How Should Work Boots Fit?

Have you ever come to the end of a long and hard working day and had massive fatigue in your feet? Well, if so, then the chances are that you might have ill-fitting work boots. You might also have the wrong shape of shoes for your boots, which might be rectified with a few simple techniques.

It all comes down to finding out what type of foot shape that you have on the bottom of your feet. There are 3 main types of feet, each one puts slightly different pressure on certain parts of the feet. I’ll discuss these types of feet later on in the article.

Aching feet will often result in your morale at work significantly dropping, causing you aches and pains that might even spread to your knees and into your thighs. Having the wrong fitting work boots could also severely jeopardize your working day and how productive you are during the day.

So how can you get your work boots to fit properly? How does your foot type determine how well your boots fit? What common issues do people have with their work boots? How can you get your work boots to fit properly?

Well, if you are looking for the answers to your boot-related problems, then I would suggest that you keep reading. I have compiled an easy how-to guide for helping you get your work boots to fit as well as giving you some of the most common issues and concerns that people have with their work boots.

Finding Out Your Foot Type

As I mentioned above, there are 3 types of foot shapes that you can get. There are:

  • Neutral – this is the common type of foot shape, where the pressure of the body is distributed evenly across all sides of the foot.
  • Pronation or ‘flat foot’ – this is when there is a lot of pressure put on the middle of the foot, so called because of a fallen arch in the center.
  • Supination or ‘high arch’ – this is when the foot is less absorbent to shocks, having unnaturally high arches.

Each one of these foot types will need certain protection and support in the work boots in order to avoid injury. But how can you find out what type of foot that you have?

How To Find Out Your Foot Type

There is a very simple technique that you can do to find out the type of foot that you have. All you need to do is take a paper towel along with a bowl of water. Dip your foot in the water and then place it completely on the paper towel.

The marks that are left on the paper towel will give you a more or less accurate depiction of how your foot walks. You can also use a brown piece of paper such as a shopping bag in order to get this imprint on your foot.

The neutral footprint will have a very natural classic footprint shape, with a curve on the inside of the foot. 

However, the foot that has supination will have hardly any print in the center of the foot, more appearing as if the foot has been severed down the middle. 

Finally, the pronated foot will seem a lot fatter, as the foot is placing all its weight right through to the center of the foot.

When you have found out what type of foot that you have, then you can get a work boot with accentuated elements that will help you deal with your foot’s shortcomings.

What Are The Common Issues With Work Boots?

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, knees or hips, then it could be due to some issue with your work boots. Some of the most common issues are that your boots are too wide, too narrow or they are causing cramping in your toes, meaning that they are too short.

Your boots should fit snugly on your feet, however, they should not be too tight. A quick test that you can do is to make sure that you can wiggle your toes with a certain degree of flexibility. If you are feeling numbness in the toes, then the chances are that your shoes might also be slightly too tight.

You must take into account new boots too. If your boots are new, then the chances are that they might require a little time to break in. Ideally, it will take a few weeks for your shoes to be completely broken in.

If your shoes take longer to break in and have been hurting your feet for longer than a month, the chances are that your shoes are ill-fitting.

You should also be sure to wear the right type of socks for your work boots. This can also be a source of discomfort for you and your feet. You’ll need to keep aware of the thickness of the leather of your shoes, as this might result in some discomfort.

How To Get Your Work Boots To Fit Properly

There are a few techniques that you can use for getting your favorite work boots to fit slightly more comfortably. Here are a few methods that I’ve found really help me:

  • Put your working boots on as late in the afternoon as you can, as this will be when your feet have reached their natural size.
  • Make sure that you always wear the same types of socks as the boots that you take to work.
  • Unlace the boots and walk around in them for maybe half an hour, this way the leather of your boots might be completely stretched out and more comfortable to wear.