Mar, 16

Because Life is Too Short to Wear Boots That Hurt Your Feet

Even when you’ve done everything right and picked a work boot that fits properly and is the right size, after a few months, you may start to notice that your feet are sore at the end of the day or that your arches hurt. Standing all day is tough on your feet, and even with good work socks you may find that you need a little more support, enter insoles. It used to be that insoles were primarily for adjusting the fit of shoes – making shoes that were half a size too big fit correctly. Insoles also helped guard against odours with an odour absorbing layer but that was about as technologically advanced as insoles got.Insole fits in shoe

Today, however, insoles can do so much more than change the size or absorb odours. The right insole can relieve foot pain, stop fatigue before it starts, prevent foot fungus from starting, and stop odour before it starts by killing the bacteria responsible for the odour in the first place. Steel plates are a feature of many work boots, but they can be very jarring to the ankle, knee, and hip joints (not to mention your back) as every step you take sends shockwaves up through the muscles. Kitchen workers, who are on their feet for long shifts have relied on anti-fatigue mats to help deal with the pressure caused by standing. Newer insoles such as the Megacomfort Personal Anti-Fatigue Mat Insole have taken anti-fatigue technology and used it on a smaller scale to provide shock absorption and comfort you can take everywhere you go.

The right insole can greatly increase the comfort of your work boots, and when you spend the majority of your day on your feet, a little comfort can go a long way. By choosing insoles specifically designed for work boots and shoes, you can feel confident knowing your insole is designed to keep you both comfortable and safe.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.