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Should I always buy work boots a little bit bigger in size?

Get the shoe sizing right. Get the boot width right. Enjoy work!

When it comes to buying work boots, the sizing can be crucial to your comfort and safety. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, it's generally a good idea to consider the following factors when determining the size of your work boots:

  1. Toe Room: Work boots should provide enough room for your toes to move comfortably. Your toes should not be cramped, as this can lead to discomfort, blisters, and foot issues. On the other hand, if your boots are too big, your feet may slide around, causing friction and discomfort.

  2. Sock Thickness: Consider the thickness of your work socks you'll be wearing with your work boots. If you typically wear thick, insulated socks, you may need slightly larger boots to accommodate them. However, if you wear thin socks, you might want a snugger fit.

  3. Foot Swelling: Keep in mind that your feet can swell throughout the day, especially if you're on your feet for extended periods. Buying boots that are slightly larger can provide more comfort during these times.

  4. Arch Support and Width: Pay attention to the arch support and width of the boots. Ensure that the arch of the boot aligns well with the arch of your foot. If you have wider feet, you might need safety boots with a wider width.

  5. Brand and Model Variations: Different brands and models may have variations in sizing. It's important to try on boots from the specific brand and model you're interested in, as their sizing can differ. Bear in mind that ELTEN work boots run large and by the rule of thumb you'd need to go down one size compared to the Australian work boot brands. How to measure your feet? Click HERE

  6. Insoles: You might consider using custom comfort insoles or orthotics. These can take up some space inside the boot, so you may need slightly larger boots to accommodate them.

It's important to measure your feet and try on the steel caps in the store, if possible. Don't rely solely on the size marked on the boot, as sizing can vary between brands and models. Walk around in the boots to ensure they provide the right balance of comfort and support. If you're buying online, check the seller's return policy to make sure you can exchange the boots if they don't fit correctly.

In summary, the ideal sizing for safety footwear may vary depending on your specific needs, so it's essential to strike a balance between providing enough room for comfort and avoiding excessive looseness.

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