If you’re thinking you’re just gonna throw them in the dryer, that’s going to take you back to square one.
Now that your boots are washed and dried, apply the leather conditioner per the instructions on the bottle.
Let that absorb the amount of time suggested by the manufacturer and then try out your boots.
It might be that the conditioner gives them enough give so your feet stop hurting!
2. Get ‘em or stretch ‘em longer.
If conditioning alone doesn’t stop the pain, it’s time to stretch your boots! It’s best to start by washing, drying, and conditioning them so that the leather doesn’t rip or crack. Once that’s done, you’ll probably want to get a shoe stretcher to assist the process.
There are three main types of boot stretcher:
Picking the right one will require you to have a little understanding of where it is exactly that the boots are hurting you.
It’s important that you wear them until they dry, as your foot is acting as the mold for the boot.
If this is too uncomfortable for you, you can put a plastic bag over your foot prior to putting the boot on.
I can’t say it’ll keep you bone-dry, but it will certainly be drier.
Remember that you have to wear the type of sock you would normally wear with the boot.
Failing to do this will achieve nothing, nothing I say!
4. Lace lighter, not tighter
Sometimes our foot pain from steel toe boots comes from how aggressively we’re lacing them up each morning.
It might be an incredibly simple fix that just requires you to spend 10 or 15 minutes adjusting how tight the laces are at each pair of eyelets.
Don’t get annoyed, frustrated, or feel like you’re taking too long.
By making sure the laces and tongue are evenly distributing pressure, you’ll remove the pinch that could be causing you pain.
5. Arch supports for the win
Another quick fix for pain caused by steel toe boots can be arch supports.
As an extremely flat footed person, I’ve used arch supports for years, and can’t go without them.
This simple solution made a life-changing difference for me and many others.
I went from having sore feet to a pair of very comfortable work boots.
If you’re not sure of what you need, go see a podiatrist, or even the owner of an orthopedic shoe store.
Any orthopedic store owner will be able to tell you pretty quickly whether or not you’re a candidate for a pair of arch supports.
Make sure that if you’re doing this, you’re removing the existing footbed before inserting the new one.
6. Change your socks
Sometimes the socks you’re wearing can turn a perfectly sized pair of work boots into a painful nightmare.
People that wear work boots sometimes get in the habit of wearing overly thick tube socks to protect their feet from being in pain.
Ironically, it might actually be the cause of the pain.
7. Size matters…with boots
I’m going right back to where I started and telling you to double check that your sizing is correct.
Yes, the tips I’ve given you are helpful, but they’ll only take you so far.
It’s possible to stretch a boot, condition a boot, but not outright change a boots’ size from a 10 to 12!
It’s a hard pill to swallow that you might not know something crucial about your own life.
I had to accept that recently when a dentist told me my diet needed to change or I’d be looking at a mouth full of root canals.
I couldn’t believe this, I run miles each day, go to the gym, eat (what I thought was) an extremely well balanced diet, I brush/floss/mouthwash religiously… and a dentist is telling me what a child gets told by their parents.
How could this be???
All I went for was what I thought was a loose filling, and I got a drastically different experience.
What I said earlier, the body doesn’t care what our beliefs are, it’s got its own set of rules.
8. Maybe its time to Buy a Pair of Comfortable steel toed work boots