Should I Put Insoles in My Work Boots?

Did you know that we have almost 8,000 nerves in each of our feet? Therefore, wearing shoes with insufficient support could cause many issues if you spend most of your time on your feet at work.

It is essential to have proper insoles, but finding the right ones can be pretty hard. In this article, I will talk about the possible problems if you get the wrong ones, some tips to help find the right insoles for you, and talk about the different types of insoles you could get.

So, let’s get started!

Problems Caused Without Insoles in Your Work Boots

For most of us that are active while at work, our feet will often experience more pressure than anything else. Without proper insoles, the weight will distribute unequally on your and underpart foot which is when you will start to experience discomfort. Both the heel and toes could tense up, which results in extra stress that leads to injuries.

With incorrect support, the body could become unbalanced when walking and, eventually, lead to the development of bad posture.

You may not have known that having incorrect insoles could lead to other problems away from the legs and feet. In the long run, ill-fitted insoles can even get down to pinched nerves. Such issues can then lead to constant headaches if not treated early.

If there is too much space, your feet can move back and forth, which may also cause blisters or calluses.

Plantar fasciitis, a disease, is also common in people who do not have enough foot support. This problem involves inflammation of tissues in the heel, causing swelling and severe pain.


Benefits of Having Insoles in Your Work Boots

I have found that when you get the right insoles for your feet, they can be as comfortable as walking barefoot – which I know you won’t do while at work, but you get the point.

With adequate foot support, the arch gets appropriately flexed, which reduces the risk of shin splints. This flexion, additionally, keeps the feet supported more in their natural position to help reduce the chance of injuries.

An obvious benefit of all of this is that you will be able to work and stand on your feet for longer, with less muscle strain. Having proper insoles also eliminates cramps throughout the body, improving work performance.


How to Find the Right Insoles for Your Work Boots?

If you’ve not yet read our article about the best insoles for work boots, then I would suggest you hop over and check it out. In short, the first thing you need to check carefully is the fitting. Incorrect fitting will not only be uncomfortable, but it can also put significant strain on the muscles within your feet and cause other problems such as extensor tendonitis and metatarsalgia.

The next element to look out for is the quality of the material. The options you will have to choose from include memory foam, leather, and gel. When choosing one of these, you should consider your current foot condition and just how much you are on your feet throughout the day.

Arch support is another crucial factor to consider when buying insoles. It is imperative to check your arch shape first and fit the insoles accordingly. SuperFeet and Treadlab are great brands when it comes to finding the proper arch support.

When working on your feet all day, the insoles you’ll need for your work boots must also feature proper shock absorption. As you can appreciate, this will help reduce the strain experienced under harsh conditions but also reduce the chances of muscle injury and fatigue. Timberland’s Pro Anti-Fatigue Insoles serve the purpose of absorbing impact in the heel strike area.


What Are the Different Structures of Insoles for Work Boots?

  • •  Fully Rigid Orthotic Insoles:  Rigid orthotic insoles are better suited for those with issues such as fallen arches, over-pronation, or supination and those lacking stability.
  • •  Cushioned Arch Support Insoles: These next ones provide extensive cushioning to sensitive areas of the feet. They also help protect against plantar fasciitis and ulcers thanks to arch support.


  • •  Flat Cushion Insoles: Flat cushion insoles are perfect for people with flat feet and enhance comfort greatly.


Should I Remove The Original Insoles?

Yes, I would suggest that you remove the original insoles in the boots before fitting the new ones. Insoles have varying features, so if you place them over one another, the insoles might hinder the others’ abilities. In other words, by removing the original insoles first, you can make sure that you get all the benefits of your new pair without interference.

But, with that said, there are instances where you could keep the original insoles. For example, if you have a bigger shoe size, adding an extra insole may further enhance the fitting without causing much pressure within the shoes.

Also, this will provide better comfort above the hard boot surface. But make sure that there are no raised surfaces or other similar features that affect the other insoles.

Written by Chris

I'm one of the founders of this site and having worked in environments were I'm on my feet most of the day, I took a side interest around the different work boot products and what they are best used for. I now write part-time, adding more content as my knowledge expands.

August 9, 2021

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