Undertaking manual work when suffering from Plantar Fasciitis is both frustrating and painful. Furthermore, unless you’re wearing Plantar Fasciitis-friendly footwear, working on your feet all day may exacerbate symptoms.
Therefore, in this guide, we’ll explore the Best Men’s Work Boots For Plantar Fasciitis specifically. We’ll also touch on why we online include ASTM footwear as well as what work boot features offer relief for Plantar Fasciitis.
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This list outlines the very best work boots specifically for Plantar Fasciitis:
- Most Versatile: Wolverine Legend Durashocks Carbonmax
- Lightweight Composite Toe: Timberland PRO Boondock
- Alloy Safety Toe: Timberland PRO Hyperion WP XL
- Low-Ankle Boot: Keen Utility Flint Low
- OrthoLite Insoles: Carhartt CMW6220
- Arch Support: Timberland PRO 6″ Pit Boss Steel Toe
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By far our favourite work boots to date, the Wolverine Legends are among the most comprehensive and well-developed safety footwear. Comfortable and well-built, they’re also ideal for those who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.
Firstly, the Legend Durashocks have all the necessary safety features that are ASTM approved. With regards to the needs of those with Plantar Fasciitis, you have shock-absorbing sidewalls as well as a H-plate suspension for a comfortable return. Finally, a comfortable insole provides extra cushion for cradling your feet in place.
Whilst there’s a tactical matte black, we largely prefer the other, more interesting styles. You can choose from either a dark brown or tan, which both have black accents.
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As we’ll touch on in greater detail towards the end of this guide, footwear weight is a significant contributor to Plantar Fasciitis symptoms. Therefore, a lightweight boot will greatly improve your condition. We were very impressed by these complete and lightweight boots by Timberland.
Firstly, these offer full ASTM-approved protection including slip, corrosion, and electrical resistance. With a composite toe and fibreglass shank, these are very lightweight boots whilst a Goodyear welt offers durable flexibility.
Only available in brown, there are black accents on the toe cap and quarters. Furthermore, there are a few hints of colour such as orange stripes through the midsole.
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Although a little heavier than the boots above, the Hyperions are another comfortable boot from Timberland. Instead, these offer a roomy and comfortable boot with complete safety protection thanks to alloy boots.
Again, the wearer can benefit from all the necessary ASTM safety features. Furthermore, he’ll experience a truly ergonomic fit thanks to being shaped on the Titan XL last. Likewise, a PowerFit comfort system protects the key areas and a contoured, dual-density footbed offers Dynamic Anti-Fatigue Technology.
Like the Timberland boots above, these are also only available in a brown and black toe-tone colour. However, instead of orange, you get a few red accents.
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Some people like to sacrifice support in favour of flexibility. With a lower boot, you’ll still benefit from the comfort and protection of work boots but you won’t feel quite as constrained.
Of course, you’ll get all the necessary ASTM-approved safety features listed above thanks to a steel toe. Furthermore, a dual-density EVA footbed offers long-lasting cushioning and support as well as a contoured heel lock to keep your feet stable.
You can choose between a gargoyle green and shark fin colour scheme or a shitake brown and rust red. We prefer the pop of colour offered by the latter.
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Another great way to ensure all-day comfort when suffering from Plantar-Fasciitis is to use orthopaedic inserts or insoles. These provide the necessary cushion to cardle the contours of the feet as well as offering shock absorption. We love that Carhartt offer OrthoLite insoles in their work boots, which is a renowned brand.
Here you’ll benefit from the most necessary protection that has been ASTM-approved. Furthermore, there’s a heel stabiliser with an achilles flex joint, which ensures that your feet don’t over or underpronate. In addition to the OrthoLite insole, you have a comfort tongue from the same brand for added comfort.
An apparent trend in work boots, here you can only opt for a brown and black two-tone design. However, there’s the added benefit that the brown is a burnished oil-tanned leather upper.
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Although equipped with a steel rather than alloy or composite toe, the Pit Boss by Timberland is still a great work boot for Plantar-Fasciitis. Whilst the steel toe makes these boots a touch heavier, they offer excellent arch support for added stability and comofrt.
