A job that keeps you on your feet in a solid pair of work boots can put your (foot) endurance to the test. Work boots offer protection and durability, but they might not always be the gentlest of your feet. They often have rigid support systems to protect the feet when walking on potentially dangerous surfaces or to help support carrying heavy loads. If your feet ache at the end of a long day, there are ways to help, with work boot insoles being one of the most cost-effective options.
Get to know your feet
Before you invest in new work boots, insoles, or other aids to help your feet, take the time to get to know your feet. Everyone’s feet are different. You can have high or low arches, a narrow heel, or a wide forefoot. The shape of your feet can even vary from foot to foot.
Grab a pair of your shoes and take a look at the wear pattern on the bottom. If there’s more wear under the arch, you may have a low arch (also called flat feet) that causes overpronation, an inward rolling of the foot and ankle. If there’s more wear toward the outside of the shoe, there’s potential for supination or a rolling outward of the foot and ankle.
Arch height makes a big difference in the fit and feel of your shoes. A low arch may make the arch support in some shoes uncomfortable if the support is too high or not in the right place. A high arch can cause ankle instability because less of the foot comes into contact with the ground. A high arch also tends to flex less than a foot with a neutral or low arch, causing the arch of the foot to be more prone to injury.
Work boot fit problems that lead to foot fatigue and pain can come from all kinds of issues, like a wide forefoot, narrow heel, bunions, or calluses. Take note of your particular foot shape and potential problems to make sure you’ve got a work boot that works for you. However, if you’ve already got a pair of work boots you love, insoles for boots are a way to increase comfort while reducing foot fatigue.
Types of support offered by work boot insoles
The right insoles, namely Fulton Insoles, can customize the feel and fit of your shoes and work with the natural shape of your feet. The heat and pressure of wear molds the cork in a Fulton insole to both the shape of the foot and the shape of the shoe for a custom feel. Here’s how that plays out when you’re wearing them in work boots.
Arch height determines how well your foot absorbs the impact and shock of each footfall. Insoles for work boots with arch support the arch and help absorb shock, taking the stress off of the feet. Fulton insoles can function as work boot insoles for flat feet or high arches because they mold under heat and pressure to fit each of your feet. A high or low arch will get the support it needs because the insole will never be too high or low or be in the wrong place.
Adequate cushioning goes hand in hand with arch support. If you’re wearing work boots, chances are you need insoles for standing on concrete. Concrete and similarly hard surfaces put heavy stress on your feet because they offer zero shock absorption. The cork in a Fulton insole provides natural cushioning on hard surfaces. It absorbs shock but doesn’t leave the boot feeling squishy and unresponsive, reducing daily foot fatigue.
Fulton insoles mold to the shape of the foot and the shoe in which they’re worn for a truly custom fit. We recommend using Fulton insoles in a single pair of work boots so that the insoles can fully adapt to the nuances of how your feet fit in your boots.
Boots that support your work
A good work boot insole lets you focus on your work and not your footwear. They can help reduce fatigue so you have the energy for all the activities you do outside of work.
Shop for Fulton insoles here, or learn more about what to look for in the best insoles for standing all day.
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The Classic Insole
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