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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 10-22-2008 06:06 AM 3037 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2008 06:06 AM

Ok, I’m not sure how controversial this is, but some people have some really strong opinions on this and I want to hear them. My knees/feet hurt after a day in the shop (garage). I’ve thought about some anti-fatigue mats, but these are a pain to pick up and move for a car to get in.

I was thinking that a better alternative might be some crocs shoes. Do any of you wear these in the shop? I see there are a few models that are completely enclosed (no gaping ventilation holes). Aside from those that wear steel toe boots, I would think these would offer the same protection as regular shoes.

I’ve never worn crocs (I think they are hideous personally), but I’d wear them in the shop for comfort. Nurses and food service employees (people that spend a lot of time on their feet) swear by these things. Please share your opinions!

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 06:22 AM

Well, I don’t have an authentic pair of Crocs, just a cheap version that I use for the beach to walk on the rocks and the holes allow water to run out.

I like wearing my Dansko hard leather clogs in the wood shop and garden and all over. They have an arch support that helps and if you buy a size larger you can put in an additional foam or rubber insole for added comfort. They are sturdy and if something falls on my foot it won’t penetrate as easily as a soft shoe. Not quite as secure as a steel toe boot, but I have yet to hurt my foot while stumbling and kicking things in the shop. They have a lip on the back of the heel to help keep your foot in place better than open back mules/clogs. I purchased mine from (a subsidiary of as they were discounted and had free shipping. The red cordovo hard leather ones were my choice. is also a good place for shoes, as they have free shipping (and returns) for 364 days from purchase. You can buy several sizes of the same shoe and return them for a full refund and no shipping costs.

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#2 posted 10-22-2008 06:24 AM

Harbor Freight also has inexpensive foam mats that you can stand on. They are light weight so are easy to pick up and move. They’re not as durable as the heavy rubber, but are cheap and functional. They come 4 in a pack and snap together like a jigsaw puzzle made of foam. About $12./4pcs.

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 08:33 AM

My wife has several pairs of Crocs and she loves them. She works in retail so she stands all day and she says they really help her do that.
I wear an old pair of Merrill hiking shoes. I have the Superfeet insoles and my feet never get tired in the shop after that. After that experience, I put Superfeet in all my shoes. They are a little pricey but worth it.

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 12:30 PM

Why move the mats? They will be fine, maybe make sure you don’t park with a tire on the mat. The garage I used to work in had several down for years.


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#5 posted 10-22-2008 01:28 PM

You might want to think about garage floor tiles rather than shoes. They are designed for you and the car.
That link is to one of the more expensive sites but do a search under garage floor tiles and you should get other options. I am going to be covering my basement floor with these this winter as the concrete floor is wearing on my feet and legs.

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 01:52 PM

My shop has concrete floors and my feet tend to hurt also. I bought many pairs of boots, switched shoes from day to day and nothing seemed to help. Last year I bit the bullet and bought a good pair of Timberine boots. Paid around $130 bucks for them. It really bugged me to pay that much for boots but my feet haven’t hurt since and I will do it again when needed. I must say that these boots have outlasted the cheaper boots I was buying also.
good luck

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 10:21 PM

Hey Jo, yup I wear sneakers or my boots depending on the weather. I bought a mat from woodcraft in Norfolk to put beside my bench were I tend to stand still the most. It is a really good mat and vacuums up well. Ah, I guess I should say cleans up well and stays in place while you do it. very comfortable to stand on. Don’t know about the crocks, but the mat works for me. Oh, I beleive they are on sale right now for about $15.00.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 10:41 PM

Mats are comfortable but if you shop floor is painted they are always sliding around. My feet and ankles ache after a short time in the shop. I’d also like to find a good, comfortable shoe to were in the shop.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#9 posted 10-22-2008 11:13 PM

I have mats in my shop. They work better if they’re fastened down, with double stick tape, etc, and I also have a pair of chukka boots that I take to the shoe repair shop about every six months to be resoled. I have the guy put on the softest vibram sole they make. Since they’re so soft, they only last about 5 or 6 months. I also have good arch supports in my boots. This works for me, although a full 8 or 9 hour day will bring on tired feet.

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#10 posted 10-22-2008 11:42 PM

Does not sound manly for men but support stockings should be given a try. No one has to know…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 10-23-2008 12:01 AM

Crocs are comfortable on your feet, but not so good for your knees/back when standing on a hard floor all day. They offer little if any support. I have pair and love them, I just don’t wear them in the shop too often. I would recommend mats and a good pair of shoes for safety and comfort. In my former life as a chef I wore clogs. They are designed for standing on a hard floor all day and they keep your posture correct. Mats are easy to roll up.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#12 posted 10-23-2008 12:46 AM

Somewhere I heard about someone who had traced the shape of his shoes onto some anti-fatigue mat, then cut out the shapes and glued them to the bottoms of his shoes.

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#13 posted 10-23-2008 01:39 AM

I’ve not used Crocs. I’ve got some steel toed sneaker type shoe. (One too many boards hit the toe). I’ve put down rubber horse mats over the entire floor in my shop. They are about 4 X 6’ or so and cost around $40.00. They are used in horse stalls. Are a very solid rubber about 3/4” thick. I bought some that interlocked that covered a 10’ X 10 area and others that were straight sided. The only time I have movement on them is when I try to roll my planer into a different place.

I’ve also bought a couple of sheets of Advantec OSB type board. They are suppose to be guaranteed for 50 years when used as a sub floor when placed over floor joists. I put them under my table saw because the saw will roll easier on a solid surface than on a moving rubber surface. I’m considering putting them under the planer and pointer for ease of movement. The 3/4” Advantec matches the surface of the rubber mats

I just use the rubber mats in front of the work bench. It also helps when you drop the occasional chisel.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 10-23-2008 02:00 AM

When I built my shop this year I made sure it was on a wood floor and covered with a reasonable laminate flooring.
I have worked all my life on both concrete and wood floors and can tell you today the difference is very noticeable at the end of the day.
With my new shop I have the advantage of extremely easy clean up with laminate which smooth and kind of pretty and the resilience of a flexible wood floor that yields ever so slightly to my weight.
Add to this the fact that i have always had a decent work stool to spell me off when standing is not imperative and you have the best of all worlds.
Wear whatever you choose on your feet and let the floor design give it up for your joints.
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#15 posted 10-23-2008 02:10 AM

It’s all about the inserts…

I had a similiar problem working on concrete floors. A trip to a podiatrist helped identify that I needed more arch support than my soft shoes were providing. A couple of inserts for arch support helped immediately, while for the long run, I always replace my factory insoles with the Dr. Scholls work inserts. They run about $15 to $20 a pair, but they last the life of the boots and have saved me from a lot of foot, shin and lower back pain.


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