How Should Work Boots Fit - Like This

Work boots are an essential piece of kit on a construction site and could mean the difference between a stubbed toe and a missing toe!

But all the extra protection they provide can come at the cost of comfort. Ill-fitting work boots cause serious blisters, foot pain, and contribute to joint pain in your back, knees, and ankles. Luckily all of these problems can be avoided by taking extra care when checking the fit of your new boots.

To Get The Right Work Boot Fit Follow These Steps

1. Wear your work socks when trying on new work boots. The extra bulk could mean the difference between a perfect fit and one that pinches.

2. If you have wide feet don’t be tempted to buy a size up. Although this may give you the extra width you’re looking for, oversized boots will also be more likely to rub, and the extra length will be a trip hazard. Instead buy wide fitting boot. These don’t come in as many designs as regular fitting boots, but they will be safer and more comfortable.

3. When you’re buying a new pair of work boots, try on both boots. Don’t assume that if one boot fits well the other will too.

4. When you try on a new pair of work boots, spend some time walking, kneeling, crouching, and standing on your toes, then remove your foot and inspect it for red patches. These marks usually indicate areas of pressure which may cause blisters or irritation if your wearing the boot for an extended period.

Person standing wearing black boots and jeans.

How should work boots fit? These 5 steps will tell you all you need to know.

Step 1:

Does your heel slip up and down within your boot? When laced in your heel should stay firmly anchored against the heel of the boot. A heel that slips is likely to develop nasty blisters and contribute to joint pain.

Step 2:

Do your toes slip forward? Your toes shouldn’t slip forward, if they do it could be an indication that your boot is too big. Slipping toes will likely result in foot pain, blisters to the top and sides of the toes, and sometimes the blisters on the ball of the foot. In some cases, this problem can be fixed with an insole.

Step 3:

Do both boots feel comfortable? Most people have different size feet and this can cause one of your boots to feel uncomfortable while the other is perfect. If you have this problem, make sure you buy your work boots in your larger foots size and place an insole in the smaller foots boot. If the difference in the size of your feet is significant consider whether it’s worth buying two different sized pairs of work boots.

Step 4:

Does your boot support your ankle? Roll your ankle in circles to check that you have a full range of motion then stand on the side of your foot (while being careful not to hurt yourself) to check that the boot will give you extra support should you slip or fall.

Step 5:

Have you laced your boots in a heel lock pattern? This relieves pressure on your foot while also holding your heel firmly in place.

After getting your boots to fit now it's time to take care of them so they last and are comfortable and don't cause irritations. Our other guides can help with these. 

How did you go? Did you find this article helpful or do you have anything to add? Please comment below and help us provide better information to fellow workers.  

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Sam - January 20, 2019

I normally wear White’s and Red Wing but my company this year paid for Georgia 8 inch safety boots they felt great but my right heel WONT STAY DOWN I’ve got a blister the size of Rosie O’Donnell’s ass and is it possible the boots cut or made wrong?

    estone - January 21, 2019

    Hi Sam, I’ve been there. I’ve had many different types of designs of boots over the years. Some boots would give me blisters and sores (even after they were worn in) while others fit well straight out of the box. For me it comes down to the fact that everyone has differently shaped feet and walks differently.
    If a style of boot doesn’t fit right and is causing foot problems I say bite the bullet and buy a design that feels comfortable. There’s no point walking around all day at work in pain just for a pair of cheap or free boots in my opinion.
    In saying that though make sure you do everything to break the boots in as well as you can, I’ve got an article on it here: https://www.workgeared.com/how-to-break-in-work-boots-leather/


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