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Are safety boots with BOA lacing better than boots with a side zipper?

Can the BOA lacing system outperform the good old side zip when it comes to work boots?

The choice between safety boots with Boa lacing and boots with a side zipper ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Safety Boots with Side Zipper:

  • Advantages:
    • Easy on and off: Side zippers make it very convenient to put on and take off your boots, especially if you need to do so frequently.

    • Secure fit: Many side-zip boots also have laces, allowing you to achieve a snug and secure fit along with the convenience of the zipper.

    • Durability: Well-made side-zip boots are designed to be durable and resistant to wear.

  • Disadvantages:
    • Potential for zipper failure: Zippers can wear out or break over time, potentially leading to issues with the boot's functionality.

    • Limited adjustability: Side-zip boots may have limited adjustability compared to boots with laces or Boa systems.

    • Side zip boots are NOT waterproof as water can usually penetrate in through the side zip, this makes it a weak points for jobs under the weather or in the rain. 

Safety Boots with BOA Lacing:

  • Advantages:
    • Quick and easy to put on and take off: Boa lacing systems typically allow for quick adjustments and can be tightened or loosened easily.

    • Uniform and even pressure distribution: Boa lacing systems provide a consistent fit and even pressure across the foot, which can enhance comfort and reduce the risk of hot spots or pressure points.

    • Durability: Boa lacing systems are designed to be durable and resistant to wear and tear.

  • Disadvantages:
    • Potential for mechanical failure: While Boa lacing systems are generally durable, they can still experience mechanical failures under extreme conditions. For this Elten and BOA offer free replacement kits even outside the normal warranty period.

Selection Of BOA Work Boots:

ELTEN Reaction BOA S3 work boot

ELTEN Stefano GTX waterproof work boot S3

ELTEN Joschi Boa GTX waterproof work boot S3

ELTEN Reaction BOA work shoe S3

ELTEN Sander BOA S3 lightweight work boot

In summary, the choice between safety boots with Boa lacing and boots with a side zipper depends on your specific requirements. If you prefer a highly adjustable and evenly distributed fit, Boa lacing systems can offer significant advantages.

Additionally, consider the quality and durability of the specific boots, as this can vary among brands and models. Ultimately, it's essential to try on both types of boots and see which one feels more comfortable and practical for your intended use.

Feel free to contact our friendly customer service team in Melbourne on 03 6161 3933 or or visit our store on for any further queries you have around BOA lacing or side zip work boots or our huge range of ELTEN work boots and safety shoes on


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