Men who make their living through physical exertion need solid, well-made work boots to stay safe. Your partner most likely already knows this, but busy men don’t always have the time (or inclination) to shop and that’s where you come in. Unless he works in an office, he needs men’s waterproof work boots to do more than simply keep his toes safe or his feet dry.
A census taken by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the lack of proper footwear on the job can even lead to fatal injury due to slipping or tripping that could have been avoided. Men who work outdoors must walk on a variety of different surfaces regardless of weather and it doesn’t take much to slip and injure yourself, then need days or weeks of recuperation time before returning to work. Looking at it in that light, don’t let the expense of the best boots you can buy stop you because missing work for very long is going to cost a whole lot more.
If You’ve Never Shopped For Men’s Work Boots Before
Don’t worry, shopping for men’s waterproof work boots is no harder than shopping for anything else online. Every brand out there is going to claim their product is the best on the market. They will use terminology you may not understand, and you could end up with the worst possible choice though simple misunderstanding. Some work boots have safety features, other’s don’t. Some are waterproof and some aren’t.
How is a person supposed to know which one to choose? The answer is simple. Most companies have detailed safety-gear standards and should be happy to tell you exactly which type of basic work boot would be best for the conditions. Once you have that information in hand, the perfect work boots are only a click or two away. What about extra features the company may not require but the person wearing them would appreciate? Making yourself a list before you go browsing helps avoid stress. Be sure to pay close attention to the following.
- If the job simply requires keeping your toes safe which type of protection is best: steel, composite, or aluminum? All three have similar ASTM ratings, and if this information isn’t specified in “job requirements,” the best way to be sure is simply to ask so you don’t end up with the wrong pair of work boots.
- Is the material of the boot itself resistant to abrasion? Is it tough enough to protect the upper foot? If the job requires working near an open flame, is it fire-resistant, will it melt in contact with heat?
- What kind of rating does the sole have, is it slip-resistant on any surface? Puncture proof? This is important, and if not plainly stated, contact the manufacturer for these details.
Work boots may be made for specific, practical reasons but that doesn’t have to be their only use. They can make a fashion statement just as easily as regular boots. Quality for safety, of course, but another good thing about a well-made work boot is this makes them extremely versatile. Not everyone has the income to support a closet full of shoes. When it’s time to decide on work boots, many will choose them with more than the job in mind. Quality is resistant to showing wear and signs of age which makes them perfectly suitable for social gatherings as well as work.
Ask A Professional
When a person spends most of the workday on their feet, heel and back pain, as well as tired legs, are to be expected. You probably already knew that, but did you know it can also lead to degeneration and arthritis later in life? A podiatrist would tell you the best way to avoid those conditions is by choosing footwear with stability, cushioning, flexibility for normal movement, and heel support to help reduce fatigue.
Some people would say boots are boots, just go buy a pair. It might take a while, but those people will be the first to show up at the podiatrist’s office years later with multiple issues because their feet have finally had enough. The next time you hear features and quality don’t matter in a work boot, you’ll know better.
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