With so many footwear options available today it is easy to lose focus on the importance of protecting workers' feet while on the job. Selecting the right boot is more than just satisfying the immediate needs for proper work footwear; it's what you expect the footwear to do. The five most important qualities to consider when selecting a work boot are support, protection, stability, structure and comfort. The boot should not only be made with the best materials, but also designed with the right combination of those materials. For maximum stability look for boots with a wider base that use stitchdown construction around the sole. Laces can also provide increased stability and support. For work performed outdoors in a wet environment, a waterproof membrane inside the boot is ideal. It's vitally important to the performance of any work boot that the length and width of the boot are right for the wearer.