Work Boot Laces Guide

Work Boot Laces

So your trusty pair of work boots outlasted the laces they came with? Do not worry this is a common problem, and over here at WorkBootGuide, we’ve got you covered.

Seeing as your the kind of person to look up work boot laces, I am going to assume you’re looking for some real in-depth knowledge, if so you have come to the right place.

Laces are fairly simple to the eye, they tend to be made of cord and are in a string setup. The simpleness ends there! Work boot laces can be incredibly complicated and are engineered with the utmost care, some of them at least, to hold up to the harshest of working conditions.

So what leads to a work boot lace’s durability? Many factors of course but I am going to break it down into two main categories.

Material

Coating

Now, let’s dig into these some more.

Material

Work boot laces come in all sorts of different materials. So it can be difficult to figure out which material is going to best suit your needs. Let’s go ahead break down the main materials used and list some of there pros and cons.

Leather

Leather laces are by far the most traditional option. You see them quite often on dress shoes, but they also have a place on the job site. Leather laces are ideal for welders. This should be a no brainer, because when we weld what do we protect our hands with? Leather gloves of course!

The Advantage of Leather Work Boot Laces

Leather doesn’t burn so when slag falls, it is not going to destroy your laces!

When it comes to looks, leather is hard to beat. It is stylish and pairs with most work boots because, well they’re made of leather as well.

Most leather laces are cut to fit so they may require an extra step to get going, but in the end, they let you get your lace length just where you want it.

The Cons of Leather Work Boot Laces

Leather is a natural material so you may sometimes find a weak spot in the lace and it can break, thankfully most manufacturers cover this.

Quality control, you have to do your research on a reputable manufacturer or supplier of your leather boot laces, the market is riddled with cheap options that can be less than satisfying. Thankfully we have you covered on this one, go over and check out our leather boot lace buying guide.

Nylon

Nylons is an incredibly durable fiber that we use in many facets of our lives. Someone much smarter than me one day had the idea to use this versatile material to make boot laces, and I must say they were on to something

The Advantages of Nylon Work Boot Laces

Nylon is an incredibly strong and won’t rip or tear on you when you are tightening up your work boots

Nylon cannot absorb water, so it makes for a great lace in wet conditions. Water resistance is a major advantage to using a Nylon lace.

Tighter knots. Nylon laces are made of thousands of tiny little synthetic strands woven together to give them strength. This synthetic material allows you to tie a tighter knot when putting on your work boots.

The Cons of Nylon Work Boot Laces

Nylon laces should not be used anywhere where you may get a heated object on them. If a piece of hot slag hits your laces, there is a good chance they will melt. This can and is counteracted by some manufacturers by putting a wax coating on the laces.

These laces cannot be cut to length, so you must know the length of lace you need before purchasing.

Kevlar

The same stuff they use in bulletproof vests, they use in your laces. There are several manufacturers out there who advertise having the toughest laces, the laces that fireman and ironworkers wear, both of those manufacturers use kevlar in their laces.

Kevlar is a little different than the above materials because you can’t make a work boot lace out of pure kevlar, it has to be woven in with other materials. This then lets those other materials draw on the strength and durability of the kevlar.

The Advantages of Kevlar Work Boot Laces

Extreme durability, these are the toughest laces out there, I mean they make bulletproof vests out of the same material.

Fire and melt resistant, you’ll have no problems in the harshest of conditions with kevlar laces.

The Cons of Kevlar Work Boot Laces

Cost, they tend to be more expensive than other cheaper laces.

They can not be cut to length, you need to know your lace size before ordering a pair of these.

Work Boot Laces Coatings

When purchasing a work boot lace you need to be aware of the laces coating, or if it has one. Most coatings on work boot laces are made of beeswax or sometimes Paraffin wax.

Many laces feature a waxy coating on the outside the lace. This coating helps keep the work boot lace moisture resistant. This coating can also add to the durability of the lace by reducing friction on the eyelets of your boot. At the same time, this wax can help your knot or knots hold stronger. Coating the lace in wax prevents stretching of the lace, ensuring that your work boots stay tight on your feet.

Conclusion

Now that you know the materials used in work boot laces and the coatings used on work boot laces, you should be able to make a well-informed purchase on a pair of laces that will last you years. If your just looking for a quick recommendation, check out IronLace, they make some of the toughest laces out there at a reasonable price. Happy hunting and stay safe on the job site.

Thorogood American Heritage Moc Toe Boot

Thorogood American Heritage Crazy Horse

Thorogood is a brand that has been around since 1892 when it was formed by Albert H Weinbrenner.  Few brands carry the same reputation for impeccable quality, durability, and comfort as Thorogood. The American Heritage Moc Toe Boot is arguably there most Iconic piece of work, I know when I think of Thorogood, I think of this boot.

The American Heritage Moc Toe Line has many options to suit anyone’s needs. Some consistent features across the line are a Fibreglass Shank, the MAXWear wedge, Goodyear Storm Welt, and a Removable shock-absorbing footbed on Poron® comfort cushion insole.

Height

The American Heritage Moc Toe Line comes in a Six inch, an eight inch, and even an eleven-inch slip on.

