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Characteristics of a Good Work Boot

Whether you work in a factory or on an industrial site, having safety equipment that falls in line with the appropriate standards, as well as offers comfort and adequate support in the day-to-day, is so important. With this in mind, Relkogroup supplies a vast range of safety workwear at an affordable price, so you can carry out tasks with peace of mind.
 
However, if you’re not too savvy in what’s suitable for your job role and what will offer the best protection, read on. Below we have compiled just a short guide to the characteristics of a good work boot, with a few things to look out for when choosing the right pair.   
 
Safety
 
Of course, safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to heavy lifting and using equipment, and luckily, there is a plethora of features that can make your day that much safer. Whilst some accidents can’t be avoided, having boots with the correct safety measures for your role can make all the difference.
 
So, what kind of features should we be on the lookout for?
 
Well, toe caps are always great for work boots, especially when it comes to heavy-duty tasks, such as relocating heavy boxes and working with sharp tools that the material alone is unlikely to protect against.
 
Although steel toe caps are arguably one of the most popular choices for work boots, other materials like composite and aluminium can be just as good. The former is ideal in extreme temperatures, and the metal alternatives are fantastic in offering optimal protection.
 
Are safety toe caps the only feature we should be considering though?
 
Simply, no, as other characteristics, like electrical resistance and puncture plates, are just as important. The former is suitable if you work with or near electrics (steel or aluminium toe caps are a no-go here) like outdoor power lines. The latter will offer around-the-clock protection from sharp objects that are likely to penetrate the sole.
 
Weatherproof
 
If you spend the majority of your work day under thundery skies, so characteristic of the United Kingdom, weatherproof boots are a must, not just for comfort, but also for your health. You see, allowing moisture to build in your boots is likely to result in an unpleasant situation, especially considering it provides the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.
 
At the same time, of course, you want to avoid all instances that relate to freezing toes, which is why weatherproof boots are great here. Not only do they keep your feet insulated and prevent water from seeping through, but they will ensure you feel comfortable, all day long.  
 
Support
 
Because you’re going to be wearing your work boots for the majority of the day, the right amount of support is just as important as comfort and safety. This will help to avoid blistering and discomfort that can affect your performance at work.
 
When looking to buy work boots, think about features, such as the mid-sole i.e. is it made of foam for additional comfort. Remember to do your research when it comes to the materials used, in order to pick a work boot that offers adequate support throughout the work day.
 
These are just three characteristics of a good work boot, but they are by no means the end of the list. So, when looking for a suitable work boot for your industry, don’t forget to enquire at Relkogroup and our customer service team will support you in choosing the right footwear for you.