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Wear | November 2023

Do You Need Work Boots for Every Season?


Anyone who works outside knows how changeable the weather can be. Even in relatively mild climates, weather-appropriate PPE is essential.

Lightweight gear keeps you comfortable in the heat, while a good pair of water-resistant work boots is non-negotiable in winter.

So, do you need a separate pair of work boots for every season? Not necessarily.

If you invest in a high-quality pair of comfortable work boots and the right work boot accessories, you’ll be covered in most environments. However, there are steps you can take to keep your boots comfortable, safe and supportive in all seasons.


As temperatures climb, comfort becomes a top priority. Work boots made with lightweight, breathable material like premium leather provide much-needed airflow to keep your feet cool on hot days.

Moisture-wicking linings prevent your feet from feeling stifled, and a good pair of breathable socks is a must. Bamboo is ideal for socks as the thick fibers regulate airflow and wick away moisture, so you can comfortably wear thick boot socks in summer without overheating.

Boot care tip: Keep your work boots out of direct sunlight as much as possible. UV rays can damage the leather, reducing the comfort and durability of your boots.

Steel Blue Boots for very season


When winter’s chill sets in, you need comfortable, water-resistant work boots that keep your feet warm and dry. High-grade leather is both breathable and water-resistant, which is why Steel Blue boots are ideal for every season.

Paired with a good pair of thick bamboo boot socks, you’ll be right as rain, whether there’s water on the ground or on-off showers throughout the day. Make sure to dry your boots overnight in a warm, well-ventilated area to prevent moisture and bacteria build-up.

If you’re in a particularly rainy climate or working in wet environments like farming, you may want to consider a pair of Steel Blue waterproof work boots, treated with a special waterproofing agent and designed to keep water out.

Work boot accessory tip: Dubbin is best for full-grain leather, while Nubuck and suede prefer a waterproofing agent. Just be sure to test the waterproofing treatment first, as some products can damage the look and feel of leather.

Autumn and spring

Transition seasons always keep tradies on their toes. The days can turn from sunny to overcast to bucketing rain, and temperatures are reliably unreliable.

By following our boot care guide and re-applying your preferred protection every couple of weeks, your boots should keep you comfortable come rain or shine.

Boot care tip: Adjusting the thickness of your socks based on the temperature should be enough to keep you comfortable in spring and autumn. Choose bamboo for breathability on warmer days and wool for wintery weather.


How we designed comfortable work boots for every season

Materials, manufacturing and attention to detail

Every pair of Steel Blue boots carries almost three decades of innovation. Every detail is designed and engineered for all-day comfort and all-season durability.

  • Premium leather that’s breathable in summer and water-resistant in winter
  • Moisture-wicking lining
  • Composite toe cap options for insulation
  • Waterproof work boot styles
  • Specially-made work boot accessories
  • TPU and Nitrile outsoles for superior performance on wet surfaces

Investing in high-quality comfortable work boots is a smart choice in any season. Steel Blue’s dedication to durability, comfort, and performance ensures our boots are always up to the task.

See the full range or visit your local distributor to feel the difference.

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