Colors

Four different color options are available

      • Trail CrazyHorse
      • Tobacco
      • Black
      • Black Walnut

Safety

Each pair of the American Heritage Moc Toe boots feature a Fiberglass shank to keep the bottom of your feet safe from any penetrations through the sole. The MAXWear Wedge provides a slip-resistant outsole, so you’ll be able to hold your footing in the slipperiest of conditions.  A steel toe option is available for the American Heritage Moc Toe,

Comfort

A key feature of Thorogood’s boots is there out of the box comfort and the American Heritage Moc Toe is no exception. These boots are hailed as having little to no break-in period, meaning you can work hard and feel good from day one.

A Poron Comfort cushion insole is partly responsible for this level of comfort, pairing this with the built is Poron Comfort Cushion footbed and you have one comfy boot!

Other thoughts

These boots are unlined and not waterproof so they may not be your best bet in cold damp winter conditions. If you are experiencing these conditions please check out our Winter Work Sock guide to help you find the perfect pair of winter work socks for your Thorogoods!

It may not be important to everyone but it is damn important to me. The Thorogood American Heritage Moc Toe Boots are made in America by Union workers, so you and I can feel good about purchasing these boots.

You can Purchase these boots and many more directly from Thorogoods website at https://www.thorogoodusa.com/

Winter Work Sock Guide

Winter Work Socks and Work Boots

 

Are your feet getting cold? Are you finding your socks are soggy at the end of the day? Maybe your sweating so much in your boots that your feet are starting to hurt? All of these problems could be solved by a proper pair of work boots socks, more specifically a pair of winter work socks.

Unfortunately, I can’t just tell you which socks are the best for you, as everyone’s needs and conditions are different. What I can do is try and help steer you to your ideal pair of winter work socks by bringing up key conditions for you to consider. I can also educate you on the pros and cons of the different materials as well as fits that make up the winter work sock world.

You may notice that many of the socks that meet your requirements are branded or labeled as hiking or backpacking socks, don’t let this scare you off, many of the same needs we as workers have are the same needs as many outdoors people.

Environmental conditions

What environmental conditions do you need to consider when selecting your winter work sock?

Temperature

The first and perhaps most important factor in selecting a winter work sock is the temperature that you and your feet are going to be exposed too. For example, you wouldn’t want a fully insulated, subarctic conditions rated sock if you’re working inside in a heated building. So before buying your winter work sock try to get an idea of what temperatures you’re are going to be exposed to as you wear it.

Weather

Are you going to be working outside in the snow? Or maybe you’re working in a very dry cold environment? Do you live in an area where it rains all winter and spring?

These are all questions you must ask yourself when selecting your winter work sock. As you will read below certain fabrics handle moisture and varying climates better than others, this makes it incredibly important to identify the weather conditions you will be working in.

Activity

What activity or work you are going to be performing? Will you be up and down a ladder, being physically active and working up a sweat? Maybe you’re going to be on a fire watch all day or have a position the involves standing in one area for a considerable amount of time.

This must be considered, selecting a sock that doesn’t handle sweat well while working a physically intense job is a recipe for disaster. Pooled sweat or moisture in your boots can be a disaster. Not only is it uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it can also lead to a whole host of foot related health issues.

Sock characteristics

Now that we have established and considered our environmental conditions, we can now move onto which properties of socks you need to be aware of.

The most important will be the socks material. There are many, many different materials used in the manufacturing of socks, because of this I have picked the most common of them below.

Material

Wool

The ancient material. This is probably what your dad and Grandpa wore back in there day and it is just as common of choice today as it was back then.

pros

      • Naturally wicks away sweat and water
      • Excellent insulator
      • Keeps feet smelling fresh and has natural antimicrobial properties
      • Quick drying Stays warm even when wet
      • Can absorb 30 percent of its weight in water

cons

      • Can be itchy
      • Not the most durable material
      • Can Be Expensive

Cotton

While cotton is a great choice of material for your everyday walking around socks, it is not going to be ideal for working conditions. The main appeal of cotton is price and availability. Use cotton socks only as a last resort when working in wet locations.

pros

      • Cheap
      • Widely available

cons

      • Holds water
      • Loses all Insulation value when wet
      • Can rub and cause blisters due to water retention

Merino wool

Think of merino wool as the wool of the future. It has all of the benefits of traditional wool without any of the downsides. Itching is a thing of the past with merino wool. This is my go-to choice for almost all situations, during winter, as it is an incredibly versatile material that will keep you warm and dry.

pros

      • keeps feet dry
      • no itch
      • comfortable in a wide variety of temperatures
      • naturally wicks sweat away from feet by turning it into vapor

cons

      • price
      • maybe to warm for hotter climates

Fleece

If you’re looking for something comfy and cozy fleece is your best bet. These socks offer excellent comfort, most can even double as a slipper!  The downside with fleece is that it tends to be less durable than other fabrics.

Pros

      • Soft and Comfortable
      • Incredibly warm
      • Keeps insulating when wet

Cons

      • Not durable
      • Does not wick moisture

 

Fit

You must also consider the fit of your socks when choosing them. Take care to find a sock that fits you properly otherwise you may end up having some issues such as a loose sock bunch up on your foot, conversely a sock that is too tight can slip down and become uncomfortable.

