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:
- Frequent hazardous obstacles
- Extreme heat
- Electrical conductors
- Electrostatic charges
2 - Required CSA class protection
CSA safety standards are required in Canada. Which one is applicable to you?
- Refer to the chart on the following page.
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.
According to the type of leather and exterior finish
|Max - Min||Comfort:
According to the type of lining and interior membrane
|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|
|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.
||Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)||Rubber or rubber/nitrile|
|Chemical and oil resistance||Very Good||Very Good||Very Good|
|Heat resistance||Not recommended||Average||Excellent|
|Retains its properties
in cold temperatures
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.