Your Work Boots – A DairyBusiness Review

David Parker, DairyBusiness News

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DairyBusiness News produces a bi-monthly digital magazine with relevant articles that are timely. We focus on articles and news that dairy professionals need to know – when they need to know it. As a new addition to our digital magazine, we are going to start reviewing some of the common personal equipment that dairy farmers and farm workers use on a daily basis. In our first review, we will look at steel toe rubber work boots.

Muck Boots

This work boot is certainly the preferred brand on most farms we visit. In three cases, we noted that most workers who purchased their own boots wore Muck steel toes boots.

We tested the Muck Chore steel toe neoprene tall wide calf boot with adjustable, waterproof gusset. We found that the boot was durable, extremely comfortable and easy to put on and take off – a criteria most do not consider – and it offered solid protection. It was noted that these boots have a slightly higher arch and conform to the foot better than similar boot products, making them very comfortable to wear and easier on the legs and back when wearing them all day.

In mud and manure, the boot had very little slippage and offered good traction. The Chore seemed to be a little warm, as it is very well insulated. So, this may be an issue during hot summertime work. But would be grand in the winter! The top of the boot seemed to handle normal shock absorption one would expect working in a livestock environment, protecting the foot area well.

Overall, we found this boot to be an excellent choice for those wanting to invest in a long-lasting, protecting, and functional steel toes work boot.



Retail Price: $140 – $180


OK, so these aren’t the cool looking Muck boots. But I have to say, this boot performed very well. It is cost-effective and very functional.

We tested the XTRATUF steel toe legacy boot. The boot was quite comfortable, sturdy, and had a great grip while used in a muddy manure and wet environment. This boot has a lighter and more pliable rubber upper. So, it was a little different to wear. But the upper fit perfectly snug to the calf and, amazingly, kept the feet bone-dry, even after a prolonged wet and muddy environment work period.

The boot seemed to be a little cooler on the foot, making it a good choice for warmer weather. And, it handled normal shock absorption very well in the livestock environment. We noted that while working in a muddy area, the boot remained snug with no slippage and had good traction. The boot may require a little padding in the winter or colder environments.

It did seem to be a little thin for cold weather work. But at t the end of testing, we found this boot to be an excellent choice for daily use.

Retail Price: $140 – $175

Reviewing these two products in the Midwest, we found both of these boots to be of excellent function and quality. Both had fantastic protection, grip, traction, and comfort. I personally would probably select the XTRATUF, as I prefer the thinner covering around the calf area (my ankles felt very secure). But, if you want a thicker more insulated covering for your upper and need to consider the colder months, you might want to think about investing in a set of Mucks.


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