Compared to more active workers, stationary workers experience more strain in their feet, legs, and back from standing for long hours. This is especially true for folks working on hard, flat surfaces, like concrete. While anti-fatigue mats are commonplace in these types of jobs, they’re not always available and are immobile. That’s why stationary workers should invest in the right kind of boots to ensure they’re well supported and stay comfortable throughout the workday.
If you’re working long hours mainly standing upright, here are a few things to consider:
The best work boots for standing must have ample midsole cushioning and shock absorption
Cushioning in the midsole is especially important because it provides the barrier you need between your feet and the hard ground. Shock absorption features on the outsole redistribute the impact with each step so that the ball of your foot and heel don’t get strained.
Upgrade your insoles
Another way to ensure you have the right kind of cushioning in your boots is to add it in yourself. Take the time to find the right insoles for you. Whether you just need extra cushioning or custom orthotics to address a specific condition, regularly replacing your insoles can be the added support you need for a stationary job.
Try standing in different positions
Placing one foot in front of the other rather than side by side by side can be more comfortable in the long run. It allows you to rock forward and backward, shifting your weight from one foot to the other. This is a more dynamic stance and will prevent your joints from feeling locked up.
Make the most of your breaks
Whenever you do get a chance to get off your feet, make sure to stretch and engage your muscles and joints so you don’t feel stiff. After you clock out, be conscientious of your activity levels and try low impact activities like biking or swimming to minimize further stress on your joints.
Our pick: The EverBoots Ultra Dry
The PU midsole and shock absorbing outsole provide the support you need when on your feet, redistributing impact and pressure to minimize fatigue, even after long hours.
Taking care of yourself is crucial when working a demanding job. It’s important to not cut corners and equip yourself with the right tools to get the job done right. That includes footwear. Even if your work is stationary, you should prioritize getting the right work boots that will minimize stress on your feet, legs, and back so you can not only get through the day, but also mitigate pain in the long run.
At Ever Boots, we pride ourselves on making high quality, durable boots for a very reasonable price. We believe that we can use the best materials, NOT cut corners, and still offer the best for our customers. And for the past five years, we have. Learn more about the styles and features of EVER BOOTS products here.