FAQ - Work Boots


What Do You Need to Know About Work Boots?

As the saying goes, use the right tool for the job. Good work boots are the essential tools you choose that are needed to provide stability, safety and comfort for your job

Not only do your work boots have to meet CSA and other safety codes that apply to electrical hazards, slippery surfaces or the danger of sharp objects, boots have to be comfortable, because they’ll be on your feet for hours and hours, in sun and rain, summer and winter.

You don’t want poor-fitting boots that lead to foot fatigue, and you certainly don’t want work boots that are not the right tool for the job.

Some employers mandate specific styles of work boots. Boot styles can be made for specific occupations, such as JB Goodhue styles made for ironworkers or oil riggers. Some employers might not allow pull-on work boots due to other safety standards. Others require a 90 degree heel optimized for climbing ladders.

When you're looking for men's work boots in Canada, Wei's has more than 20 brands to choose from.

Wei’s has the key quality brands any employer would recognize such as Red Wing, Ariat, Keen, JB Goodhue, Timberland Pro, Keen, Boulet, Viberg, Cofra, STC and many more top brands of work boots.

So, let’s break it down. With so much to think about, what do you need to consider when buying a man’s work boot?

What Makes Work Boots Comfortable?

Assuming you will buy work boots with the correct safety rating for the jobsite, then the number one consideration when buying a work boot is comfort. If it’s not comfortable, you won’t wear it.

You know your left foot and right foot are not the same size. Your feet also have particular length - Wei’s stocks some work boot styles up to size 15.

Your feet have a particular width, too – and the most popular width in Canada is EE or EEE. Wei’s also stocks single E and D widths, and selected B widths. So whether you need a 6B or a 15EEE or something in between, Wei’s legendary selection means we probably have stock of a boot that fits you.

Besides length and width your unique feet have a particular heel width, arch depth and length, instep height, and toes that may seem short or long. Read below how each boot brand uses unique lasts that create boots for specific feet. That’s why you should try on different brands, because they fit differently.

Each facet of your foot can be accommodated by a combination of the boot brand and size, and an insole as needed. Wei’s also stocks a variety of Red Wing insoles, Ariat insoles for square toe or toes toe styles, and other insoles that help your work boot fit just right and provide extra comfort.

How Are Work Boots Made?

Your foot has many more dimensions than just your foot size. Your foot’s width, height, arch, instep and ball girth are just a few individual differences that you try to match when you buy a boot.

Each work boot manufacturer uses a last, a unique foot-shaped plastic model. Each last is shaped slightly differently, so each brand fits differently. One of the reasons each work boot brand has its own diehard fans is because those boots fit better for that person’s feet.

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The leather is pulled over the last from the top, then the sole is stitched, or welted, to the leather using a variety of specialized cobbler’s tools.

How Are Work Boots Stitched?

The upper part of the boot protects your shin, instep, ankle and toes. The sole of the boot protects and supports your heel, arch, and ball of the foot, and helps prevent foot fatigue. So far, so good. Now to join those two pieces together and create the final work boot.

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When boots and shoes were handmade (and they still can be, if you have the money to spend), the upper and sole were often stitched together using an additional piece of leather called a welt.

The welt was stitched to the upper, and stitched to the sole. The presence of the welt allowed the footwear to be re-soled, so your investment could last longer. However the extra labour ensured this footwear was more expensive, and not affordable for everyone.

In about 1872, Charles Goodyear finalized a machine that would complete this welting process, meaning the shoe could be manufactured more quickly and less expensively.

Boots with Goodyear welts could be more affordable compared to handmade versions, could be re-soled as needed, and did last longer. When you see a boot with stitches around the outside, you’re looking at a Goodyear welt.

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Since about the 1970s, most shoes have been made by gluing or cementing the upper part of the boot to the sole. Once the sole wears out, it is not possible to attach another sole to the upper part of the boot. The lifespan of the footwear is much shorter, or is even disposable, but the cost is lower too.

Most work boots are not intended to be disposable. You buy the best fit and get the quality you need, then you break them in by wearing them week in and week out.

