If you’ve got a job that requires you to be up and on your feet throughout the day, you’ll undoubtedly understand how painful it is to have aching feet as your work shift ends. The longer you remain on your feet, the more foot pain you’ll experience at the end.
Aching feet are a huge issue for production line and warehouse staff, nurses, surgeons, hairdressers, teachers and builders. Since they spend nearly all of their time at work standing up, be it stationary or walking, they all experience some sort of foot related pain.
In spite of the health and safety warnings, millions of workers all around the globe have no other option but to stand up all through the day. In the majority of the cases, this is due to practicality concerns, but it does put them at risk of developing joint issues.
There are several ways to prevent / minimize foot pain at the work place, but the most basic step you can take is to get a pair of good shoes for standing all day. Comfortable shoes for standing throughout the day will greatly lower your risk of developing health issues such as varicose veins.
We are going to help you do exactly this. We’ll talk about some excellent footwear designed to give you the enhanced support needed for a long work day that involves standing on your feet for the most part. We’ve reviewed two such boots below to give you an idea of what to look out for.
Because shoe requirements vary with line of work, we’ve also included a generalized list of tips and features that you can use to judge work boots in order to find the most comfortable work shoes for standing all day regardless of the profession you work in.
Two great work shoes for long day work
Timberland PRO Men’s Endurance PRO Waterproof 6″ Work Boot
These Timberlands have been designed to offer the best in terms of safety and workplace performance. Not only do they have steel safety toes, they’ve got several other safety enhancing features such as a rubber outsole that is resistant to abrasion, slippage and oil, and low profile to provide a greater amount of surface contact. The high end anti-fatigue technology dampens shock and returns energy to your feet. A puncture resistant plate is in place to provide flexible protection to your underfoot. They are, hands down, the best shoes for concrete work in terms of safety and performance, but it doesn’t stop there:
These shoes have been designed to provide comfort, one layer at a time. They are engineered to be the best shoes for standing on concrete all day at the jobsite – the Anti-Fatigue technology is one of the best we’ve seen on a work boot:
- It absorbs shocks and impacts – absorbing cones compress and rebound to give you maximum support and lower foot fatigue.
- The design returns energy to your foot’s key zones, renewing your vigour for work.
- The insole is contoured to give maximum support to key pressure points, as well as impact zones like the balls and heels of the foot.
Timberland is so sure that these are indeed the best shoes for standing on concrete all day that they provide a 30 day comfort guarantee – if you aren’t happy with the shoes performance, you can return them within a month of purchase for a full refund.
Carolina Mens Lightweight Waterproof Boot-Dark Brown
The one hundred percent waterproof Carolina 6’’ Lightweight Composite Toe Work Boots are designed to protect and to serve! Even if a hammer were to fall off your workbench and onto your toe, you wouldn’t feel the slightest hurt. Were you to walk absentmindedly into a puddle of water, there would be not a drop of water that would make it to your feet. These tough shoes are ASTM rated to provide maximum safety, and also are exceptionally comfortable, making them one of our picks for the best standing shoes at work.
With a full grain leather upper, an abrasion heel and a toe cap for added durability, they give a strong first impression. The safety toe is made from non-steel composite that conforms to ASTM standards for impact and compression. There’s a non-metallic shank to give you underfoot support as well as injection-molded arch support. The cement construction results in an overall light and flexible fit, perfect for those who are always on the move at work.
Besides being comfortable, you’ll also be safe from electrical shocks since the shoe incorporates special electrical hazard protection – it is ideal for on-site engineers and workmen at grid stations and substations.
You may also want to take a look at the Thorogood Men’s Heritage 8 inch safety toe work boot if you’ve got a job that sees you in multiple standing roles throughout the day. They’ve got a Poron 4000 comfort cushioning in place beneath the removable polyurethane footbed that will absorb impacts to make sure you’ve got the maximum stamina for your work. A cotton drill vamp lining is incorporated to enhance the comfort factor even further. And on top of all this, they are also one of the most stylish worksite boots we’ve come across!
Basic requirements of all day work shoes
As promised earlier, here is a list of things you need to keep in mind when hunting for comfortable work boots for standing all day, regardless of your line of work:
- Look do not mean comfort.
- Buy as high end a boot as your budget permits.
- The fit must be good.
- If possible, let there be a bit of extra space to allow your feet to swell naturally during the work day.
- Go for padded insoles.
- Don’t let the heel be higher than 2 inches.
- Go for shoes that have waterproofing and temperature regulation.
- Go for breathable materials.
- Ensure that the footwear conforms to safety standards for your workplace.
If the best shoes for standing that you could find still leave something to be desired, you can go for the best shoe inserts for standing all day – insoles recommended by podiatrists or plain branded ones that will reduce the fatigue and impact on your underfoot.