel and sole. A good cushioned insole or insert with extra padding can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort. (full review of best boot insoles here)

Lower Heels

It is best to choose footwear with lower heels because higher heels impose unnecessary pressure on the plantar fascia and can lead to increased pain. Also keep in mind to choose a pair that do have some type of heel and not a flat sole, as it will only make the problem worse.

Stretches and movements to help ease your foot pain 

While choosing the correct footwear can be important to help relieve pain it can be a good idea to take action and stretch and move your feet. 

Shock Absorption

Another important factor to look for when choosing footwear is a high level of shock absorption.
When combined, the insole and outsole greatly contribute to shock absorption, thus reducing the pressure of the weight being placed on your arches when walking on hard surfaces.

Orthotic Inserts

Orthotic inserts are small devices placed inside the shoes that aid in restoring the natural function of feet. Some of the top footwear for people suffering from plantar fasciitis come pre-equipped with these while for others, you have to purchase them separately. They are beneficial not only for feet issues, but also for leg, back, and knee pain.

Lace-up Boots

It is common for good boots to have a lace-up design, rather than being zipper or pull-on style. It is simply because lace-up footwear is  more adjustable and offer greater support to keep your feet in their place.

The 5 Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

As we stated earlier, it is not easy to determine the ideal footwear for plantar fasciitis because of the several factors involved; however, we have still crafted a list for you of what we think are our top choices after researching what the market has to offer.

Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift

Caterpillar is a well-reputed and widely recognised company that offers a diverse range of products for individuals with different needs. The company offers highly specialised products for work, outdoors, sports, and of course, individuals with feet problems.

Our top recommendation for the best mens work boots for plantar fasciitis  is Caterpillar’s Men’s Second Shift. This specialised footwear is highly durable, protective, and comfortable. Men’s Second Shift are undoubtedly one of the best steel toe work boots for plantar fasciitis, as Caterpillar has gone to great lengths to ensure maximum security and comfort for its consumers while designing this footwear.

Some salient features of these include steel toe protection (also available in soft toe), slip resistance for slippery surfaces, full grain leather for great comfort and extended durability, and electrical hazard support. The extreme durability and comfort of these makes them ideal for industrial jobs, while the sporty and stylish design makes them equally suitable for casual use.

They have been designed using Goodyear Welt construction methods. The Climasphere sock lining will keep your feet during hot weather and will also keep your feet dry. To sum it up, they possess nearly all the features that are necessary for plantar fasciitis workwear and thus, we highly recommend them.

Pros

  • Steel toe protection
  • Made with Goodyear welt construction methods 
  • Boots designs suits most jobs

Cons

  • Foot bed lacks odor resistance 

Timberland Pro Men’s Pit Boss

The second entry on our list of our top recommended footwear is the Timberland Pro Men’s Pitt Boss. Timberland is a globally renowned brand, recognised for its quality, comfort, and durability amongst its consumers. This company features a wide array of products for consumers with diverse needs. One of the company’s most famous product lines is the Timberland Pro. Footwear falling in this product line feature a stellar combination of comfort and durability, in addition to some extra features for individuals with feet issues.

The Pro series are suitable for almost any type of work as they incorporate a multitude of safety features including metal hook tops and rugged leather upper for enhanced durability, steel toe for added protection, rubber outsole for protection against slipping, and a fabric lining foot bed for odor resistance. These highly durable and environment resistant boots can withstand any type of work for several years.

Apart from their comfort and durability, they feature some other qualities as well that made us rank it on second position in our list of top footwear for feet conditions. The Timberland Pro Men’s Pit Boss boots have a Polyurethane midsole, proven to be very comfortable and soothing for people with feet issues. This footwear also features a top collar with padded cushioning to minimize the pressure on your feet arches and to keep them at ease. Moreover, these footwear feature a shock diffusion-plate for extra support and comfort of your feet.

All in all, they offer a rich combination of comfort and durability and are amongst the most popular boots for plantar fasciitis.

Pros

  • Strong steel toe
  • Rubber outsole
  • Polyurethane midsole for people with foot issues 
  • Padded cushions minimize pressure on feet

Cons

  • Lack of electrical hazard support
  • Lack of shock absorption 

Wolverine Men's W02421 Raider

Wolverine’s Raider boots offer an exceptional combination of superior comfort and high end security features, making it an ideal choice for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. These boots offer a great level of comfort, a feature crucial for the painful plantar fasciitis victims.

These Wolverine’s Raider's feature high-quality shock absorption pads to keep your heels and feet as relaxed as possible regardless of the terrain you walk/stand on. The sole consists of lugged rubber, making those boots highly resistant to slipping. 