Having the option to re-sole the boots preserves the time you spent making them your own, and also costs less than buying new boots.

What Are the Best Soles for Work Boots?

The most popular sole in the world is likely a Vibram sole. The classic Vibram Carramoto sole was introduced in 1937 by Vitale Bramini to enable better traction and safer mountain climbing. Almost 100 years later, this sole design is still licensed to many boot makers around the world.

The classic Vibram sole introduced in 1937 (left).

A Vibram Longhaul sole used by Canada West boots (centre)

A Vibram sole developed for Dunlop boots (right).

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In the 1970s Vibram used Nitrile, an oil-resistant compound, in the Security sole to reduce slippage where oil hazards exist. The company has continued to develop high traction soles, often for other boot manufacturers.

For example, boot maker Dunlop commissioned a Vibram sole for the oil industry, resulting in one of Dunlop's best boots. See the Dunlop boot at Wei's.

What is Better, Steel Toed Boots or Composite Toed Boots?

As workplace safety standards increased, especially in the 1950s, foot protection solutions were a priority since foot injuries are common

Your feet need protection from falling objects on top of the foot and punctures into the bottom of the foot, as well as protection from intense heat, electrical and chemical hazards, and of course from slipping.

Steel toe boots, steel toe caps and safety shoes became increasingly mandated, especially after the Occupational Health and Safety Act was introduced in the US in 1970.

Steel may also be used to protect the metatarsal (upper instep) part of the foot, or placed on the bottom of the insole to protect against punctures from sharp objects.

Work boots are now offered in steel toe, aluminum toe and composite toe styles. How do steel toe caps compare to composite toe caps?

Steel Toe Advantages and Disadvantages

The steel used in safety boots is not just a slab of steel - the pieces are precisely cut according to safety standards and are of course fitted to a particular boot style.

The main advantage of steel is its strength. For many decades steel was the strongest manufacturing material available. Steel plates have typical thickness of about 1.5 - 2mm, so they are very thin, while being very strong.

Disadvantages of steel toes include their conductivity. Steel is a great conductor and a poor insulator. It will conduct electrical charges and freezing cold temperatures. The steel in your boot is wrapped in leather or other materials to limit this conductivity.

The weight of the steel adds to the weight of the boot, influencing foot fatigue and general productivity.

As aluminum improvements and options increased, alum toe caps have now become a common option. Aluminum is about 1/3 the weight of steel, and although it has a higher strength to weight ratio, aluminum is not as strong as steel.

Composite Toe Advantages and Disadvantages

A big advantage of composite toe boots is they will not conduct electricity the way a metal toe would. If you work around electrical hazards, this could be a big purchase factor.

Another advantage of composite toes is they will insulate against freezing cold temperatures somewhat better than steel toes.

Composite toes weigh a lot less than steel toes. Hold a composite boot in one hand and a steel toe in the other, and you can probably tell the difference in weight.

Is there a disadvantage to composite toe boots? There could difference in the amount of impact these two types of work boots can withstand. Just like a car made of high tech plastic versus steel, there may be a difference in impact resistance.

However, if composite boots meet safety code standards then there should not be a worry.

What is a Metguard?

Your foot contains more than 25 bones, as well as muscles, ligaments, and joints such as the ankle.

One of the bone groups is the metatarsal, which contains the 5 longest foot bones, and attached to your toes. A metguard is a strong covering attached to your boot to cover those 5 bones and help prevent metatarsal injuries.

Metatarsal injuries are very common because the metatarsal area is large and exposed. Most metatarsal injuries are caused by an object weighing less than 10kg falling on the top of your foot.

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In other words, warehouse jobs are some of the most common sites of a metatarsal injury, and the workers who most likely need a metguard on their boot.

Looking for a men's metguard work boot in Canada? Wei’s stocks several boots with metguard protection.

The popular Ariat Workhog with Metguard work boot (10017174) has an internal composite metatarsal protective plate. Red Wing, Carolina, Terra, STC, JB Goodhue, CAT and other brands have metguard styles. Shop Wei’s Collection of Metguard boots.