Height

I almost exclusively recommend a midcalf or higher sock. This is because anything lower does not provide adequate protection from your work boots rubbing against your calf. This can be incredibly irritating and is amplified when the leather boot is wet, which is often the case in winter.

 

Best work boots for wide feet

Measuring sticksWelcome to your guide to the Best Work Boots for Wide Feet. In this article, we will go over how to tell if you need wide work boots, where to find them, and how sizing works when it comes to wide fitting work boots. After all of that, I’ll show you my top 5 picks for the best wide fitting work boot.

How do I know if I need wide work boots?

Are your boots tight on the sides? It is a gross oversimplification but this is the number one question you need to ask yourself. A new pair of work boots should be snug on the side of your foot because the leather needs to stretch and form to your foot, however it should not be painfully tight. It should not rub you raw or cause blisters on the widest parts of your feet. If this is a common occurrence for you, then you need to check out wide fit work boots, or you need to check our guide on how to stop steel toe boots from hurting your feet.

Another blatantly obvious way to know if you need wide work boots is to measure your feet or have your feet measured by a professional. This is something that takes at most ten minutes and should not cost you a dime!

Why do I need wide work boots?

You need wide work boots because your feet should not hurt every time you put your boots on. It really is at its core as simple as that. Another reason you do not want to wear boots that are too narrow for your feet is that it can cause a whole host of medical conditions. No one wants Hammertoe, bunions, calluses, corns, or ingrown toenails. All of these can be caused by wearing a boot that is just too narrow for your foot! If you are experiencing any of these medical conditions it may be time to take a look at a new set of wide work boots.

Where can I get wide boots?

Wide boots can be challenging to find in a brick and mortar store. You may be able to find some by heading to a boot retailer directly. Somewhere such as Boot Barn or even a brand-specific store such as a Redwing or Danner retail store.

While you may find a limited selection at these brick and mortar stores and you may pay more for your boots at them. You will, hopefully, have the benefit of a trained sales associate, who likely will be trained to measure your feet and make sure you find a boot and insole that fits your foot properly.

Online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and BootOutfitters may offer a larger selection and lower prices but you will have to measure yourself and make sure you are ordering the correct size of boots. Now that may present some problems as we are now not only measuring the length of our foot but also the width. Compound this with most boots either running large or small and it can be quite the headache. Do not worry though we have you covered with our reviews which will let you know how the boot fits and if you need to worry about ordering up or down a size.

How do I know what size of wide work boots I need?

Now that you have found your wide fitting boots, you are likely going to see sizing numbers and letter combinations that you are not familiar with. Most likely you will run into two letters D and E. D tends to be narrower fit than E. If you need a larger size than a standard E you will run into sizes such as 2E and 3E.

Less often you’ll find sizing such as wide, X-wide, XX-Wide, or even XXX-Wide. These sizes are commonly 1/8” different from each other.

Now that you know how sizing will be labeled, it’s time to figure out what size your feet are. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as 4” wide foot means you need a 2E, as foot width is relative to length. I admittedly am not an expert in fitting and measure shoes so I will leave that up to the experts at the HealthyFeetStore who have some excellent charts and video guides on how to measuring your feet.

The Top 5 Best Work Boots for Wide Feet

Timberland Pro Direct Waterproof Insulated

Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6"At Number one on our list, we have the Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6” Steel Toe Boots!

Features

These boots are made from seam-sealed waterproof leather ensuring that you have a durable and dry boot! Not only will you be staying dry with the Timberland Pros but warm too, as these boots have 200g of Thermolite insulation. Now you may be thinking these are going to keep my feet warm so I’m going to be sweating in them. Think again the Open-cell Polyurethane footbed with antimicrobial treatment is going to keep your foot dry and your boot smelling nice!

Comfort

Comfort is key in work boots and the Timberland Pro Direct attach is no slouch in this area. The boots feature a padded top collar to keep your calf nice and warm and not marked up like some boots are want to do. A Nylon Shock Diffusion plate is also integrated into the boot providing support for you and your feet throughout the work day.

Safety Features

The Timberland Pro Direct Attach features a steel safety toe that meets safety standards ASTM F2412-11, ASTM F2413-11 I/75, and C/75 Safety Standards!

Electrical Hazards are also mitigated with the Timberland Pro Direct Attach, the boots meet ASTM F2412-11, ASTM F2413-11, and ASTM F2892-11 standards.

A Non-slip sole that is oil resistant and will not mark up floors is another fantastic feature of this boot!

Sizing and Availability

These boots, of course, come in Wide sizing that should accommodate all sizes of foot and they should be readily available at your local boot retailer, as well as on Amazon!

Weight

The Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6” Steel Toe Boots weigh in at 2.01 Pounds or 916grams per boot.

 

Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide

 KEEN Utility Men's Milwaukee Wide Work Boot

Features

The KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boot is an incredibly durable boot. This is because it features KEEN’s Patented Tough Tech leather, this technology enables the boot to resist abrasions, scrapes, and cuts, meaning you get a boot that is going to last longer than average. You also will not have to worry about the seams failing as they are also constructed with some proprietary KEEN technology, the KEEN-Welt. If this durability isn’t enough for you, the boots feature a membrane to keep your feet dry and healthy!

