Safety Boot Roundup: Our Top 5

November 14, 2018
Safety Boot Roundup: Our Top 5

How to choose the right safety boot for you:

 At Everything Australian we have a great range of safety boots. But which one do you choose? With so many options out there, it can be hard to know which one is going to meet your requirements on the job. We have put together this handy guide to some of the most popular boots, to hopefully make the job of choosing the right boot for you a little easier.

First, when is it the right time to get a new pair of boots? It can be hard to give up a good pair of old faithfuls, but here’s a few signs you need to throw in the towel and get yourself a new pair:

  • Safety boots come with several protective components built inside the shoe. But that’s where they are meant to stay, on the inside! If you see a reinforced toe, steel shank or metatarsal guard rearing its head through the outside of the boot, it’s time to look for some new boots.

  • If the toe is dented it will threaten the structural integrity of the steel cap. A dented toe means its time to chuck them in.

  • Just like with the tyres on your truck, if the tread is gone, your boots will no longer be slip resistant. Your safety boots are no longer safe!

  • If your boots are coming apart at the seams or are leaking it’s pretty obvious, they’re no longer protecting your foot. Time to get a new pair.

 

Next let’s look at what kind of work you will be doing to assess what kind of boot you will need. Always check with your employer for any safety specific requirements that you might need such as height specs and toe guard requirements. There are specific protection options for risks like Electrical shock hazards or exposure to heat or welding spray could mean you need a high heat resistant boot. Working on uneven ground could mean you need extra support in the ankle.

Lastly, lets have a little think about your feet. You’re going to need to be wearing your work boots for extended periods of time. If you have a wide or narrow foot, wearing a boot that isn’t fitting right is going to get uncomfortable over time. If you have a high foot arch look for a boot to accommodate this or perhaps opt for a specialised innersole. If you have trouble with foot perspiration you need to be looking for a boot lined with a moisture wicking material. If you have ankle troubles a higher lace up option may be what you need to get a little extra support.

Little things can make or break your feet after a long hot day. Here’s a look at our top 5 most popular Safety Boot styles at Everything Australian.

 

1. Blundstone 992 Safety Boot Wheat

Our most popular style, this is a vey comfortable and easy to wear boot. It has the ankle support of a lace up with the convenience of a zip up, and an excellent moisture wicking bamboo lining that lets your feet breathe. For such a tough work horse of a boot its surprisingly light. Its heat resistant to 300 degrees Celsius and the oil and acid resistant sole absorbs 90% of impact keeping your feet comfortable all day, and at the end of the day you can kick them off without ruining them due to the back-heel guard. 

 Blundstone 992

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2. Redback Safety Boot Alpine USAOK Claret

Our most reviewed boot, this one truly has a following. An all-round all-star, our customers say they work, hike and play in these boots and they hold together for years. This is a traditional lace up boot, no frills, just good quality leather and craftsmanship. A great option for those needing a wider fit, it has also been recommended for those with a high arch. The air cushioned sole makes the redback USAOK boot an all-day comfortable option.

Redback USAOK

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3. Rossi Boots 700 Trojan Safety Boot

With this boot you don’t have to substitute style for safety. This good looker is a traditional Aussie style that’s Aussie made- built tough to last. Built on Rossi’s famous Endura cushion sole, made with rubber/polyurethane for ultimate slip resistance and comfort, and is also heat rated to 300 degrees Celsius. Rossi made this one with the highest quality full grain kip leather that’s supple, robust and ages beautifully. With one piece of leather for the front of the boot, it will mould to your feet over time and become even more comfy with as it wears in.

 Rossi 700 Trojan

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4. Blundstone 990 Safety Boot Black

Supremely comfortable from the very first time you wear it, the Blundy 990 has a removable cushioned innersole with extra arch support that is also anti-bacterial, breathable and washable. Great news if you have sweaty tootsies. Another classic pull on style, this tough but stylish little ripper has an extra strong toe cap to protect the leather. As with the Rossi Trojan, a single piece of leather across the top will mould to your foot over time making this boot comfortable and durable. Slip and heat resistant, this excellent all-round boot may just be the one you need.

Blundstone 990

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5. Hard Yakka Y60120 Utility Boot Wheat

The new kid on the block here at Everything Australian, this Hard Yakka boot is part of a new range of shorter style lace up safety boots that has quickly become popular. This is the widest set pair of boots we sell, so they’re perfect for big blokes with big feet. The Utility work boot to help you get the job done. You’ll be rapt in these Hard Yakka boots crafted with water resistant leather and breathable nylon upper. Equipped with a wide profile steel toe cap, and PU toe bump to keep your toes safe as houses. Choc a bloc with comfort features. Durable, comfortable and they look smart too.

Hard Yakka Y60120

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So that’s our top 5 boots but here’s a few honourable mentions for your consideration:

 

Redback Safety Boot Cobar USCWZS Wheat

Rossi Boots 795 Hercules Safety Boot Claret

Redback Safety Boot Kingaroy USKBZS Black

 

 

Make sure you look after your safety boots to extent their life. Apply polish, wax or dubbin to rejuvenate the leather and improve water resistance. Remove to wipe them clean before applying any product. If your boots have zips, you should brush away any small rocks, dirt or concrete before using the zips to maintain their condition. We have sizing guides on the website to help you find the best size for you when ordering online, which you can find here.

 

Stay safe!

For more on choosing boots:

Slip On vs Lace up

Boot Wars -- Blundstone vs Redback vs Rossi -- The Showdown

Are Blundstones Still Aussie?

The RM Williams Craftsman

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