Tibby Singh Chodha is on the right step with Scruffs Solleret S3 SRC HRO Rated Safety Boots.

With many tradespeople up at the crack of dawn work boots certainly put in the hours, week in, week out, and need to be able to take the punishment. The last thing you want are cracks to appear, affecting their safety, comfort and appearance. It’s equally important to look the part, of course, and that’s certainly what you’ll get with the new Scruffs Solleret S3 SRC HRO Rated Safety Boot.

In fact, my first impression was that they are actually smart in appearance. Digging deeper under the surface you have a composite toe cap, which is what makes them lighter than most other work boots. We know that composite toe caps are a step ahead when they go toe-to-toe with steel toe caps. On top of all the other benefits of this material, they will keep your feet cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. These boots also benefit from something that’s called Poron, which is a microporous polyurethane foam that provides effective cushioning from the shock of each step, whether walking or running, whilst the durable moulded toe gives extra protection against scuffs and wear. We all like the feeling of taking our shoes off and putting our feet up, but some might hesitate because of the potential odour. These boots have something that’s called Microfresh Technology, which reduces smells, allowing you to free your feet. These Scruffs Work Boots are packed with some great features, including a padded collar, slip resistant sole and anti-penetration steel mid-plate to prevent any sharp objects penetrating through the sole.

Scruffs also make Thermal Socks to complement their boots. They are extra thick for added warmth and, with thanks to a stretch fit, they’re extra comfortable too. We’ll all find a common problem with socks is they easily acquire holes, but these are blessed with reinforced heels and toes.

I was also impressed with Scruffs Pro Flex Plus Holster Trousers, which are a comforting slim fit. They’re constructed of a 4-way stretch fabric to allow optimum movement when working. They also feature Cordura fabric which makes them durable and resistant to tears, scuffs and abrasions. In addition, there’s extra protection on the knee areas, which is often a cause for concern.

Scruffs also have their own Polo Trade active Polo Shirt and Sweatshirt. They are both unique designs but what jumps out at me the most, is that they both have zipped pockets, which is unusual to see but you can never have enough pockets. On top of all this I slipped into Scruff’s Trade Thermo Jacket and, thanks to the body mapped design and Insatherm padding technology – which insulates your core and retains the body heat – I was kept very warm. It can be difficult to work with some jackets because of the extra padding but the sleeves and side panels on this garment are softshell, allowing full moveability and freedom whilst working, whilst keeping your core warm.