Now we know that the first step should definitely begin with rugged foot protection. If you’re hiking or hunting, need balance and support, or if you work in construction or for the police or the military, investing in the right foot wear is a critical decision. But, choosing the boots that will not only fit your feet, but will fit your lifestyle too, is not as easy as it sounds. When you get to the showroom or look on-line at all the options in a boot warehouse, the selections of brands, styles and types of construction are nothing less than overwhelming.
Finding Your Way
To help you find your way through the maze of the work boot world, there are questions that will help in the decision making process. Do you need a safety toe boot or a work boots for sweaty feet? Does your work warrant waterproof boots? How about slip and oil resistant boots? Will you be working in cold conditions and need insulated boots for warmth? The idea is to try to match the boots as closely as possible to your work, occupation or your outdoor activity levels. The closer the match, the better the lifestyle fit – not just the fit for your foot size.
Boot styles vary considerably and each style is designed with specific real-life problems in mind. For instance, Magnum boots are good for stability and agility on patrol. LaCrosse boots are great for uneven terrain and tracking big game. Did you know that Belleville and Caterpillar military boots are military approved and loved for their durability? If you’re looking for top-notch construction and a slip resistant outsole, Bates boots are the way to go.
Rocky boots combine strong, waterproof construction with insulation and a stable platform. And Danner boots are tough footgear with a reputation for long lasting protection with rough use. These are just a few examples of boot brands that are built for unique kinds of wear and tear. Doing the research in advance, will help you select the best all around fit for your personal lifestyle.
How Are the Boots Made?
Do you want a lightweight, easy walking boot? Look for boots made of a nylon mesh and leather combination. They’re good in warmer climates, flexible, and easy on the feet. Full-grain leather boots are extremely durable and the boot of choice to deal with the roughest terrain. They are in the class of water resistant boots and the seams are usually coated with silicone to repel moisture. Manufacturers also use other methods of waterproofing boots. Waterproof liners are built into many work boots and can also do a great job of keeping you dry.
Be sure to check the tread on the bottom of the boots you are considering because the more pronounced the tread, the more traction you’ll get. This is important for most hikers and hunters, to be aware of.
Caring for Your Boots for Longer Wear
The first rule in boot maintenance is to keep them clean. Brush your boots regularly to remove soil and mud that can accelerate deterioration. You can use plain old water and a boot cleaner on the outside, but don’t try regular household soaps or detergents. Don’t over oil your boots either and if they get soaked, here’s a tip: Pack them loosely with newspaper and allow them to dry in a warm place.
Making the Wisest Choice
Since most ordinary folks walk about 8,000 to 12,000 steps a day in normal conditions and in less challenging environments, it’s vital that if you hike for miles in uneven terrain, work in a heavy industry or perform maneuvers that require balance and agility, you must have boots designed with your specifics in mind.
Buying sturdy, reliable boots is one of the most important investments you can make for your comfort, your well being, your safety and your health. Be sure to look carefully at all the options and try to match closely how those boots will fit into your lifestyle for play or for work. Then, be sure to care for your boots on a regular basis for continued service and extended wear. With the right boots and proper care, you can now begin your journey of a thousand steps with confidence. You are protected for the duration.