The human body wasn't made to stand on rock hard flat surfaces day in and day out.
If you're noticing pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back at the end of the day, unforgiving flooring may be the culprit.
This is a common ergonomic issue that has long been recognized in various workplaces.
The 8 Best Shoes for Working on Concrete Floors
1. Asics Men's Gel Tech Venture
This is a great men's shoe with over 15,000 happy customers on Amazon. It offers comfort and exceptional cushioning for long days.
For the women's version, check out the Asics Gel-Venture running shoe.
Although we typically prefer walking shoes for hard floors, this one had a ton of great features, similar to the men's above and 12,500+ Amazon reviews to back it as a great option. In addition, it comes in a ton of colors, has a removable liner, excellent traction, and excellent cushioning to attenuate shock.
The Dansko Women's Pro XP Mule has been a favorite for women across industries for years. From nurses to teachers and waitresses, the women that are on their feet constantly usually rave about their Dansko's.
The reason is, this shoe offers excellent support and two inches of heel height actually grant wearers a greater cushion from concrete floors. They also offer a memory foam footbed and padded instep. The slip resistant outsole is an added bonus safety feature.
It used to be difficult to find comfortable safety toe shoes. Thankfully, Keen got in the game and have quickly became a favorite across industries.
This shoe works because it offers the safety specs we need, but also includes a dual density compression molded insole.
Also a favorite in the women's section, this safety shoe offer cushioned comfort for working on concrete floors throughout the day with it's compression molded insole and asymmetrical steel toe feature which leaves room for your toes to move naturally.
It also includes an anti-slip sole.
When it comes to working on concrete floors, good padding materials are king. This shoe get great ratings because it includes a memory foam insert and shock absorbing midsole, while still allowing the foot to move with cushioning throughout.
It also includes and OSHA compliant nitrile outsole.
Finally, a work shoe that doesn't look like a safety shoe! (It comes in different colors). This shoe works because it has the steel toe cap that is mixed with athletic shoe cushioning for a comfortable, breathable alternative to the traditional boot.
These shoes are great for tired feet because the alloy safety toes are lighter than a traditional steel toe and the fabric provides breathability and comfort.
The rubber really meets in the concrete in the Anti-Fatigue technology outsole.
A more traditional and office-apprioriate look while still protecting your feet on concrete floors.
This shoe has a PowerFit comfort system and also includes a great feature for extreme weather in the Vibram Fire & Ice compound, so no matter the weather, your shoe will move and flex with your foot.
These shoes are a tried and true favorite amongst working women. The big contribution though is the ASTM rated sole that manages to provide excellent cushioning as well.
For some of our readers, they may love their work shoes but need a better insole alternative. For you, we'd suggest the Timberland Pro Anti-Fatigue Technology Replacement Insole.
For a great unisex alternative, we recommended these from Physix Gear.
These are designed with the foot's structure in mind and work for those with plantar fasciitis and other conditions.
What do you think? What are your favorite shoes for working on concrete floors?