Meeting Workplace Standards for Work Boots

You need to ensure the work boots pass the impact resistance standards approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Look for the green triangular CSA tag sewn in a conspicuous part on a boot, usually above the angle. When your jobsite supervisor asks to see your CSA boot tag, just lift your pant leg.

CSA, like other safety organizations, mandates testing standards and charges for testing to meet particular workplace standards. This increases the cost for the boot manufacturer, and the cost to you.

Be aware that some boot manufacturers do not test their boots with CSA or other applicable organizations. They may construct the boot with materials that should meet the safety codes, but not pay for testing and not receive the formal code approval.

We are told the CSA program for men's work boots in Canada is very expensive, about $30,000 per boot style. If the style is changed one iota, then it's a new style and a new fee applies. So CSA approval is the big leagues, but a men's work boot manufacturer that does not have the CSA approval does not belong on the job site. Them's the workplace rules in Canada, and those rules and standards have been hard-earned through many, many workplace accidents.

Know what you are buying. Check the work boot specs and tags and the boot itself. As you browse through Wei's website, you'll see Wei's includes the manufacturer safety specs in each boot description.

Why Do Work Boot Brands Include Vibram, Thinsulate or Gore-tex?

If you're buying men's work boots in Canada, you want to be confident the boots deliver on their promises.

If a boot promises to be waterproof, it had better be waterproof, not just water resistant. If a boot promises to perform in the winter, the insulation must work well and not be bulky. Slip resistance is very important. Different types of sole patterns or sole materials are designed to grip better on wet concrete surfaces or oily steel surfaces.

So a work boot manufacturer is faced with making a great waterproofing system, a fantastic insulation package to meet harsh winters in Canada, and write-home-about-it outsoles that grip like a dog on a bone. But does a jack of all trades do everything equally well? That’s the challenge.

A work boot company must decide whether to fund the lengthy R&D for specialized component technology in-house, or buy branded technologies such as Vibram soles, Gore-Tex waterproofing and Thinsulate insulation.

These household names enjoy a lot of consumer confidence, but licensing their technologies will increase the price of the men's work boot in Canada.

When you see these brand names included in the boot description it means you might have more confidence in the boot, and you’ll generally be paying more for that confidence.

Most work boot manufacturers do both: they offer some styles with in-house technology, and some styles with all the branded components. Then they see what you like. You're the boss.

Are Rubber Boots Good for Work?

Remember the old orange and black rubber boot, or gum boots, from decades ago? Being waterproof was their only advantage. Those old rubber boots don’t breathe, so feet get sweaty and smelly. They’re not insulated, so in winter feet get cold fast. Gum boots don’t fit very well and generally have terrible arch support, so your feet get tired quickly, then get sore, in addition to being wet and stinky.

Some companies such as Dunlop, Baffin and Muck have created next generations of rubber-style boots. All three brands have their fans, touting comfort while walking, warmth to -25C, dry feet, and durability. Some people use their Irish Setter boots for winter and rave about their warmth and waterproof abilities. However, Irish Setters are soft toe boots.

At Wei’s you’ll find several styles of Dunlop, Baffin and Muck boots that are some of the best Winter work boots anywhere. Our customers are very happy with their Muck Artic Pro Sport boots, Baffin Ice Bear boots and Dunlop Purofort boots.

Does Dunlop Make Good Work Boots?

In 1980, the famous tire maker Dunlop created Purofort, a synthetic material with “millions of evenly distributed air pockets, making your boots extremely lightweight and thermally insulating” (quote from Dunlop website). The air holes also provide an exit for sweat molecules, keeping your feet dry.

Dunlop’s Purofort material is a best-in-class polyurethane boot. It’s more lightweight, more flexible, more insulating, and stronger than any other single material. Many Dunlop boots are rated to -50C. Some styles of Dunlop boots use Vibram soles made especially for Dunlop customers who work in the oilfield. Dunlop orthotic insoles provide arch support to alleviate foot fatigue. Steel toe styles are also available.

