Waterproof boots are an incredible invention! Once the rainy season arrives, this sentiment is shared by every person operating in outdoor environments. Originated by the Wellington company, waterproof boots promote safety, comfort, and practicality in countless settings. There is no better personal protective equipment (PPE) than a nice pair of rain boots when the rainstorm arrives. They allow you to walk on the wet, muddy ground while protecting your feet from heavy showers and puddles.
Most everyone, especially industrial workers, needs a good set of rain boots for when the rains arrive.
Long working days are standard for many individuals: agriculture workers, farmers, fishermen, oil and gas riggers, food processing workers, and construction workers pouring concrete. For these individuals, PPE for all types of weather and environments must be considered. And, it's not just workers who need rain boots. With increasingly unpredictable weather around the planet, everyone deals with rainy days at some point, especially outdoor enthusiasts. This is why owning a quality set of rain boots is critical, and there should be a pair in every person's closet.
A common question is: What are the best rain boots? There is no easy answer to that question. Rain boots come in all sorts of styles, and there is a wide variety of options. They come in different colors, are made with different polymers, and feature different soles. Choosing the best rain boots is about finding the boot that meets all your needs. Someone looking for rain boots to wear in a non-industrial setting will likely make a different purchase than someone who wears boots on a construction site.
This article will review our top-selling rain boots that are designed to keep you both comfortable and safe, not to mention completely dry, on the job.
Comfortable and Lightweight EVA Foam
Everyone wants to be comfortable in the gear they choose to wear, right? Unfortunately, rain boots have a reputation for being uncomfortable, primarily because of the clunky, stiff, heavyweight rubber and PVC used on most designs. This discomfort isn't just unpleasant; it can also cause significant problems for your feet, ankles, and spine. That's because rain boots have historically focused on keeping feet dry, not necessarily supported.
EVA foam is changing the game! This material is lightweight and comfortable, coming in at a 60% lighter weight than PVC boots. In addition to being lighter, the foam is also less clunky and more pliable, which means you'll have greater ease of movement and more comfortable wear wherever you go. MCR Safety's EVA rain boots include advanced premium features, including:
- Treaded soles allow for an outstanding grip when moving across slippery or muddy conditions.
- The black color is ideal for hiding dirt.
- A generously sized kick-off aids in removal.
Everyone who wears protective rain boots knows how heavy boots can be tiring on one's feet after a long day. With our EVA boots, you'll be wearing the most comfortable boots on the market and experience no more tired feet!
Yellow Heavy-Duty Rubber
Classic rain boots sit high on the leg, keeping wet puddles and splashes at bay. Many individuals prefer the appearance of the classic yellow rain boot, as it offers more visibility than comparable blacks options. The bright yellow color makes them ideal for construction sites and other places that require increased levels of visibility. MCR's yellow BYR100 slush boot is an ideal solution for those who want a hi-vis boot color. It's equipped with cleated ripple soles, non-conductive materials, and an adjustable strap at the top. The cotton lining on the inside provides a soft feel and is known for providing increased insulation compared to blended liners.
As with all products, there are advantages and disadvantages to rubber rain boots. That's the number one reason we offer so many options in our product lineup, so users can find the one that's right for them. Rubber rain boots provide users with numerous advantages. Here are just some :
- Provide heavy-duty wear and tear compared to PVC.
- Provide increased stretchability, meaning it moves with you.
- Provide greater insulation than EVA and PVC.
The main drawback to a rubber boot is the fact it's not the most lightweight option. And, if you experience latex allergies, you'll want to consider our EVA or PVC boot options to avoid the rubber material.
A common question is: Can you wear rain boots over shoes? The answer is: yes. Our BYR100 yellow rain boot is designed to go over shoes! As seen above, it features an extra-wide calf, wide enough that you'll easily be able to slip it on over your shoes and pants.
Working on industrial and construction sites in the rain requires specialized footwear, as crush and puncture injuries are widespread and don't disappear when the rain comes. Additional hazards at these sites include falling objects, slippery surfaces, and environmental hazards. These increased hazards mean having steel added to the boot's design is an indispensable feature that provides effective protection against many potential foot injuries. MCR's black steel toe VBS 120 meets ASTM 2412 and ASTM 2413 specifications for footwear, ensuring that you and your workers will be kept safe and dry on all kinds of sites.
All of the stylish rain boots shown in this picture are equipped with steel in the toes.
