How Do You Ventilate Work Boots? (4 Ways)

The least you can try is punching some holes on the uppers of the boots with nails!

That sounds hilarious right?

Oh that actually is hilarious and not at all worth given a second thought!

Though you can really punch some holes on the boots using a leather puncher, I think that would be very unwise and you could even ruin your boots.

Another way is just to let the waterproof coating wear off and the leather be exposed. Naked leather is porous and therefore will offer ventilation.

Also, getting a roomy boot and tying the laces loose so that the tongue of the boots gets way for ventilation are some practical ways to ventilate your work boots.

How Do You Ventilate Work Boots

While there are very less number of ways wherein you can actually ventilate your boots, but of course there are ways to keep your feet cool and dry inside the boots.

Let’s learn about all of the tips that will keep your feet happy, cool and dry all day long during the summers!

Why do you need ventilation in boots?

Having vents in work boots is utmost crucial. Because if your work boots are not sufficiently ventilated, it can end you up in the following problems:

      • It will make your feet sweat profusely
      • Sweaty feet will lead to odor
      • Sweaty feet will cause rashes and blisters
      • Sweaty feet will result in cold feet too

Ways to ventilate work boots

Of course, dealing with those sweaty feet isn’t an easy task and the long term effects of it are also not tolerable right?

So, I have come across some great hacks for you wherein you can allow air circulation within your boots:

1. Wear off the waterproof coating on the boots

The waterproof coating is usually some silicone spray or wax based coating thats used to seal the pores of the leather. You can wear it off with regular washing the boots with dishwash liquids or scraping the wax based coating with a plastic knife.

2. Get boots that have breathable holes on the uppers

Some boots are so designed that holes are already punched to form some pattern on the uppers (usually at the front end of the boots). These holes allow sufficient air circulation within the boots.

3. Choose the boots with breathable mesh lining or get one installed from a shoe maker

Boots with breathable mesh lining

The mesh lining is one of the best way to ventilate your work boots. They allow continuous air flow and keep your feet cool and dry.

4. Loosen the tongue pad

Lace up the boot loosely and allow the tongue pad remain a bit loose. This will allow sufficient airflow within the boots and keep your feet dry and cool.

See also: 6 Best Breathable Work Boots

Ways to keep feet cool and dry in work boots

If you have sweaty feet, or your work boots lack ventilation, there are ways you can control the sweat:

1. Sprinkle talcum powder in the boots and your feet before wearing them

Talcum powder not only controls sweat, but also soaks in sweat produced by the feet.

2. Spray antiperspirants to your feet before wearing your work boots

Antiperspirants jsut work the same for your feet by controlling the production of sweat in the feet and controlling the odor.

3. Insert cool absorbant insoles

Absorbant insoles are thin sheets that provide a bit of cushioning to the feet and also controls and absorbs sweat produced by the feet.

4. Wear socks liners

Sock liners help to absorb sweat and keep the feet cool and dry all day long.

5. Wear cotton socks

Cotton socks help to absorb the sweat and also themselves dry up pretty fast.

6. Wear the boots off in between work

Be it your lunch time or a tea break, try to put off your boots for sometime and let the socks and the feet dry. This will allow the feet to breathe freely for sometime and help in sweat and odor control.

And that’s a wrap!

While there are less ways to ventilate your boots, there are a number of ways to control the sweat produced by your feet!

So, try any of the tips that suits you best!

That’s all friends for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading with me. If so, do stay tuned to the site for more exciting articles on work boots.

Till then, keep walking, stay fit and active and curb sweat production!

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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