Finding comfortable work boots, every laborer's dream

With every step you take, your feet take a pounding even greater than your body weight; it's no wonder people's feet hurt. Though finding the right pair might take a second, the pain you save is worth the time spent tracking down comfortable work boots. Men, you're going to have to try on a few pairs. Though you'd rather grab a pair and go, guessing what size you need just won't cut it.

When shopping for comfortable working boots, the first consideration is your workplace. If you're in a factory or work in construction, you might need safety boots. Whereas if your job calls for you to climb or be outdoors no matter the weather, you might need slip- and oil-resistant work boots. If you're outdoors, you need a deep tread. If you're indoors standing and walking on concrete a lot, you may need less tread but more padding. Your boots need to fit your workplace as well as your feet; luckily, boot makers have shoes specifically designed for different jobs.

Get the facts

Have you ever noticed a size 13 shoe feels great on your right foot, but pinches your left foot? That's because your feet are not necessarily the same size. (Don't worry. That's normal.) One could be wider or longer than the other. You need to buy work boots that fit your biggest foot. If you buy shoes first thing on a Saturday morning and they feel fine, don't be surprised if they're pinching your toes or causing blisters on your heel after work on Monday. Your feet swell after standing all day and taking the average 10,000 steps a day. Though it sounds tiring, the best time to shop for work boots is after a full day's work.

Measure up

Remember when you were little and your parents took you to the store to buy new shoes? The sales clerk asked you to put your foot on that metal contraption that measured your feet? It's called a Brannock Device, and now that you're grown, you probably haven't seen one in years. After all, your feet have stopped growing, right? Wrong! As you age, especially when you pass 40, your feet grow longer and wider. It's because the tendons and ligaments grow loose and don't hold your 52 foot bones together as they used to when you were younger. Even if you gain weight, you lose padding in your feet, which means you need to look for more support and padding in your footwear, including work boots.

Consider craftsmanship

When it comes to ensuring comfort, work boots need to be constructed well. Do you need a reinforced toe box? You may if you do any heavy lifting. Your toes need protection in case you drop those heavy objects. Whether working outdoors or in, you'll likely face at least one slippery surface, whether that means icy roads or slick, tiled floor. Look for slip-resistant soles. If the manufacturer molded the upper and outsole of the work boot together, the boot will last longer than a cemented sole or stitched sole. The quarter of a million sweat glands in your feet produce up to 8 ounces of sweat each day. So the most comfortable work boots for men, especially those who produce more than their fair share of sweat, are made of breathable materials.

If you keep in mind your work environment, measure your feet before each footwear purchase and pay attention to craftsmanship, you will find the perfect, most comfortable men's work boots. And your feet will thank you for it.

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