Safety boots are a constant source of discussion among those in the trades – which is the best boot and why? What, if any, is the role of safety trainers in the workplace? Safety trainers are the lightweight answer to workboots, for those who may not need the added protection, instead favouring anti-slip technology in the soles.
For those who are contractually obligated to have a pair of new safety boots as part of the job, or for those who are simply looking for a new pair of boots, having worn the old ones out after years of use, this is the article for you. The following are four of the best boots out there and what they can bring to your work life.
The Best Safety Boots: Our Top Choice
Regardless of what industry you’re working in, if you need a good pair of safety boots, here are four of the best safety boots on the market.
- Brunt Workwear – The Ryng Boots
One of the most innovative safety boots to come out this year comes from Brunt Workwear. Some of the best features of the Ryng Boots are its lightweight design and the ability to improve its fit by removing an insole. Further, Ryng Boots’ ‘steel-toe’ comes from a composite design, over steel, making it easier to put on and wear in cold temperatures and lighter than its steel-toed counterparts, without sacrificing protection from heavy objects.
- Caterpillar Second Shift Boots
For those seeking a budget-friendly option, Caterpillar’s ‘Second Shift’ boot is a firm favourite! While it doesn’t have waterproofing (this can be applied afterwards with a spray), it does have a solid steel toe and a six-inch profile. It’s lightweight at only three pounds and features fantastic slip resistance and has electrical hazard protection of up to 600 volts. It also has a breathable insole. If you’re on a tight budget, Caterpillar’s Second Shift boots are your best option!
- Iron Age Groundbreaker
This behemoth of a safety boot from the Iron Age is truly living up to its name. A six-inch rise, an internal met guard and heavy steel toe offer fantastic foot protection. The only downfall of the Groundbreaker is that it isn’t waterproof by design. However, it makes up for it by being heat-resistant, slip-resistant and oil-resistant. No matter what type of environment you’re working in, the Groundbreaker is the boot for you, if you want the near-perfect boot!
- Timberland Pro Pit Boss
The classic Timberlands have come a long way from humble beginnings, but their latest iteration, the Pit Boss is a fantastic work boot. It’s quintessential and stylish while providing all of the necessary safety features. It’s got a steel toe, instead of a composite plate. It has moisture-wicking and odour control capabilities in the interior material. It’s waterproof by design, shock-proof up to 400V is slip and oil-resistant and only weighs 800 grams! A huge weight off in comparison to the competition.
No matter what type of boot you’re looking for, these are some of the best in the industry for 2022, keeping you and your team members safer on the job.