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How to Extend the Life of Your Work Boots


Taking time to properly care for your work boots will extend their life, help you stay comfortable and safe, and protect your investment.

Tips for Proper Boot Care:

Avoid Unnecessary Abuse

Kicking pallets or other objects wears down the outer material of the boot, shortening their life and ability to protect.

Don’t Use Lace-Up Boots as Pull-On Boots

Boots with laces are not designed to be kicked off and pulled on with only a minor loosening of the laces. Take the time to significantly loosen the laces.

Clean Regularly

Dirt and chemicals can break down a boot’s outer material or sole. Brush off your boots at the end of every day and clean with water and a cloth/brush at least once a week.

Store Properly

Don’t store boots in sunlight or near heaters – that will dry them out. Make sure the storage area has good air circulation.

Use Conditioner and Waterproof Treatment

For boots with leather uppers, use a leather conditioner once a month. For waterproof boots, apply a waterproof treatment after cleaning.

Replace Worn Insoles

The insole deteriorates long before boots wear out. Replacing worn insoles enhances comfort and extends boot life.

Consider Using More Than One Pair

Use two pairs of boots and rotate use to give them time to recover. This extends the life of both pairs. 

It takes a little extra time to care for boots, but that time means your work boots will last for much longer. Just like the other tools you use to get the job done, your boots need to be cared for properly in order to last.


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