As well as meeting the ASTM standards mentioned above, there’s a very comfortable open-cell polyurethane footbed with antimicrobial treatment. Thanks to their Pro 24/7 Comfort Suspension technology, you can expect all-day comfort thanks to a nylon shock diffusion plate and a Goodyear welt.
With a selection of styles available, there’s something for everyone. You can choose between black, brown or tan Nubuck leather. Our favourite is the tan leather, which is iconic of Timberland.
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Why Buy Safety-Approved Work Boots?
As you May have seen, each of the boots listed above feature a variety of safety features. However, whilst there are a number of trusted retailers and brands, it’s reassuring that they’re rigorously tested by third parties to ensure they’re effective.
Although there are European and Canadian equivalents, one of the most common and respected safety tests from from the American Society For Testing & Materials (ASTM).
After all, those who need work boots will often face a number of hazards whether they’re on a site or in a workshop. Therefore, it’s good to know whether your boots are truly up to the task.
If you already own work boots and want to know whether they’re appropriate, you can simply check in the following areas:
- Quarter Lining
If you find an inscription in these areas, it means that your boots’ protection has been tested and potentially approved for the following:
- Impact Resistance (I)
- Compression Resistance (C)
- Metatarsal Protection (MT)
- Conductive Properties (CD)
- Electrical Hazard (EH)
- Static Dissipative Properties (SD)
- Puncture Resistance (PR)
We subscribe to wearing only boots that have been properly tested for both piece of mind and ensuring that you’re out of harm’s way. However, bear in mind that a boot doesn’t need to necessarily pass all the tests in order to be ASTM-approved.
In order to learn more about the individual tests and their specifics, head to our full guide to ASTM work boot safety standards.
Plantar Fasciitis & Work Boots
Aside from the ASTM standards and aesthetic choices, work boots are often sold with a lot of accompanying jargon promising the best fit and performance yet. However, there is some truth to their claims, which offer certain benefits to the wearer.
Firstly, Plantar Fasciitis is a very common disorder that affects a great number of Americans. Sufferers experience what is described as a stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot near the heel.
Often caused by over-exercise and repeated stress on the plantar, a band of connective tissue at the base of the foot, it appears as an inflammation but actually consists of small tears and micro-trauma.
Unfortunately, the symptoms increase and may become chronic for those that exercise a lot or stay on their feet all day. Furthermore, rest isn’t always possible as we often depend on our livelihoods.
Therefore, let’s explore the particular features that can be found in work boots that alleviate symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. However, if you want to learn more about the disorder, head to our dedicated Plantar Fasciitis page.
Boot Features For Plantar Fasciitis
In most cases, orthotic shoes are all that’s necessary for treating Plantar Fasciitis. However, if you have begun to suffer from it, it’s best to consult a physician as early as possible.
However, if you’re looking for the best work boots that will alleviate Plantar-Fasciitis symptoms, consider the following features:
- Lightweight Construction: Reduce pressure on the plantar by decreasing the load they feet carry. Opting for boots with composite of alloy safety toes rather than steel is an excellent first step.
- EVA Inserts & Insoles: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) is one of the world’s best materials for shock absorption. Therefore, it’s highly-desirable to find in your boots in order to reduce pressure on the plantar.
- Maximum Cushion: A common trait among modern athletic shoes, maximum cushion offers extra comfort with materials including memory foam and gel. This also reduces stress on the plantar.
- Arch Support: Often a characteristic of the footbed an inserts, ensure that the arch support matches those of your foot shape. Too much support can cause further damage while too little won’t provide sufficient support.
- Stability: Stability specifically in the heel locks your feet in place and prevents them moving inside the boot. Consequently, your feet won’t over or underpronate, which can aggravate symptoms.
- Fibreglass Shank: A fibreglass shank will protect the plantar from extra strain without sacrificing too much flexibility. Whilst shanks in all materials will help, fibreglass is a bonus because it’s lighter.
The above list isn’t exhaustive and you’ll discover other features that can certainly help alleviate Plantar-Fasciitis symptoms. However, if you still don’t get any relief even after getting boots like those above, see a physician before the disorder becomes worse!
Having now read about the best men’s work boots for plantar fasciitis, perhaps you’d like to peruse some of our other related shoes guides for the disorder: