When you work in an industry where you’re on your feet all day, it can be such a relief to remove your shoes when you get home.
But if you choose the right pair of work boots, you could lessen the load on your body and increase your overall comfort level. Many workplaces require protective footwear, and inadequate work boots could cause extra strain on your body through knee pain, back pain, and foot pain.
It’s important to choose the right pair of work boots for you.
- Before You Buy
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It’s important to do your research before you go shopping for work boots.
Look up retailers that carry a variety of work boots, as not all fit the same. You’ll want boots that have arch support and a cushioned sole. Make sure they are made with superior cushioning and are durable.
Features that you’ll want in a work boot include:
- Weight (stronger boots will be heavier)
- Boot height (taller vs shorter)
- Water resistance
- Safety steel toes
- Construction (welted, stitchdown, cement, or direct construction)
- Overall style
- Get Ready To Shop
Boot fit is important for not only comfort but for how long the boots will hold up. Make sure you try on a few different pairs of work boots before you buy, as some will fit better than others.
You don’t want boots that are too narrow, too short, or allow for too much movement, as any of these may cause blisters and hot spots.
You’ll want to wear socks that are a polyester or wool blend as you try on boots to ensure for proper fit. Test the length, that you can lace up your foot comfortably, and that the boots can flex at the ball of your foot.
Don’t buy boots that are too small, as your feet will swell throughout the day. Boots can cause rashes or blisters if too tight. The best time to buy work boots is at the end of the workday, as your feet will be the biggest size.
- Maintain Your Work Boots
Work boots can be an expensive investment in your career. It’s important to maintain them to help them last as long as possible.
Rotate your boots. It’s best to buy a couple of pairs and alternate between them. Rotating between two pairs gives them a chance to dry out between uses and will help them last longer.
Dry your boots at the end of the day. Let them air dry, like on a back porch or in the garage. Try to avoid excess heat, like putting them in a dryer. If they are drying slowly, try taking out the insoles. Keep them clean, as salt or mud will slow the drying process.
If your boots are made from leather, occasionally apply a conditioner that adds waterproofing.
The most important thing when choosing your work boots is that they are comfortable. Work boots are a necessity if you work on your feet all day, and your feet need to be well supported. The more comfortable you are, the better work you do.