Workplace safety starts from your feet. Did you know that almost 25% of workplace injuries involve the feet? This is the main reason why you should pay attention to the shoes you wear while doing physically demanding jobs. The right pair will not only protect you from workplace hazards but it will also provide the much-needed comfort while you’re on the clock. When it comes to heavy-duty footwear, we believe that they should strike the balance between protection and comfort. With that said, there’s a pair that fits that bill: the Georgia Boot Muddog Steel Toe Waterproof Wellington.
Is the Muddog Steel Toe Wellington worth your money? Can it effectively protect you from various hazards in the workplace? Is this a comfortable pair? We will answer these questions with our quick review below.
When it comes to buying safety work boots, there are numerous factors that need to be considered. Mainly, you need to make sure that the pair can perform in tougher conditions and comfortable. To know if the Muddog Wellington is such a pair, we have to talk about its key features:
The upper material of the Muddog steel toe Wellington is made with SPR leather using a special tanning technique. The traditional genuine leather is already a tough, long-lasting material that works great with work footwear. However, this is no ordinary leather because SPR is actually three times stronger than traditional leathers. It is also able to resist abrasions more than twice as better. SPR is able to resist chemicals like caustic alkali, sulfuric acid, caustic potash, calcium hydroxide and more. This results in a pair that is not only good looking but also holds up in the toughest conditions.
What’s a pair of work boots if it doesn’t have the safety features you need? With the Muddog Wellington, you will not be disappointed with its safety features. This is a steel toe boot so it will protect your toes (the most vulnerable part of the feet) from falling objects. This pair has passed the ASTM F2413 protective toe classification and rated at I75/C75. In layman’s term, this is one tough boot that can withstand a significant force when it falls on your feet.
Electrical hazards are also a major concern when it comes to workplace safety. If your boots can’t protect you from electrical shocks, then it could cause irreversible damage or even death. The Muddog Wellington adheres to the ASTM F2413 electrical hazard standard. This means that the construction is free from nails or any materials that can conduct electricity.
Georgia Boot uses a proprietary waterproofing system called Georgia Waterproof System in many of its work boots. The Georgia Boot Muddog Steel Toe Waterproof Wellington is no exception. This waterproofing system fortifies the shoe that makes it easy to repel water and keep it out. However, the system still allows air in so the boot is still breathable. Many Georgia Boot customers are impressed with this particular waterproofing system.
Most active footwear nowadays uses polyurethane midsoles and for good reason. Polyurethane has been proven to provide better cushioning than other materials. Polyurethane also has high resiliency which means that it won’t easily flatten or compress over time. The molded PU midsole will help in the longevity of the boot. However, this does add a bit to the overall weight of the pair.
In terms of comfort, the most notable feature of the Muddog Wellington is the ComfortCore insole. Again, this is a patented technology by Georgia Boot, so this is quite a unique comfort feature. The polyurethane energy return heel plug stores energy when you’re stepping the foot, then the energy will be released again once the foot is lifted. This gives not just superior cushioning but it can relieve fatigue as well. The insole also has an Air Flow System that facilitates air circulation, keeping your feet cool and dry.
Although the Muddog Wellington is a solid pair of work boots, it does have its share of drawbacks. Perhaps the most glaring drawback is the weight. At 5.1 pounds per pair (size 10), this is a fairly heavy pair of boots. But that’s to be expected since it’s a Wellington boot. We also think that it could really benefit from some extra stitching.
The Georgia Boot Muddog Steel Toe Waterproof Wellington is a high-quality pair of work boots. It has enough safety features for the toughest conditions but still manages to provide good comfort and support. However, you have to keep in mind that this is a heavy pair. If you’re in the market for a good Wellington, it’s hard to go wrong with Muddog.