September 26, 2013

6 essential components to consider when choosing the right work boot!

6 essential components to consider when choosing the right work boot!

1 - Conditions of use:

You need to fully understand the conditions in which your boots will be used, here are a few examples:

  • To be used indoors or outdoors (rain, snow)?
  • What type of work surface (slippery, abrasive, cemented, icy, etc.)?
  • In contact with chemicals? Which ones?
  • In contact with liquids? Which ones?
  • To be used while standing up, being seated, regularly crouched, walking frequently or not?
  • To protect against specific dangers related to your job:
    • Welding
    • Cutting
    • Frequent hazardous obstacles
    • Extreme heat
    • Spill
    • Electrical conductors
    • Electrostatic charges

2 - Required CSA class protection

CSA safety standards are required in Canada. Which one is applicable to you?

3 - Required boot upper

The boot upper is the top part of the boot that covers and supports the foot. In addition to protecting you, it must offer an excellent durability and a good comfort level.

Durability:
According to the type of leather and exterior finish
Max - Min Comfort:
According to the type of lining and interior membrane
Ballistic nylon    
Leather and rubber With Gore-Tex membrane
Tufftech With waterproof membrane
Full-grain leather specially treated With insulation (Thinsulate)
Full-grain leather Leather lining
Synthetic leather Natural lining (Cambrelle)
Basic leather Synthetic lining (Isofix)

 

4 - Shock absorption and foot stability

The midsole is the primary shock-absorbing layer in your boot. The overall stability is determined by the rigidity of the sole and if there is a steel shank integrated in the construction or not.

Shock absorption level Max - Min
EVA  
Dual density injected TPU
Dual density injected PU
Single density rubber or PU

5 - Traction and resistance

The outsole represents the core of the boot. It must offer maximum traction on work surfaces and resistance to hazardous work elements.

  Polyurethane (PU)
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Rubber or rubber/nitrile
Comfort Good Very Good Excellent
Flexibility Good Excellent Excellent
Anti-slip Good Very Good Excellent
Lightweight Excellent Good Good
Wear resistance Excellent Excellent Excellent
Chemical and oil resistance Very Good Very Good Very Good
Heat resistance Not recommended Average Excellent
Retains its properties
in cold temperatures
Not recommended Good Excellent
Versatility Average Good Excellent

6 - Hygiene and ergonomics

Today, anatomic footbeds offer improved foot hygiene with antimicrobial agents and optimal air circulation design. Also, the form adapts to the natural shape of your feet for added comfort.

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