I am going to be honest here; I love my steel toes more than any other pair of shoes that I have owned in the past 5 years or so. But the one thing that I cannot stand is just how uncomfortable they can be, especially when I have to wear them for extended periods of time. In all honesty, steel toes are not bad at all, especially if you are working in a place where they are mandatory.
But I would advise you to keep another pair of shoes with you because steel toes have a habit of getting uncomfortable. Keeping that in mind, you might be looking at tips to make steel toe boots more comfortable and yes, there are some tips that you can follow. I am listing down a few to help you understand.
Wear Good Quality Socks
If you are wearing good quality socks that are on the heavier side, then the chances of steel toes bothering your feet from within are rather thin. In most cases, I have heard people that the toe area is the one that becomes unbearable, and that is the case with me as well. Thankfully, wearing thicker socks helps me deal with that easier.
Make Sure Your Feet Are Snug
Another thing that I would suggest you to do to make your steel toes comfortable is make sure that your feet are snug in the shoes. That is because in many cases, if your shoes are not snug, your feet will have the ability to move within the shoes, and case friction against the inside. This can not only cause great discomfort, but in some cases, injury as well. So, in order to avoid that, make sure that the shoes are not loose.