How to Keep Feet from Sweating in Work Boots

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  March 19, 2022
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If you take on different home renovations projects, you are no stranger to having sweaty feet inside your work boot. Yes, it is extremely annoying and unpleasant, and having to wear the same boot the next day is not a thought that most people look forward to. However, work boots are an essential piece of safety gear that you cannot simply avoid wearing when working on any sort of project in the workshop. But if you knew how to keep your feet from sweating in work boots, it would make your entire experience a lot better. That is where we come in. In this article, we will give you a few handy tips and tricks to keep sweaty feet at bay and boost your workplace productivity and morale.

Tricks to Prevent Sweaty Feet in Work Boots

Here are a few simple yet effective ways to prevent sweat from building up inside your work boots:
  • Clean your Feet
The best and easiest way to reduce sweat buildup is to wash your feet regularly. Ideally, you want to clean it at least twice each day, once before you wear your boots and again after taking it off. Make sure you dry off your feet completely before putting the boots on, as the moisture can speed up sweating. While washing your foot, make sure you scrub thoroughly and use antibacterial soap along with a generous amount of water. Ensuring proper foot hygiene will go a long way in reducing sweat build-up inside your work boots. And even if you do sweat, it will not smell as bad as it used to.
  • Keep your Boots Clean
Cleaning your work boots from time to time is just as important as ensuring your personal hygiene. Often, an unclean and unwashed boot can be the sole reason behind excessive sweating of your feet. Besides, wearing dirty boots to work is not very professional. Even though work boots feature a strong and sturdy leather construction, you need to clean them once every week. If you are a heavy worker and use the boot rigorously every day, you might need to cater to its maintenance even more frequently. A fresh pair of boots will give you a massive boost in productivity.
  • Wear Proper Socks
Another critical factor that contributes to foot hygiene is the socks that you wear. You want to focus on two essential elements when choosing your socks, absorption, and breathability. A sock that comes with high absorption capacity can soak up a lot of moisture that builds up inside your boot as you keep working on a hot summer day, keeping your feet feeling fresh and dry. Similarly, a breathable sock will ensure proper airflow and will not make you feel trapped. With better airflow, your feet will remain fresh and see a drastic reduction in sweating. A working man’s sock has a lot of padding that goes in realistically around the toe. You already know what a steel toe shoe looks like. A working man’s sock takes into account the newer materials that are out there that are moisture, and they engineer the sock to have more padding in the toes as well.
  • Use Foot Powder
There is nothing wrong with applying a little foot powder before you put on your work boots. In fact, the powder is one of the most effective ways out there to prevent sweating on any part of your body. If the weather is incredibly hot and humid, applying foot powder will keep you comfortable. But make sure you clean your feet properly before you apply powder. You do not want to put powder on an unwashed foot as it will do nothing to help reduce sweat. Nowadays, plenty of excellent antibacterial powders are available in the market that can keep your feet dry in your work boots.
  • Antiperspirant Spray
If applying foot powder does not do the job for you, you can find antiperspirant sprays in the market, specially designed for your feet. They are a surefire way to prevent sweating in the work boots and can be a great asset if you are dealing with heavy sweating due to medical conditions. However, if you do decide to go with antiperspirant, do not use it along with powder; they do not combine well. If you do not have foot antiperspirant sprays, you can also use armpit sprays. While spraying, go easy on the amount as too much spraying can irritate sensitive feet.
  • Keep Yourself Hydrated
Remember, sweating is a defense mechanism that helps regulate your body temperature. That is why, when the weather gets hot, we release sweat through our sweat glands, reducing the overall amount of heat that is building up inside our bodies. Research shows that by regulating our body temperature by keeping ourselves hydrated, we can reduce the amount of sweating quite a bit. However, this might not be as effective for you if you are working on a heavy-duty project. Regardless, keeping yourself hydrated is a good idea to reduce sweating and keep feeling fresh and comfortable while working.
  • Take a Break
It is important to give yourself some breathing space even when you are working on a deadline. If you have been working rigorously for a couple of hours, take a break and treat yourself to some relaxation time. In the meantime, you should take off your shoe and socks and let fresh air flow through your feet. This does two things for you. For one thing, your body will get some much-needed rest and can work better when you get back to work. Secondly, you can get some fresh air through your feet, and once you put on your work boots again, you will feel fresh and sweat-free.

Additional Tips

When you get a waterproof boot, make sure to use the right socks. Most waterproof boots today have a system in them, which is called the membrane. In reality, it is just a glorified Ziplock bag.
Now, this membrane creates heat inside the boot, and our feet naturally sweat. They sweat more than you think that they actually do. So, if you are wearing a traditional cotton sock, that cotton sock is absorbing a lot of moisture, and at the end of the day, you can theoretically think that you have a little leak in your boot. But if you opt for some of the higher technology socks that are moisture-wicking and incorporate that into the boot, you will basically be able to channel or pull away from that moisture and not necessarily leave it in the boot to where we end up with a wet sock.

Final Thoughts

Sweaty feet are a nuisance, sure, but it is nothing to be ashamed of. Our handy guide should give you plenty of ways to keep your feet dry in work boots. After all, without feeling fresh inside your work boot, you will not have a very pleasant work experience. We hope you found our article informative and helpful. Unless you are dealing with any medical conditions, these tips should be enough to reduce sweating in your feet.

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.