Chukka boots, while renowned for their distinct masculinity and wartime styling that’s currently quite fashionable’, aren’t usually known for their comfort. The flat-soled boot typically suits those with very low arches or flat feet and a neutral gait, which doesn’t describe the majority of us. Those who have high arches or have a tendency to overpronate will find these boots merciless in the comfort department and virtually unwearable for any real length of time. However, there are ways to increase comfort in a chukka. Let’s take a look at how:
Those with plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, or similar lower leg and foot problems will not be able to wear a chukka boot comfortably. While the vented back will allow the ankle to freely move and naturally swell throughout the day, it’s this added mobility that could cause discomfort over time, especially if there is an issue with the wearer’s gait. Supports will be needed to decrease the amount of added mobility that a chukka can provide, in order to properly brace and support the affected body parts. For many, wearing ankle and calf supports could provide the needed brace in order to prevent overuse of the muscles in question, which ultimately lead to discomfort throughout the day.
Consider Insoles in your Chukka Boots
Before buying a new pair of chukka boots, wearers should consider insoles and how they will impact on the fit. For the most part, wearers can usually add extra width to accommodate an insole rather than going up a shoe size, which may result in too loose of a fit in the toe bed and a very loose fit in the heel. Buyers should pay particular attention to what their insole aims to accomplish. Generally, “for work” insoles will provide enhanced comfort over long periods, but medical-grade insoles should also be considered for very high levels of pain and discomfort.
Tired, sweaty feet can often aggravate acute foot pain and one of the biggest culprits behind sweaty feet are poor socks. Cheap $5 pack cotton socks are the worst offenders, too. Because they will bunch up moisture and sometimes even cause the feet to perspire, they will create pressure points all over the sole and this can cause the musculature of the wearer to try and compensate for this by positioning itself very awkwardly, which further escalates the situation over time. Good, high quality work socks or those designed with anti-moisture properties such as hiking socks can be a great way to reduce foot pain in chukka boots.