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Finding the best Work Boot

As a podiatrist and farmer, I understand the importance of choosing the right footwear, especially when it comes to work boots with steel toes. Wearing ill-fitting or inappropriate work boots can lead to discomfort, pain, and even foot problems down the line. To ensure your feet remain healthy and comfortable on the job, let's explore the best steel toe work boot options for each foot type.

Identifying Your Foot Type Before delving into the specifics of work boots, it's crucial to determine your foot type. There are three common categories to consider:

  1. Pronated Feet: Pronation occurs when your feet roll inward excessively during your gait. Look for work boots with arch support and stability features to address this condition. Typically seen in a flat foot type

  2. Supinated (Underpronated) Feet: Supination is the opposite of pronation, causing the feet to roll outward. Boots with cushioning and flexibility are the ideal choice for this foot type. Moderate to high arched feet.

  3. Neutral Feet: Those with neutral feet maintain a balanced gait, experiencing neither excessive pronation nor supination. Seek out work boots with moderate arch support and cushioning.

Choosing the Right Steel Toe Work Boot Once you've identified your foot type, let's explore the best steel toe work boot options for each:

1. Pronated Feet: Steel Toe Boot Type: Stability or Motion Control Work Boots

Features to Look For:

  • Arch Support: Opt for work boots with robust arch support to reduce pronation. Or manufacterer's/shops that provide off the shelf orthotics. Otherwise, Consult with Dr. Johnston on the best over the counter or custom orthotic option for your foot type.

  • Reinforced Heel Counter: This provides additional stability.

  • Dual-density Midsole: A firm midsole helps control excessive inward rolling. Typically when looking at a shoe from the sole, the inner arch will be straighter than a typical shoe, therefore providing more umph beneath the arch.

2. Supinated (Underpronated) Feet: Steel Toe Boot Type: Cushioned or Flexible Work Boots.

Features to Look For:

  • A High Vamp: The region of the boot where the laces lay is called the Vamp, many work boots have a low or tight vamp which can cause, pain, numbness, in a higher arched foot. Sometimes this can be difficult to find.

  • Cushioning: Seek work boots with ample cushioning for shock absorption.

  • Flexibility: A more flexible sole is essential for a comfortable gait.

  • Minimal Arch Support: To prevent further outward rolling.

3. Neutral Feet: Steel Toe Boot Type: Neutral Work Boots

Features to Look For:

  • Balanced Cushioning: Opt for boots with a moderate level of cushioning for comfort and support.

  • Flexible Design: Look for work boots that allow natural movement.

  • Moderate Arch Support: A neutral foot type typically requires moderate arch support.

Ensuring the Perfect Fit Beyond selecting the appropriate work boot type for your foot, ensure a proper fit:

  • Come to to see us! We provide evaluation of your foot type and can provide specific shoe recommendations as well as recommend over the counter or custom orthotics to fit your needs.

  • Visit a specialized work boot store: Seek out stores with experienced staff who can assist in selecting the right work boot for your foot type.

  • Measure your feet: Ensure both feet are measured for accuracy and choose a size that allows some wiggle room for your toes.

  • Test them out: Take the time to walk around the store in your selected boots to check for comfort, proper fit, and any potential issues.

Remember that foot preferences and sensitivities can be highly individual. Don't hesitate to try different brands and models within your chosen category. Investing in the right pair of steel toe work boots is essential to ensure a comfortable and safe work experience, free from discomfort or potential foot problems. Your feet are your foundation, so take care of them!

Dr. Johnston

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