Work Boots 101

  1. Work Boots: 101

    Work Boots: 101
    Knowing how to care for your boots begins with knowing something about the materials and technologies used in its construction. The following is a basic overview of the common materials and technologies used in boot and shoe making. For more on extending the life of your boots, or if you’re already familiar with your boots’ materials and technologies, jump to our page on boot...
  2. Boot Care

    If you aren’t familiar with the features of your boot (materials, technologies, et cetera) then you should visit our Work Boots: 101 page for a general overview. Once you’ve brushed up on your boot fundamentals, come back and determine the best treatments to extend the life of your boot. For the best results, we recommend these three stages for complete care: CLEAN, CONDITION, and PROTECT...
  3. Safety Toe Work Boots

    We use the term ‘safety toe’ nowadays because of the variety of materials used to make safety toe caps. Before the invention of the steel toe cap, an additional layer of leather was added to the toe to help reinforce the boot. This was especially common on boots worn by iron workers who needed the extra reinforcement in the iron mines...
  4. Work Boot Styles

    Work Boot Styles
    Not all work boots are created equally. I take that back: not all work boots are created with the same job in mind. A good work boot is purpose built.There isn’t a work boot to cover every job nor is there a ‘work boot to end all work boots.’ You wouldn’t catch a lineman wearing steel toe oxfords, and you’d be hard pressed...
  5. EH & ESD - Electrical Hazard and Electro Static Dissipative

    EH & ESD - Electrical Hazard and Electro Static Dissipative
    Work boots carry different electrical ratings for different applications. It is important to select a boot with the proper electrical rating to ensure on-the-job safety. This page will cover EH (Electrical Hazard) and ESD (Electro Static Dissipative) ratings. EH (ELECTRICAL HAZARD) EH rated footwear protects the worker in the event that they encounter a live current. EH boots ground the flow of...
  6. Shoe Construction

    Shoe Construction
    Shoe construction determines the flexibility/rigidity and durability of a work shoe. With shoe construction, we are referring specifically to how the outsole is attached to the upper. Depending on the method of construction, some boots may or may not be able to be re-crafted or re-soled. Different methods of shoe construction are used for different applications. This page provides an overview of...
  7. Work Boot Safety Standards

    Purpose-built work boots are designed to meet or exceed standards set forth by individual companies, as well as state and federal standards for occupational safety. Particular industries rigorously enforce certain standards given hazards unique to those work environments. This page will cover two of the most common sets of standards: ASTM and CSA. ASTM (AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS...

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