Like many woodworkers, I have a shop with a cement floor. The rubber mats that I have strategically positioned around the work space help reduce the stress on my feet quite a bit, but when I spend a long day standing in the shop I experience achiness in my feet and fatigue in my legs that detracts from the woodworking experience. I’ve tried various hiking boots, tennis shoes and cushy inserts, but until now I have been less than satisfied with all of my attempts at finding comfortable footwear for standing all day.
Recently I received a tip to try a shoe called the “Jungle Moc” by Merrell. This slip-on shoe provides a soft but durable sole, and exceptional arch support which combine to deliver great support for my feet when standing on a hard floor. When I tried them on I found them to be quite comfortable right out of the box, and I decided to give them an extreme test of a full 8 hour day standing in the shop. I was thrilled to find that my feet were not nearly as fatigued as they normally get with other shoes after this much standing, and by the next day I was ready to get out in the shop and do it again.
I liked the Jungle Mocs so much, in fact, that I bought another pair to wear outside of the shop. The first pair that I picked up had a suede exterior texture, which I quickly learned worked like a wood dust magnet. So, for my second pair I chose the camouflage pattern which features a smooth surface that repels dust and other shop debris quite well. At $80/pair they are not cheap, but since they have given me so much relief I don’t mind paying that much. I believe that these will give me a boost in both comfort and endurance in many activities, but I am particularly pleased by their ability to extend my shop time.
If you’ve got a favorite form of footwear that helps you get more shop time and less sitting time, let us know in the comments below.
Merrell Jungle Moc, $80 http://www.merrell.com/ 800-288-3124