Do you often find yourself working in areas that pose a hazard of electrical shock or objects falling, rolling, and potentially damaging the sole of your regular shoes? It definitely happened to us more than once, so we feel your pain!!
In that case, OSHA mandates that we should have on some protective footwear when we go to work.
That, undoubtedly, gives rise to some pertinent questions about work boots. Fortunately, we have done the groundwork that we are happy to share with you.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
1. How Your Work Boots Should Fit?
When trying on new work boots, follow these tips to check if the boots are a perfect fit:
- Wear the socks that you will be wearing with the boot while checking the size
- Take your time while trying the boots. Try different brands and sizes to find the best fit
- Try both the boots and take a stroll around the store to see if the heels are not slipping in and out
- Go shopping for new work boots at the end of the day when your feet are the largest to avoid ending up with boots that are too tight
2. How To Clean The Work Boots?
Cleaning them regularly pays back in the form of comfort and longevity.
For light to moderate cleaning of the work boots, we advise you to use a damp brush or cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt. You can use a leather cleaning product sprayed and wiped to remove dirt and grime for filthy boots.
After the boots have dried, take a soft cloth, dip it in mink oil and apply it to the boots’ seams. After drying off the oil, take a cloth and polish the boot in long circular strokes. It might also be a good idea to invest in a conditioner and a solvent-based cleaner to use at least once a month.
3. Are Work Boots Good For Hiking?
Yes, in theory. Work boots are good for hiking but that is not what they were built for. Your work boots are sturdy enough to protect you from hazardous conditions, but this makes them heavier with a bigger sole than you need when walking a difficult trail.
Even though work boots offer good mobility, you need more flexibility while hiking, where you encounter uneven trails. Moreover, they are not the best choice as they do not provide the traction you need to hike on rugged terrains.
It’d be a good idea to invest in purpose-built hiking boots.
4. Are Work Boots Slip Resistant?
Yes, work boots are slip-resistant to protect from slipping, tripping, and falling on the work floor. The best work boots come with slip-resistant soles that minimize the risk of sliding on a slippery surface.
5. Can Work Boots Damage Your Feet?
Several people ask, “can work boots cause plantar fasciitis?” or “can work boots cause back pain?”
Yes, unfortunately work boots can damage your feet, but only if you buy the wrong boots that are too tight for you. If your work boots do not offer arch support, you will experience sharp pain at the rear of the arch. This condition is called plantar fasciitis or policeman’s heel.
The wrong shoes can cause imbalance leading to high arches or low arches that affect your back, ankles, neck, and even your hips.
6. Are Work Boots, Tax-Deductible?
That is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when buying or trying work boots but come to think of it, we are talking about WORK here, so we might as well talk about TAXES too…
If you buy your work boots, they can be qualified as tax-deductible. Moreover, suppose your employer does not offset their cost. In that case, you can be eligible for tax deductions if they are considered compulsory for your job nature, and they are deemed unsuitable for everyday use.
7. How To Choose The Right Work Boot?
Some of the essential features to consider while looking for the perfect work boots include boot height, weight, water-resistance, insulation, and style.
Look for the boot height that is suitable for your job nature. For example, taller boots are perfect for protection in the woods. Go for water-resistant boots that if your job requires you to stand in the water all day.
Insulated boots are suitable for outdoor use in the winters, but they can cause your feet to sweat in the summers. Moreover, there are several styles that you can choose from, ranging from the traditional moc-toe style to contemporary designs.
8. How To Maintain The Work Boots?
To ensure their durability, remember to remove any mud or grime from the leather before it dries off. Also, clean the work boots before drying them and applying the conditioner. This not only cleans the boots but also makes them soft and comfortable to wear.
Work Boots are essential to ensure you can safely and comfortably perform your work and we encourage you to research what is the right fit for you. Oh wait… We already did half the work for you, by compiling reviews on some of our favorite work boots .