Is it Time for New Work Boots? How to Tell

Is it Time for New Work Boots? How to Tell

Trying to figure out the lifespan or longevity of your work boots, is similar to trying to estimate the how long your work truck is going to last – it is going to depend on how they are used, the terrain conditions, the maintenance and care provided, and how much you wear them. However, most experts agree, if you have any doubts about your boot’s ability to perform and protect your feet, then it’s time to invest in a replacement.

The good news is, there are a few tell-tale signs that let you know your boots need to be replaced. Some of these signs are listed here.

Wear and Tear

If you begin to notice that the protective component on your work boots has started to show through, regardless of if it is a metatarsal guard, steel shank, steel midsole or reinforced toe, then it’s time for you to replace your boots. Remember, safety first!

A Dented Toe

Another sign that your boots may be reaching the end of their useful life is if the steel toe has been dented. Even though composite isn’t as likely to show signs of physical damage, you still need to be aware of this factor. Try to make a mental note of if your boots are impacted or punctured. If so, you will need to replace them.

Separation of the Seams or Parts

If there is any type of visible separation in the seams or outsoles of your boots, you should go ahead and plan on in investing in a new pair of boots. Not only do boots that are falling apart look unprofessional, they also can’t provide the protection your feet need.

Worn on the Outside of the Shoe

It’s also important to provide the same attention to your shoe’s tread. Once the tread is virtually non-existent (if it has been worn completely smooth), they are no longer going to be slip-resistant. This is important is you are in the construction trade, such as a deck builder or roofer. All your gear and tools need to be in good shape, from head to sole. After all, you wouldn’t drive your truck if it had bald tires, right?


If you work in an area where the environment is damp, or if you are exposed to hazardous chemicals or even corrosive materials, then you need to ensure your boots are in good, protective condition. If your boots are damaged in any way, or you discover that your sock is wet, then buying new boots right away is a must.

If you have discovered that it is time for new work boots, don’t wait. The well-being and protection of your feet is imperative. When it is time to make this purchase, it’s a good idea to work with the professionals. They will be able to help ensure you get the type of boot that is right for your particular job and the conditions present at the job.