Choosing the best work boots for sore feet depends on various factors, including the specific cause of your foot discomfort, your work environment, and personal preferences.

When selecting work boots for sore feet, consider factors such as arch support, cushioning, breathability, and the nature of your work environment. Try them on and, if possible, walk around in the store to ensure a proper fit. If you have specific foot conditions, consulting with a podiatrist may help in finding the most suitable work boots for your needs.  This is crucial for comfort, safety, and overall well-being.

Here are vital factors to consider when looking for a good pair of work boots:

  1. Safety Toe Protection:
    • Steel Toe: Offers excellent impact and compression protection but can be heavier.
    • Composite Toe: Provides lightweight protection and is non-metallic, making it a good choice for those who need to pass through metal detectors.
  2. Electrical Hazard (EH) Protection:
    • EH-rated boots protect against electrical shocks by providing a secondary source of protection against electrical currents.
  3. Slip Resistance:
    • Look for boots with slip-resistant outsoles, especially if you work in environments where slippery surfaces are common.
  4. Comfort and Support:
    • Arch Support: Ensure the boots provide adequate arch support, especially if you have high arches or flat feet.
    • Cushioning: Quality insoles and midsoles help absorb shock and provide comfort during long hours of wear.
    • Ankle Support: Depending on your job, you may need boots with good ankle support to prevent injuries.
  5. Waterproofing:
    • If you work in wet conditions, choose boots with waterproof or water-resistant features to keep your feet dry.
  6. Breathability:
    • Boots with breathable materials and moisture-wicking linings help keep your feet cool and prevent sweat buildup.
  7. Durability:
    • Consider the materials used in construction. Full-grain leather is durable and provides good protection.
  8. Weight:
    • Depending on your job requirements, choose boots that balance protection and weight for comfort during extended wear.
  9. Sole Construction:
    • Goodyear welt, cement, and direct-attach constructions are common. Each has its advantages in terms of durability and ease of repair.
  10. Fit:
    • Ensure the boots fit well. They should provide enough room for your toes without being too loose or tight. Consider trying them on with the socks you typically wear at work.
  11. Insulation:
    • If you work in cold environments, insulated boots help keep your feet warm. The level of insulation depends on the climate and temperature conditions.
  12. Abrasion Resistance:
    • Boots with reinforced toe caps and abrasion-resistant materials withstand wear and tear better.
  13. Compliance with Safety Standards:
    • Check if the boots comply with relevant safety standards for your industry.
  14. Brand Reputation:
    • Consider reputable brands known for quality work boots. Read reviews and seek recommendations from colleagues.
  15. Budget:
    • While it’s important to invest in quality, consider your budget. There are good work boots available at various price points.

Remember that the best work boots for you depend on your specific needs, job requirements, and personal preferences. It’s recommended to try on boots in-store whenever possible and to replace them if they show signs of wear or no longer provide adequate support.

Highett Podiatry’s 3 top recommendations for Work Boots are as follows:


Ascent have 3 designs available and their lates boot the Oxide is extra comfortable with it’s added support and width.  Great for a wide foot.

When selecting work boots, consider factors such as safety features, comfort, durability, and specific job requirements. It’s advisable to try on boots in-store if possible and to choose boots that comply with Australian safety standards for your industry.

Steel Blue

Steel Blue is an Australian company that specialises in safety footwear. They are known for their high-quality work boots that meet Australian safety standards. Steel Blue boots often include features like steel toe caps and electrical hazard protection. Steel Blue also offer a 30 day comfort guarantee that is a great reassurance that your boots will be right for you.


These boots are a recent addition to the Australian market.  The most appealing feature is their lightweight design and polypropylene shank to add stiffness and support to the midsole. These are available at Athlete’s foot stores.