The keys to choosing the proper foot covering are comfort, quality, and durability. Just like with tennis shoes, dress shoes, or sandals, it’s important to try on several styles and pairs of work boots before making your final decision. Most work boots run true to size, but comfort levels will vary from brand to brand. One thing to remember: if you are looking for an insulated boot, you may need to consider a boot that is one-half size larger than you would normally wear. That little bit of extra room will allow for a heavier pair of socks to be worn to keep your feet toasty in cold weather conditions.
Here are some general guidelines to consider when choosing your footware.
1) Instep – it is critical that the instep be fitted properly. The boot relies on the instep to secure the boot to the foot, especially if the work boot you’re trying on doesn’t have laces. The instep fit should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight. Never settle for a loose fit – this could put you at risk for possible injury and blisters from the boot slipping on the foot.
2) Heel – You will experience slight slippage in the heel of a new pair of boots until the sole of the work boot is flexed often enough to finally loosen up the stiffness of the sole. Once it is worn a few times, this slippage will disappear.
3) Ball – The widest part of your foot is the ball, which is where the foot naturally bends when you run or walk. When you’re choosing a pair of work boots, the ball of your foot should rest firmly on the ball of the boot. If your toes are shoved forward into the toe box of the boot, you know that the boot is too short and isn’t a proper fit for you.
There are other considerations when you are choosing a pair for work. If you work in a hazardous environment, you should look for boots that feature safety toes and Electrical Hazard protection. Do you often have to wade into deep waters? Hip length Wellington style with safety toes might be the best choice for you. Some will extend all the way up to the knee, while others hit mid-calf or right at the ankle. Truly, your choice of work boots depends on the purpose for which you are using them and the style is dependent on the environment in which they’ll be worn.
You’ll also want to consider the quality of leather from which the boots are manufactured. Take a look at whether you prefer a lace-up style or a pull-on style. Other features, such as the type of insole and color might be important to you.
Some people who wear High Tech work boots would include miners, loggers, lab technicians, athletes, fire fighters, hunters, ranchers, park rangers, lineman, light manufacturers, forestry personnel and people who work in the printing industry. No matter what you do for a living or for recreation, there is a work boot that will fit your need. The proper fit is different for each individual, so ultimately; the best fit will be one that only you can determine by trying on several different styles and brand names of work boots.