What to look for in a waterproof boot
As we enter into the summer months, the questions we are asked most would be concerning waterproof boots. Is it important? How high does it go up to? Will the boot be warmer with waterproofing in it? These questions are important. So WorkBootWorld.com figured we could answer them for you and maybe even give you a few suggestions.
First, is it important? The best answer is that it depends on the normal environment you face during the summer months. Easily put, how wet are you rainy months? For companies in Florida waterproof is almost a must. It rains there on a higher average than in states out west. A great boot for a “Florida” summer climate is the Rocky Trailblade. This boot is fully waterproofed with Rocky’s Guaranteed Waterproofing System. It also happens to be one of the lightest composite safety toe boots around. Even more it is incredibly comfortable.
How high does the waterproofing go? A good waterproof boot should be fully waterproof to at least the bottom of the tongue. Most good waterproofed lace-up boots have a webbed tongue that is made to keep out water. Some wellington, or pull on styled boots have waterproof linings that go from the toe up to the very top of the boot, like the Thorogood 804-4918. This moc toe styled boot has an easy on and off zipper as well as being a steel toe safety boot. Made of gorgeous natural full grain pebbled leather, this boot has every bell and whistle.
Will the boot be warmer with waterproofing? That depends on the waterproofing technology. Some less expensive boots will literally put a plastic sheet that runs the length and width of the boot up three to four inches high. Naturally this combined with leather and lignin would make your feet very warm. Higher quality boots like the Wolverine Merlin W10112 use waterproof leathers and meticulously seal all seams to make the boot keep the same lightness and allow the foot to breath as it would in a non-waterproofed boot. The merlin also features a composite toe for all day safety.
When it comes to waterproof boots, it pays to be selective. Don’t just rush to buy it because is has the words “waterproof” printed on the side of it. Learn to recognize a good boot from a mediocre boot.