Comfort

If you are looking for a boot with a ton of sizing options, all of which actually fit true to size, then the KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boots are the boots you are looking for.
An incredibly unique feature of these boots is the addition of a left and right asymmetrical safety toe. This feature ensures that your toes are not going to be rubbed raw by a standard safety toe. A Metatomical footbed is employed in the boot to provide a comfortable stride all day long.

Safety Features

The sole is synthetic construction and is oil and slip resistant so you can stay upright throughout the day. The safety toe meets ASTM F2412-11 and F2413-11 I/75 and C/75 Standards. So You can be sure your toes are protected!

Sizing and Availability

The Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boots fit true to size so make sure you take that into consideration when ordering your pair. You will find that the KEEN boots also come in more sizes than your average boots all of which are available on KEEN.com or for a better price on Amazon!

Weight

A single Boot is going to weigh in a 2.36 lbs or 1074.4 g making it slightly heavier than some of the other boots on this list.

 

Wolverine Men’s Harrison Lace-up 6” Work Boot

Wolverine Mens Harrison Lace-up 6” Work Boot

 

Features

The Wolverine Men’s Harrison Lace- Up 6” Workboot will accommodate even those of us with the widest of feet going up to a Size 15 Extra Wide. The Boot will keep your feet dry with a waterproof membrane but it won’t trap the sweat in. Instead, it utilizes an air mesh lining to ensure that your feet get the much-needed air flow throughout the day. Pair this with a Lightweight nylon shank to fight fatigue in your lower extremities and you have what you might expect to be a rather expensive pair of boots. However, the Wolverine Harrsion Lace-up work boots are incredibly affordable, more so than any other boot on our list!

Comfort

These boots are comfortable! No, they are not like your other boots that get comfy after a grueling two-week break in period! They are comfortable out of the box, no break in needed! A Fully removable full-cushion footbed is going to keep your feet feeling great through the day, and if it isn’t the fact that it is fully removable will allow you to stick in your favorite insoles like Spencos!

Sizing an Availability

Many Sizing Options for even the widest feet are available with the Wolverine Harrison Lace-up Work Boots. Availability may be an issue with these boots and you will have the best luck finding them online either at Wolverine’s website directly or for, at the time of this writing, $10 cheaper on Amazon!

 

Danner Mens Bull Run

Danner Mens Bull Run

If you are looking for a wide fit work boot that is made in the good ol’ US of A then Danner has you covered. The Danner Men’s Bull Run Moc Toe Work Boot is manufactured in the US and made of imported leather. This leads to an incredibly high quality and attractive boot! With an upper that is constructed of high-quality full-grain leather, the Bull Run is built to last through even the toughest of work conditions. The Bull Run also features a mark resistant sole, so those of us that may work in finished settings will not have to worry about marking up the floors!

Comfort

If a quick break in period is what you are looking for then you can’t go wrong with the Moc Toe Work Boots. These boots break in incredibly quickly and feel like slippers after just a week! They sport a Cushion Otholite foot-bed to keep your feet feeling good and help you fight the fatigue of being on your feet all day. These boots are not insulated, making them perfect for summer or for folks who run a little warmer than the rest of us.

Safety Features

A steel shank is at the core of this boot, protecting your soles from a whole host of potential hazards like nails, screws, or even rebar! Hopefully, you won’t need to employ it because there is no way you are going to be slipping on the patented Danner Wedge Non-marking outsole. This outsole is oil and slip resistant and offers amazing traction whether you are in the shop or out in the field! For our electrical workers out there, the Bull Run Moc Toe Work Boot Meets or exceeds ASTM F2892-11 EH and sports a nonconductive sole and heel

Sizing and availability

These boots do fit true to size, though it should be noted that they do run a little narrow so make sure you order the WIDE if that is what your foot is sized for.

These boots are incredibly popular so finding them can be a challenge. Your best bet is on Danner.com directly or via Amazon, pricing is similar on both so go ahead and choose the vendor you feel most comfortable with.

Weight

These are the lightest pair of boots on this list coming in at 1.93 lbs or 878.8g a boot. This is due to them being non-insulated and not featuring a safety toe.
51 oz per pair

 

Dr. Martens Ironbridge Ex-Wide ST M

Features

Some of us love Dr. Martens because they’re an ode to our youth and some of us love them because they are an incredibly high-quality protective boot that is built for an industrial setting. The Dr. Martens Ironbridge Wide ST Work Boot is no exception to this. With the classic heat sealed Dr. Martens PVC Welted sole, and Industrial Grizzly leather construction these boots are going to keep you safe. Now you may be thinking with that incredibly thick leather, I’m going to sweat. Have no fear a moisture-wicking ling and an Anti-bacterial Smartmask Insole are here to save the day.

Comfort

Boy, are these boots comfortable for us guys with wide feet. The safety toe is incredibly wide so you will not have to worry about your toes rubbing along the sides. The boot is also roomy enough that if you feel the need to slip in some orthotic inserts your feet won’t feel cramped. PVC Air-cushioned soles help keep your feet feeling great throughout a long day of standing, walking or climbing!