Wei’s has several styles of Dunlop boots. Whenever a customer says they buying boots for working outside in the Winter, especially in Canada’s extreme North, the conversation always includes Dunlop boots.

What is Gore-Tex and How Does it Work?

If a work boot company does not specialize in rubbery boots, they can take their best-selling work boots and add waterproofing.

Nowadays there are excellent waterproofing materials used by major brands to add to their regular work boots. Red Wing took their top-selling 2412 boot and added Gore-Tex, producing the waterproof style and re-numbering it 2414

One of the most famous waterproofing materials is Gore-Tex, which since the 1970s has become a staple of waterproofing. The patented expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (or ePTFE) has microscopic openings which let out steam (our body sweat or foot sweat) but does not allow liquid water molecules to go through.

Gore-Tex is produced in textile form and can be cut into sheets and shapes. It is licensed to manufacturers who place a layer of it in their products, producing waterproof work boots or waterproof outerwear.

Other companies have an in-house or proprietary waterproofing material. Irish Setter boots are technically hunting boots, but steel-toed Irish Setters are used for some work. Irish Setter has a proprietary waterproofing material that stands up to standing in water for hours, and keeping your feet bone dry.

What Makes Good Winter Boots in Canada?

When you’re working outside in winter conditions, how do you keep warm? Most clothing companies now know that layering is essential. A base layer, mid layer and outer layer help air flow, help wick away moisture, and provide warmth with specialize weaving that produces miniature air pockets for your body to warm.

Thinsulate is a synthetic material engineered at the molecular level to have gaps that are about 15 micrometres (0.00059 in) in diameter. These very small gaps trap air, but also allow moisture from sweat to escape so you don’t get sweaty and uncomfortable.

Thinsulate’s track record has seen it added to many brands of winter work boots, in typical amounts of 200g or 400g. Wei's stocks some styles with 600g and even 1,000g of Thinsulate. The product is also found in winter gloves and winter clothing.

What Are Women’s Work Boot Sizes?

Why do women and men have separate sizing charts? Can’t they use the same sizes? The short answer is that separate sizing charts are needed, and here’s why.

Generally, women’s feet are shorter than men’s. Women’s shoe and boot size is about 1.5 sizes larger than men’s, so if you wear a women’s size 8.5, try a man’s size 7. Some brands such as Muck offer unisex work boot styles with recommendations for women's sizes.

But there are other differences too. Women’s feet are generally narrower in the ankle and heel. Women usually have a B or D width. But some women might have wider than usual feet, and need an E or even EE width. And, some men with narrow feet need a B or D width.

As you’ve probably guessed, a boot width is the same for both women and men. If you wear women's 8.5D, try a men’s 7D.

Here’s the kicker. A woman’s foot has less mass than a man’s. The instep height is likely to be shorter. If we reverse the example above, can a man with a 7D size try on a women’s 8.5D boot? The answer is the man will have difficulty putting on the woman’s boot due to the man's longer instep. This is why each gender has its own size chart.

Working people know Wei’s is a destination for work boots, so we get all kinds of questions and requests for sizes. We know from experience that some women need a man’s wider boots, and every brand fits a little differently.

Best Place To Buy Work Boots In Canada

Wei's Western Wear is a leader in offering work boots online in Canada. Wei's has been in business for more than six decades, since 1956, and we have built up a loyal customer base. Now that Wei’s offers items online, our customer base has expanded across Canada and the United States.

We have more than 20 brands of rugged, top quality and premium men’s work boots in stock, available for purchase, and we offer free shipping on domestic (Canada-wide) work boot orders of over $150.

Why Choose Wei’s For Men’s Work Boots

Wei's Western Wear is a family-owned and operated business that has been in operation for more than 60 years. We offer the best work boots in Canada, including top sellers like Ariat, Red Wing, Canada West and JB Goodhue. We also stock other premium brands like Stompers, Carolina and Danner that you might not know about.

