Our Geelong and Ocean Grove podiatrist Andrew Crutch has put together a list of the best work boots for 2021. Whether you’re a tradie or just an avid gardener needing a pair of supportive boots, this blog is for you!
Most tradies can spend up to 12 hours a day in their work boots, day in day out. So, it’s important to make sure you’re in the right shoes to keep you going all day, injury free.
Having the correct work boot with the correct features is paramount to keep you comfortable at work and optimise the function of your feet.
Features of a great work boot:
- Stability: Not being able to twist or bend the middle of the work boot.
- Cushioning: Most tradies are on concrete and hard surfaces so providing cushioning reduces stress on the body.
- Strong heel counter: To secure the heel and reduce fatigue over the course of the day.
- Flexibility of the boot at the toe joints: To allow normal function of the foot during walking and standing.
- Removable liner: To optimize fit, feel and add cushioning of the boot.
There are a lot of boots on the market but being in the right boot is paramount to making sure you are comfortable and supported:
The Ascent range of work boots are our number one pick for work boots:
Ascent Alpha II
- The best all round boot
- Available in standard 2e and 4e width
- They accommodate most feet
- A zip side
- A great option with premium cushioning
Ascent’s Other safety shoes have the same great support but are tailored to specific needs, whether it be a shoe instead of a boot or a chemical resistant or heat resistant sole to protect road workers and those in hazardous areas.
Other brands that are worth considering:
- Have a great range of supportive and cushioned boots
- Their ranges includes a specific women’s cut
Oliver work boots
- Are also now providing a work boot for men and women
- Great if you are needing a higher cut work boot
- have been great, in their most recent wear test, their day to day feel is very similar to a Steel blue
- Longevity can be improved upon
When it comes to picking the right boot for you, everyone’s foot is different! So make sure your work boots are comfortable and they suit the type of work you are doing. Please note that some boots are available only at certain retailers.
Work Boot Retailers
When to see a podiatrist?
If you believe your work boots are wearing irregularly or you’re having pain in your feet affecting your work, we can help. Your assessment and treatment may involve the following:
- Gait assessment to review if your running/walking gait is influencing your pain/injury
- Orthotic management for redistribution of load away from injured tissues
- Footwear assessment to make sure you are wearing appropriate day to day shoes for your activity, workload and lower limb biomechanics
- Provide a strength program to improve endurance/power/strength