Overboots - Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s the difference between an overboot and an overshoe?

As the name implies, an overboot is designed to be worn over a work or dress boot. They generally come in heights of between 10 and 18 inches. These boots can come as pull-on boots or with multiple snaps (metal or plastic) that close over a gusset. An overshoe can be worn over shoes or boots and is generally 4 or 5 inches high; some are slip-ons while others come with one or two snaps.
What size overboot should I get?

The size of the overboot that you order depends upon the type of boot or shoe you wear inside of it. If the boot or shoe has a thin sole (less than ½ inch), you could consider ordering one size larger than the size of your boot or shoe; if the boot or shoe has a thick sole (more than ½-inch) or an aggressive tread design, you could consider ordering two sizes larger than the size of the boot or shoe you will wear inside of it.  Sizing does vary by the overboot style and manufacturer, so it is important to consider their sizing guidelines as well.
What materials are used in the overboots that GEMPLER’S carries?

Rubber and PVC are the most common materials.  Alternatively, NEOS overshoes are made from nylon or a specially formatted TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). 
What are the advantages and disadvantages of rubber overboots?

Natural rubber stretches well, simplifying the process of putting on overboots. It is also more resistant to slips, punctures, and cuts than PVC and remains supple in cold temperatures. Rubber is resistant to acids, bases, alcohols, and diluted water solutions of most chemicals that are water-soluble.  It is not recommended for prolonged contact with petroleum and oil based solvents.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of PVC overboots?

Traditional PVC is more chemical resistant in general, but it doesn’t stretch as well as rubber or stay as supple in cold temperatures. PVC is resistant to many acids, bases, alkalis, alcohols, animal fats, oils and petroleum hydrocarbons. It is not recommended for use with aldehydes, ketones, and many solvents.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of NEOS overboots?

Traditional NEOS overboots are lightweight, easy to put on and more accommodating to a variety of boots and shoes.  They’ll even fit over orthopedic footwear!  Their compact size also makes them a better choice when traveling, but they offer no resistance to chemicals.  TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) NEOS do offer chemical resistance, but their slip-resistant outsole was designed for use on wet or slippery floors, not outdoors.  These are great for use in dairies, breweries, cheese plants, meat processing plants or anywhere bacterial contamination is a concern.
How do I take care of my rubber or PVC overboots?

Clean them after each wearing; wipe them down with a damp – not wet – cloth and allow them to air dry thoroughly between each wearing. Regularly condition your boots to help them maintain the original look and feel as well as to protect them from color fading, cracking and damage from prolonged exposure to UV rays. For more information about boot care, visit the How to Care for Your Boots page.
Does GEMPLER’S carry overboots in wide sizes?

Unfortunately, overboots and overshoes in wide sizes are not available through GEMPLER’S at this time.
Do any overboots have safety toes?

Yes!  GEMPLER’S carries select styles that feature steel toes.