When having to do pole-climbing, the bottoms of your feet should be well-supported and the front shins and backs of your calves should be well protected, and your footing definitely needs to be secure. Anatomical Heavy Duty Shanks are important for balance and stability.
Height Matters in a Lineman Boot
Look for Linesmen Boots that are tall enough to be used with your climbing apparatus. Climbing stirrups will surround both the shins and upper calves to assure a proper fit while climbing and a tall boot will prevent pinching and rubbing from the straps and buckles.
Strong Shanks are Important for Comfort
Heavy-Duty Lineman Shanks create a stable base for climbing up pegs or ladder rungs, because they help distribute the body's weight evenly, so as to avoid any painful pressure points under the arches of the feet.
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Good Lineman Boots have serious Metatarsal Protection, Slip, Oil and Heat Resistant Outsoles and offer Water-Resistance or Waterproof Uppers. Being a Lineman, it is essential to stay safe on the job, as it requires climbing up and down steep ladders, and poles, sometimes carrying weighted equipment and cables. Therefore a lineman's best tool would definitely be their work boots.
Lineman Boots Should Have a Strong Logger Heel
A Lineman Boot should have a tall logger boot type heel, that will assist you in securing your footing as you climb ladders.
And Lineman boots should provide solid support under the bottom middle of the feet, called a shank, that dissipates body weight and pressure to protect delicate arches and to keep you comfortable.
The very best Lineman Boots will have Heavy Duty Asymmetrical Left and Right Shanks within the boots, that cater to the specific, shapes that are naturally different between the left and right feet.