In the past month, Encore Electric has had two team members injure their ankles while stepping on project debris or large rocks. The team members were wearing roper style work boots.

When it comes to safety, both roper-style safety-toed boots and lace-up safety-toed boots can offer adequate protection if they meet the necessary safety standards (such as ASTM F2413 for protective footwear). The key factor in ensuring safety is not the style of the boot (roper or lace-up) but the presence of the safety features, such as steel toes, metatarsal guards, slip-resistant soles, and electrical hazard protection.

However, the choice between roper-style and lace-up boots for safety can depend on the specific job requirements and personal preferences:

Lace-up Boots:

Lace-up boots typically provide a more secure and customizable fit. The laces allow you to adjust the tightness according to your foot shape and comfort level. A secure fit is crucial for safety, supportive footwear is key in ever changing environments and job conditions.

Lace-up boots often provide better ankle support due to the lacing system, which can be important in jobs involving uneven terrain or activities that require a lot of movement.

Roper-style Boots:

Roper boots lack laces and might not provide as secure a fit as lace-up boots.  Roper boots are often more comfortable for individuals who prefer lower heels and a roomier toe box. Comfort is important for safety as it can prevent foot fatigue, allowing workers to stay alert and focused on the job.

In summary, lace up boots offer the most ankle support. The most critical factors are ensuring the boots meet the required safety standards and that they fit well and comfortably. A proper fit, along with the right safety features, can enhance overall safety and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace. I would suggest thinking about these factors when purchasing your next pair of work boots.