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Should hikers wear sneakers or hiking boots?

Should hikers wear sneakers or hiking boots?

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Runners who hike and hikers who run often want to debate whether sneakers or hiking boots are the footwear of choice. If you ask most old school hikers, especially backpackers, they’ll tell you, it’s absolutely necessary to wear hiking boots. Younger backpackers are interested in whether it’s okay to just wear sneakers. One of the reasons there is such a debate is because sneakers couldn’t always handle the weight some backpackers carry. But, today, that’s not necessarily true. It all depends on the sneaker. So, here’s what you should know when determining if you should wear sneakers or hiking boots while backpacking.

5 Reasons You Should Trade Your Hiking Boots for Tennis Shoes

1 – Hiking Boots are Heavy

When compared to your favorite running shoes, hiking boots are heavy. The heavier your footwear, the more energy you use. Weight on your feet is especially important when you’re hiking. So, logic tells us, if you trade in your heavy boots for much lighter tennis shoes, you’re going to use less energy, which means you can cover more ground and even add a few more pounds to your backpack, if needed.

2 – Sneakers are Less Likely to Create Blisters

Boots won’t flex with your feet. Hiking footwear also doesn’t let your toes breathe, which means the sweat soaks right in. When your shoes don’t flex and they’re sweaty, you put yourself at risk of blisters. Even a well broken in pair of hiking boots can cause blisters on a long hike. On the other hand, you’re favorite tennis shoes are probably made to breathe, they’ll flex with your foot, and help you stay on your feet.

3 – How waterproof are your hiking boots, really?

Waterproofing is a tricky term. Most boots are advertised as waterproof. It will keep your feet dry from the outside, but what about from the inside out. If you’re waterproof boots don’t do something about the sweat that builds up inside, you’re not going to be comfortable after a long hike. Even the best waterproof boots don’t provide protection from long periods of rain.

If you’re out there long enough, the rain might just run down your leg and into your boot. So, what we’re saying is don’t get sucked into the hype. You don’t need waterproof hiking boots to stay comfortable on the trail. If waterproof protection is the only reason you’re choosing boots over tennis shoes, you might want to think again.

4 – Ankle Support can be Achieved with Tennis Shoes

If you want ankle support, you don’t have to go with a boot. Instead of worrying about your ankle support, you need to focus on a sneaker that improves your ability to grip uneven terrain. If you’re still worried about your ankles, you should start doing exercises that will strengthen and stretch your ankle muscles.

5 – Hiking Boots are More Expensive than Sneakers

Hiking boots are generally more expensive than sneakers. When you add in the extended break-in times, and the maintenance required to keep boots in good shape, the hiking boots are more expensive than tennis shoes. A lightweight, cheaper alternative like a tennis shoe is a much better choice.

Don’t get our advice twisted, we love boots. Boots are our business, but we also specialize in hiking tennis shoes. So, we want you to have all the facts when you’re making your decision.

Make the Switch to a Trail Runner or Lightweight Running Shoe

When you’re ready to make the switch, check out our running shoe and trail runner options. For instance, our Merrell hiking tennis shoes don’t require any break-in period. Most styles offer good traction, a soft, flexible sole, and will protect your feet from feeling rocks underneath. You’ll want to choose a style that breathes easily and dries fast after it gets wet. Do you need help choosing the right hiking tennis shoe? If so, we’re ready to help. Give us a call today and you’ll be happy that you did.

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What Can I Use Paracord For?

What Can I Use Paracord For?

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Paracord has been available for years, but have you ever considered what you can do with it. Those that have already used it are usually in love with it. If you’re ready to start a love affair with paracord, you need to know all the things you can do with this invention. Not only can you have fun making key fobs, bracelets, belts, and other crafts with paracord, but you can do other useful survival techniques too. First, let’s go into detail about what paracord is.

What is Paracord Made of?

Paracord is a nylon rope. It is extremely lightweight and was first used by parachute jumpers during WWII. Soldiers found this miracle rope extremely useful. Soon after, soldiers and civilians started finding reasons to use the cord for everyday tasks. If you see paracord being referred to as Paracord 550, it means it has a breaking strength of 550lbs. Wow, is that strong!

