On your feet all day? Choosing the right shoe matters.
Posted February 25, 2016 •
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This is a question that we get every day and unfortunately there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer. Comfort means different things to different people. One person might need more arch support and another might want more cushioning. Some people even find high heels to be more comfortable than flats. Fit can also affect your comfort level. Shoes that are too big can cause your feet to work harder to keep them on, leaving you with foot fatigue. Shoes that are too small can leave you with cramped toes and blisters.
However, there are a few styles that consistently feel comfortable to a wide range of people and we usually recommend these:
If you are looking for a work boot, these three are worth exploring:
Carolina Big Dog (styles CA5520, CA5521, CA5020, CA5021, CA1620, CA8020)
Carolina has created a three layer cushioning system that they use in this style, available in safety toe and without for men and women. Comfort features include the AeroGlide 7 – a durable, shock absorbing foam insert that sits on top of a pillow top footbed. The sole itself also contains a shock absorbing layer as well. These boots also boast a very wide, squared toe box to allow your toes to move freely.
Timberland Pro Titan (styles TB026064001, TB026063214, TB050508210, TB024097214, TB026078242, TB026388210, TB053359242, TB063189214)
Timberland Pro has been a leader in work boots for years and they got into the comfort game several years ago with the Titan, available in steel, composite and safety toe for men and women in three different heights. This boot features a soft insole and a shock absorbing polyurethane midsole and is surprisingly lightweight due to its distinctive TiTAN® alloy safety toe. These also have a soft leather upper, requiring minimal break-in.
Wolverine Cabor (styles W10317, W10314, W10316)
Wolverine has upped the comfort level with this collection of boots that feature the EPX® insert, one of the thickest we’ve ever seen. A high density base layer distributes weight evenly and a honeycomb pattern expands to absorb impact combined with EVA foam to cushion from heel to toe. These also have a roomy toe area.
Outside of the work boot realm, many people who are allowed to wear sneakers on the job love these two options:
New Balance 608 and 623 Cross Trainers:
These sneakers are hugely popular in part because they come in a variety of colors as well as widths and sizes for men and women. They are also popular because they combine a thick, soft midsole with arch support, giving the best of both worlds for comfort.
Skechers has been perfecting their Go Walk series for the past couple of years and we have found that the Go Walk 2 and 3 that feature Goga Mat technology (53982 BBK, 53982 KHK, 13960NVHP, 13960CCBL, 13981-CHAR, 13981-NVLB, 13973-WLBL) have truly one of the softest, most cushioned footbeds in our stores. Soft and squishy but without the “sinking in” feeling of some other memory foam footbeds, these will leave your feet singing with joy.
And if you cannot wear sneakers to work and are looking for business casual, Clarks makes some of the most comfortable styles for men and women without cramping your professional style. Inserts such as Spenco’s Polysorb Insoles are great for everyday comfort. The Spenco Polysorb Arch Support are excellent for foot support, and the Spenco Polysorb Total Support work well for both cushion and support. These insoles can make your most stylish shoes your most comfortable as well.