Shopping For Work Boots? 3 Things That Might Matter To You Later


If you have recently started a new job in construction, you might be in the market for a new pair of boots. Although you might be tempted to run to the store and look for a cheap pair that will do the job, those new shoes are more important than you think. As you shop for new boots, keep these three things in mind that might matter to you later:

1: Sole Grip

When you think of the leading causes of construction site accidents, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you might imagine giant vats of spilling tar or electrocutions, instead of simple slip and fall accidents. However, falling was the leading cause of workplace fatalities in 2013, accounting for 294 of the reported 796 job site deaths. 

However, you might be able to mitigate your risk by investing in the right pair of work boots. To keep yourself steady on rocky terrain, look for boots with deep treads. The voids between the spaces can help you to keep a firm grip on loose gravel, so that you don't tumble down steep inclines. Also, look for non-slip soles that will keep you upright if you happen to walk through water or over slick surfaces.

2: Ankle Support

Those low-top boots might look better with the rest of your wardrobe, but they could cause trouble during your workday. If your ankle is allowed to move around freely without any support, it might be easier to twist your ankle or fall down. Fortunately, high-top boots offer ankle support that can keep your leg and foot in line, even in the most rigorous work environment.

As you climb on roofs, march through deep snow, or make your way through muddy construction zones, it can be easy for your feet to get snagged or stuck. However, because high-top boots are laced around the bottom of your leg, there is less of a chance of your shoe falling off. As you try on different boots, look for models that provide strong ankle support, so that you can stay safe and keep your shoes on at work.

3: Comfort

During your workday, uncomfortable shoes can make it hard to endure long shifts. If your feet are cramped or hot, you might develop painful corns from the friction or blisters from the moist environment. Here are some important things to think about when you look for a comfortable pair of shoes:

  • Cushioning: When you try on boots, try to imagine standing in each version for hours on end. If your boot has inadequate levels of cushioning, your feet might be screaming for a break an hour into your shift.  
  • Interior Room: Try to wiggle your toes around a little bit as you try on different boots. If any part of your foot feels squished, look for a variety that fits the shape of your foot a little better.
  • Ventilation: Some boots contain small, protected ventilation holes to keep your feet dry and to allow moisture to escape. Look for a model that makes your foot feel cool and dry while still providing protection from the elements.
  • Heat Absorption: That asphalt might not seem dangerous, but it can actually burn your feet through the soles of your shoes if you buy a cheap pair. Look for a pair of boots that is rated for use on hot surfaces, so that you don't end up in pain while you hold that roadway sign.

By taking the time to find the right pair of work boots, you might be able to stay comfortable and safe during your shift. 


15 January 2015

The Power of Your Sense of Smell

Even as a child, I recognized that scent has the power to influence mood. The aroma of warm bread fresh from the oven still makes me feel safe and nurtured, even if I am the one who did the baking. The smell of sawdust reminds me of my grandfather who owned a lumber mill, and, strangely enough, the scent of paint thinner triggers memories of visiting my father at his machine shop on hot, summer days. Now that I have my own home, I use scent to help build my family's excitement for the holidays. Certain aromas reassure me that my house is clean or help me relax after a long day. The right smell can alleviate anxiety, promote a sense of calm, and signal that I am truly home.