Safety Features

The Ironbridges, of course, features a safety toe cap to keep your toes safe. They also sport the slip resistant sole Dr. Martens are so well known for, so if you working around oil, fat, petrol based chemicals, or alkali these may be the boots for you. Electrical Hazard standard MI/75 C/75 are met by the Ironbridges.

Sizing and Availability

These boots are available in UK and US sizing so make sure you are picking the right one when selecting your pair. Another thing to keep in mind is that these boots are already extra wide so don’t be confused when you can not find wide sizing for them. As with most boots, the Ironbridges are available on Amazon or on Dr.Martens official website.

Weight

These are a heavier boot with the thick sole and safety toe. If you’re looking for a lighter boot you may be served better by some of the others on this list.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed reading about the best work boots for wide feet and hope that we have helped you find the best wide fit work boots!  If you have any questions or comments please let me know!

How to Waterproof Leather Boots for Winter

How to waterproof leather boots for winter?

As the season’s change, so does the weather. We are getting to that time of year when the rain starts to fall and puddles start to form. Nothing is worse than stepping out of your truck and into an ice cold puddle, only to realize your boots are no longer waterproof. Having to work all day in wet boots doesn’t sound like fun to me, and I am sure it doesn’t to you either.

The good news is that this can all be prevented. Simply taking fifteen minutes out of your day today to inspect and perform some basic waterproofing on your leather work boots can ensure that your feet stay dry this winter.

You will have some options as far as which waterproofing products to use when waterproofing leather boots for winter. They can be broken up into three basic categories

Waxes

Oils

Silicon Sprays

Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages

Below are the basic steps on how to waterproofing leather boots for winter.

Step 1: Make sure the boots are worn or at least a little broken in, you don’t want to waterproof brand new boots as the leather won’t absorb the waterproofing product as well

Step 2: remove laces

Step 3: Make sure the boots are clean, remove all excess dirt. If you would like a more detailed breakdown of this step check out my guide Basic Leather Boot Cleaning Guide!

Step 4:  Based on your product of choice follow the instructions below.

If using wax, heat up wax until it is spreadable, do so by warming it with a heat gun or hair dryer, the wax should be spreadable, not runny Apply wax in thin coats to the boots, do so using a rag or cloth. Apply multiple coats as needed and remove excess wax using a damp cloth.

If using Oil, apply the oil and make sure that is penetrating the leather as much as possible, this may require massaging the oil into the leather and repeating this process several times.

If using silicone simply spray the boot down and follow the instructions on the product.

Step 5: Let the boots dry overnight in a dry place

Step 6: Look over the boots and wipe away excess wax, inspect the boot to make sure the oil penetrated every part of the boot. If any part of the boot is not coated, recover and let dry again.

Make sure to reapply your waterproofing solution as directed, this may vary from a week to several months depending on your product of choice.

And there you have it! Now that you know how to waterproof your leather boots for winter, your feet will stay dry!

Basic Leather Work Boot Cleaning Guide

My dirty Georgia Boots

Today I am going to cover how to clean your leather work boots. This is not rocket science, it shouldn’t cost you hardly anything, and it has a couple major upsides.

  • Keeping your work boots clean is one of the best ways to ensure their longevity.
  • A cleaner boot makes you look more professional.
  • It can reduce that stinky feet smell that some of us are plagued by.

So as you can see here I have an old pair or Georgia G101 Low Heel Loggers. They have been put through there paces and definitely could use a good scrubbing. If your short on time the basic steps are as follows.

  1. Prepare boot for cleaning
  2. Knock dirt off with a brush
  3. wipe down with a wet rag
  4. let dry
  5. condition with Kiwi Saddle Soap
  6. Dry
  7. Recondition with Saddle Soap
  8. Dry
  9. Buff

If you’re looking for a more detailed look into the cleaning of your boots, or maybe you are confused by a step, keep reading!

1. Prepare the Boot For Cleaning

The first step is to prepare the boots for cleaning. To me, this means pulling the laces and the Kiltie off of the boot itself. Makes sure to store the laces somewhere dry, if you plan on reusing them. This may also be a good time to check your insoles and make sure they are in tip-top shape.

Boots prepped for cleaning

2. Remove excess dirt with a stiff brush

Our second step involves removing the caked on dirt and dust from the boot. This is not a step to skip or go lightly on. Excess dirt, dust, metal shaving, etc. can and will break down the seams and stitching on your boot. Take your time and work all around the boot ensuring that you clean the seams and welts, removing all excess dust and dirt.

3.Wipe the Boots Down With a Damp Cloth

After you have removed as much of the dirt as possible using a dry brush, we move onto doing the same thing with a damp rag. Just wipe them clean and make sure there is no visible mud or dirt left. One thing to note is in the pictures here you may see a black residue on the Georgia Boots, That residue is actually M1 Sealant, I’ll go over how to remove that in another article.

4. Let the Boots Dry

Set the boots somewhere out of the sun to dry for at least an hour before progressing to the next step.

Boot after drying

5.Condition the Boot with Saddle Soap

Now that you have a cleanish dry boot, the leather is probably looking a little frail. It may seem hard, rough or feel even a little brittle. Not to worry, we are going to bring it back to life with one of the cheapest products available, Kiwi Saddle Soap. This product has been around forever and it’s probably what your grandfather used to clean his boots.

