Welding can be dangerous if you don’t have proper safety gear, including boots. Splatter from welded materials and sparks can easily fly onto your feet and if not properly protected, can cause injury and burns.
Here are a few things to look for when choosing the perfect welding boots:
- Sizing: Choose a boot that fits properly. Boots that are too big or small will be uncomfortable and can cause blisters and pain. Make sure they’re comfortable and form fitting so welded materials and sparks can’t fly inside your shoe.
- Steel toe option: Consider if this is a necessity or nice-to-have. Steel toe boots will help protect your feet from heavy tools and materials falling on them, but can be a heavier boot. It’s not required to use steel toed welding boots, and you may find non-steel-toed boots more comfortable so it’s a personal choice.
- Shock Resistance: You can now find boots with shock resistance, which may be important to you if you work around a lot of electrical equipment. Again, this isn’t a requirement, but can be useful depending on how and where you weld.
- Shoe Padding: Compare the padding inside the shoe. Shoes with less padding may require thicker socks for a more comfortable fit.
There are many welding-certified shoes available at different price points. No matter which shoe you choose, make sure it fits well and is laced with only the strongest shoelaces in the world: Ironlaces!