If you work outdoors as a tradesperson or landscaper, then you're probably aware of the importance of a good, sturdy pair of work boots as part of your work wear attire. Good quality work boots will keep your feet warm, dry, comfortable, and safe when you're on site. Like any essential work wear item, it's important to spend a little bit extra to make sure you get a good quality pair of boots. These can come with a fairly hefty price tag, so it's also worth spending some money on these accessories that will enhance the performance and prolong the life of your work boots.
Most good quality work boots are made from leather, which isn't naturally waterproof. You'll need to use a waterproofing treatment that's designed for leather before you wear them for the first time.
This sort of treatment will prevent moisture from penetrating further than the top layer of the outer boot and will stop the leather from becoming stiff over time. It's important to reapply the treatment periodically to maintain the waterproof outer barrier.
Keeping your boots clean is also important because leather boots will deteriorate over time if mud, building materials, or gardening products are left on them. This means getting rid of all the caked on dirt and grime at the end of the day. It's worth getting a specifically designed set of boot brushes to do this. Boot brushes are stiff enough to remove mud that has set, but soft enough that they won't damage the leather surface of your boot.
You can buy sets of brushes that are used by hand to remove the dirt. The other option is to buy an integrated boot brush and scraper. These are set into a metal frame, with the brushes at the side and underneath, and a hard metal or plastic scraper at the front. This means that at the end of a hard day at work, you won't even need to bend over to get your boots clean.
Your work boots will last longer and feel more comfortable if you regularly treat them with a leather conditioner. This will keep the leather supple and it also removes any residual dirt from the leather's surface. Conditioners work by replacing the natural oils of the leather, which prevents cracking and flaking. It will also revive the appearance of the leather, leaving your boots looking almost like new.
A good quality pair of work boots is an investment worth taking care of. You can find all of these accessories from most work wear suppliers and stockists, such as Hot Cotton.