Get yourself a clean damp cloth and rub the surface of the Kiwi Saddle Soap until a nice lather form.

Lather formed on Kiwi Saddle Soap

Then take your time and rub the boot down, really working the lather into the leather.

Boot with lather applied

Make sure to wipe any excess soap away as it can lead to a waxy buildup.

Boot After initial soaping

Wait two hours and repeat, this will allow the conditioner to soak into the leather and restore its strength and softness. After your second go with the Saddle soap, wait for the boots to dry and buff them with a dry cloth, until they’re as shiny as you would like them.

Clean Boots

That is all there is to it, a basic guide on how to clean and restore some luster to your leather work boots using arguably the cheapest cleaner out there. This is definitely not the end-all guide to deep cleaning or restoring your boots. It would require much more care and work to get these guys back into tip-top shape, but for a quick and cheap cleaning, they look pretty good.

If you would like a more detailed guide, have a nasty stain you can not get out, or a specific boot cleaning or conditioning product reviewed please feel free to leave a comment.

How To Stop Steel Toe Boots From Hurting Your Feet

Foot Picture

Are you experiencing pain from your new steel or safety toe boots? If so there are some key actions you can take to eliminate this pain and get on with your workday. Below you will learn how to stop steel toe boots from hurting your feet.

Break the boots in

If your experiencing pain in a new pair of boots, it’s probably safe to say that the boots aren’t broken in yet. Every leather boot has some kind of break-in period. It is during this break in period that the leather of the boot stretches and forms to your specific foot shape. Every boot has a different break-in period, ranging anywhere from a couple of days up to four weeks in some rare cases like Whites or Nicks Boots. If you are still experiencing pain past the four-week mark it’s time to look for another solution to the pain your steel toes are causing.

Insoles

Pain caused by safety toes is often the result of too much movement of the foot inside the boot itself. One way to combat this is to add an insole insert.

The insert can help your foot stay in place better by eliminating slip inside the boot and by removing space between the top of your foot and the boot.

This is an absolute must if you are wanting to stay comfortable and on your feet for 8+ hours a day.

Most built-in insoles are not the highest quality and are manufactured to fit the masses.

Trying to find the right insert can be difficult so if at all possible go to a local pharmacy or your boot manufacturers store and have an experienced sales person help you find the right one for your boot and foot.

If you are in a hurry or in a more rural area I would recommend picking up a set of Spenco’s.

Socks

Having a thicker sock can provide some relief to the pain a steel toe boot can cause.

The extra layer of cushioning and moisture wicking provided by a high-quality sock can really help.

Moisture wicking is important here, most blisters are caused by the friction of the foot slipping around inside the boot according to Healthline. Moisture-wicking socks will prevent this by removing the moisture, causing your foot to slip less.

We have a whole article on how to stop your feet from sweating in work boots because this is such an important topic.

If it is the dead of winter and you need a pair of socks please check out our Winter Sock Guide.

Lacing

Make sure your boots are laced tight enough that your foot will not slide forward during your stride. Do not lace the boots so tight as to cut off circulation, just enough to stop the foot from moving while walking. This will also keep your toes off of the steel toe itself providing some relief.

If you need a great pair of work boot laces check out our full guide.

Fit

This really should be at the top of the list but I’m assuming you already own the boots. When purchasing your work boots, you have to take the time to make sure you get a boot that fits you correctly.

This cannot be overlooked and is essential to you finding a steel toe boot that will not cause you pain.

I have found the best way to do this is to work directly with a salesperson at the manufacturer’s store, they truly are the experts on their product and they want nothing else than to get you the right pair of boots.

I quick rule of thumb on how your boots should fit is that your arch should be directly over the arch of the boot and the ball of your foot should be at the widest point of the boot.

If you find that the boot is not wide enough for you, you may need to look into wide work boot sizing.

Conclusion

Hopefully, we were able to narrow down why your steel toe boots are causing you pain and offered a solution to stop that from helping. If you have any questions comments or your own solutions to stop steel toe boots from hurting, please leave them below in the comments. As always take care and stay safe out there.

How to Keep Feet From Sweating In Work Boots

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Are your feet sweating during the day? When you take your boots off at night are they wet inside? You need to know how to keep your feet from sweating in your work boots!

This is a common problem that many if not all workers run into at some point, sweaty feet. However, this is not something you have to suffer from, as there are many ways to counteract this! It’s important to get ahead of this problem before it causes health issues such as athletes foot. Below we will go over some of those ways and help you keep your feet dry and healthy on even the hottest days.

Clean your feet

Quite possibly the easiest and 100% the most cost-effective way to combat feet sweat is by cleaning your feet! You have to make sure you are washing your feet at least once a day if not more. Now I am not suggesting you go out to the porta-john and clean your feet on your beaks. A scrubbing when you get home with warm water and an antibacterial soap like this HibiScrub will go a long way, to double up, wash your feet in the morning before you slip your boots on and your feet should stay dryer and smell a lot less.

