Give your old boots the boot with Blundstone
Blundstone is calling on tradies to walk into the new year with a new pair of boots on. Work boots don’t last forever and over time they can start to lose their protective qualities and safety experts warn that worn out boost can lead to foot ailments and become a health hazard.
According to Blundstone global work and safety range manager Adrian Blandford, Aussies tend to be a sentimental bunch when it comes to boots with many reluctant to give up on an old pair due to the nostalgic value they may hold.
“However, feet are an important factor in overall health, as when they are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body,” he says.
“An unbelievable 100 plus tons of pressure put on feet daily, it is important to wear well-maintained boots with cushioning and arch support to keep you walking comfortably.”
He adds that foot problems are often due to neglect, lack of awareness and proper care. This can lead to pain or damage to feet as well as other health issues like back pain or compromised circulation.
Blundstone has put together five tell-tale signs that indicate when it’s time to replace the old boots:
- Wear and tear
While some scuffs are manageable and the nature of many peoples’ jobs, it’s important this doesn’t get out of hand. As soon as any protective components, such as a steel, reinforced toe or a metatarsal guard begin to show, it’s time to replace your work boots. This is also true for treads and soles. If they’re significantly worn down or rubbed smooth, then they are not providing the required grip and protection.
Once the structural integrity of a boot has been compromised to this extent, they will not be compliant to Australian standard AS 2210.3:2019. This means you can be banned from a work site until the boots are replaced.
- Torn leather
If the leather begins to tear or crack, it could lead to risk of leaking and the boots should be replaced. What’s more, if the leather sags it could mean that the boot has lost its structural cohesion and therefore is no longer supporting your foot which negates the purpose of the boot and may result in compliance failure.
- Impacted boots
Boots should be replaced if there are any signs of significant impact or trauma. Depending on the safety boot, there will be signs to tell when a boot has suffered severe damage. Steel toed boots will dent inwards, however with composite materials, the internal structure can be damaged without any signs.
- Exposure to harmful substances
If your line of work involves exposure to hazardous or corrosive chemicals and materials and you experience any sign of obvious wear and tear that could lead to leakage, then you should change your work boots immediately to avoid any injuries or health issues.
Most quality boots come with a removeable footbed which is designed to be washable, breathable and replaceable when necessary. Premium footbeds will provide arch support and cushioning so if your boots become less comfortable than normal, start by checking the condition of the footbed and replace if necessary. If a boot is causing your feet serious discomfort, then it’s not worth risking more serious damage and it’s best to replace them, as it’s important the boot does its job so you can do yours.
“To get the best out of your boots and prolong their life, cleaning your boots thoroughly following the manufacturer’s instructions to maintain the health of the boots and avoid deterioration and damage is important,” Adrian adds.
“Ensure when you buy your work boots that they are the right boot for your job and if possible, purchase two pairs so you can alternate and allow any moisture to dry out before wearing.”
To encourage workers to replace their boots in the new year, Blundstone will be running an in-store competition to give customers a chance to win $150,000 cash as well as instant prizes when purchasing a pair of Blundstone leather boots between 11th January and 21st February 2021 from participating stores.