Steel Toe Work Boots Shopping Tips

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Steel-toed work boots provide a level of protection not found in other boots. The tips are wrapped in steel, ideal for protecting your feet if a heavy object falls on it. They’ve been used for decades on the farm, in the factory, and around the yard. Many retailers offer them with several boot makers producing a variety of styles and colors that may suit you. Before you order a pair, keep in mind the following shopping tips.

1. Steel toe work boot usage. Where will you be using your boots primarily? If you will be working on the factory floor, then opt for boots with good traction and thick soles. Slippery floors require a sure grip and only steel-toed boots designed for that environment should be considered. Read the manufacturer label for best use of any pair that you’re considering.

2. Safety association compliance. Not all steel-toed boots provide the level of protection that you need. Indeed, with foreign manufacturers producing such boots and off-brand boots available for sale, you may not receive the protection you need that name brand boots offer. Fortunately, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) provides international voluntary consensus standards to help grade numerous products including work boots. If a pair is ASTM certified, the boots will have that information stitched or stamped on them.

3. Fit right, look right. When shopping for steel-toed boots you want to try on a pair that fits right as well as looks right. You want a comfortable fit, but you also need to have some room to move around inside them including your toes. When trying on a pair, lace them up as you would if you owned them and then walk around for several minutes to gauge comfort. If the shoes don’t fit or are simply not comfortable, then you can rule out that pair and look for different boots.

4. Important considerations. Besides its look and feel, consider the quality of the materials used. The inside should be insulated, with thicker insulation necessary if you work where it is wet or damp. You have a choice between low- and high-collar ankle support, a personal preference that may have more to do with your comfort than anything else. Opt for boots that are leather and use other breathable material such as cotton or SofTex, the latter a leather-like material that breathes.

Finding Good Prices

You’ll also want to compare prices between boots. Quality men’s boots typically will run you about $75, but boots as low as $35 and as high as $150 are also available. Again, it is the quality of the materials used as well as the ASTM certification that should take precedence over price. Cheaper boots tend to bring in plastics and other synthetic materials. More expensive boots may be wrapped in cow-hide or other exotic hides. For steel-toed work boots the emphasis should be on matching its function with your budget considerations to find the pair that is right for you.

As for seasonal specials you may find that work boot prices stay fairly constant throughout the year. They’re not seasonally dependent footwear, rather they may be in demand throughout the year. If you’re looking for savings, a manufacturer’s previous style may be reduced in a bid to clear inventory.

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Mark Henson is a professional blogger that provides advice on the right protective clothing and gear to wear for working and outdoors situations. He writes for Muck Boots Outlet, a top distributor for muck boots, work boots and more.

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