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  1. Roughout Leather Vs Smooth...Which Should I Get On My Boots?

    If you've looked at our different boot models, you've probably noticed some boots are made in roughout leather - if you don't know what it is, it looks a little fuzzy - or smooth. Some even have both. 


    Is there a difference? Which should you get on your work boots


    It depends on what you want in your work boots. Roughout leather is literally the same leather as smooth, so you aren't losing a thing by having a boot made entirely or in part with roughout. So what's the difference between roughout and smooth leather and why does it matter?

    What Is Roughout Leather? 

    Roughout leather is literally the same as smooth leather. It just hasn't been split and is turned fluffy side out. 


    Leather is made from

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  2. Resoling vs Rebuilding Work Boots: What's The Difference?

    Resoling and rebuilding a pair of leather work boots are related, but are different. The former is a simple procedure that doesn't take too much time; the latter is much more involved. As you can guess...that also affects the expense. 


    What's the difference? Which do you need? When should I have my boots resoled, and when should I have them rebuilt? Could I end up needing both?


    You will most likely need your work boots resoled long before you need them rebuilt, but it depends a lot on what you do for work. Some people need a rebuild more often than others - we'll talk about that - and some will need their boots resoled more often than others. 


    So...let's talk about rebuilds and resoles. 

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  3. Are Moc Toes Good For Work?

    Nicks moc toe boots being used while cutting wood

    A moc toe boot is an excellent work boot if it's a quality work boot. A poor quality boot is not a good work boot, whether it has a moc toe or not. 


    The question really is whether the moc toe boot you're looking at is a good work boot or not. And it might be! Or it might not be, depending on who makes it. 


    And some moc toe boots make incredible work boots; in fact, some of the most popular work boots nationwide have moc toes. It's not really the toe design that makes them so good, though. Let's talk about why moccasin toes are so associated with work boots and why so many people love them.

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  4. Why Are My Work Boots Killing My Feet?

    My Work Boots Are Killing My Feet...Here's Why That's Happening

    You've probably worn a pair of boots for work or for other purposes and after a few hours you're thinking "my work boots are killing my feet." Let's talk about why that happens. 


    Foot pain can manifest for a number of reasons, and a good number of them need to be addressed by an actual doctor. If you're having chronic footpain, new boots alone aren't the cure; you should see a podiatrist. This isn't medical advice and we aren't doctors. 


    However, the usual suspects, so to speak, are fairly well-known when it comes to why your feet hurt when you wear work boots, outdoor boots or what have you. Here's what they are. 

    Your Work Boots Don't Have

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  5. Do You Really Need Steel Toe Boots?

    Do You Really Need Steel Toe Boots? Think Carefully Before Buying…

    Steel toe boots are among the most commonly returned boots to companies, and sold second-hand before they're fully broken in. If there's a feature to any work boot that you need to think really hard about before committing to, it's steel toe inserts.

    It's not that you can't get a pair of steel toe boots that are really comfortable. You can. It's not that you can't get a pair that won't last as long as typical leather boots. They do. 


    It's that most people find they aren't as comfortable as they like. When it dawns on them that they don't absolutely need them for work, they return or sell them to fund a new pair that doesn't have them.

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  6. Are Moc Toe Boots More Comfortable?

    Moc toe manito boots in predator orange

    Moc toe boots can be more comfortable...if they're made well! What makes a boot comfortable tends to be how it's built and how well they fit your feet, rather than the design of the boot itself. 


    There are a lot of different companies making work boots but just because a pair is made with a particular design - logger, packer, what have you - doesn't mean the style of the boot makes them more comfortable. 


    Moc toe boots have a reputation for being very comfortable, but it has more to do with how the popular brands of moc toe boots are made (materials, construction) rather than just the toe design itself. Let's get into why.

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  7. Are Work Boots Good For Hiking?

    Nicks 1964 Overlander Boot

    Work boots are absolutely good for hiking. Not only that, some work boots are better for hiking than a lot of hiking boots. Classic hiking boots and a lot of work boots are almost identical. 

    But...it also depends on what kind of hiking you're doing. There are some instances where you're going to be better off with a purpose-made pair...but those are some fairly rare circumstances. 

    So let's talk about what separates a pair of work boots and modern hiking boots.

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  8. How To Wash Work Boots? Don't...Here's How You Clean Them

    Dirty Nicks Hot Shot Fire Boots

    Regular maintenance, and cleaning are  crucial to getting the most out of your work boots.

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  9. What Boots Are Required For Construction?

    There aren't any specific boots required for construction, but there are certain features that are. What kind of work boots you get are entirely up to you.

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  10. Are Work Boots Tax Deductible?

    Did you know work boots are actually tax deductible in some situations?

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