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News | November 2022

What are the most comfortable diabetic work boots?

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Complications from foot injuries are a serious health risk for people living with diabetes. In some cases, foot injuries can be fatal.

But there’s no reason diabetes should hold you back from excelling at your job.

Instead, invest in confidence and comfort by choosing the best boots for someone living with diabetes designed with lightweight materials, steel toe protection, and a comfortable fit that meets health guidelines.

Work shoes for diabetics

How to know you’re wearing the best work boots

Diabetes affects how fast wounds heal, so cuts and abrasions can develop into serious infections. Diabetic ulcers, the breakdown of skindexposing the layers beneath, can also develop in callused areas.

For these reasons – and many others which you’ll discover below – high-quality footwear is essential, not optional.

Here’s what to look for work boots for someone living with diabetes:

  • Wide toe box
  • Steel cap toe protection
  • Little to no break-in time
  • Soft non-abrasive lining
  • Sufficient size to fit a padded insole
  • Easy fastening such as pull-on or lace-up with three or four eyes per side
  • Quality lightweight materials

These guidelines come from the American Diabetes Association® (ADA), the nation’s leading authority on living with diabetes. The ADA also noted that:

“Use of custom therapeutic footwear can help reduce the risk of future foot ulcers in high-risk patients”.

Steel Blue is proud to partner with the ADA’s Standards of Care and Better Choices for Life program. Full-body wellness is engineered in every boot we make, and no detail was too small when it came to crafting two diabetic work boot styles.


Steel Blue diabetes-friendly work boots

The most comfortable work boots for people living with diabetes

Foot injuries are common among people with diabetes, and extremely concerning. Here at Steel Blue, we take safety seriously when designing work boots.

To give American workers more choice, we’ve designed two diabetic work boots to participate in the ADA’s Better Choices for Life program; the Argyle Zip and Hobart.

Both styles are made with supple water-resistant leather that requires no breaking in and feature a non-abrasive lining, Trisole™ comfort technology, and medium (M) and wide (W) fit options.

Argyle Zip and Argyle Zip EH

The Argyle Zip is designed for workers who won’t let diabetes prevent them from excelling, including features like:

  • A wider ErgoDefender™ toe box that prevents pinching and rubbing
  • 200-joule drop force toe protection
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Easy fastening
  • Non-abrasive hydrophobic lining
  • Trisole™ comfort technology

The strong Steel Blue laces are adjustable for a secure and comfortable fit, while the side zip provides everyday convenience. Both options are independently certified to American Standard ASTM F2413, plus the Electrical Hazard (EH) option enhances protection against shocks.

Hobart work boot

Named for Australia’s rugged island state, Hobart is a comfortable pull-on work boot designed for agriculture, manufacturing, and work that doesn’t require additional ankle support.

Hobart work boots is one of the best choices for sensitive feet. Featuring the same ErgoDefender™ design that allows toes to sit in a natural position, industry-leading toe protection, and convenient pull-on accessibility, Hobart is ideal for lower-intensity work.


Aussie DNA in America’s best diabetic work boots

Steel Blue work boots are the smart choice for Americans living with diabetes. Offering independently certified safety and guaranteed all-day comfort is only the first step.

For over 25 years, Steel Blue has designed and manufactured work boots that excel at every test. From whole-body health to protection for sensitive feet, Steel Blue uses advanced technology and manufacturing to ensure every pair exceeds international standards.

We invite you to learn more about our participation in the ADA Better Choices for Life program and find out what makes Steel Blue diabetic work boots better than the competition.


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