How is Paracord Sold?

You can buy paracord just about anywhere. Paracord is usually sold in 100’ or 50’ lengths. For large projects, it can be purchased by the spool. It comes in many different colors. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts often use the cord to make survival bracelets, which is several feet of paracord woven into a wearable bracelet that can be worn in the field.

Paracord Purposes

Paracord is used for securing things, removing debris, strapping things together, or can even be used as a harness for a person. If needed, paracord could be used as a tourniquet to stop bleeding. You can even unravel the cord to use as fishing line or thread a needle to sew on a button. Below, is a huge, but not exclusive list of paracord purposes.
• Secure a tent
• Securing tarps to trees
• Hanging tools from your belt or neck
• Secure things to a backpack
• Securing a splint
• Create a belt to hold up your pants
• Make a sling
• Use as shoelaces
• Repair a broken zipper pull
• Creating a tow line
• Carrying a lanyard
• Clothesline
• Hanging something off the ground
• Creating a pulley system
• Making snares or traps
• Replacing missing strings
• Securing rolling items
• Tie objects together for easy transport
• Make a rope
• Rig a hammock
• Bundle stuff together
• Tie plants to stakes
• Pet collar and leash
• Secure a poncho for better coverage
• Tying stuff down, so it won’t blow away
• Creating a trip wire
• Makeshift hand cuffs
• Emergency dental floss
• Use as suture material

Paracord Shoelaces for Military Boots

One of our favorite purposes for paracord is as shoelaces for military boots. You need shoelaces, so why not use paracord anyways. This way you have paracord to use if you need it and your boots are staying laces as well too. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

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Best Features of a Rugged Work Boot

Best Features of a Rugged Work Boot

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Whether you’re walking, working, or exploring the tough terrain, you need to count on your footwear to increase your underfoot stability. Dry or murky ever changing weather can turn a regular work day into a nightmare. But, if you have the right work boots, your adventures or shifts will be easier to tackle. To get the most for your money, we’ve provided some tips to help you choose footwear with the best features of a rugged work boot.

Rugged Work Boot Features

To be considered one of our favorite work boots, footwear needs to have many unique features. The most important features of a work boot revolve around the safety toe, soles, and appearance. Not all boots will have the same features, but you need to look specifically at the toes, soles, and what the boot likes like.

Safety Toe Features

Safety toes can be steel, aluminum, or composite. If you don’t need a safety toe, you’ll choose a soft toe. If a protective toe is required for your work or your protection, you’ll select one of the choices above. What will help you choose the material you should select include the tasks you plan to complete and the temperature in the environment you will be working in.
For example, if you are at significant risk of compression or compact injuries and work in a cold environment, you should choose a work boot with a steel safety toe. On the other hand, if you need a safety toe to protect from injuries, but your environment doesn’t get frigid, you can probably choose an aluminum toe boot. When compared head to head, a steel toe and aluminum toe boot will protect just about the same, but aluminum toe shoes will be lighter than others. Once you’ve decided what protective toe is right, it’s time to think about the soles of your new work boot.

How to Choose the Best Sole for a Work Boot

You’ve narrowed down your work boot choices by selecting a protective toe. Now, it’s time to look at the soles of the boots you’ve narrowed it down to. The most popular choices you’ll see in our online store include those with a rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate, or polyurethane soles.
Rubber soles are a favorite work boot choice because they are resistant to slips. Ethylene vinyl acetate is another excellent choice because it’s light and extremely flexible. Lastly, polyurethane is resistant to chemicals. Consider all the options and how they apply to your work environment. By doing this, you can easily choose a sole/protective toe combo that will meet your needs. But, you’re not done yet. To avoid buyer’s remorse, you also must consider appearances. Naturally, we don’t expect you to choose boots just based on looks, but you may have uniform requirements such as black boots.
If you’re choosing a work boot that is lightly colored, you also may want to consider the materials you work with daily. For instance, if you work with oil or gas on a regular basis, you probably don’t want to choose a tan boot. But, don’t let color choices get you down. Most boot options in our online store are offered in many colors including black, brown, and green.

