Gumboots are a type of footwear that is specially designed for people who work in wet and muddy conditions. They usually have rubber soles and uppers, with some styles even having steel toes.
They are essential in the New Zealand climate. The best waterproof gumboot is not only practical but comfortable too, and can be worn with jeans or a dress to make for an easy transition from work to play. These types of shoes are also great for rainy days when you want to stay dry while still looking fashionable.
Gumboots come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and designs; but the one thing they all have in common is their ability to keep you warm and dry when working outdoors or around water. In this blog, we will be discussing how to find the best gumboot for your needs.
How to choose the best Gumboots
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a pair of gumboots is the type of work you will be using them for. There are general-purpose gumboots that are suitable for most wet and muddy conditions, as well as specific designs such as farming gumboots, construction gumboots, fishing boots, and more. If you are unsure as to what type of gumboots you need, we recommend choosing a general or farm-type boot.
The next thing you’ll want to consider when buying boots is the material. Most rubber and PVC boots are made from either natural latex (rubber) or synthetic materials such as polyurethane; with each having its own benefits and disadvantages. The natural rubber has great durability, but is very expensive; while synthetic boots are not as durable or waterproof, but cheaper to manufacture. If you’re on a budget we recommend choosing polyurethane over natural latex because it will be more affordable in the long run.
The last thing you need to consider when choosing a pair of boots is the sole. We recommend going for a boot with a heavy-duty Vibram rubber sole, as they are designed to provide maximum grip and durability in wet conditions.
Last but not least, before buying any gumboots you should always check the size. Make sure that they fit properly around your calf and ankle, and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. You don’t want boots that are too tight or too loose, as this will affect your ability to work in them safely and effectively.
Best Gumboots to buy
1. Dunlop HEVEA Acifort Classic Wellington boot
Dunlop’s A681331 HEVEA Acifort Classic gumboot is a great option for food industry workers. These boots are waterproof and have an outsole that provides grip on wet surfaces. The upper of these boots is made from PVC, which makes them light and easy to clean.
2. Cotswold Kemble Knee High Wellington Boots
These boots are lightweight and breathable with a microfibre faux fleece sheering lining making them an excellent choice for the harsh winter weather. The boots have a waterproof moulded thermoplastic rubber galosh and five flexible wide calf fit adjustable touch fasten straps.
3. Red Band Gumboots
Red Band’s heavy-duty boots are built for the toughest jobs and environments. These work boots are made with a durable canvas upper, plus a heavy-duty cleated sole that provides traction on rough surfaces. The mid-calf length is designed for extra ankle support and safety. Inside, you’ll find a 5mm rubber sponge innersole to help absorb shock from hard surfaces and provide cushioning comfort as you walk.
4. Dunlop Blizzard Unisex Winter Wellington Boots
Dunlop Blizzard Unisex Winter Wellington Boots are an ideal choice for the winter months. The boots have a fully waterproof outer, thick, fleece lining and padded collar offering excellent insulation. The deep grip for traction is ideal for walking in snow and ice.
5. Portwest Unisex Steelite Safety Rigger Boots
The Steelite Safety Rigger Boot has been designed with a steel midsole for additional protection and support. This shoe offers great comfort and durability due to its split buffalo leather upper, anti-static petrol chemical resistance and dual-density PU/rubber sole. It also features an abrasion-resistant toe cap, which provides extra protection from debris.
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