Insulated work boots that will save your toes

You're a manly man, a tough guy. You're not about to admit when you're cold, even if it's 45 degrees below zero. But protecting your feet from freezing temperatures isn't about how tough you are; it's about making sure you have the proper equipment to get the job done. Frozen toes make you more susceptible to tripping or falling; it can even cause permanent damage! Keep your feet in proper working order with the right men's insulated work boots.

Steel-toe work boots protect your toes from injury. It's no accident that many different industries require workers to wear steel-toe work boots; heavy objects fall every day. If you do your heavy lifting in the wintry weather or a cold environment, such as a meatpacking plant, you need insulation. Insulated steel-toe work boots are a great option for you.

If you need to protect your feet, but don't need to stick with steel, consider insulated composite-toe work boots. Steel is that it gets hot in the summer, making your toes feel like they're on fire, and cold in the winter, making you feel like you're walking on ice. Composite toe work boots offer protection both from injury and fluctuating temperatures.

Leather boots are rugged and perfect for working outside. When winter hits, though, and you have to traipse through snowdrifts and slush puddles, you have to have insulated work boots. For men, options include everything from natural fibers, such as wool, to high-tech Thinsulate. Just as its name suggests, it adds warmth but not thickness.

Grading warmth and water-resistance

How do you compare the amount of insulation per insulated work boot? Manufacturers measure insulation in grams: the higher the number of grams, the warmer the boot. You can find boots with 200, 400 or more grams of insulation. The highest number of grams of insulation is usually not needed unless you're in extreme cold. Think Alaska in mid-winter.

Insulation will help keep your feet warm, but a wet foot is a cold foot. Keep in mind whether you need your boots in waterproof material. Water resistant is not the same as waterproof. Water-resistant boots will not keep your feet dry when you're standing in water all day or out in heavy rains. Watch the labels. Know what you're buying. The insulation should be both waterproof and breathable enough to wick away perspiration. Keeping the water out and the sweat controlled will also keep away other pitfalls, such as athlete's foot and blisters.

Price point

Just as work boots come in a variety of sizes and features, they also come in a variety of prices. Consider whether you need steel toe or composite toe work boots. Those will cost a bit more. Then think about how often you work in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. Factor in how many grams of insulation the work boots have and if they're water-resistant or waterproof. Then think about the price point. Brand names like Dickies offer the features you're looking for paired with a trusted name in work boots. Decide what is most important to you and then compare prices for the best fit.

When it comes to protecting your feet from injury and the cold, make the extra investment. Accidents happen every day, and it pays to keep yourself protected before it's too late.

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