Best Work Boots for Neuropathy

You may have grown tired of the same old neuropathy and diabetic work boots, which in turn are more Orthopedic in design, with less safety and durability features.

So we have opted to look at general work boots that offer excellent durability features along with safety features, as well as a proper fit and comfort features for feet affected by Neuropathy.


Neuropathy Causes and Risk Factors

Neuropathy, or actually Peripheral neuropathy, in this case, is caused because of damaged nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord called the peripheral nerves, which often causes weakness, numbness, and in turn pain, affecting mostly your hands and feet.
The peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and your spinal cord, or central nervous system, and then to the rest of your body, for your body to function properly. However, these nerves also send sensory information to the actual central nervous system, in turn.
Thus Peripheral neuropathy can result from a variety of issues and instances such as traumatic injuries, infections, some inherited causes, metabolic problems, and even exposure to toxins. However, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is of course Diabetes.

This is why you will mostly use diabetic work boots when you suffer from neuropathy.

  • Symptoms – The symptoms you will experience with peripheral neuropathy will differ according to the specific nerves that are affected. These include the sensory nerves that receive sensation, the motor nerves that affect muscle movements, and the autonomic nerves that control body functions. Some signs and symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy will include; Numbness, pain, and prickling in your feet and hands, sharp or burning pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, and pain during certain activities.
  • Causes and Risk Factors – As we have mentioned one of the greatest causes of neuropathy is the condition Diabetes. There are other Infections, Inherited disorders Tumors, Bone Marrow disorders, and autoimmune conditions that will likewise lead to peripheral neuropathy. Injuries to these nerves may also lead to the condition.

Choosing Work Boots for Neuropathy

As we are looking at regular work boots and some diabetic work boots for Peripheral Neuropathy we will need to choose carefully and consider the following characteristics;

  • Get the Right Size – The right size is very important as the work boot must not slip around causing chafing or friction, and it must also not be too tight causing pressure anywhere. So you will generally have to get a proper and comfortable, relaxed fit, with a roomy toe box, and more snug heels for stability.
  • Avoid Work Boots with Synthetic Linings – Materials including PVC and artificial leather or plastics in the lining or and unlined boot’s uppers will restrict air circulation and trap sweat and heat inside the boots. Thus, always look for genuine leather work boots with a moisture-wicking textile or mesh lining to prevent sweating and overheating.
  • Get Cushioned Work Boots – You will need a comfortable and well-cushioned platform for your feet so look for a work boot with a cushioned insole as well as a shock-absorbing midsole. EVA and other foams are ideal.
  • Wear Socks with Your Work Boots – Make sure to wear comfortable moisture-wicking socks with your work boots that have a relaxed fit and that will minimize pressure and friction on your feet.
  • Avoid Heeled Work Boots – Rather avoid a work boot with a heel and opt for a work boot that has a more uniform outsole, however also a thicker outsole for underfoot protection against sharp objects.

Features of a Good Work Boot for Neuropathy

Ariat Groundbreaker

  • Uppers – Opt for Leather uppers with mesh or textile linings and insets for breathability. The uppers need to offer a more relaxed fit with a roomy toe box. A padded collar is ideal however I would not opt for a padded tongue rather.
  • Comfort and Support Features – look for a well-cushioned footbed or insole and a shock-absorbing foam or EVA midsole for underfoot impact protection.
  • Safety Features – Safety features include a steel or composite toe for toe protection, electrical hazard safe or chemicals resistant materials, water-resistance, and also abrasion resistance. A shank or underfoot plate is ideal for protection against punctures, especially when you have no feeling in your feet and work in dangerous environments.
  • Outsole – Look for a uniform and thick rubber or wedge design outsole that does not have a heel. The outsole should be lug as well as slip-resistant for work purposes.
  • Options – Options available are usually sizes and extended widths, however most work boots come in limited color selections.