The upper is made of full grain leather, ensuring maximum durability for the boots. Regardless of the type of work you do, this footwear is sure to serve you for a long time.

Many consumers (suffering from sore feet) have given very positive feedback about this design. That’s no surprise since this footwear is not only long-lasting and comfortable, but also consist of support features for sensitive feet. They have been designed to bring maximum comfort to your feet (especially those who have feet issues).

These boots possess some distinguishing features, ranking them amongst the top choices for extra support all day no matter how long you are working or standing. They contain a removable, highly protective insole that ensures maximum comfort even if worn for long periods. A nylon shank supports your arch and creates extra padding, keeping your feet in the best possible position. Moreover, the mesh lining eliminates odor and moisture caused by wearing the boots for long hours. A round steel toe has been used in the boots for support against compression, making them one of the best steel toe work boots for plantar fasciitis.

To cut a long story short, they possess all the features necessary for good arch support footwear in general, in addition to extra support features making them one of the ideal choices on this list.

Pros

  • Nylon shank for extra padding
  • Odor and moisture resistant 
  • High quality shock absorption pads 

Cons

  • Lacks steel toe
  • Lacks electrical hazard support

Timberland PRO Men’s Rigmaster XT

Another fine pair of boots coming from Timberland’s Pro line of boots is the Rigmaster. This highly tough design offers unmatchable levels of comfort and a soothing experience even for those with sensitive feet issues such as flat feet and a variety of feet conditions. There are a number of good reasons for placing the Rigmaster amongst the best pairs available on the market.

They provide an adequate amount of arch support, a feature that is essential for those suffering  and needing extra foot support. This Rigmaster footwear is constructed using waterproof full grain leather, with the capability to adjust the circumference for a personalized fit. They also offer electrical hazard support and a roomier steel toe which is a great added unique feature.

The outsole consists of triangular lug grips that surface to keep your feet secure and firm on the ground. Another major plus is the high resistance of this footwear to water, heat, slipping, oil, and abrasion.

Furthermore, they incorporate an anti-microbial, contoured footbed that minimizes the odor and moisture caused by long working hours. In summary, considering the level of security and ease offered by the Rigmaster, these boots can be definitely regarded as a top choice for workers needing added foot and arch support currently available in the market today.

Pros

  • Adjustable circumference for personalisation 
  • Strong steel toe
  • Electrical hazard support 
  • Non slip grip
  • Reistant to odor and water

Cons

  • Lacks shock absorption 

Justin Original Men's Double Comfort

Last but not the least on our list of plantar fasciitis work boots is the Justin Original. These stylish and extremely durable design can withstand years of work no matter what occupation you are in. Apart from the stylish look, they are made using high quality materials and consist of several support features.

The Justin Original footwear feature a polyurethane outsole, which is extremely durable and protects your feet from many types of work place hazards. They also resists against environmental factors such as heat and water. They've made the list great footwear with added arch and foot support because of the enhanced levels of comfort offered by these boots.

To help you cope with the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, they feature soft toes for keeping your feet relaxed and at ease. The soft toes also aid in reducing the pressure imposed on your feet because of weight. Moreover, this footwear consists of double comfort system insoles, ensuring that your feet remain in the best possible position and at ease, no matter what kind of work you are engaged in. Although they could have more support features, we think it can be compensated for by the superior levels of comfort that they offer.

Justin Original footwear truly excel in terms of comfort and durability, and they are a solid choice if you’re looking for cushioned inserts that provide a comfortable feeling even after a long day on the job.

Pros

  • Polyurthane outsole for people with feet issues 
  • Double comfort system insoles
  • Superior comfort level 

Cons

  • Lacks steel toe
  • Needs more padding
  • Lacks moisture and odor resistance 

Our winner is...

These are some of the best work boots for plantar fasciitis that we selected for you after thorough research. They offer a variety of features and that’s why we also included a section about features to look for when selecting footwear for feet needing extra support. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful and irritating medical condition and if you experience this type of pain, pay due attention to symptoms and get yourself treated by a professional as soon as you can.

If, however, you already suffer from this condition, make sure to avoid using ordinary work boots and purchase yourself a pair of specialized footwear for your condition. You can either choose from our selection of work footwear mentioned in this article, or you can utilize the information we provided to make an informed decision when purchasing any other boots.

Our top recommendation for footwear offering a great degree of support is the Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift. Although they lack extra padding, they are highly comfortable nonetheless. They are truly multi-purpose and possess a lot of support features for individuals with feet issues.