Shop Military Boot Super Store for Great Deals and Many Options

When you shop Military Boot Super Store, you’ll have lots of options to choose from every day. We’ve made it our business to provide the boot wearing community with access to the best footwear on the market for a variety of different careers.

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Steel or Composite Toe Boots – Which is the Better Work Boot Choice?

Steel or Composite Toe Boots – Which is the Better Work Boot Choice?

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Every boot store, including ours, has many work boot choices. We strive to offer a huge selection of the best work boots on the market. It’s a great thing, but it can make it hard to choose which one is right for you. For instance, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is whether someone should wear a steel or composite toe boot. To help you get the information you need to make the best decision, we’ve compiled some great information.

Steel vs. Composite – Consider Your Industry

The first thing you need to realize is whether you wear steel or composite toe boots is usually industry specific and depends on the type of site you work in. The next factor you need to consider is comfort. At the end of the day, if you wear uncomfortable boots, your feet are going to hurt, which makes wearing them the next day even harder. Instead of just covering your toes with the appropriate metal, your work boots should also have ample toe room and a comfy footbed. To help you find a boot that works for you, we’ve listed the pros and cons of steel vs. composite boots below.

Composite Toe Boot Pros and Cons

Composite toe boots meet safety standards and provide a reasonable amount of protection. Unlike steel toe boots, composite toe boots provide protection using non-metal materials like plastic or Kevlar.

Pros of Composite Toe Boots

Composite toe boots are very light, which makes them a better choice for sites or jobs that incur extremely hot temperatures.

Cons of Composite Toe Boots

Unfortunately, composite toe boots aren’t as durable as other protective footwear. One of the reasons a composite toe boot can’t protect your feet as well as most steel toe boots is because they simply can’t handle most impacts.

Steel Toe Boots Pros and Cons

Steel toe boots are a work boot classic. These boots are called steel toe because of the heavy-duty steel use in the toe box to protect feet.

Pros of Steel Toe Boots

Steel toe boots are preferred by many working men and women because of the protection they provide. Steel toe boxes are able to protect feet from heavy equipment like chainsaws or heavy falling objects.

Cons of Steel Toe Boots

One of the biggest cons associated with steel toe boots is cost. In relationship to composite toe boots, steel toe boots are much more expensive. Steel toe boots are heavier and don’t provide the level of comfort that is found in composite toe boots. Steel toe footwear can also set off a metal detector, which can be a hassle, if you work near metal detectors on a regular basis.

Final Thoughts

If you want a boot that provides the best protection possible, you should consider a steel toe boot. Overall, it’s the best protection money can buy. It’s also a better choice for use in hazardous conditions. But, if you need footwear that is lighter and you aren’t worried about heavy objects or working in hot or cold environments a composite toe is a better choice.

Generally speaking, if you’re looking to get the best possible protection money can buy, go for boots with a steel toe. They’re better for more hazardous sites. But if you need to be a bit lighter on your feet and don’t need to be as concerned with falling objects — or you’re working in an extremely hot or cold climate — composite might be a better choice.

Military Boot Superstore is here to help you with all your work boot needs. We offer composite and steel toe boots from the best brands on the market, which allows you to protect yourself in the toughest environments imaginable. Take a look at all the products we offer and let us know if you have any questions.

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When Should I Replace my Work Boots?

When Should I Replace my Work Boots?

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Work Boots | 0 comments

How many times have you heard the old saying, “if the shoe fits, wear it?” No matter who you are, or what era you grew up in, you have probably heard this saying at least once. However, when it comes to your work boots, just because the shoe fits, you don’t have to wear it. In fact, in some instances, you shouldn’t wear a shoe just because it fits. Unfortunately, some people don’t know when it’s time to give up on their old work boots and buy new. In this blog, we will discuss when you should replace your work boots.