Reviews: The Best Work Boots for Neuropathy

These are great choices in work boots for neuropathy;


1

  • The Wolverine Overpass is a comfortable and well-fitting work boot for Neuropathy.
  • It has a composite safety toe and a roomy toe box fit.
  • The work boot has flexible welt construction and will move easily with your bending and flexing.
  • It is cushioned with a removable Ortholite footbed for comfort and support,
  • The uppers are premium waterproof leather and there is an abrasion-resistant toe.
  • The outsole is oil, water, chemical, abrasion, and slip-resistant consisting of rubber.


2

  • The Timberland Pro Titan work boot is also an excellent choice for neuropathy.
  • The work boot has full leather uppers and there are three colors available.
  • It has a steel safety toe, roomy toe box, as well as availability in wider width options.
  • There is a PowerFit comfort system and cushioning for all-day support.
  • The outsole is oil, slip, and abrasion-resistant, non-skid rubber.


3

  • The Wolverine Loader is another favorite from this brand for Neuropathy.
  • The Loader features an eight-inch shaft and steel protective toe.
  • For comfort, there is a padded collar and a removable full cushioned footbed.
  • The Sole has a PU wedge design with a durable rubber slip-resistant outsole.
  • The uppers are full grain genuine leather with a roomy toe box.


4

  • The Ariat Groundbreaker is a great boot for easy on and off when you have neuropathy.
  • The work boot is a genuine leather pull-on style that also looks great, and comes in many colors and designs.
  • It has a durable slip-resistant rubber outsole and a soft round toe.
  • There is a four-layer comfort cushioning system under your feet and the work boots come in wider width options.


5

  • The Timberland Pro Boondock is an extremely durable and highly protective, heavy-duty work boot.
  • The wider toe box and comfortable insole make it perfect for neuropathy.
  • It is genuine leather with a supportive heel cup for stability, and a rubber toe cap for added protection.
  • The outsole is a very thick and durable, slip-resistant rubber.
  • There is a padded collar, cushioned insole, and shock-absorbing PU midsole.
  • The work boot is fully waterproof with a composite safety toe that is more lightweight than steel.


6

  • The Newton Ridge from Columbia is a hiking boot that is also ideal as a work boot for ladies with neuropathy.
  • The work boot has a padded collar to prevent slipping and comfortable leather and mesh uppers for proper ventilation.
  • The cushioning and midsole absorbs shock and has a high rebound to return energy to the feet.
  • The work boots are fully waterproof and have an Omni-grip rubber outsole that performs on all terrains.
  • You can also to choose from quite a few color options in this model.


Index Table: Top Rated Work Boots for Neuropathy

No.ProductImageFeaturesBrandScore
1Wolverine Men's Overpass - Work Boot for Neuropathy
  • Composite Toe
  • Wider Widths
  • Ortholite Cushioned Footbed
  • Slip Oil Water and Abrasion Resistant
Wolverine98.1
2Timberland Pro Men's Titan - Work Boot for Neuropathy
  • Cushioned
  • Anti-Fatigue
  • Wider Widths
  • Leather
Timberland Pro98
3Wolverine Men's Loader - Work Boot for Neuropathy
  • Full Cushioned Footbed
  • PU Wedge Outsole
  • Leather Uppers
Wolverine97.7
4Ariat Men's Groundbreaker - Wellington Work Boot for Neuropathy
  • Wide Widths
  • Round Toe
  • Cushioned
  • Safety Toe
Ariat97
5Timberland Pro Men's Boondock - Neuropathy Work Boot
  • TPU Outsole
  • PU Insole
  • Leather
  • Rubber Toe Cap
Timberland Pro97.7
6Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus - Work and Hiking Boot for Neuropathy
  • Waterproof
  • Cushioned
  • Lined
  • Omni-Grip Outsole
Columbia97.7


About the Author

David Alegeta

A Long Distance Hiker and Hiking Instructor, with over 20,000 miles of experience. David joined Work Boot Magazine as an Editor and Consultant.