Frequently Asked Question About Work Boots and Shoes

Steel Toe Shoes And Boots FAQ

Our steel toe shoes and boots FAQ blog answers the most common doubts to help you make the best correct decision on your purchase 

  • How often should I replace my work boots? 
It is recommended to replace your work boots every 6 to 12 months, depending on type of use and frequency. For Example, if you work in heavy industry fields such as construction you may need to replace your boots more regularly.
  • What is the difference between steel toes, composite toe and alloy toe? 

What to consider when buying the right safety footwear for you:

    • Steel Toe - Highest level of protection and great for heavy industry fields.
    • Composite - 30% Lighter than steel toe and made of composite material (plastic) that keeps your feet from getting cold (as opposed to steel and alloy). Great option for airports (metal detector safe) and cold areas.
    • Alloy toe - The lightest option and thin composition allows for a less bulky boot.

All Three above meet the last updated ASTM 2413 standards 

  • How much to spend on a pair of work boot?
The reason why work boots are expensive comes down to two things: 
  1. The quality of the material used in a work boot.
  2. The Safety features included in a work boot.
Also, you can’t sacrifice price without compromising quality in other words you get for what you pay.
This Doesn't mean that you have to pay tons of money to get the best boot. The secret to pick the right pair of shoes is the balance. The mix between a great fit, selecting the right materials that works with your job environment, and the right style for your type of work.
  • Water resistant vs Waterproof work boots? 
    • Water resistant - 
      • This shoe can withstand rain, snow, and wet weather. Do not submerge this type of gear in water, unless you want to ruin it.
      • Water-resistant fabrics keep water from being absorbed—water will just bead off the fabric.
      • Water-resistant boots are often sprayed with water-resistant material rather than having these features built inside.
      • They can hold up to a random splash but won’t withstand extreme conditions. So, if you need all the protection you can get, go for a waterproof work boot.
      • Water-resistant boots are better to have for daily use, because they tend to be more comfortable and breathable.
      • Waterproof -
      • It's specifically designed to be completely submerged in water and still provide top-notch performance. If you're more of a water-bound operator, stock up on waterproof gear.
      • Over time the waterproof membrane will wear out and start leaking. Nevertheless, quality waterproof boots should last several years with daily wear. You can prolong their durability by using waxes and waterproofing sprays.
      • Remember to note that while waterproof boots will not let any liquid penetrate through, it will also not allow any moisture to get out. 
Whichever one you decide to go for they need to be treated well, so you don’t have to say goodbye to them too soon. So choose your pair wisely and enjoy shopping from us.
  • Which one fits better, pull on or lace up boots?
    • Pull-On Work-Boots
      • These boots come without laces which makes them very easy to wear and take off. You can very easily slip your feet inside them with very little effort and also pull them off when you don’t need them.
      • They are constructed into the right shape and size for a proper fit around the foot. Though, sometimes they may loose shape with time and It is quite challenging for the pull-on boots to provide proper fit because of their no-laces character. Moreover, if you choose the wrong pair, it will definitely lead to discomfort and pain.
      • How should pull-on work-boots fit?
        • Your toes should not slide forward and hit the end of your boot.
        • The heels of your feet should not rub against the inner-back side of your boot.
        • The sided of your feet should not feel pressurized or in pain.
        • There should be at least 1 inch of space inside your boots.
      • Materials like genuine leather, synthetic leather, nylon mesh, and foam are used to manufacture these boots. You have the minimum chances of tripping, by getting caught in low hanging corners.
      • Offers less support to your ankles than a lace up boot. Sometimes due to the gapping collars, these boots cannot provide enough safety.
      • Agriculture, farming, gardening, welding, oil, and chemical industries commonly uses these pull-on boots.
    • Lace-Up Work-Boots 
      • These boots come with a lace material to adjust proper fitting and grip on the feet. These boots offer high ankle support to your feet because of the shoelaces going through the lugs of your boots. Offers proper fit very much up to the mark with desired snugness. The lace system secures your feet making them safer to wear. Laces can sometimes expose you to slips or trips, if they are hanging loose. Offers high level of ankle support to your feet. The laces in these boots can easily manipulate your fitting criteria. Adjusting the laces can, at times tighten your boots giving you more snugness, and loosening them, giving you more space.
      • These boots are quite long-lasting. Tying up the laces can sometimes create hassles for you but they can superior comfort and control in the long run. These boots promise much better support to your ankles, making your feet stable and comfortable.
      • Lace-up boots keep debris out from your feet. They are designed to give better heel support and lowers your risk of getting injuries. If, by any chance your boots get out of shape in due time, you can still adjust them to fit you nicely, with the help of the laces.
      • They involve time and effort to put on and take off. With time the laces of these boots might need replacement. These boots offer better stability to the feet of those people who need to stand or move. Lace up boots are way safer than the slip on shoes and the reason behind this is with lace up boots you get the perfect fitting of the boots according to your own comfort; whether you enjoy a tight fit or a snug fit. Whereas, with the slip on shoes, where there are no laces, you have to compromise with the fit that the shoe already has!
      • The laces provide a good grip to the feet so that the feet remain in position instead of moving forward or backward or to the right or left. If the slip-on boots or shoes are too loose, there remains the danger of the heel coming out of the shoes while walking and as a result, you might face accidents due to falling or tripping. But with the lace-up boots this will never be the case. Whether it is the Lace-up or the Pull-on, your safety and comfort shouldn’t get compromised, at any cost. While thinking of choosing any of these above work-boots, remember to consider your protection, a priority.
  • How should I clean my footwear? 
Use a Dry Brush. Remove loose dirt from the outsole, midsole, and uppers using a dry, soft-bristle shoe brush. ...
Make a Mild Cleaning Solution. Mix warm water with a small amount of mild laundry detergent or dish soap. ...
Hand Wash the Laces. ...
Wash the Soles. ...
Wash and Blot the Uppers. ...
Air Dry
  • Why do my feet hurt when I use safety shoes ? 
Remember, safety toe comfort comes in length, not width; you have to get the shoe long enough to accommodate the back and forth toe movement in the shoes. The proper fit occurs when the widest point of your foot is located exactly in the widest part of the shoe. When that happens the arch of your foot fits precisely with the arch of the shoe, giving you maximum support from the shoe.
  • What is the difference between medium and wide? 
The main difference between medium shoes and wide shoes is that medium shoes are ¼ inch wider than narrow-fitting shoes whereas wide-fitting shoes are designed for wider feet and are ½ inch wider than narrow-fitting shoes. The wide shoes are also ¼ inch wider than the medium shoes. 
  • Do shoe sizes vary by brand? 
Shoes sizes are not standardized within the brand. There are a few reasons for this. First, most brands use a few different shoe lasts designed with a distinct activity in mind. Leisure and streetwear sneakers don’t need the same level of fine-tuning as athletic footwear.
  • Where can I find the ASTM label on the shoes? 
You can usually find the ASTM label on the interior of at least one, if not both, of the work boots or work shoes. 
  • What is Metatarsal Protection? 
Metatarsal guards are a form of personal protective equipment (PPE) that protect the top of the foot from compression injuries. They consist of guards that fit over the instep of the foot protecting it from heavy weights. 


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