Waterproof boots are an essential piece of personal protection equipment for anyone that works outdoors, particularly when there’s wet weather. Waterproof work boots are designed to keep your feet completely dry, warm and safe from physical hazards...
Frequently Asked Questions
Are All Leather Boots Waterproof?
No. While many leather safety boots you may purchase will prove effective at wicking away small amounts of moisture or protecting your feet against light rainfall, they’re not fully waterproof so after a full day’s work in wet or damp conditions, you may find that your feet will be damp.
As well as this, leather is a naturally porous material, requiring regular care to maintain the protective treatment or conditioning process your safety boot may have gone through during production to allow it to resist moisture.
Do You Need Waterproof Boots for Snow?
A pair of waterproof boots is an excellent way to keep your feet both warm and dry when working outdoors in snowy weather. The water-resistant upper and internal waterproof protection will keep your feet dry and safe from snow, slush or other wet conditions.
How Can I Waterproof My Boots?
One of the most important ways to care for leather work boots is to maintain the moisture and natural oils on the surface of the leather, making sure it doesn’t dry out and crack. There are many ways to waterproof your boots yourself using wax, proofers, conditioners and more.
These DIY options are inferior to boots constructed especially to be waterproof however, as self-treatment options will never match the levels of water protection given by an internal membrane or other features included in boots in our waterproof range.
What are the Best Work Boots for Wet Weather?
If you work in wet weather, you definitely need a pair of waterproof safety boots. Their in-built safety features will not just protect you from external water and moisture such as rainfall, but they also come with anti-slip soles to keep you on your feet and safe from slips and falls.
What’s the Difference Between Waterproof and Water Resistant?
There’s a significant difference between the capabilities of boots that are just water-resistant and waterproof boots. Knowing the difference is important depending on the conditions you work in, not only for your comfort throughout the day but also your safety.
Water resistant boots are appropriate for most conditions such as in light rain or even light snow. They tend to be made of naturally porous materials such as leather that have been treated during construction to resist moisture. While they are capable of repelling low levels of moisture such as light rainfall, they are not waterproof boots and you will find that your feet get wet after a workday in wet conditions.
Waterproof boots on the other hand, are generally made of non-porous artificial materials such as rubber, and can even be fully submerged in water without allowing moisture in, keeping your feet warm and dry. Waterproof boots in our range come with in-built waterproof membranes which repel even high levels of water handily. They’re also equipped with significant slip protection to make sure you’re steady on your feet, even when it’s slippery underfoot.
Wearing safety boots with an inadequate level of water protection isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also be unsafe: don’t expose yourself to unnecessary risk. If your work environment requires waterproof boots, make sure your pair is up to scratch.