This can really have an impact on the start of your day.
We’ve all been there: rushing out the door, late for work or an appointment, you’ve already got your coat and boots on… and you realize you left your wallet (or more importantly, your coffee) inside. You know it will take you at least another 5 minutes to take your boots off and then put them back on. Precious time when you’re already late.
So, what do you do? If you’re like me, anything to avoid taking those boots off and on again. You know what I used to do? I would step onto a pair of homemade slippers and slide through the house to get to my coffee. This is bad for the floors, bad for the slippers, and definitely not the safest option.
You know what I do now? I slide into a pair of slip on boot covers for indoor use. They’re convenient, they’re safe, and they’re designed to be worn over top of your boots. And best of all, they’re the fastest option. Instead of doing a haphazard indoor cross-country ski shuffle, I can quickly grab what I need to grab, and be out the door with hardly any time lost.
So, you’re telling me that the benefit of boot covers is to grab my coffee when I’m running late? Actually, there’s a lot of benefits to boot covers, especially if you’re frequently going from inside to outside and back, whether for work or for personal use.
Benefits of Using Boot Covers
Contractors – Show your customers that you respect their home by keeping your outdoor footwear covered when you’re inside their home. This saves you time, but more importantly, shows your customer that you respect their home.
Deliveries – When making a delivery, especially a heavy one, the last thing you want to juggle is kicking off your foot wear while carrying an over-sized appliance or piece of furniture. And since you’re probably wearing steel-toed shoes or boots, kicking them off is not an option at all.
Service calls – Even if you’re not carrying a heavy load, when you enter a customer’s home you want to maintain a level of professionalism. Taking your work boots off and walking around in your sock feet just reeks of unprofessionalism – and that may not be the only thing that reeks! Let’s face it, work boots don’t have a reputation of smelling the best. So, keep them on if you can, and use boot covers.
Home renovations – When you’re working on home renovations, you want to keep things as simple as possible. You’re going to be back and forth from the house to the garage or workshop, and the last thing you want to do is take off your foot wear every time. Using a pair of boot covers means one last thing to worry about – and your wife will be happy, too.
Indoor/outdoor work – For some of us, working indoors and outdoors at home is just a regular part of life. Whether you live on a farm or have property that you’re maintaining, or you’ve got a project you’re working on in the workshop, you want to concentrate on what you’re working on. Boot covers keeps things nice and simple, so you can focus on your project without worrying about tracking the outdoors into your house.
Cottage/Camping – Enjoying the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to bring it inside with you. Whether you’re roughing it in a tent, or enjoying a comfortable cottage in the woods, you can still keep things clean when you come back in from the elements. Boot covers help prevent tracking dirt and pine needles inside – which means less clean up, and more time for relaxing.
Protecting foot wear – Boot covers are also handy for times you’re wearing footwear that isn’t made for outdoor use, because instead of bringing an extra pair of outdoor shoes, you can just slip on a pair of boot covers over top of your fancy footwear. There are many different types for all the seasonal elements. Some protect against rain fall and others against winter.
Should I Use Disposable or Reusable Boot Covers
Using disposable or reusable is always a personal preference, but there’s definitely pros and cons to each.
- Reusable boot covers are sturdy and have good traction. Because of that, they are a much safer option than disposable paper/plastic.
- Easy to clean, because they are often made with a flexible plastic such as neoprene.
- Better for the environment than disposable, which are usually a one-time use.
- They look better! Reusable boot covers look more like a shoe than a paper or plastic boot cover.
- Initially, more expensive. But, depending on how often you use disposable boot covers, the reusable ones may work out to be less expensive in the long run.
- Convenient – you can keep a pair of disposable paper boot covers in your truck, your tool box, your workshop – heck, they’ll even fit in your pocket!
- Less expensive than reusable boot covers (but only if you need to use them less frequently, otherwise you might be better buying a reusable pair).
- Not as durable as reusable boot covers.
- Paper covers are not waterproof.
- Single use only and may even tear during use.
- Not as much traction as reusable.
Hopefully by now you have a good idea about which boot covers might work for you and your situation.
Have a look below at our top 5 picks for the top 5 best slip on boot covers for indoor use.