What to look for when selecting welding boots

Article By: Team AWS

We all know how important our feet are, especially when we are welding. If we can’t move freely, it makes it a lot harder to weld in a variety of positions

As the footy saying goes “he can’t run without legs”, so too does the idea that one ‘can’t weld without welding boots.’ Ok… now technically you can weld without boots, or any footwear really, but we all know that would be a bad idea and you would probably end up in hospital, in a doctor’s waiting room or in a lot of pain.

So, in protecting yourself while welding, it makes sense that your footwear should be fit for purpose. The question then becomes ‘what features should I look for in a welding boot?’

Luckily, we have you covered. We’ve crunched the key features, spat them out and here they are:



Heat resistance

Welding undoubtedly produces extreme heat that can be uncomfortable, to say the least. All other welding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to resist heat, so it makes sense that footwear should be too. The Jalas Titan 1848K welding boots feature a heat-resistant upper and outsole with Kevlar threaded seams that are specifically built for welding, along with Thinsulate heat insulation for added comfort.



An aluminium toe cap

As we know, it hurts when heavy metal falls on your feet. Therefore, quality welding boots should possess a safety toe cap to provide adequate foot protection against any falling or stationary objects. The Jalas welding boots offer an aluminium toecap with toe reinforcement along with a plasma-treated composite textile (PTC) for nail protection, so you can be sure your feet are protected. The added bonus of an aluminium toecap is that it is lighter than traditional steel capped boots while still offering the same level of protection, meaning less weight and increased comfort!



Oil and water repellent properties

It is important that your welding boots repel moisture and other liquids which may be present in tough welding environments, as well as possessing anti-static properties. Jalas, with over 100 years’ experience, has developed a boot which can stand up to tough conditions. Don’t just take our word for it – see what our customers have to say:

Welding boot review



No more burnt laces

All welders know how annoying burnt boot laces can be. Having to either replace them regularly or use cable ties daily before cutting them off at the end of shift is frustrating at best, while spats add extra weight to the boots. But would it surprise you to know that your boot laces also have the potential to compromise your safety?

Laces introduce a new hazard to the welder as molten metal, sparks and hot debris are collected in a focused capture point. This significantly increases the burn risk to the welder, especially if the boots worn are not heat- or fire-resistant.

Furthermore, the Welding Processes Code of Practice released by Safe Work Australia states that “welders should avoid using foot protection that has the potential to capture hot sparks and metal debris” – using ‘laces’ as an example of what NOT to wear. Simply put, if your welding boots have laces, they are not welding boots and they put you at risk.

 

Comfort

 

Now that we have the important safety-based points covered – let’s take a look at comfort! If you’re going to be wearing them day in, day out, they’ve got to be comfortable and leave your feet feeling relaxed. The Jalas 1848K Titan welding boots are designed to face the rigours of long welding shifts, with a high level of protection, excellent grip and double shock absorption system being matched by a spacious fit.

 Here’s a couple of words from another happy customer:

Welding boot review comfort



Welders are exposed to unique risks that other workers may not encounter including heat, spatter, sparks and potentially flames. Welders wear unique Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like welding helmets, welding gloves and welding aprons, so why are they not wearing appropriate welding boots?

 

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