The most popular work boots are made from leather or suede. Leather and suede have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, leather provides better protection than cotton but it’s not as breathable so it doesn’t keep your feet dry when wet. Suede is a natural material which provides excellent protection against water penetration, however, its breathability isn’t as good as that of leather so it dries out quickly if you’re exposed to rain or sweat for long periods of time.
Trees provide the best combination of both properties. They protect your feet while being comfortable and breathable. There are many types of trees used in making footwear such as pine, cedar, fir, spruce and more. All these woods offer different levels of protection depending on how they grow in relation to each other.
When it comes to footwear there are two main categories: waterproofing and comfort. A waterproofing material is applied to the outside of the shoe to prevent water from entering. These materials include rubber, plastic, canvas and even synthetic fabrics like Lycra. On the other hand, a pair of shoes with a high level of comfort will allow moisture vapor to escape through the soles without any type of protection.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable boot then you should consider a lightweight shoe that’s made of breathable fabric like cotton. They also come in different thicknesses and varying levels of padding on the inside to accommodate your feet. The thicker the material, the more protection it gives your feet against unwanted elements such as sharp objects or fire.
The type of work boots you need is greatly determined by the kind of activity you’ll be engaging in at your job site. So before buying a pair, make sure you research your activity type and the type of work boots that are most ideal for it. To top it off, remember to always consult your physician or other qualified physician before wearing any new pair of safety shoes.
A good pair of work boots will last you anywhere between 3 months to 3 years depending on the kind of job that you have. For example, someone who works in a warehouse environment is more likely to wear out their boots faster than someone who works at a construction site.
It’s important to take good care of your boots to make them last as long as possible. First and foremost, always use a shoe stretcher whenever your footwear starts to feel tight. This will prevent the material from bending inside your shoe and it will also help the leather to keep its original shape.
You should also take proper care of the leather. If you want to keep them shiny, you can use a special type of polish for this purpose but make sure it’s a high quality one that won’t damage the texture or the material of your boots in any way.
When it comes to waterproofing material, you have many different options. Products that are made specifically for this purpose include sprays, liquids, pastes and powders. Of course the effectiveness of these differ from one boot to the next so you’ll have to experiment a bit before finding the one that works best for you.
Most people don’t think about it but your socks can actually make or break a good pair of boots. The wrong type can lead to blisters and discomfort or even damage to your feet. The right pair of socks on the other hand can help wick away moisture and give added cushioning to your step.
There are special socks for different types of boots such as low cut, high cut and knee-high but if you’re just wearing a pair of comfortable cotton athletic socks, that will be just fine too. It all comes down to personal preference and what fits your budget.
A good pair of boots is an excellent investment no matter what you’re planning to use it for. With the proper care and maintenance, a quality boot should last you a very long time provided that it fits properly and isn’t worn excessively.
Nowadays there are boots made to accommodate people with wide feet, narrow feet, flat feet, high arches and any other type of foot imaginable so you should have no problem finding the perfect pair. The key is to take your time and find the right one for you. Don’t rush into a purchase because boots are an item that you definitely get what you pay for.
After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of how to find the right pair of work boots for your particular job. Hopefully you found it useful and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
1. Why are Work Boots important? If you’ve ever worked a job that required you to stand or walk for long periods of time, then you know just how much your feet and legs can suffer after the day is over. This type of discomfort is often referred to as foot fatigue and it can result in physical issues such as leg and back pain.
Luckily, there are a few different types of footwear designed to prevent or reduce this type of discomfort. The most common types of shoes or boots are running shoes, tennis shoes, hiking boots and work boots. Each style offers its own advantages and disadvantages so it’s best to determine which type is right for your situation.
2. Running Shoes
If you enjoy jogging, running laps around a track or even running away from predators, then these types of shoes will be perfect for you. They’re designed to provide extra support for the feet and legs during high intensity exercises.
