We all know that standing on hard floors all day can be uncomfortable. Foot pain, leg fatigue and even lower back aches are all unfortunately common problems for many people. What you might not know, is that standing on concrete or cement floors for long periods of time can also contribute to foot problems.

Here are only a few of the problems you’re feet can develop over time.

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Foot Problems Common Causes
Severely aching feet, blisters, calluses, corns, rheumatism, arthritis, malformations of toes, fallen arches (flat feet), bunions, sprains Long periods of standing, hard flooring, and poorly fitted footwear:
– high heels
– pointed shoes
– lack of arch support
– too loose or too tight footwear
Sweaty feet, fungal infections (athlete’s foot) Hot and humid environment, strenuous work, footwear with synthetic (non- porous) uppers

With an estimate one out of every three workers suffering from some type of foot problem, you can see why it is so important to have work boots that were designed for standing.

Some of the things you will want to look for in protective footwear include leather construction and a flexible fore front. A wider heel will give your feet more stability, and the cushioned midsole should be thick enough to protect you from painful impact shock. To prevent fungal infections and foot odors, look for work boots that have antibacterial and breathable liners. Other safety features are also available and can be included due to your job’s specifications.

Here are our picks for durable and comfortable work boots that were designed for long periods of standing.

The Best Work Boots for Standing

Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss Steel-Toe Boot

Designed to be comfortable and offer protection, these durable Timberland Pro Men’s work boots can keep your feet comfortable all day. The leather construction requires little break in time, and will flex will the natural movement of your foot. A wide heel gives you stability and traction, along with the durable rubber outer sole. The 6” shaft offers addition support, along with the padded ankle collar. An antibacterial foot liner works to keep your feet dry and odor free, and the cushioned insole gives you the comfort you need to be on your feet all day.

Caterpillar Men’s Diagnostic Steel-Toe Waterproof Boot

200 grams of insulation help to keep your feet comfortable no matter the outside temperature, while the thick rubber sole gives you traction and stability on slick or uneven surfaces. A wider heel design and cushioned inner liner also work to keep your feet comfortable on hard surfaces. A breathable mesh liner and steel toe construction help to keep your feet protected from impact shock and dry in hot working conditions.

Carolina Men’s 6 Inch Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boot Copper Crazy Horse Lthr

These comfortable leather work boots feature a waterproof design and steel toe plating. They are ideal for use in machine shops and on construction sites. The protective plating keeps your toes safe from impact shock, and the mesh liner helps to prevent odor and fungal infections from developing. Add to that a cushioned mid sole liner, and a thick rubber outer sole, and you have a pair of work boots that will keep your feet comfortable even after standing for hours on hard cement surfaces.

Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot

Constructed from waterproof leather and featuring an EVA cushioned midsole, these are one of our favorite pairs of work boots. The leather is not only waterproof, but it is also abrasion resistant. Front lacing closure for a secure fit, and a leather shank for added stability keep you comfortably supported all day. The gusseted tongue and padded ankle collar not only provide additional comfort, but also help to keep out irritating dirt and debris. The leather work shoes also feature the flexibility you need to bend and stand on your feet all day.

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

Laborer with 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and repairs seeking a position as a Construction Site Manager. Proven management skills and a deep familiarity with all aspects of successful foremanship.
Ryan Cooper