If you need a quality pair of men’s work boots that are just right for your job, use this info from Lehigh Outfitters to guide your choice.
Men's work boots options include, but are not limited to:
- steel toe boots
- composite toe boots
- metatarsal boots
- plain toe (non protective)
- static dissipative shoes
- waterproof boots
Find out more specifics about static dissipative shoes here or keep reading about steel toe and composite toe options:
Choose steel toe boots for the ultimate protection for industrial and construction jobs, plus other jobs where high protection is key.
Here are some tips:
- When choosing your steel toe boots, make sure that they meet ASTM Standards F2412-05 and ASTM Standards 2413-05.
- Make sure that these boots also meet all of the requirements set forth by your employer. For example, is it important that your boots be waterproof? Should they have heat resistant soles or be oil resistant?
- Ensure that the protective caps of your boots fit your feet well. Some are roomier than others, and there are more than one style and shape of cap. Pick what suits your feet the best.
Composite toe work boots pass freely through metal detectors and are typically lighter than standard steel toe work boots.
Composite toe work boots use materials such as Kevlar, plastic, fiberglass or carbon fiber to reinforce the toe; this provides protection against hazards and accidents without the weight of steel.
Make sure that your composite toe footwear meets ASTM standards as well.
Keep reading for information about static dissipative shoes and the benefits these styles of men’s work boots provide in the workplace.
Know Your Materials:
When you have familiarized yourself with materials, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the type of footwear you would like to wear on a day-to-day basis. Materials can dramatically impact how the footwear fits, how much air is circulated and how long the work boots will last.
Full-grain leather: This is not a manufactured material; therefore it has exceptional strength and feels tremendously smooth. You’ll appreciate its long-lasting durability, great fit (once it has broken in) and ruggedly-handsome appearance.
Nylon: Work boots are commonly made with panels (or sections) of this material to add breathability. This fabric is also astoundingly lightweight and can resist abrasions terrifically well. If you’re planning on purchasing work boots with nylon, ensure that it is also waterproof, or you may be subjected to unpleasant contact with moisture/water.
Rubber and PVC: This type of work boot is impervious to water, so you are much more likely to remain dry in all types of working conditions. These lightweight materials are also amazingly easy to clean. Some styles have been outfitted with a safety toe, so you’ll still receive valuable protection. The downside is that you are unable to adjust the fit, which could lead to them feeling cumbersome.
Shanks: Generally made in steel or fiberglass, this feature is built into the base of your boots. With a shank, you’ll be able to maintain more balanced, steady footing. They also provide exceedingly comforting arch support, which helps you to be on your feet for the duration of the day and remain comfortable.
Waterproof Leather vs. Waterproof Membranes/Linings: There is a DRASTIC difference between these two descriptions. To provide a boot with waterproof leather, a silicone-based mixture must be applied to the material. While, it can be useful, it is notorious for limiting the footwear’s breathability. Whereas, a waterproof membrane/ lining is built directly into the footwear and prevents water from coming into contact with the boot’s interior.
Now, that you’re more well-versed about the types of boots available, are familiar with the things to look for and are informed about the materials, you’ll be able to choose the best pair of work boots for you!