Information about work boots

Heavy leather lace-up footwear, usually tan colored, ankle high, and with deep tread on the soles. Like other shoes, work boots cover your feet. Unlike high heels, these are designed to prevent pain in your toes.


Habitat:
Garage, workshop, and coat closet. Sold by shoe stores and not usually available to rent at tool hire shops. Distinguish from hiking boots and ski boots by their tan or yellow color, flat sole, and deep tread.

Primary Uses:
Protecting the handyperson from falls on slippery surfaces. Protecting the handyperson’s feet from injury due to dropped tools or cutting tools that go awry.
If you can’t keep your footing, you can’t effectively use a tool. Many activities calling for tools (for example, digging holes with a foot-propelled spade) directly involve the operator’s feet. Many others (moving lumber, carving wood) put the feet at risk of injury. Comfortable work boots are essential safety gear.

Secondary Uses:
Protecting the project from skid marks: Tan work boots with light-colored tread will not leave black traces on newly installed hardwood floors.

Variations:
Some work boots have steeltoe caps inside, best when working with a chain saw or portable circular saw. In the absence of work boots, choose motorcycle boots or Doc Martens, or even sneakers, but not sandals.

How to Use:
1. Choose work boots that fit and that are appropriately armored for the task.
2. Put on a pair of socks. Put on and lace up the work boots.

Note:
Snow-melting salt rots leather boots. Begin the snow season by rubbing mink oil into the leather, and wash the boots in the spring.

Tool-Kit Minimum:
One pair of tan leather steel-toed work boots.