These Boots Were Made for Walking…and for Just About Everything Else!

With such a massive selection of work boots available these days, it can be really hard to navigate your way around to finding the best one. And in reality, there’s not really one best boot – it’s more the best boot for your particular foot and your particular needs. 

So, to try to make it a bit easier for you, I’ve gone through some of my favourite work boots and broken all the info down to highlight the features that I get asked about most when people are looking for their new boots.  


STEEL BLUE BOOTS

I must admit, these are usually my go to boot of choice with patients (even though I sometimes call them ‘Blue Steel’ like in Zoolander!) Mainly because they are a great quality boot, they last well and they will suit a lot of different needs and different people. They are available for both men and women and in a range of styles and colour options.

STYLES: ankle length, mid-length, high leg, gumboot, business, athletic 

GETTING ‘EM ON: lace up, pull ons and side zip styles

INNOVATION/TECH: Trisole comfort (three-layered sole designed to cushion, cradle and support your foot), Ortho Rebound footbed (an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial innersole that is moulded to the shape of your foot)

EXTRA STUFF: some of the extra options you can get…

– metatarsal bars

– steel or composite toe caps 

– scuff plates

– electrical/anti-static protection

– water protection 

– penetration resistant 

– low at the back options for those with Achilles issues

CONS: they’re not cheap. But you really can’t put a price on looking after your body. Health is wealth. 

SUITABILITY: construction workers, general tradies, leckos, emergency services, miners, agricultural workers, transport and warehouse workers

WHERE TO GET ‘EM: BJ’s Workwear (Newcastle, Singleton and Thornton), Thread & Ink Workwear (Cessnock), Bunzl Safety (Rutherford)

 

WIDE LOAD BOOTS

These are my favourite boots for people with particularly wide or deep feet. They’re designed to be extra wide and deep (12-15mm extra width and 6mm extra depth) to give those toes a bit more wriggle room.

 

STYLES: ankle, mid-length

GETTING ‘EM ON: pull on, lace up and side zip styles

INNOVATION/TECH: extra width and depth, dual density polyurethane construction (shock absorbing midsole with tough outsole), self-cleaning cleat design, bevelled heel strike/heel cushion design (to help with muscle fatigue), anti-bacterial innersole that is moulded to the shape of your foot

EXTRA STUFF: their greatest feature is the extra wriggle room but they do have some options you can get…

– non-safety boot options

– scuff plates

CONS: limited styles and options, no specific options for ladies

SUITABILITY: people with wide feet, people with very high arches or deep feet, construction workers, general tradies, miners, agricultural workers, transport and warehouse workers

WHERE TO GET ‘EM: BJ’s Workwear (Newcastle, Singleton and Thornton), Hip Pocket Workwear and Safety (Rutherford and Newcastle)

 

SHE WEAR BOOTS

As the name suggests, these boots are designed for our hard working ladies! They are based around the premise that women’s feet are different (not just smaller) than men’s and have different needs. And aim to add a bit of style to the basic old work boot! 

 

STYLES: ankle length, mid-length, hiking, shoes, gumboots, sneakers

GETTING ‘EM ON: pull on, lace up and side zip styles

INNOVATION/TECH: based upon research into anatomical variations between men and women’s feet, anti-fatigue footbeds (arch support, a cradled heel for stability and balance and anti leg & foot fatigue discs)

EXTRA STUFF: some of the extra options you can get..

– kids sizes

– variety of colours

– narrow or wide fittings

– anti-static

– oil, fuel, acid resistant 

– steel or composite toe caps

– organic bamboo socks

CONS: only for the women (sorry boys!), only available online (they offer free returns and sometimes have pop-up stores)

SUITABILITY: women and kids, construction workers, general tradies, leckos, emergency services, miners, agricultural workers, transport and warehouse workers

WHERE TO GET ‘EM: online

 

ASCENT BOOTS

These boots are relatively new to the work boot market, but Ascent shoes have been looking after feet for years. They are designed to be a bit more like an athletic style work boot whilst maintaining the safety features of other boots that are available.

STYLES: ankle length, mid-length, business, athletic 

GETTING ‘EM ON: pull on, lace up and side zip styles

INNOVATION/TECH: they use the same technology that they incorporate into all their shoes to help keep your feet (and therefore you) happy. These include Diamond Grip sole (trilateral tread pattern to maximise surface contact), 3 different arch support innersoles (for different feet), inbuilt plantar fascia groove (relief from arch strain), a midsole that is designed to be supportive and cushioned, elevated heel (to help with Achilles issues), Kinetic Matrix (designed to reduce fatigue)

EXTRA STUFF: some of the extra options you can get..

– different widths available

– scuff plate

– diabetic friendly (reduced seams/stitching)

– composite and steel caps

– can purchase 2 different sized shoes (for feet that are different sizes) or even just 1 shoe (for amputees)

CONS: limited styles and options

SUITABILITY: construction workers, general tradies, miners, agricultural workers, transport and warehouse workers

WHERE TO GET ‘EM: The Athlete’s Foot (Newcastle and East Maitland), BJs Workwear (Newcastle, Thornton and Singleton), Blackwoods (Singleton), IndustroQuip Safety Solutions (Rutherford)

 

Obviously these are just a few and there are a lot more work boots out there such as Oliver, Blundestone, Red Back, Mack, Mongrel and Magnum. Although none of them should be thought of as a ‘bad’ boot, they are just a bit more specific in terms of their purpose. And some of them are more like an entry level boot more suited to the everyday handyman.

 

It’s important to do your homework when it comes to getting new boots. Just because you’ve always bought a particular brand or style, doesn’t mean you should stick with them. Boots change all the time – and sometimes not for the better. 

 

If you’re experiencing any sort of lower limb/lower back issues at work (or have in the past), it’s even more important to get yourself into the right boots. And talk to a podiatrist. You only get one set of feet and they do a lot for you over the years. You’d be surprised how miserable life can be with sore feet so look after them!

 

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