Posted by JJ Bichard (Commercial Accounts/Internet Manager on July 24, 2014
As the manager of our company's Mobile Safety Unit, I hear employees complain that their boots don't last that long. "My boots never last" or "I wish I could make a pair of boots last longer than six months". I feel your pain so in this blog I am going to give you some tips how you can extend the life of your work boots.
Let's start off with the root of the problem: The reason the boots fall apart.
There are a few reasons why boots generally don't last long. Here are some of the more common reasons:
The first one, environment, are the conditions that you find yourself in while you are wearing the boots. Chemical plant workers are constantly in nasty, boot-destroying chemicals all day long that eat away the materials of the boot, causing it to fall apart. The only way this can be controlled is to quit your job....generally, not an option for most people.
The job could fall into the above category but for the most part, means the types of tasks you do. For instance, carpenters are constantly on their hands and knees. This causes the toe of the boots to wear down and get that giant hole that shows that big hole in the toe of your sock. Again, the only way to fix this issue is to quit. Again, not an option.
The third, and probably the only factor you CAN control, is the quality of boot. Here is a little proverb for you: The cheaper the boot, the shorter its life span. It's a fact. Ever go to one of those big box stores and visit the shoe section? These are some of the most poorly constructed boots I have ever seen! Sure the boots only cost $30 but what are you getting in return? Several trips to that store to buy another pair. Fixing this problem is simple: buy better quality work boots.
So, here are my tips to longer lasting work boots.
By following these simple tips, you can extend the life of your boots which will save you some cash down the road.
All prices are in USD.