Running shoes are specifically designed for running and nothing else. They’re usually low to the ground which helps the user improve their speed and maneuverability but this same feature also makes these types of shoes uncomfortable and unsuitable for use in construction, forestry or mining jobs.
The typical cost for a good pair of running shoes is usually around $60.
3. Tennis Shoes
Tennis shoes are running shoes’s less intense and calmer cousins. They provide more comfort and support than running shoes and are suitable for casual wear such as trips to the park or strolls down the beach.
Even though these types of shoes are considered to be “barely used” since they were only worn a couple times by someone who didn’t like the feel, appearance or smell of them, they’re still suitable for outdoor walking or short missions. Tennis shoes can easily last for a few months if they’re taken care of properly.
The average price for a used or new pair of tennis shoes is $20-$100 depending on the type of material and brand.
4. Hiking Boots
If you enjoy taking long treks through mountains, forests and hostile territories then hiking boots would be the best footwear for you. These types of boots provide the most comfort and support out of all the different shoe types and are usually made with waterproof materials and have high ankle supports to withstand rugged terrain.
Hiking boots are not meant for running, standing in one place for long periods of time or doing anything else that doesn’t involve a lot of movement. They’re also usually two to three times more expensive than your average pair of running shoes.
The average price for a new pair of hiking boots is $200.
5. Work Boots
Work boots are exactly what they sound like, boots that you wear to work. They’re usually steel toed to prevent injuries due to impact, have slip resistant outsoles to keep the user from slipping and contain insoles that cushion and support the feet.
These types of boots are obviously designed for industrial jobs that require a lot of walking or standing such as construction, mining or forestry. They’re heavy, sometimes uncomfortable and not exactly the prettiest things to wear but they get the job done and keep your feet safe at the same time.
Work boots range in price depending on the type of material and brand. The average price is around $100.
6. Combat/Military Boots
Similar to work boots, military boots are heavy duty boots designed to provide extra protection for military personnel on the battlefield. They usually weigh a lot due to metal plating and rubber reinforcements in key places. They also come with steel, fiber or even chainmail inserts to make the feet extra hardy.
Military boots come in all different shapes and sizes just like their wearers. Some prefer lighter boots that enable better movement while others prefer heavier boots that can withstand extreme punishment.
Some boots provide good ankle and foot support while others are solely focused on protecting other parts of the body. It all depends on what the soldier’s mission is and what the commanding officer orders him to do.
Military boots can be expensive due to their quality and specialized workmanship but some military organizations have their own factories that produce reliable goods at cheaper costs.
The average price for a new pair of combat boots is $200.
7. Dress Boots
Boots made specifically for “dress” are much different than any other types of boots mentioned before. These types of boots were originally designed for horseback riders who needed extra ankle support and a steady foothold when riding. Today, dress boots are just for looks, providing no extra support or comfort and are worn mostly by officials and businessmen.
Dress boots are usually black and polished to a mirror-like shine. They range in colors from black to brown and are made with fine leather. These types of boots are usually only worn for special occasions and aren’t designed for practical use at all.
Dress boots can cost anywhere from $300 to $500.
Remember, when it comes to boots price is no object!
You enter the local “Cobblers and Cobbles” shop in town. The small bell above the door announces your arrival as you step inside the wooden building. The smell of fresh leather greets your nostrils and you look around to see all kinds of boots and shoes for sale.
The walls are stacked with shelves containing a wide selection of boots in all different shapes, sizes and colors. You spot a small cubbyhole off to the side with a small folding chair in front of it. You guess that the owner works out of that little area.
The door behind the counter swings open and a man steps through. He walks around the counter and approaches you, extending his hand as he does so.
“Hello there, I’m Bertrand.
How may I help you today?”
“I need a new pair of boots,” you say.
Bertrand looks down at your feet and nods.
“Yes, I can see that. Hmmm… large feet you have sir. I’ve never seen a size thirteen before in my life.
They must hurt when you walk.”
“They do. I’ve been using bandages to wrap them but they’re not exactly the best thing to wear.”
“Of course, of course. Please, come with me.”