If You Think it’s Time for New Work Boots, It Probably Is

If you think your work boots are getting too old to wear, it’s probably time to get new boots. Similar to the day-old expired milk in your fridge, if you are in doubt about your military boots or work boots, throw the boots out and buy new.

Factors that Affect How Long Work Boots Last

When reading this blog, it’s important to realize that there is no magical answer to how long any given work boot will last. This is true because there are several factors that affect how a work boot will handle every day wear and tear. Below are the most common factors that affect the way work boots hold up in the field.

  • Job hazards
  • How often the boot is worn
  • Industry boots are worn in
  • Weight of the worker
  • Size of the worker

Work Boot Wear and Tear

Replacing work boots due to wear and tear is a very subjective issue. However, there are some basic issues that should help you decide whether it is time to replace your aging work boots or not. Examples of boots that need to be replaced due to wear and tear include:

  • Showing steel toe
  • Exposed  midsole
  • Exposed metatarsal or steel shank

If your boots are showing any of the signs of wear and tear above, you need to replace your boots as soon as possible.

When to Replace Waterproof or Chemical-Resistant Boots

If your boots aren’t showing any signs of wear and tear mentioned above, but are waterproof  or chemical resistant, you have to watch for signs of wear and tear from these features too. For example, if your waterproof or chemical-resistant boot starts to separate from the rubber or the PVC comes loose, it is time to replace the boots.

Boots with Damaged Tread Should be Replaced

Another surefire sign that your work boots should be replaced is when the tread on your boot begins to show signs of damage or excessive wear. For instance, if your boot has been punctured or the sole is nearly gone, it is time to replace the boot. Boots without proper tread are not providing the proper slip prevention.

Leaking Boots are Not Effective in the Field

Leaking boots are not effective in the field. Leaks are usually caused by cuts, punctures, cracks, or damage to the boot. When any of these instances has occurred, you should definitely replace your boots.

Don’t Put Off Replacing Your Boots due to Cost

We realize that buying new work boots is an expensive feat. However, it is important that you don’t put off buying new work boots due to cost. To help reduce costs, we price all of our work boots at low prices every single day and offer free shipping on all orders over $50. Don’t put off buying new work boots till tomorrow – instead, buy new affordable work boots from the best brands, including 5.11 Tactical, Danner, Belleville, etc., on the market today.

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Landscapers must Choose the Right Work Boots

Landscapers must Choose the Right Work Boots

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in Work Boots | 0 comments

Landscapers must choose the right eye, ear, and foot protection to keep them safe while working. Since June is National Safety Month, we wanted to point out that wearing the right work boots is critical to landscapers and law care contractor’s safety. Below, we will point out the most important features landscapers should consider when buying work boots.

Landscapers should wear a Boot with a Steel Shank

Since landscapers often work on different types of terrain, it is important that these professionals wear a boot with a steel shank. A steel shank will help provide stability on a variety of different terrains, will help the boot retain its shape over time, and also support the arch of your feet.

Choose a Work Boot with Quality Construction

Probably one of the most important features of a landscaper work boot is choosing a boot that is made with quality construction. A good sign of quality construction is a boot that has a Goodyear welt process. This process has been used in the work boot industry for a very long time. The process includes using a welt or strip of leather around the bottom edge of the sole.

Comfort is Key

Landscapers and lawn care contractors often have to work in a variety of different types of weather and depending on the job can be on their feet for a very long time. To ensure you stay comfortable, you need to choose a boot with a comfortable fit. Put simply, if a shoe is not comfortable to wear, you shouldn’t wear it.

Make sure the Work Boot you Choose Meets Job Site Safety Standards

To ensure you are staying legit, you need to make sure the boot meets your employer’s safety standards. To do this, find out if your job requires the use of steel toe, composite toe, or any other safety features. If so, check out the product specifications of the boots you are choosing to make sure they meet these needs.

Shop for Landscaper Work Boots at the Military Boot Super Store

At the Military Boot Super Store, we carry over a dozen of the best boot brands on the market. To find the right boots that will meet the needs of your landscaping or lawn care contracting job, check out our inventory. All of our boots are priced lower than our competitors and we offer free shipping on all orders over $50.

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