After a day in work boots, your feet are killing you. Your boots are doing a great job of protecting your feet when you're working, but they're uncomfortable. There are ways to make your feet feel better, from the boots you buy to the arch support insoles you put in there, you can make your work boots comfortable with a few easy fixes.
Work boots are designed for workplace safety. If your job poses a danger to your feet, the US Department of Labor and OSHA require your employer to ensure you wear protective footwear on the job. And while there are rules for how the outside of the work boot is made, there are no guidelines for the inside.
That means you can spend a long day in work boots that are really uncomfortable, leaving your feet in a lot of pain. But a few changes can transform work boots that are killing your feet into comfortable footwear.
The rules for trying on work boots are easy. Just remember to:
The lack of arch support in your work boots can cause problems. Big problems. Plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and tendinitis all have one thing in common. They can be helped, or even better, avoided with proper arch support in your work boots.
Here's what arch support insoles can do to make your feet stop killing you at the end of your shift:
By now, you're probably wondering about those stock insoles that came in your boots, especially the expensive boots. Aren't they supposed to make your boots more comfortable? While they may add some cushioning, they don't provide adequate support. And cushioning without support doesn't mean comfort.
To determine which insoles will give you the support you need to be comfortable all day, you'll want to look for a few things.
There's one thing that makes the biggest difference in the comfort of your work boots. A cushioned outsole. The cushioning between your feet and the hard ground protects your feet from shock and stress, making your boots much more comfortable.
When you're shopping for boots, hone in one these brands that feature cushioned outsoles:
Socks are often an afterthought, but they impact your day in work boots more than you'd think. Those cotton crew socks that come by the dozen? They may seem like a great deal, but they're actually not so great for your feet. The reason? Moisture management.
When your feet are dry they stay cooler in summer, warmer in winter and blisters don’t form on your softened skin. Also, dry feet resist athletes foot and reduce the growth of bacteria, the cause of stinky feet.
When you're looking for socks to wear in your work boots, find ones that are:
Use all these tips to stop your work boots from killing your feet. By thinking about the boots and socks you're buying to adding durable arch support insoles, you'll make your work boots much more comfortable and long-lasting. And that will make everyday on the job better.
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Mark has always believed exceptional footwear can change lives. He's been in the footwear industry for over 30 years, working with podiatrists, pedorthists, foot care experts, and footwear makers. Mark started Chaco sandals in 1989 and developed a game-changing sport sandal that delivered comfort and durability. After Chaco sold in 2009, Mark ultimately started Tread Labs to continue transforming people's footwear so they can walk better, feel better, live better.
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