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What are the best shoes for delivery drivers?

Sturdiness, build quality, weight, and price are the three things I rank the highest when searching for delivery shoes. I’ve tried all kinds, including those cheap Walmart boots that run around 30 bucks(or used to). And I can tell you that you should probably invest at least double that into a pair that are made to last for more than a month.

Whether working as a mailman or a driver for UPS, the one thing guaranteed for me was that my feet would take a beating. At my current job, they require us to have a leather tongue. Some guys wear boots, and I still don’t understand why.

If you’re wearing something bulky that slows you down and tires you out. I don’t like wearing ankle weights in my free time, so why would I wear heavy boots all day? The answer that is going to work for most people is that you’re going to try to find the best sturdy pair of sneakers available or a light pair of boots.

Personally, I wear Sketchers tennis shoes. I don’t expect them to last me a year nor do I want them to. I wear them with the expectation that they’re going to last about six months. If you’re a UPS driver you can use your company discount in-store to get them 30% off. Just show your badge and they’ll take your info.

If you’re working for USPS or another organization I still recommend them. I wish I had found them years earlier. Another thing you might want to think about is orthopedic insoles or heel lifts. If you find yourself having pain in your feet, they can be a game changer.

The exact shoe I’m talking about is Work Relaxed Fit: Flex Advantage SR from Sketchers. Don’t buy them from their online site, for some reason their prices are higher on their website than in-store and that’s before shipping fees. If you have a pair of shoes or boots you really like, let me know in the comments. I’m all for reviewing work shoes and I know throughout my career in delivery I’ll continuously be purchasing them.

Some other common options and styles I’ve seen other drivers wearing include:

  1. Nike Monarchs – A very sturdy and lightweight boot with a steel toe. Although it does sit high off the ground and I felt a bit disconnected when wearing them. I could see myself tripping a lot in these.
  2. Redwings – the style is up to you, but many people invest a large chunk of change into these. I have seen them last quite a while and many drivers rave about them. I just cant get myself to spend half a paycheck on shoes yet!
  3. New Balance 574 Core – these look slick, lightweight and well-made. However, they probably won’t hold up too long in the kinda conditions I use them in. That makes the price tag a bit much. I’d wager these will get someone 6-8 months of use in a physical delivery job.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you found my suggestion helpful. If you wear a specific type of shoe and would like to see it on this list, I am open to recommendations. – Conor.

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