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11 maintenance tips to keep your work shoes in good shape

Sturdy, comfortable work boots are a standard part of your workwear.

Looking after them properly will help you keep them longer and get better value for money.

Caring for your work boots doesn't take a lot of work, and there are a number of simple tips to make it easier.

We've put together the 11 best maintenance tips and arranged them into a visual infographic. Download, print and hang it on the shop floor wall to help your colleagues keep their work boots in top condition for longer.

#1 Clean dirt and dust from your boots every day

It’s good practice to remove most of the dirt and dust after you've finished work.

This allows the leather to breathe naturally, and removes any clumps of mud from your boots.

The best way to do this is with a dry boot brush.

#2 Cleaning fabric work boots

Do you wear work boots made of textile or synthetic materials, such as microfibre or mesh? Then just use warm water, soap and a sponge.

#3 Use polish on your boots regularly

By regularly using polish on your work boots, or by treating them with an impregnating spray, you’ll keep them flexible and water-repellent.

Boots that have been polished are also much better at resisting dirt and dust.

#4 Air your work boots

Airing your work boots is always a good idea. Allow them to dry, and then air for as long as possible (at least 12 hours). Untie the laces and push the tongue of the boot all the way forward.

Leave your work socks to dry next to your boots.

#5 Use two pairs of work boots

Using two pairs of work boots means you can switch them daily, and make your work boots last longer.

This may seem like a big initial investment, but in the long run, you won’t need to buy new work boots for a much longer time.

#6 Air your insoles

As mentioned in tip 4, it’s just as important to let your insoles dry and air.

Don't put them close to a source of heat, as this will cause them to lose their shape and functionality.

#7 Wet work boots

Have you been working in the rain and are your work boots wet?

Remove the insoles and laces and stuff the boots with newspaper.

#8 Use a shoehorn

A shoehorn will help you to put on your boots faster. It also prevents the heel from bending out of shape and wearing out.

#9 Take damaged boots out of service

If your boots are damaged, if the outsole is loose or shows signs of cracking, get yourself a new pair immediately.

This is to prevent any further hazards, such as splashes of hot metal seeping into your boots.

#10 Wear the correct boot size

A lot of foot problems are caused by wearing the wrong boot size. When this happens, your feet rub against the inside and sweat more.

Many boot manufacturers now make work boots in different widths,

So there’s a right size for all foot shapes out there.

#11 Choose a good work sock

It's never a good idea to wear your work boots without socks.

Choose antibacterial work socks that allow your feet to breathe, prevent odours and are suitable for prolonged professional use.


By following a few simple tips, your work boots will last much longer,

which is more comfortable not only for your feet, but also for your wallet, as now you won't need to replace your boots as often.


Click the image below to download the infographic.

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