Buy a boot more suited to hot weather conditions

Now it may seem obvious but you really shouldn’t be wearing a boot that is designed to keep your feet warm in winter, such as an insulated boot, during summer. You really should have at least two pairs of boots, three if I’m really being honest. The first is for cold weather, something insulated as you’d find here and the second is for hot or if you’re like me, mildly warm weather. When you’re looking for a pair of hot weather boots you need to first be looking at safety features, the breathability, and the length of the boot. A longer boot is going to trap more heat around your feet than a shorter one. An example of this kind of boot would be the KEEN Utility Men’s Pittsburgh Steel Toe Work Boot.

Wear appropriate socks

Socks are a big deal! They are the barrier between your feet and the inside of your boot. You can’t cheap out on these! What you’re looking for in a sock to keep your feet dry is absorbency, moisture wicking to pull the sweat off of your feet, and if your feet get really smelly some kind of ant microbial lining such as copper. If you’re not looking to spend a lot, check out the YingDi Copper socks, they’ve kept my feet dry and smelling good this summer. If you are willing to make the investment in more expensive socks, hiking socks like Pro-Tect are going to be the way to go.

Dry your boots every night

Your boots need to be dry in order to keep your feet dry, an easy way to do this is throwing them on a boot dryer as soon as you get home. The boot dryer is going to evaporate all of the sweat and moisture in the boot, making it harder for bacteria to fester and reproduce inside your boot, causing athletes foot, dry skin, and smelly feet. A boot dryer is an appliance that every construction worker should own, there is no excuse not to. They aren’t expensive, they don’t take up a lot of space, and they are one hundred percent essential for keeping your feet dry and comfortable. This purchase doesn’t have to break the bank Peet makes a reasonably priced high-quality boot dryer that comes with a twenty-five-year warranty. If you are really strapped for cash, put your boots behind a box fan, make sure to do this on the porch so you do not stink up your whole house.

Use Foot Powders

If the above methods haven’t helped, or if you want to cover all of your bases foot powders are a very good option. Sprinkle them on your feet after you’ve washed them clean and before you put your socks on, a little in the boot and you are good to go. I like Foot Sense as my powder of choice. The antibacterial properties really do keep your boot smelling alright for quite a long time and help absorb excessive sweating, the advertised six months may be an exaggeration though.

Antiperspirant Spray

If powders are not your thing they do make sprays antiperspirant sprays for feet as well. I would NOT recommend combining sprays and powders, you are just asking for an unfortunate interaction. Odorex makes an antiperspirant spray that lasts about 10ish days. Given how long it will take you to get through this bottle of spray, this really is a very cost-effective way to stop or cut down on feet sweat for many months.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Top 5 Cheap Steel Toe Boots

So you need a pair of cheap steel toe boots? Maybe you just started at a new job and don’t have the cash on hand to invest in a more expensive pair, maybe yours fell apart and you need to replace them before your next paycheck, or maybe you simply don’t want to spend a ton of money on your steel toe boots!

Over here at WorkBootGuide, we’ve got you covered. I’m a firm believer Low price doesn’t have to mean low quality, and these boots below are a testament to just that. I scoured the web searching for the best steel toe boots under $50 and am excited to share my findings with you.

So if you came looking for a cheap pair of steel toe boots that won’t fall apart on you and will keep you safe, look no further!

The Top 5 Cheap Steel Toe Boots

5. Dexter Men’s Douglas Steel Toe Work Boot

Dexter Douglas Steel Toe Work Boot

Number 5 on our list of the cheap steel toe boots is the Dexter Men’s Douglas Steel Toe Work Boot! At the time of writing this boot is priced at only $39.99. With that kind of price, it is hard to say no, especially when the boot features not only a steel toe but a mesh lining and oil outsole. The boot does come with a memory foam insole but it should be noted that most wearers find this rather uncomfortable. If you are looking at purchasing this boot I would recommend purchasing a separate insole such as the Spenco. The Douglas Steel Toe Work Boot does fit true to size so make sure you order appropriately

4. Condor Men’s Wyoming

Condor Mens WyomingThe Condor Wyoming comes in at number 4 on our list. This boot reaches the top of our price requirement coming in at $49.99. For that price, you get a tremendous amount of features. The most important of which is, of course, it’s steel toe. This boot isn’t only going to keep your toes safe, it is going to keep your whole body upright with an oil and slip resistant sole that is glued directly onto the upper sole using Am-Tech Technology. The Condor is cons with full grain leather, in some cases, this can lead to a warm stuffier boot, but not with the Condor. A mesh interior allows your foot to breath and stays dry on even the hottest days. The one fault of the Condor is that it doesn’t have the most comfortable sole, of course, this is easy to remedy with a 3rd party insole.

3. Stanley Men’s Dredge Steel-Toe Work Boot

Stanley Dredge Steel ToeStanley is not a name that usually comes to mind when we’re thinking about boots. The Dredge Steel Toe aim to change that, and their aim is true. The dredge is a lace-less safety boot that features a steel toe, rubber slip and oil-resistant sole, and a lining designed to wick away moisture. The downside of these boots is their lack of laces, that alone will disqualify them from many shops and job sites. If you’re one of the people that can wear these guys on the job, don’t hesitate to do so. One note, they do run a little small so take that into consideration when ordering your pair.

