If you’re involved in the postal service in any way, you are most likely on your feet more often than you’d like to be. It’s a mail carrier’s job to deliver the mail in any weather condition, including the ice and cold.
What kinds of shoes should you wear? You’ll need durable, yet comfortable shoes with good traction that allow you to walk on any road or terrain.
Here are a couple of recommendations:
1. New Balance Men’s Walking Shoe
New Balance is well-known for its athletic and casual shoes, but what else does the brand offer?
Despite their “business-casual” design, this is one pair of high-quality walking shoes that are approved by the USPS. Don’t be fooled by their appearance: the cushioning in the midsole does a good job of keeping the moisture away.
These NB Men’s Walking Shoes feature premium open-cell foam inserts with high density, designed to conform to your foot shape as much as possible, as well as to disperse pressure. They are 100% leather and have rubber soles and C-Cap midsoles. The leather upper is made to be breathable, and the toe-box is spacious enough to keep the toes steady and comfortable. To add even more to the comfort, there is a padded collar and tongue.
The NB USPS-approved shoes for mail carriers have a 13-mm drop (approximate).
2. Reebok Mens Postal Express CP8500-M
If you prefer boots, then these “Chukka-style” Postal Boots are ideal. The MIL-33 moisture-wicking lining and waterproof membrane ensure that neither rain nor snow will stop you from doing your job.
Don’t think that just because they are tough like boots that they are uncomfortable. They still fit as snugly and comfortably as Reebok sneakers – much in part due to the soft toe design.
There is a pi-1000 cushion insert to cushion the heels and eliminate shock. However, this can be removed or replaced if need be.
The outsole offers a good amount of protection from slips, chemicals, heat, oil, abrasion, and so forth. These Reebok Boots for mail carriers have a 100% non-metallic construction and are considered “security friendly”. Design elements include leather and synthetic sole.
In addition to being USPS-Certified and US-made, these are also Berry Amendment-Complaint boots.
Much of the decision comes down to your personal preference. Which style do you prefer? What about the brand? New Balance? Reebok? Either way, you’ll get a good pair of shoes for mail carriers that’ll help you get around, day after day.
3. Bates Men’s Bates Lites 6 Inch Uniform Leather Chukka
Are you looking for some US Postal Certified footwear? This 6-inch Chukka boot is made in the US with 100% leather and features synthetic sole and breathable Dri-Lex lining. The Matrix outsole, combined with welted Goodyear rubber construction, make these Bates boots very durable.
From the arch, the shaft of each boot measures approximately 6-inches. There is also an innovatively designed moisture management system to help keep your feet dry in rain or snow. The non-marking, long-lasting outsole prevents wear and tear.
Not only is it a nice looking boot that’s constructed out of the best materials, it’s also comfortable to wear. The removable insert is cushioned to provide extra comfort. With features like non-metallic shank and construction, the Bates Lites 6-inch boots are undetectable in environments with electronic security.
Overall, these lace-up Chukka boots are designed for comfort and support for long periods of walking. Standard and wide sizes are all available.
4. Thorogood Men’s Soft Streets Series 6″ Waterproof –
Thorogood is an employee-owned company that has been making quality, “work-fitted” footwear for 125 years, and this footwear in particular is a great choice for mail carriers.
These are black full-grain leather “plain toe” boots that are waterproof and feature a 125 polyurethane footbed, which is comfortable and removable. It’s a single-density insole that offers maximum support with the contour heel cup. On top of that, there is 400g of 3M Thinsulate Insulation to ensure that your feet are kept warm and dry when delivering mail in cold weather.
The exclusive SOFT STREETS outsole features dual-density polyurethane directs-inject technology. This adds some flexibility to the fitting, making it easy to break-in quickly with no issues.
Have prescription orthopedic inserts? There is enough room to comfortably place them in these boots.
The Thorogood Mens Weatherbuster footwear is seam-sealed, well-insulated, and waterproof. There is polyester lining as well as a “Direct Attach” construction.
They are postal certified for mail carriers and Berry compliant.
5. Rocky Tmc Postal-Approved Plain Toe Oxford Shoe –
This pair of Oxford shoes by Rocky Tmc is 100% leather and measures 4-inches in height. They are a high-quality option to meet all of the needs of a postal worker – and offer a bit of style in the process.
The heel and platform measure approximately 1.5-in and 1.0-in respectively. With materials such as full-grain waterproof leather, non-metallic stabilizer, and Aegios microbe shield enhance the durability. Wear them as much as you need without worrying about bad odor or mildew, thanks to the Aegis microbe shield. There are also materials such as lightweight polyurethane to ensure that they fit properly and comfortably.
The Plain Toe Oxford shoes have a very professional appearance and the full-grain leather is polishable. With the oil-resistant and slip-resistant TMC direct attach outsole (TPU / PU), they are safe to wear, provide stability, and are approved by the postal industry.
The 4-in of height allows for the footwear to be paired with any pant leg, as it’s not too high or too short for Oxford style shoes.