From humble beginnings repairing cowboy boots and work boots, Wei’s Western Wear has grown into one of the country’s leading suppliers of men’s work boots, as well as cowboy boots and western wear. We have two iconic stores in Red Deer, Canada, where you can purchase your work boots with assistance from our experts.

Wei’s ecommerce capabilities and systems allow you to chat with us and ask questions about work boots, or read our FAQ here at Weis online store. You can conveniently browse our selection and purchase your premium work boots from the comfort of your home. Wei’s provides timely shipping that gets your work boots straight to you.

Benefits Of A Great Pair Of Work Boots

The main benefits of a great pair of work boots are:

1. Protection: A good pair of work boots should protect your feet from chemicals or other hazards on the floor.

A great pair of work boots is a must-have for anyone who needs to meet CSA safety codes on the job site. You probably need a steel or composite toe, a puncture-resistant plate, and electrical charge resistance. You may also need an external metguard or internal metguard to protect the top of your foot.

Your work boots must have a slip-resistant sole that helps protect against chemical spills or oil spills, or frozen liquids and ice.

Most top quality work boots are made with full grain leather that is water resistant, resists abrasion, and breaks in to mold to the shape of your foot.

2. Comfort: A good pair of work boots has to feel good. Some feel good right out of the box, and Ariats are well known for their comfort.

Most boots take time to wear in, and thicker leather will take more time. Make sure you buy some mink oil or Dubbin with your work boot purchase, and work it in, especially on the arch. Then, with loose laces, wear your boots around the house for a few days, and they’ll be feeling more comfortable.

Work boots need to provide the necessary support for your feet and ankles, reducing foot fatigue. Many brands now have technology called “rebound” or similar that receive the energy from your feet and use it to give your feet more energy. Check out the in-house technologies available from Timberland PRO and Keen.

You have to be able to wiggle your toes, so you may need a larger toe box. Check out the Red Wing King Toe and other styles by Keen and Stompers, stocked by Wei’s. You may need a super wide boot, like a 4E available from Ariat, or a 5E available form Canada West and Boulet.

Weis has all of these examples, and many more, in our legendary selection.

3. Durability: A good pair of men’s work boots will last much longer than an average one, saving you money in the long run.

Better quality means better leather for better water resistance, better sole for more comfort and safety, better construction such as welting instead of cement (glue), better design for a better fit, and better cushioning for more support.

But you also have to ask yourself: are you hard on your boots? Are you the reason why toe guards were invented? Remember if you take care of them, they will take care of you.

How To Make Work Boots Last Longer

Job sites can have some harsh conditions, and we’re not mentioning the boss. Job site environments can be wet, slippery, and full of hazards from heavy machinery to sharp objects to protrusions and cramped spaces.

Add the weather environment of heat and freezing cold, or Fire and Ice as Vibram calls it, and you know you are going to put your work boots through their paces.

As the saying goes, look after them and they’ll look after you. Here are some quick tips on how to prolong the life of your work boots.

- Don't wear work boots when you're not working. They'll get worn out faster and won't be as comfortable as they should be.

- Keep your work boots clean by brushing off dirt with a stiff brush and wiping them down with a damp cloth.

- Apply a leather conditioner every few months to keep boot leather supple and strong.

- Store your boots in a cool, dry, dark place when you're not wearing them so the soles don't dry out or crack prematurely

How To Choose The Best Pair Of CSA Approved Work Boots For You

Wei’s work boot experts can help you choose work boots that work for you, whether you’ve bought 10 pairs or this is your first work boot purchase. We’ll help take out the guesswork and get you the right boots for your job.

Not all men’s work boots are the same - there is a lot of variation in quality, style and price. You need to learn how to choose the right men’s work boots for your needs. Read below to find out more.

A good pair of work boots provides the right comfort and durability, at a price that fits your budget. It all starts with the type of job you do.

Your jobsite will likely require you to wear an 8 inch boot for ankle and calf protection. Wei’s has dozens of styles, and we have 6-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and 11-inch boots plus tall work boots from Dunlop and Baffin.