Our over-the-sock black PVC boots provide extended protection above your socks. They are also cleated, providing excellent traction in wet and muddy environments. In addition to its waterproof protection, PVC provides additional advantages when compared to rubber styles:
- PVC is lighter than rubber.
- PVC is traditionally a less expensive material.
- PVC is often the go-to boot for the dirtiest jobs.
The main drawback to purchasing a PVC style rain boot is its overall longevity compared to natural rubber. PVC will not last as long, but it is considered the polymer of choice when the value for your money is the central buying component.
For a traditional lace-up option, MCR's BPB6S offers a 6-inch black PVC boot with lace-up ties. A lace-up style is the way to go for those who want increased ease of movement and don't require protection past the ankle!
The steel toe and steel shank in our lace-up ankle rain boots also offer increased protection and support. The polyester liner makes it easier to put on and remove these boots. Just keep in mind, the higher shaft found on the previous styles provides extra coverage from splashing mud and other potential hazards.
White boots are another color option for users to select. MCR's WPBS white boots provide wearers with some distinct advantages that might not seem immediately obvious. Here are some to consider:
- The white color is cooler since it doesn't retain heat like black PVC styles. This can be a game-changer for those working on hot construction sites or in food production.
- Some occupations are concerned about contamination, such as blood-borne pathogens or food contaminants from food production. The white color quickly shows spills and splashes so you can see which areas have come in contact with the outside world.
- White doesn't easily leave scuff marks, which is a big deal for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers on boats. If you are going to be on board a boat in wet weather, you'll want an excellent white boot to be on your feet.
Like the black PVC styles, our white boots feature a cleated sole that ensures safety with a firm grip, and the steel toe meets ASTM 2412 and ASTM 2413 specifications.
Where to buy rain boots?
- You can leave us a comment below, and we will have one of our industrial distribution partners provide a quote. For immediate trials, visit our Buy & Try site.
How to wear rain boots?
- It depends on if you're wearing an over-shoe design. While our BYR100 allows you to slip the boots on over your shoes, other styles require you to take off your shoes to slip on the rain boots.
How to clean rain boots?
- Lukewarm water, dish soap, and a rag are the three main ingredients needed to clean off a pair of rain boots. Additional caution should be taken if there is a concern there may be hazardous chemicals on the boots.
How should rain boots fit?
- Rain boots traditionally fit larger than standard shoes worn by an individual. A good reference point should be that your pants should be able to easily slip inside the boot shaft itself, ensuring your clothes stay dry.
Ultimately, though, the fit really depends on the thickness of the socks worn. If you wear a thick pair of socks, the boots should be loose and slightly larger, so they don't pinch when you put them on over your socks. If you tend to wear socks with a standard thickness, you'll probably want to select a size that's truer to your regular shoe size, so they fit snugly and don't rub.
Are rain boots good for snow?
- If you plan to use your rain boots in the rain and snow, you'll want to find a set of insulated rain boots that come equipped with a liner. Otherwise, your feet are going to freeze. If you choose to wear an uninsulated rain boot in the snow or in cold weather conditions, be sure to wear heavily insulated socks to help keep your feet warm.
Can you spray paint rain boots?
- Yes, you can spray over boots; however, that is not our specialty. We only produce the boots. Here is an article that highlights ten steps to spray painting rain boots.
What are the sturdiest rain boots?
- Overall, rubber boots are known for being the most durable rain boots available. Think of a tire's ability to hold up against constant contact with the road. Tires are made of rubber, so if you need durability, we recommend you check out our rubber boot selection.
What are PVC rain boots?
- PVC is the acronym for polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic polymer used to form the entire boot's structure. The PVC polymer is melted into a liquid, then emptied into a boot mold, forming a PVC boot.
The Best Rain Boots Offered
The last thing you want is wet feet on rainy days! Purchasing a quality pair of waterproof rain boots is one of the best decisions anyone can make, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you need them for work, hunting, or fishing, we've got the rain boots to keep your feet dry.
Our lineup of rain boots consists of innovative EVA foam, yellow rubber, and steel toe designs. What makes our lineup the best is that we have plenty of options to consider. Plus, we're leading the way with new technologies designed to make your boot-wearing experience even more comfortable.
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For over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it's wearing premium EVA rain boots while working on the shop floor, an oil rig, or a construction site, we are there providing solutions to workplace hazards. It's all part of our commitment to protect people.
No matter your industry, we have the personal protective equipment you need.
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