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Types of Work Boots

Whether you're on the jobsite or tackling a project at home, your work boots should be comfortable and offer the performance and protection you need. These types of boots and safety shoes should be carefully selected given the project and demands of your environment. You should always understand the benefit and purpose of each safety feature before making a purchase. Here are some of the most important features to consider when choosing between different types of women's and men's work boots or safety shoes.


Work Boot Safety Features & Construction Overview

  • Cement construction - Cement construction work boots have outsoles that are attached to the uppers using an adhesive. These are typically more budget friendly options, but they're less durable than other options.
  • Goodyear welt construction - Goodyear welt constructions have durable designs that use a two-level stitching through the welts, uppers and in-soles. This enables the outsoles to be replaced if they wear down. These designs are much more durable and typically last longer than other styles.

Types of Work Boots

Steel Toe Work Boots

  • Steel toe work boots and safety shoes have positive reinforcement in the toes, which protects feet from falling objects or compression when working.
  • These types of boots are often required for construction sites and factories where heavy machinery is utilized or there is an increased risk of injury due to falling objects.
  • These styles have labels sewn inside them with a rating of "ASTM F2413-11."
 

Composite Toe Work Boots

  • Composite toe boots are generally lighter in weight and use combinations of plastics or carbon fibers to protect your toes.
  • While they don’t offer as much protection as steel toe boots, they will not set off metal detectors, which may be advantageous for certain lines of work.
  • Composite toe designs should be marked with labels sewn inside that read "ASTM F2413-11."
 

 
 

Electrical Hazard Work Boots

Electrical hazard work boots are grouped into three different categories and help reduce possible injury from electrical contact when working on dry surfaces.

  • Non-conductive - Non-conductive footwear is insulated to help ground electricity from accidental contact with circuits or electrical equipment. These are tagged with "EH" on the ASTM labels sewn inside them.
  • Static dissipating - Static dissipating shoes or boots are designed to limit the amount of static electricity build-up on your body, while providing a reasonable level of protection against electrical hazards. Static dissipating shoes or boots must have "SD" or "ESD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn into the footwear.
  • Conductive -  Conductive footwear protects workers in areas where static electricity is hazardous. These are designed to minimize electrical resistance, allowing static electricity to easily flow through the shoes to the ground, reducing the chance of a spark that could ignite volatile or explosive materials. These shoes or boots must have "CD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn inside them. The labels should also include the rating ASTM F2413-05.

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Electrical Hazard Work Boots

Electrical hazard work boots are grouped into three different categories and help reduce possible injury from electrical contact when working on dry surfaces.

  • Non-conductive footwear is insulated to help ground electricity from accidental contact with circuits or electrical equipment. These are tagged with "EH" on the ASTM labels sewn inside them.
  • Static dissipating shoes or boots are designed to limit the amount of static electricity build-up on your body, while providing a reasonable level of protection against electrical hazards. Static dissipating shoes or boots must have "SD" or "ESD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn into the footwear.
  • Conductive footwear protects workers in areas where static electricity is hazardous. These are designed to minimize electrical resistance, allowing static electricity to easily flow through the shoes to the ground, reducing the chance of a spark that could ignite volatile or explosive materials. These shoes or boots must have "CD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn inside them. The labels should also include the rating ASTM F2413-05.

 

Electrical Hazard Work Boots

Electrical hazard work boots are grouped into three different categories and help reduce possible injury from electrical contact when working on dry surfaces.

  • Non-conductive footwear is insulated to help ground electricity from accidental contact with circuits or electrical equipment. These are tagged with "EH" on the ASTM labels sewn inside them.
  • Static dissipating shoes or boots are designed to limit the amount of static electricity build-up on your body, while providing a reasonable level of protection against electrical hazards. Static dissipating shoes or boots must have "SD" or "ESD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn into the footwear.
  • Conductive footwear protects workers in areas where static electricity is hazardous. These are designed to minimize electrical resistance, allowing static electricity to easily flow through the shoes to the ground, reducing the chance of a spark that could ignite volatile or explosive materials. These shoes or boots must have "CD" clearly visible on the ASTM labels sewn inside them. The labels should also include the rating ASTM F2413-05.

Oil-Resistant Work Boots

  • Oil-resistant work boots are designed with durable glue lines, specially designed leather uppers and polyurethane soles.
  • This design helps withstand repetitive use around oil and petroleum products.

 



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Insulated Work Boots

  • Insulated work boots are specifically engineered to provide an extra layer of protection against cold weather and moisture.
  • These boots have low bulk insulation that traps insulated air and wicks moisture.

 




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Waterproof Work Boots

  • Waterproof boots are constructed of waterproof leather, sealed seams and heavy-duty materials to keep water out and feet dry when working outdoors or in wet environments.
  • Many waterproof designs also have added insulation to protect against the cold weather.
 
 
 
 
 

Heat-Resistant Work Boots

  • Heat-resistant work boots protect you from exposure to high heat materials, manufacturing processes or work conditions.
  • The soles and outsoles are made of heat-resistant rubber designed to prevent cracking and charring, with protection against temperatures up to and in excess of 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 


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Slip-Resistant Work Boots

  • Slip-resistant shoes are constructed with specially designed tread patterns and softer rubber outsoles compared to normal shoes.
  • This style provides improved traction on slick or uneven surfaces.

 

 

 

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Metatarsal Guard Work Boots

  • Metatarsal guard boots protect the front and top of the boot from heavy objects. Depending on your work’s requirements, either an internal or external plate may be needed.
  • These styles are usually rated ASTM F2413-11

 

 

 

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Puncture-Resistant Work Boots

  • Puncture-resistant work boots have a plate between the sole and insole to stop any punctures or piercing through the boot from below. These are designed to stop sharp objects like nails or glass.
  • The interior plates are constructed with corrosion resistant materials and usually come with the ASTM F2413-11 rating.

 

 


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