If you’re up and down ladders, you need a 90 degree heel. If you’re on flat surfaces, especially like an ironworker, you probably want a flat sole like JB Goodhue or some Stompers or Terra boots. A lace-to-toe design can provide a better, closer fit which can give you more stability.

But if you’re a logger, you want an aggressive sole and probably a toe guard like the Canada West Climber, or maybe a metguard from Carolina. If you’re a rigger, why not get a boot made for the job, like a Dunlop or JB Goodhue?

If you work in extremely cold or Arctic conditions, you need to look at Baffin, Dunlop and Muck boots that are tested in those conditions. These boots are often built taller, with layers of scientifically developed materials and soles made for ice and snow.

If you work in a warehouse, a metguard is probably recommended by your employer. That’s because the most common foot injury is from a box or something else falling just a couple of feet and landing on top of your foot, where numerous bones can be broken. Get an external metguard or internal metguard to protect your feet, and make sure the work boot soles are slip-resistant.

Browse Wei’s legendary selection of more than 20 brands of work boots. Ask us questions, chat with us online or phone the stores. We’re happy to help and guide you to the work boots that are right for you, your feet, and your job.

Buying Safety Shoes

If you have an inside job, you might only need safety shoes. They still should be CSA approved and have steel or composite protection for the toe, and puncture resistance on the underside of your foot. Metguards are increasingly demanded since a high percentage of foot injuries in the warehouse can be avoided with a metguard.

Wei’s has CSA approved safety shoes from Red Wing, CAT and other brands that will meet your needs. Blundstone makes a shorter slip-on boot with internal metguard that could be a great choice for you. Wei’s has them.

Buying Men’s Work Boots and Safety Shoes Online

Buying work boots online is becoming more and more popular. Wei’s knows ordering work boots online is growing because we send work boot orders to every province in Canada, and almost every State in the United States. We’ve sent orders to Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. Our legendary selection is known.

It’s very convenient for you to order work boots without ever having to leave your home. However, you have to know your feet.

First, think about whether you regularly get blisters or have callouses or corns on your feet. Do you have a high arch or even a fallen arch? Have you ever worn good quality insoles, and have they helped with arch support? What are the characteristics of your feet?

Second, get the right size by measuring each of your feet separately. Measure the length, measure the width, and measure around your arch.

A standard width is a B, and wide is EE. But workboots come in D, single E, and H which is like 4E. Workboots even come in 5E, courtesy of Canada West and Boulet.

Extra long or wide toes will benefit from a longer toe box. Search Wei’s website for work boots that have larger toe boxes by Red Wing, Timberland PRO, Stompers or Keen. You have to be able to wiggle your toes. If you feel pressure on your toes from the steel or composite toe, the boots are too small.

Leather boots will stretch a little as they “wear in” but the stretching is commonly along the arc, or a little in the width. They will not stretch lengthwise.

Third, what kind of boot do you need or want? Do you require an 8-inch boot? Do you require CSA approval, a steel toe, a metguard?

You’ll probably also ask at the jobsite about what boots or brands are recommended, and be clear about any requirements. Make sure you read our FAQ about How to Find the Best Work Boots For You, above, where we discuss boots made for different types of jobs.

Fourth, your own preferences: are you planning to wear thick socks? Do you want extra insulation, or not? Do you want a pull-on or lace-up? What colour?

Now you’ve got your foot characteristics, your size, your jobstie recommendations and your own preferences. You’re ready to shop online at Wei’s Western Wear

Where to start at Wei’s Online? Search for Work Boots, or go under the Men’s tab, and click on Work Boots. Or familiarize yourself with the brands by looking at the Brands tab.

It’s fair to say that Ariat boots and Red Wing boots are some of the most popular boots Wei’s carries. But not everyone prefers them. Each brand has their fans, which is why we have a choice of brands.

