If you are working on a farm or ranch, you should know that you should be wearing the appropriate footwear. Many had the mistake of wearing regular lace-up boots only to find themselves disappointed (and likely wet). There is no shortage of work boots that will keep your feet dry and protected from conditions. However, you can’t just choose a pair and be done with it. In this article, we will walk you through at some of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a pair of Wellington boots.
Plus, if you’re open to recommendations, you can also check out the Wolverine Men's Nation Durashocks CarbonMAX Wellington Boot to kickstart your search.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Wellington
Shopping for a pair of Wellington boot basically boils down to your personal needs and preferences. However, to make sure that you end up with a pair that will serve you best, you need to consider the factors below:
If your Wellington can’t hold up against tough conditions, then you are just throwing money down the drain. You need a pair that will last you a long time even when it’s regularly subjected to punishment. The durability of the boot is generally decided by its materials and construction.
2. Safety Features
Working outside comes with its own set of dangers. One of the most common workplace accidents is foot injuries. To prevent such injuries, you need to have the proper footwear. You need safety features from your Wellingtons like slip resistance and toe protection.
While working, your boots will be exposed to outside elements and chemicals. Thus, your pair needs to have the ability to repel elements and other chemicals (especially in farms). Finding a waterproof Wellington is a good start.
At the end of the day, your feet should not be squeezed tight or suffer from blisters and abrasions. If you want all-day comfort from your Wellingtons, find the right size boot. Wellingtons are available in regular and wide widths. If the boot feels snug during the first fitting, don’t hesitate to go wide.
Review of Wolverine Men's Nation Durashocks CarbonMAX Wellington Boot
What makes the Wolverine Nation a good pair of Wellington? Let’s take a look at some of its features.
The DuraShocks is a patented technology by Wolverine. Basically, it’s a system that is made up of advanced components designed to deliver performance and comfort. The first component is the cushion in the heel which helps the flexibility of the shoe. Next, there’s the sidewall compress that is used to absorb shock and return energy with each step. The third part is the patented H-Plate suspension that enhances the boot’s overall stability. The last component is the rubber lug outsoles which provides excellent traction and slip resistance.
CarbonMAX Safety Toe
If a heavy or sharp object falls into your feet, it can easily lead to serious injuries. Fortunately, the Wolverine Nation has CarbonMAX nanotechnology safety toe that meets the ASTM standard. The protection is not as good as steel toes, but this also means that it’s not as heavy.
Goodyear Welt Construction
The Wolverine Nation is a beautifully constructed shoe, thanks to its Goodyear Welt construction. When it comes to shoe construction, Goodyear Welt is considered to be the best. The stitching ensures that the insole, sole, welt and upper are tightly secured. Other benefits include superior ventilation and the ability to be resoled.
Working on a farm also means wading through wet grass and mud. It’s a good thing that the Wolverine Nation has sufficient waterproofing properties to keep your feet nice and dry. The full-grain leather upper doesn’t just look good, it can effectively repel water. Also, the membrane has been treated with Waterproof Plus. The boots will not protect you from heavy rain and snow, but they should be perfect wet or damp conditions. The Goodyear Welt construction also adds to the leak-proof design.
The first thing that comes to mind is the break-in period. Not everyone experiences a break-in period but with this pair, we certainly did. This might not be the pair for you if you prefer an outstanding out-of-the-box experience. However, unlike most boots that it could take weeks to break in, we were able to break-in the Wolverine Nation in just a few days.
Another concern that might arise is the price. The $170 price tag might be too pricey for some people. However, you need to look at the quality and features that are being offered here. We feel that the Nation is worth the asking price.
The Men's Nation Durashocks CarbonMAX Wellington Boot from Wolverine is a solid pair of Wellingtons. Wearing them all day won’t tire you out and they will last you a long time. Safety features are on-point as well. The only drawback here is the price but don’t let that discourage you because there’s a lot of quality in this pair.