Choosing a good pair of boots can be a challenge, and treating your feet right is important. Wearing boots that don’t fit properly can cause injury and create uncomfortable foot problems. Preventing these problems you need to understand your body and how it works.

Below, we have listed different types of boots and how to have a better understanding when getting a new pair.


How do I determine the proper boot for my needs?
The first thing you should do is determine what you will use the boots for (work or recreation or both). Then you should decide what type of environment you will wear them in (indoor or outdoor, wet or dry, cold weather or warm temperatures). By examining these two considerations, you will have a good idea about what type of boot you should purchase.

How do I get a proper fit when purchasing boots?
Your boots should generally be the same size as your shoes; however, the toe box shape and heel height may affect how they feel on your feet. The type of activity you will be engaged in while wearing them should also be considered, as well as the season, especially if you will be wearing heavier socks or multiple pairs of lighter ones.

What should I do if I can’t find my half-size boot?
If you wear a half-size boot, say a 9.5, but the boots you want to purchase only come in whole sizes, you should purchase the size 10 rather than the size 9. As a general rule, it’s better to have your boots a half-size too big than a half-size too small.


1. OSHA requirements
Sometimes, you just don’t have a choice. If you work in an industry with the potential hazards, you’ll probably need to wear a steel toe boot while on the job. It may not be required to be slip-resistant, but that’s just another added level of safety to keep you on your feet and on the job.

2. Falling debris
If you work a construction job, there’s the constant risk of falling bricks, lumber or heavy equipment. Steel toe boots prevent such objects from taking your toes with them. If you’re protecting your head from falling objects, you should do the same for your toes.

3. Comfort
It’s a common misconception that steel toe boots are uncomfortable.

4. Avoid slip and fall accidents
It’s not just falling objects that could severely hurt your toes. If you take a fall, it could damage your foot. Slip resistant shoes can help to prevent such accidents and the steel toe will give you an extra layer of hardened protection.

5. Looks great
When you think of steel-toed footwear, you probably imagine the classic heavy black boot. You can definitely choose that durable look, but there are actually a ton of different styles.

6. Complements your hard hat
A good steel toe boot works well with your hard hat. It finishes out the look of your uniform and ensures that you’re safe from head to toe. If you’re headed to a hazardous job site, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be completely protected.

7. Durability
Steel-toed footwear is meant to last a long time. A good pair of boots is a lot like your trusty toolbox. They go with you wherever you need to get work done. They can take a beating without getting worn down quickly. If you’re looking for a piece of equipment that won’t let you down, look no further than the steel toe boot.

8. Keep your toes
You’re attached to your toes, aren’t you? According to Popular Science magazine, your toes help you to walk, run, jump and balance. Without them, life would be much more difficult.

9. Fit well with socks
A good pair of socks can take an already comfortable boot and make it extremely pleasant to wear. If you need to wear your safety shoes for 10 or 12 hours a day, comfort will be extremely important to you. Matching a good pair of durable socks with your new boots will help to keep you going for the longest shifts.

10. Avoid snake bites
If you work out in the wild, you might have to worry about getting ambushed by a poisonous snake. You never know where it will strike, but you can guarantee they won’t be able to pierce through steel.



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