Canada West has legions of fans in the US as well as Canada. These are sturdy boots, usually with steel toes, with superior leather, made in Winnipeg. Boulet is another high quality Canadian brand, and they’re made in Quebec. Boulet has just a few work boots styles, and they are very popular. However Boulet prefers to make cowboy boots, and Wei’s has lots of those, too.

JB Goodhue is another Canadian brand with legions of fans, especially for its flat-soled, lace-to-toe designs.

One day we’ll write a blog to go into all the brands we carry at Wei’s.

Please take a look at what Wei’s has to offer for buying work boots online, read our FAQ, and let us know how we can help.

Buying Red Wing Work Boots Online

Wei’s has been an authorized Red Wing dealer for decades and are proud to carry this famous brand. As e-commerce started up, Red Wing decided they did not want to sell boots online, because they feel the only way to get the right pair of boots is by trying them on first.

Accordingly, Red Wing dealers are not permitted to sell online, but we can display the boots online. This is why you’ll see Red Wing styles at Wei’s Western Wear Online, and a note on each style to give us a call with your Red Wing questions.

What are CSA, ASTM, ANSI and OSHA?

You’re used to seeing these abbreviations when you’re evaluating work boots. They refer to product safety standards organizations and the regulatory agencies that make laws around those standards.

OK, here we go. You might want to grab a coffee and a headache medication. ;-)

Standards Organizations

- CSA is Canadian Standards Association, a private organization that prepares standards in about 60 different product areas.

- In the United States, the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) is very similar.

- Also in the US, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the standards strategy in the USA.

- These organizations create standards but do not create laws.

Law-making Organizations in USA

- The laws for workplace safety are made by government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) in the United States.

Law-making Organizations in Canada

- In Canada, there are 14 different jurisdictions.

- The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) makes OHS laws that apply to workplaces under federal jurisdiction, such as airlines and broadcasting, and workplaces that cross provincial boundaries, such as railways, pipelines and shipping.

- Each of the ten provinces and three territories has its own OH&S legislation.

- In practise, buying workboots approved by CSA will meet federal or provincial workplace OHS laws.

Maybe being based in the complicated country of Canada has helped Wei’s Western Wear be tough, survive and thrive all these years.

- In each province or territory, there is an act (typically called the Occupational Health and Safety Act or something similar) which applies to most workplaces in that region. The Act usually applies to all workplaces except private homes and farms.

- Note that Occupational Health and Safety Act is represented by the letters OHSA, which is the same as the USA organization. When doing your research, be careful which laws you are reading about. Add the name of the province (i.e. OHSA Alberta) when searching.

- According to CCOHS, “approximately 6% of the Canadian workforce falls under the OH&S jurisdiction of the federal government. The remaining 94% of Canadian workers fall under the legislation of the province or territory where they work.”

- Again according to the CCOHS, “...in Canada many elements (e.g., rights and responsibilities of workers, responsibilities of employers, supervisors, etc.) are similar in all the jurisdictions. A company that has workplaces in multiple jurisdictions is free to develop policies and programs that will apply equally in each location, as long as those policies and programs meet or exceed the requirements outlined for each jurisdiction.

What You Need To Know About Steel Toe Boots And Safety Shoes

Steel toe boots are the go-to work boot for workers everywhere. They feature a thin steel plate over the toe area. Steel toe boots are required by almost any workplace that is not an office, retail store, a school.

Steel toes were the first type of safety toe footwear, and in more recent years, composite toe and carbon toe alternatives have come to the market, as well as alloy toe plates which have a mixture of metals

The American regulatory agency Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) states: “Safety toe protective footwear must be worn at all times regardless of the presence of a hazard; and the safety toe protective footwear must meet the following requirements - leather uppers, oil resistant and non-skid soles, and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2413-05 with an impact resistance rate of 75 and a compression resistance rate of 75.”

ASTM 75- pound-foot equals about 2,500 pounds of compression or impact resistance

If the work boot passes ASTM, OHSA or CSA approval, it must meet the same requirements. This means steel toe, alloy, composite, or carbon toe boots that have the approval are equally good at compression or impact resistance.