2. GW Men’s 1606ST Steel Toe Work Boots

GW Men's 1606ST Steel Toe Work BootsThe GW 1606ST from KingShow is one of the few cheaper priced boots that feature a genuine Good Year Welt. This added durability has put them at number 2 on our list. Other features include a slip-resistant sole and full leather construction. All of these features lead us to arguably the most durable boot on our list. They tend to run slightly large and come in a variety of different color options allowing you to get not only an affordable and durable boot but one that also matches your personal style.

1: Arctiv8 Men’s Titan-S Full-Grain Leather Steel Toe Work Boots

 Arctiv8 Men's Titan-S Full-Grain Leather Steel Toe Work Boots

Coming in at number 1 on our list is the Arctiv8 Men’s Titan-S Full-Grain Leather Steel Toe Work Boots. These boots are the best combination of features, durability, safety, and price that you can find. With prices ranging from $29.99 up to $60.00 ( depending on your color and size preference), you won’t find a better deal. Enough about how great they are, let’s find out why they are so great.

The Arctiv8 Titan-S feature a steel toe that meets OSHA standards, this by itself is well fairly common, what is not so common is the wide steel toe box that will let your toes move freely through the day. Comfort and safety aren’t all that this boot has to offer! The Titan-S is constructed using a Good Year Welt and full-grain leather. Towards the top of the boot, the leather is Nuckbuck, ensuring that your skin will not be irritated when wearing the boot.

As with most boots on this list, it is recommended that you look for a third party insole to provide you with the most support and comfort. The Titan-S run true to size so make sure to order as such.

The 5 Top Metatarsal Work Boots

Did you know the human foot has 26 bones and over 30 joints? Each one of those bones is essential to you, and your ability to put in a hard days work. Most of those bones are located on right on the top of your foot, they’re called your metatarsals. And if you’ve ever dropped something or kicked something with your metatarsals you know exactly how delicate they can be!

Now some of those bones are protected by your standard safety toe, the rest are fairly exposed with most boots. However, for those of us who chose to protect our whole foot (like reasonable people) we turn to Metatarsal boots.

The metatarsal guard covers the upper part or really the top of your foot. It can be built into the shoes or lay over the top of the laces, you can even purchase guards that are completely separate from the boot. Personal preference, convenience, and aesthetic will be your deciding factors in choosing the right type of guard for you. All of the boots listed below will protect your feet and keep you on them through your busy day.

1: Dr. Martens Men’s Ironbridge

Dr. Martens Ironbridge MG Steel Toe Work Boots
Dr. Martens Ironbridge MG Steel Toe Work Boot

 

The Dr. Martens Ironbridge is the whole package! This boot features a slip resistant sole that will allow you to keep your footing on wet or even oily surfaces. Combine that with a steel toe and a metatarsal guard and you have true foot safety. All this safety doesn’t mean the boot has to be uncomfortable either. The boot boasts a padded sole and specialty leather that will keep your feet dry in very wet conditions. As an added benefit they are shock resistant, so a great boot for electricians.

2: Iron Age Ground Breaker Work Boot

Iron Age Groundbreaker
Iron Age Groundbreaker

 

Ground Breaker! Just the name of this boot sounds tough, and for good reason. The Ground Breaker by Iron Age is an extremely affordable boot at the time of writing they are priced at $89.99 on Amazon. The boot features the ever popular and durable Goodyear welt construction. They are extremely comfortable and have a quick break in period. One thing to note is that they run a little large so keep that in mind when purchasing your pair.

3: Timberland Pro Men’s 8″ Metguard

Timberland PRO Men's 53530 8" Metguard Steel-Toe Boot
Timberland PRO Men’s  8″ Metguard Steel-Toe Boot

 

The Timberland PRO is exactly that, a professionals boot. This boot is an 8inch boot that will only your foot but your lower shin as well. Metguard from Timberland is overbuilt in the safety department, it meets and surpasses all ASTM safety standards for impact, compression resistance, and metatarsal impact. When it comes to features this boot dominates the competition. It will keep you dry, clean, warm, comfy, and of course safe throughout your busy workday. Timberland has done this by leveraging there many years of experience and there impressive catalog of technology. Some of which includes Anti Microbial Lining, Close cell Polyurethane footbeds, and of course the Ever-guard leather for top-notch durability

4: Michelin Men’s 8″ Sledge Metatarsal MICHELIN Men's 8" Sledge Metatarsal Work Boot Steel Toe

MICHELIN Men’s 8″ Sledge Metatarsal Work Boot Steel ToeWho wouldn’t want to wear a boot named Sledge! This metatarsal protecting boot might not be the prettiest on the market, but hey you probably don’t care, you just want something that’s going to keep you safe! Incredibly conformable and versatile, the Sledge will keep you moving and working all day long. Extremely durable and well constructed, these boots are ready to take a beating.

5: Harley Davidson Jake BootHarley-Davidson Men's Jake Boot

Harley-Davidson Men’s Jake BootHarley-Davidson may not be the first name you think of when you think of boots, but don’t let that fool you. The guys over at Harley have developed a strong comfortable and safe boot for you. Now I will admit these are made to keep you safe when riding a bike, but that does not mean they can’t be an outstanding work boot as well. Meeting ATSM standards, you can be sure this boot will keep you safe from impacts anywhere on your foot. One thing to note is that these do feature a zipper so maybe not the best boot for welder