One of the biggest problems police officers, security guards, hunters, and soldiers face with their boots is sweat. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it also provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which can cause itching, odors, peeling, cracking, and pain. As such, the tips below will help you learn how to keep your feet from sweating in your boots as long as you do not have any medical conditions like hyperhidrosis.
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1 – Choose Desert Boots
If you work in a high-temperature environment and there is very little chance that you will encounter puddles or other water sources, you should forego the waterproof boots and instead purchase desert boots, you can find some alternatives in our work boots list. These are breathable and lightweight, and they will keep your feet much cooler than their heavier GORE-TEX coated counterparts.
2 – Wear Absorbent Socks
If you find that your feet continue to sweat, even after switching to a lightweight, breathable boot, then you may want to invest in some absorbent socks. These are not always thick, and some will actually keep your feet quite cool. Remember: the goal is to help wick the moisture away from your feet to help prevent athlete’s foot and odor. Although your socks may end up wet at the end of the day, your feet should remain protected.
#3 – Try Cooling Foot Powder
If you have only mild to moderate foot sweat, you might want to consider using a top-rated foot powder. These come in many formulations, and some even provide cooling relief on contact. Apply the powder directly to your feet before putting on your socks, and sprinkle some inside your tactical boots each day before putting them on. This should help immensely as the powder will absorb extra moisture. Just be prepared to wipe out any accumulation inside your boots and between your toes when you take a shower.
#4 – Use an Antiperspirant
Another thing you might try involves using a spray-on powder antiperspirant on your feet each day before you lace up your work boots (link to work boots here). Hold the can about six inches from your foot, spread your toes, and spray a light, even coat. This may help reduce the amount of sweat your feet produce, but it does not work for everyone. Stick, gel, and roll-on antiperspirants are not as effective on feet as spray powders.
#5 – Let Your Feet Breathe
Finally, if you are in a situation that allows it, just take your boots and socks off on your breaks and let your feet breathe. Taking the time to dry them out and cool them off two or three times per day can go a long way in maintaining your comfort, keeping itchy athlete’s foot at bay, and even preventing the odor that is so common among police officers boots, military personnel boots, and even hunter boots and hikers.