Some people say steel toes are colder in the winter, and composite toes are not as cold. On the other hand, if it’s -40 then everything is cold

and safety shoes are a must-have for any construction worker or someone who works in a job that requires hard labor. You might think that they are the same thing, but they are not. The difference between steel toe boots and safety shoes is that steel toe boots have a metal plate in the front to protect your toes from any accidents.

Safety shoes are another kind of footwear that is designed to protect workers from injury in their work environment. Safety shoes offer an extra layer of protection for your feet when you're at work - they can protect against things like slips, trips, and falls.

Overall, steel toe boots are shoes that have a protective steel toe cap in the front of the shoe. They also have a steel plate to protect the toes from impact and compression. Essentially, steel toe boots are designed for people who work in construction, manufacturing, or other industries where there is a risk of getting hit by falling objects. On the other hand, safety shoes are an important part of any safety gear for workers on the job site. Safety shoes help protect against injuries from falls, slips and trips as well as chemical spills and electrical hazards.

Benefits Of A Great Pair Of Steel Toe Boots And Safety Shoes

The benefits of a great pair of steel toe boots and safety shoes are well documented. These types of footwear should be worn in any industry where there is a risk of injury to the feet, toes, or other parts of the body that may come into contact with hard surfaces.

Steel toe boots and safety shoes are designed to protect against injuries like stubbed toes, broken toes, crushed toes, and more. They are also designed to protect against electrical shocks and slips on slippery surfaces

Steel toe boots and safety shoes are two of the most important pieces of footwear that you will ever wear.

They are designed to protect your feet from injury, keep them comfortable, and make you look good.

In essence, steel toe boots are one of the most important safety shoes in the industry. They provide protection against the impact of heavy objects. There are many benefits that come with wearing steel toe boots. Steel toe boots ensure that your feet stay safe and protected from any accidental accidents and injuries that might happen on the job site. They also have a higher level of protection against electrical hazards, which can be a danger to your feet and toes. Steel toe boots also offer better insulation against extreme temperatures than other types of shoes, so you don't have to worry about getting cold or hot on the job site.

Buying Steel Toe Boots And Safety Shoes Online

Buying steel toe boots and safety shoes online is a great way to find the perfect pair of footwear.

It can be difficult to find the right size, color, and style in stores, but with the help of the internet you can find anything you are looking for.

Online shopping is convenient because you can do it from anywhere. If you are on vacation or just have a busy day at work, then you can still order what you need and have it shipped to your home

There are many benefits to buying steel toe boots and safety shoes online that make it worth trying out!

Intrinsically, we believe buying steel toe boots and safety shoes online is a great idea for many reasons. It saves you time and money, in addition to making it easier to find the perfect pair of shoes.

The best part about buying steel toe boots and safety shoes online is that you can do so from the comfort of your own home. You don't have to worry about finding parking, fighting crowds, or getting dirty.

You can also save money by comparison shopping online; you'll be able to find the best deals on steel toe boots and safety shoes with just a few clicks of your mouse.

How To Choose The Best Pair Of Steel Toe Boots And Safety Shoes For You

Choosing the best pair of steel toe boots and safety shoes for you can be a daunting task. There are so many different types of boots and shoes to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start.

There are three main factors you should consider when choosing a pair of steel toe boots and safety shoes: your work environment, your work type, and your budget.

If you work in an environment with wet or slippery surfaces, you will want to invest in a good pair of safety shoes with slip resistant soles. If you work in construction, you will want to invest in steel toe boots with slip resistant soles. If your job is more sedentary but requires heavy lifting on occasion, then a good balance between the two would be the most appropriate for you.

Choose Us For Steel Toe Boots And Safety Shoes Online

Wei's Western Wear is a men’s work boots retail company that specializes in providing the best quality steel toe boots and safety shoes online. We provide products with a variety of styles, shapes, sizes, colors and patterns for both men and women.

Essentially, we offer a variety of high-quality products that are made from the finest materials available. We also provide excellent customer service with our knowledgeable staff that is happy to help you find what you need - the perfect pair of steel toe boots.