Determining the lifespan of a boot is like trying to estimate the lifespan of your truck; it depends on how you use them, terrain conditions, and mileage. Experts agree, however, that if you have any doubt about a boot's ability to protect and perform, it's time to find a replacement.
There are some visual cues that can give you a sense for a boot's health. Let's review a few telltale signs that your boots are on their way out!
Wear and Tear: As soon as you notice a protective component beginning to show through, be it a reinforced toe, steel midsole, steel shank or metatarsal guard, you should replace your boots right away. Safety first!
Dented Toe: Your steel toe will dent and fail to spring back, while composite is less likely to show physical damage, so try to make mental notes as your boots are tested by major impact or punctures. Again, think safety!
Separation of Parts or Seams: If your boots are made with rubber or PVC materials, any visible separation should tell you it's time to buy new shoes. Falling apart pairs don't look professional, right?
Worn Outside: The same attention should be paid to the shoe's tread as well, since once it has been worn smooth, they'll no longer be slip-resistant. You wouldn't drive a truck with bald tires, right?
Leakage: If your work involves damp environments or exposure to hazardous chemicals or other corrosive materials, any sign of leakage should prompt you to look for a new pair. It's not just about comfort – it's your health!
When you learn that a replacement pair should be in your not-so-distant future, it's always tempting to delay the new investment, but you should never compromise your safety, especially on the job. It's true what they say – it's better to be safe than sorry!