How to choose the best safety boots

Choosing the best safety boots is really important. Especially when they're work boots and you need to be comfortable and protected on site. Like most footwear, it often comes down to the individual, one size doesn’t always fit all. But with so many choices, how can you find the best safety boots for you? This blog is here to give you tips and help you to make the right choice.

What safety boots do I need?

If you’re looking for the best safety boots to wear on site, it’s important that you choose work safety boots with the correct level of protection.  Your employer may have already confirmed a minimum requirement.

With Magnum safety boots, you can use the codes on the tongue label to determine what level of protection they have. You can also browse the Work Safety Boots on our website and checkout the full spec and certification on the product pages. The table below shows what some of the key features from the certification code actually mean:

Once you’ve chosen the best safety boots to suit your requirements, it’s time to make sure they’re the best safety boots for your feet...

How do I make sure I choose the right safety boots for me?

The best safety boots will not only be durable and protective, but also really comfortable. When it comes to choosing your boots, like with any footwear, it’s important to choose the right size and ensure they fit your foot. We all know our standard shoe size, but everyone’s feet are different, so some boots may feel better on your foot than others.

When trying on the boots, place your index finger in the boot behind your heel. There should be enough space to slip your finger deep into the boot.  If it’s too tight you may need a larger size.  If you have different sized feet, judge it on the bigger one.

Knowing how to lace your boots correctly for the optimum fit is also key to ensuring maximum comfort. By fastening your laces correctly, it will help to prevent rubbing on the heel and ensure you get the maximum ankle support.

So once you’ve chosen the best safety boots to fit your feet, it’s time to lace them up right! To do this, sit down and tap your heel on the back of the boot to plant your foot on the ground, then start lacing ensuring a consistent and firm pressure. Lace your safety boots all the way to the top. You can avoid using one or two eyes/hoop/hooks on uncomfortable pressure points, but use as many as comfortably possible for a secure fit. Lacing your boots to the top will also avoid excess lace at the ends which could cause a trip hazard.

All done with the lacing? Now it’s time to get a good feel of the boots and ensure you have a secure fit. Firstly, stand up. As you do so, the feel of the boot will change due to your weight distribution.  If your toes now touch the end of the boots, you’re going to need a bigger size.  DO NOT make the common mistake of thinking that they will stretch with wear – these are safety boots, not trainers! Safety boots have a protective toe cap which will prevent them from stretching.

Finally, have a walk around to get a good feel for your boots. Squeeze any points that bulge outwards or feel loose.  Test the flex too – if the material is creasing too much, then chances are the boot is too big and you may need to try a smaller size and repeat the steps above.

If everything feels good, congratulations, you’ve just found the best safety boots for your feet. Now let’s make them even better…

How can I stay comfortable in my safety boots?

There are a number of other factors which can enhance your safety boot wearing experience aka. Make them feel even more comfortable for even longer! Here’s a few of our top tips:

- Socks: A good quality, thick, moisture wicking pair of socks will make your boots feel immediately more comfortable to wear.  They’ll help prevent your feet from getting too cold or too hot and the wicking effect will help remove sweat away from your feet, keeping them feeling fresher. A decent pair of socks also adds the little bit of extra cushioning. And when you’re working on your feet all day, every little bit extra helps!
- Footcare: When you’re on your feet all day in work safety boots, it’s really important to care for them properly by keeping them clean, warm and dry.  If you suffer with “trench foot”, clean your feet with antibacterial soap at the end of the working day, wear cotton rich socks, use anti-fungal/antibacterial foot powder and change out of your work boots when they no longer need to be worn.
- Outwear: Wear your trousers over the top of your safety boots to help ensure any contaminants fall to the floor instead of into the boot

How do I look clean my safety boots and look after them?

Your work boots go through a lot each day, from sweltering heat to harsh cold, pouring rain, thick mud and uneven terrain. To keep them at their best, safety boots need to be kept clean, treated well and stored correctly. This is essential for them to function well in your everyday job, remain durable and last as long as possible. Here’s our top tips to keep your best safety boots in tip top shape:

- Cleaning: You should clean your boots after every wear if they need it. Allow dirt and mud to dry naturally and then brush off. Continue by wiping your safety boots with a clean damp cloth if necessary.  Never wash safety boots in the washing machine or immerse/expose them to detergents as this can attack the stitching and bonding agents in the product.
- Drying: Dry your safety boots slowly using natural air circulation at room temperature; do not subject the product to a direct heat source such as a radiator. To help absorb moisture and maintain the shape of your boots, we’d also recommend stuffing paper inside them for the duration of the drying process.
- Treatment: Waterproof leather safety boots must be treated regularly with waterproofing and conditioning sprays or creams. Used in wet conditions the leather will experience a gradual loss of its water resistant qualities, and if untreated the leather will slowly harden and crack. Regular treatment will ensure that your best safety boots will continue to do their best job for longer.
- Storage: To retain the shape and durability of your safety boots, undo the laces before removing them, and store them in a mildly humid and dust free environment to retain moisture and maintain condition.