Landscapers, foresters and military personnel, along with construction and home improvement technicians, need proper work boots. Safety and accident-free work zones are possible. Be properly suited before starting your first work day, by choosing the proper attire carefully. Here’s what you should look for and sometimes avoid:
Wrong Size Boots
Improperly fitted footwear results in corns, bunions and other serious health concerns. Take time to choose the right boot. If your foot is a size 12, buy a slightly larger boot. Comfort and safety rules over beauty.
- Correct length: Choose a boot that is slightly bigger than your regular size. You will be wearing a thicker sock. Give the boot a trial test. Wiggle your toes and kick something. Your toes should not touch the inside of the boot.
- Feel right: How does the boot feel on your foot? If it doesn’t feel comfortable, try another one. You will never break in an uncomfortable boot, therefore, don’t waste more time on a poor fit.
Working in an industrial environment with moving, rolling heavy equipment mandates sturdy boots that wear well, consequently, they provide your feet with a fighting chance against construction hazards:
- Traction: Look for a boot sole that grips wet or uneven surfaces, without sliding. You don’t want compromised footing while working at higher elevations. You’re responsible for protecting yourself against free-fall injuries or worse.
- Solid toe: This boot has a reinforced toe box made of steel or a composite material, consequently, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or aluminum is used. Know what your work site requires, before you spend the money. Your boot has to be impact and compression resistant to protect against hazards of falling objects.
- Flexible: You will be spending long hours on your feet, therefore, a boot that flexes easily is imperative for comfort.
- Electrical hazard concerns: Electricians and others require boot soles and heels that are non-conductive and resistant to electrical shock.
- Sturdy boot soles: Working around debris-strewn work sites mandates a puncture resistant plate between the inner and outer boot sole. Puncture wounds are less likely to cause you injuries and lost work hours, if you make safety your top priority.
Buy Socks Designed for Work Boots
Socks are important. They make the difference between a comfortable, dry-foot day and one that is pain-filled and too long. Take time to choose the proper socks and be willing to spend extra money. Your feet will thank you:
- Thicker outer boot sock: This sock is especially designed for boot wear. A thicker woven sock provides a cushion and more support. Wool-acrylic blends make for a snug fit and help to prevent blisters. Your eight or 10 hour work shift progresses with more satisfaction.
- Inner liner: Purchase a pair of inner socks with lightweight fiber to help in wicking away sweat. Dry feet are cooler on warm days and warmer on cool days. Comfort and ease in mobility also aid in safer work habits. You’ll be glad you took the extra effort to protect your feet.
- Trim toenails: Go one step further and clip long toenails that could rub the boot toe and cause concerns.
Staying safe on the job is important and it’s your responsibility. Spending time to shop wisely is mandatory and has the potential to make your future better.