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Boot Features Ideal for Working Around Liquids

Water work boots
Workers may be surrounded by a number of liquids at many different job sites, such as sewage plants, food and drink companies, or large manufacturing factories. If you get your feet wet during a workday from surrounding liquids, you could feel discomfort or pain or possibly develop foot problems like trench foot, depending on the type of liquid and temperature. So you should protect your feet with proper work boots.

If you work around liquids, you need to look for specific features as you shop for work boots. Keep your boots and feet protected from getting soaked in liquids on a daily basis by finding shoes with one or more of these features.

Composite Safety Toe

As you work around liquids, one of the more exposed parts of your foot is your toe. When liquid falls on the toe of a boot, you do not want the liquid to soak into your shoe right away. Before you start shuffling around in wet socks, look into work boots with composite safety toes built into them.

Composite safety toes use a mixture of materials to add a hard and durable surface to your boot's toe. The mix of materials may include a balance of plastic, Kevlar, and fiberglass. Safety toes typically have no metal, giving your foot a lightweight feeling.  

The safety toes will prevent liquids from absorbing into the shoe, and they also have the strength to protect your foot from heavy objects like wood and metal. If liquid falls on your boots, you will not feel the presence of liquid, as it typically wicks away and gives you the ability to continue your workday.

Waterproof Leather

Along with the toe of your work boot, you want to have extra protection around the rest of the shoe. Extra moisture or liquid may cause damage to traditional work boots, so to help keep your boots protected fully, consider purchasing a pair of boots with waterproof leather.

Leather already provides the strength, durability, and flexibility for a daily work boot, but adding a waterproof element allows you to work more freely and eliminates the need to worry about getting any part of your work boot wet. The waterproof leather prevents water from soaking in, so your boot will be free from stains, warping, or decolorization due to the exposure of liquids.


Depending on the type of job you have, you may find yourself around liquids with extreme temperatures. Some machines may need extremely hot water to operate correctly, and freezing cold liquids may be used for other types of manufacturing applications. Either way, you do not want your feet exposed to these temperatures.

A temperature-resistant shoe prevents your foot from getting exposed to the various heat and cool properties liquids may have. Your foot will feel warm, comfortable, and protected from both liquids and various weather elements.

TPU Outsoles

The outsole of a work boot is important to consider due to any potential liquids you may step in. The outsole is the bottom part of the shoe - the part which includes the grip and tread to get you through a work day. If you're around a lot of liquids, consider a work boot with a TPU outsole.

TPU stands for thermoplastic urethane, and this material option has many advantages. For example, TPU is both oil- and liquid-resistant. Not only will your boots remain dry on the inside, but the outsole is designed to add the best grip and prevent slipping no matter what type of liquid you're around.

TPU material is often heat-resistant as well, so hot liquids will not penetrate through the sole of the boot.

For more information on our boots, contact us at Workshoe Outlet. We can help you find the work boot to fit your comfort needs and work environment.