Simon landed a job as a security guard, which meant he would spend most of his workday standing in one spot. ‘Score’, he thought, as the chance of him getting injured at work would be minimal. what can possibly injure me if I’m just standing around? He thought.
After two weeks at his new job, Simon felt a little off. He had a sore lower back, was experiencing frequent headaches and having trouble sleeping at night.
After a long shift, feeling sore, tired and confused, he took himself to the doctor, and explained his symptoms. The doctor looked at Simon up and down, then pointed to the cheap looking pair of boots Simon that he was wearing “there’s your problem”
Our bodies weren’t designed to stand for long hours, yet in many industries we find ourselves standing all day! Before you go and have a career change, its important to realize that there is hope…a good pair of work boots, (designed for workers who spend long hours standing) can do great things for you.
Let me share a bit of knowledge with you about the dangers (yes, dangers!) of standing for long periods, and the type of work boots you should be looking for if you find yourself in job that requires long shifts of standing.
Our Bodies Weren’t Designed To Stand!
Seriously, man wasn’t created to stand still. that’s why out bodies are made up of hundreds of muscles (between 656 and 800 to be exact).
And guess what?
Muscles are actually hard at work to hold you upright. Who would have thought?
So, if you wear improper footwear and spend hours upon hours standing, there are serious health effects:
- Sore feet, legs, and back
- Swelling of the legs
- Varicose veins (which are ugly, enlarged veins that you can see through your skin)
- Muscle fatigue (ever wondered why you feel exhausted after simply standing for a while?)
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- In extreme cases, flat foot syndrome
These nasty problems are intensified when you spend hours standing on really dense surfaces- such as concrete, which will not flex under body weight, no matter how heavy you are.
Only when one stands/works on concrete for 8 hours or more do they realize how hard it really is.
Good Work Boots Save The Day
Good news, all those terrible health problems we talked about can easily be avoided, and it all starts with your work boots.
Think about it, your feet alone carry your full body weight, so doesn’t it make sense that you treat them with what they deserve?
And what they deserve is a pair of extremely comfortable work boots, with features made to help you out when standing for long periods on hard, or soft surfaces.
Here Are Our Top 5 Picks For The Best Work Shoes For Standing…
Timberland PRO boots seem to always make the top 5, and These puppies are our #1 pick for this situation. These boots are full of the typical safety features you would expect from a work boot, along with Anti-Fatigue Technology that absorbs shock and returns energy at key zones of the foot. What does this mean? long-lasting, all-day comfort where you need it most. The unique sole will provide great standing comfort on any surface, and keep you out of harms way. Read our in-depth review of the endurance boots here.
Wolverine Boots are skyrocketing in popularity- and its not going to stop, because they make some damn fine boots. When your looking for comfort, the buccaneer is at the top of its game. It provides extreme flexibility and thick cushioning in the foot bed, which is critical when standing on dense surfaces. The foot-bed has the added bonus of being removable, which means you can throw in some high quality insoles if your really looking for extra support. Available in steel or soft toe, definitely a great choice for someone who spends time standing.
coming in at number 3 are the Carolina composite toe work boots. One of the lightest work boots on the market, thanks to the carbon composite safety toe and non-metallic shank for ankle support.
This lightweight boot caters for the standing workers with the external injection molded arch support and EVA mid sole, which means your feet and knee joints will respond nicely to the compression forces that come with standing for long hours.
Thorogood American-made boots never fail to produce the goods when it comes to safety work boots, and these heritage 6” moc toe boots are no exception- made for the worker who finds himself doing plenty of overtime. Check our our in-depth review of the American moc-toe boot here.
Designed with your comfort and safety in mind, it has a removable dual density insole, which again is great if you want to step up the comfort a notch by putting in your own special insoles (although these insoles will do the job, and then some). A fiberglass shank ensures you have maximum ankle support, and the wedge shaped, abrasion resistant sole will find the perfect standing angle to help you avoid those nasty muscle aches and pains.
Super comfortable, light, and supportive, these work boots are not to be overlooked.
You have been hiding under a rock if you haven’t heard of red wing boots- these guys have been creating work boots for years, and with years of experience, you get better at what your doing. Click here to read our detailed review of these boots.
Red wing do a great job at combining style with comfort on the job site. The smooth looking boot consists of high quality waterproof leather mounted atop a wedge shaped sole; meaning you can stand in comfort for longer.
Be warned, these boots are renowned for having a typically longer ‘break in’ period, while they mold to the shape of your feet.
Here are some extra tips to help you maximize safety and comfort:
- If your boots don’t have appropriate cushioning in the sole, get yourself a pair of quality insoles asap- see this post about insoles.
- To ensure your boots last years and to avoid wearing of the soles, its a good idea to have two pairs of boots- alternate each pair daily to allow drying (your feet retain moisture, and that moisture will stay in your boots)
- Choose cotton or woolen socks to let your feet breathe. Avoid Nylon socks, they will constrict your toes. Not good.
Did you find this article helpful? maybe you have your own recommendation or tips when it comes to those long days standing at work? leave a comment!