How to Choose the Most Comfortable Work Boots
Having quality and comfortable work boots can make a huge difference in your workdays. They are key to not only keeping your feet happy but healthy as well. Today’s article discusses tips on choosing the right pair of boots that will get the job done on any construction site.
Arch support is crucial
Having the right amount of support is essential to keeping your feet comfy. This is especially important for those with flat feet (feet that overpronate or have a collapsed arch) or other foot problems such as plantar fasciitis.
The arches are at a higher risk of becoming fatigued and strained over time. By supporting the arch, you will prevent injuries and be able to stay on your feet for longer durations of time.
Some work boots have built-in arch supports, but orthotic insoles are also great for those requiring extra cushioning. They can help redistribute pressure underneath the foot, correct alignments (such as overpronation), and provide some much-needed shock absorption to enhance comfort.
Comfortable work boots bend at the right place
For the right fit, we recommend work boots that bend where your feet naturally bend (at the base of your toes). Shoes with multiple bending points place unnecessary strain on the feet and can promote the development of foot problems.
Look for a cushioning and shock-absorbing midsole
The midsole is the layer of the sole located between the outsole (the part that touches the ground) and the insole (the part that touches your foot). What material the midsole is made of is important to consider, as the midsole’s job is to offer shock absorption and cushioning. It should have a density that is not too rigid or soft to have a functional balance of comfort and support. Keep an eye out for midsoles made of EVA, a foam-like material that provides great shock absorption.
Pay attention to how the boot is fastened to the foot
Opt for a pair of work boots that features both laces and zippers. The zippers make it easy to take the boots on and off, while the laces allow for a more customizable fit. Safety boots that are made of a full-grain leather can loosen up over time as you wear them. With laces, you can tighten them as needed.
A shank for stability and longevity
Shanks in safety boots are traditionally made of steel. They run along the bottom of the foot near the heel and help keep boots keep their shape. This, in turn, provides stability and slip resistance, which is imperative on job sites with uneven terrain. Work boots with embedded shanks also typically last longer.
Other features of a great work boot
Depending on the type of job you will be completed, there are additional features that you may benefit from. For example:
- A waterproof upper to protect against the elements
- A steel toe or composite toe to protect against heavy objects and impact
- A rubber outsole that is slip resistant
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