Bertrand walks around the counter and walks towards the cubbyhole room. You follow closely behind. He steps into the room and sits down before motioning for you to sit as well.
“Now then, let’s get down to it. I need to know a few things before I can get you fitted properly.”
“OK,” you say.
What is your job? What will you be using these boots for? Mounted combat? Infantry combat? Marching? Hunting?”
“Well I don’t know anything about mounted combat or hunting so I’ll skip those. As for the others, I’ll be doing mostly marching and infantry combat.”
Bertrand nods and makes a few notes on a piece of parchment.
Now sir, what kind of terrain will you be fighting in? Sand? Dirt roads? Grasslands? Snowy fields?”
“Grassy fields with maybe some rocky areas.”
Bertrand seems to think for a moment before nodding again.
“Right… I think I have just the thing sir. Please wait here and I’ll be back in a jiffy.”
Your are about to ask Bertrand to hurry up when he gets up and leaves the room. You’re left alone in the small room for about five minutes before he comes back in with a pair of boots in his hand.
“Try these on and tell me what you think,” Bertrand says as he holds out the boots to you.
You stand and reach out to grab them but Bertrand suddenly yanks them back.
“Whoa there sir!
Do you think I don’t know how dangerous you soldiers are?
I’m not going to just hand these over to you, you’ll have to earn them!”
You raise an eyebrow and look at Bertrand who just grins back at you.
“I want to see you do my favorite dance move.”
“You heard me, just do it. It’s not like you’ll be putting on the boots and leaving, you need my help to get out of those heavy duty boots so you can try on the new ones.”
Bertrand keeps a firm grip on the boots as he stares at you expectantly. You know he’s not going to just hand them over unless you do what he wants so you nod and begin to move left to right and tap your foot.
Bertrand releases the boots into your hands and you put them on. They fit like a glove and offer ample ankle support. You nod and begin to take them off when Bertrand stops you.
“No, no, leave those on and just do another dance for me,” Bertrand says.
You raise an eyebrow and put the boots back on before starting to dance. This time you decide to add a little spin into the mix which causes Bertrand to laugh heartily.
“Alright, alright that’s enough, take those off and we can get down to business.”
You take the boots off and Bertrand immediately gets up and heads over to the counter area. He shuffles through some papers for a moment before pulling one out and reading it.
“Ah here it is, the company needs new recruits and you would be a good candidate. They’re always on the lookout for soldiers to fill vacancies in their ranks. If you join them then you’ll have a nice fresh pair of combat boots provided for you monthly. Of course you’ll have to join the Klyton Army but as far as I know you don’t have any plans yet so that shouldn’t be a problem.”
“I don’t have any problems with that,” You say.
“Good, then it’s settled.
I assume you want these boots right away, correct?”
“Yeah if possible.”
“Okay it’ll be three gold pieces.”
“What!? Those boots cost fifty silver a piece!” You exclaim.
“Yeah, but you’re getting the army recruit discount. Thanks to our little deal you actually save money by enlisting.”
“Son of a…” You mutter before paying Bertrand.
“Thank you for your service!” Bertrand beams.
You leave the store and then head to the Klyton recruitment office. You get in line with several other people and when you finally reach the front you are met by a bored looking woman who sits behind a desk.
Hello, and why do you wish to enlist in the Klyton army?”
She asks not looking up.
“Um, well I was told I could get a discount on boots if I joined,” You say.
Oh, you one of Bertrand’s recruits?
Yeah, he called us yesterday and mentioned he was sending some recruits our way. I’ll need to see your identification papers however before I can accept you.”
You hand them over and after looking at them for all of five seconds she nods.
“Okay, it seems you’re actually twenty two, but you’re close enough to being eligible. We can certainly use the help. I’ll need you to fill out this form and turn it in before you leave today.”
You happily take the form and begin to quickly fill it out while the woman begins calling out the name of other people in line.
You decided to join the army mainly because it will give you a steady source of income so that you can continue seeing Lisa.
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